Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Greate Tuna Comes to Placerville

Mother Lode News Photo by Megan Jeremica

“Greater Tuna,” now on stage by Imagination Theater and playing to charmed audiences in Placerville, is a venerable satire stinging the foibles of rural Texas. More precisely, it spoofs the hypocrisy and folly of the Texas we knew a couple of generations ago. Perhaps the main attraction of the play is the two actors, in the current production, Jeff Lathrop and Richard Gaylord, who play all twenty of its characters, male and female, young and old, human and non-human.

Since its first production in Austin in 1981, the play has had numerous sequels, as well as translations into other media. Though some of its targets may seem a bit dated, underneath their cultural biases lie universal human weaknesses, such as hollow religiosity and moral bullying. Yet under the skilled direction of Lanny Langston, the actors and their supporting crew offer endless laughs and stunning performances.

For details and a complete review, go to http://villagelife.com/story.php?id=692.0.

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