Ready for some Tuna? We are, we are, we are!

In a tiny Texas town called Tuna, the day begins, as it does every morning, with the “Wheelis Struvie Report” coming in over the airwaves.  Deejays Thurston Wheelis and Arles Struvie report the latest breaking news–including the winners of a local essay contest–before cutting to a commercial for Didi’s Used Weapons (“If Didi’s can’t kill it, it’s immortal!”).  Listeners also hear an updated weather report from weatherman Harold Dean Lattimer (today’s forecast includes a high temperature of 101, dust storms, and a swarm of locusts) and all the details about the Pet of the Week–a rat terrier/chihuahua mix named Yippy–from the lone member of the Greater Tuna Humane Society, Petey Fisk.  Arles and Thurston end their show by declaring, “If you can find someplace you like better than Tuna…MOOOOVE!”

And so theatre audiences are introduced to Greater Tuna, the play that brings us  such colorful characters as Didi Snavely (who accessorizes her outfits with grenade earrings) and Aunt Pearl (who may or may not be responsible for the mysterious disappearance of several neighborhood dogs), among many others.  The lively townfolk of Tuna, Texas are not to be missed, and the fact  that all 19 characters are played by 2–count ’em 2–actors only adds to the evening’s entertainment.  That adds up to a whopping 46 costume changes throughout the show.  Plus men in dresses.  Who doesn’t love that?

Aside from crazy costumes and lots of laughs, what makes Greater Tuna a must-see is the play’s honesty.  We all know a snooty, gossipy Vera Carp.   During our morning commutes, we’ve listened to radio shows that, like the “Wheelis Struvie Report,” are more noise and silliness than real news.  And maybe not everyone out there hopelessly dreamed of being a star cheerleader, but we can still relate to Charlene Bumiller’s painfully awkward adolescence.

It’s a show with a heart the size of the Lone Star State, and it opens tonight at Actors.  Come out and share some laughs with us.  Cowboy boots optional.

I say “hey y’all” and “yee-haw,”

The Cubicle Hot Shot

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One Response

  1. we saw a tuna christmas and loved it. we loved greater tuna also. maybe we can become tune groupies!

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