Sunday, February 15, 2009


Greater Tuna

Yep, that is the name of the play we saw last Friday night at the local River Belle dinner theater. Greater Tuna. Tuna is a town in Texas with a population of something like 250. Here is the cover of the program:

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This is our third play to see there and it was very good. We are already planning to go to the next one called Drop Dead, Mar 20th to April 25th. They are presented only on Friday and Saturday nights. Our neighbors are going to go to this next one with us.Greater Tuna 01
Greater Tuna has only two actors who each play about ten different parts. Here is an early scene with the two starting out as newscasters on the local 225 watt radio station. They get about ten minutes into the news presentation when someone comes in to tell them they forgot to turn the main power switch on so they have not been broadcasting. See the main switch on the wall, set to "off"?

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I can't remember all of the characters names but I think this guy is the local Humane Society guy. He appears quite a bit during the play.

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This "lady" is the mother of a boy and twins, another boy and a girl. Most of the story kind of one way or another winds around these people.

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Here the Mother is with her daughter who is distraught over finding out that she has been turned down to be a cheer leader. Again. And it is her senior year so this is the last chance. And she has been turned down six other times before. Her twin brother is upset with her because she keeps trying to get into his jeans and splitting the seams on them as she is too big to fit.

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The Mother is being interviewed by a big city reporter for information about her committee that is trying to get certain books removed from the school libraries. Like the dictionary. It has some bad words in it, you know.

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Here the Mother is making a point to the interviewer. I just managed to catch a view of her between the silhouettes of two others in the audience who were in front of us.

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Both characters were expressive but this one was amazing in the looks he/she could get. I can't remember for sure just what this phone call was about but you would hear both sides of them as the other phone was on the other side of the stage.

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The Mother and another lady have gone to the funeral parlor to view the body of the Judge who died recently. He was quite a bad fellow it seems and they went mainly because they wanted to see him before his journey down to Hell was to begin.

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The Daughter in rare form.

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I think this fellow is the Father. We didn't see him much, twice and both times with his fiddle. He really can't play the fiddle. But he thinks that he can.

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The Reverend of the local church who is behind the ladies committee to ban all of the bad books, along with the Chairwoman of the committee. Quite the talker and of course he has a very high opinion of himself.

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The local Sheriff along with the older brother. The Judge had sent the older brother off to reform school in his youth for some pretty minor thing. Now later in the Judge's life, the older brother manages to inject some air bubbles into his blood system which is probably the reason he died. But no one except the older brother knows that.

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The younger brother. He is worried because his friend who is with the Humane Society has talked him into taking another dog, "Yippee." Yippee is so named because he barks all of the time. And the younger brother, who loves dogs, already has a herd of ten. Now eleven. Mother won't be happy.

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The two actors taking their final bows at the end of the play. I've done a very poor job here of trying to explain the play. There is a lot going on but it was very good to watch. Those actors were amazing. They played so many roles but never mixed up any lines. If you get the chance to go see Greater Tuna, do it.

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I saw a play once called something like "A Very Tuna Christmas." It was very similar to what you describe.

Must be the same town.
wow, you got great photos of it, very professional looking
Sounds great...and you had great seats!
We did that about ten years ago, it was a hOOT! THey let you take pictures there? Usually they do NOT!! Good job!
Gday Dick.. Great pics, of the show it looks like it was a fun comedy to watch with lots of laughter echoing through the theatre....
I must say when I first looked at the heading someone must have caught a large TUNA...
My husband put on a production of Greater Tuna here at his high school. It was very well received by both the parents and the kids.

For the backdrop I sewed up a HUGE TX state flag.
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