Red, White and Tuna: San Jose Stage Company Provides Comedy Fireworks
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The last date listed for Red, White and Tuna was Sunday July 4, 2010 / 2:00pm.
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Before Cabaret, before Urinetown, there was the first dark, adult masterpiece of musical theater: The Threepenny Opera. Written in 1928, Kurt Weill and Bertolt Brecht's satire of "respectable" society has not loosened its powerful grip on the imagination. Incorporating a sharply political perspective and the jazzy sound of '20s Berlin cabaret, The Threepenny Opera turned an old-fashioned opera into a piece that remains absolutely relevant today. Following the trail of broken hearts and slashed throats left by the dashing and dastardly Macheath, the show incorporates immortal musical numbers like "The Ballad of Mack the Knife" and "Pirate Jenny." San Jose Stage Company, the Bay Area's premier off-Broadway theater, presents this theatrical milestone in a production that's just as fresh and as daring as the original. Learn More
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Featured review from Penandra
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Being from a small town myself, and having seen Greater Tuna, I was not only familiar with some of the characters, I think I knew some of them "back home"! I continue to be amazed at the two actors who are able to change costumes on the fly and keep all of their characters in character (if it were me, I'd have the voice of Vera coming out of the character of Petey! ;-) Loved the show and grateful to have had the chance to not only share it with friends, but to share it with a friend from Texas --- she laughed harder than all of us!
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- "Four stars. This is the greatest <em>Tuna</em> of all!" <em>--WRC-TV</em>
In the much anticipated third installment in the Tuna trilogy, co-authors Jaston Williams, Joe Sears and Ed Howard take the audience through another satirical ride into the hearts and minds of the polyester-clad citizens of Texas' third smallest town.
Along with Tuna's perennial favorites, some new Tuna denizens burst into the 4th of July Tuna High School Class Reunion. This sets the stage for a show full of fireworks and fun from the third-smallest town in Texas, where the Lion's Club is too liberal and Patsy Cline never dies.
It’s been several years since we left Bertha and Arles dancing at the end of A Tuna Christmas. Did the romance blossom? Has Didi Snavley received any "cosmic" communications from R.R.'s UFO? Did Stanley make his fortune in the Alburquerque taxidermy business? These and other burning questions will be asked and answered in the side-splitting spoof of life in rural America.
The tongue-in-cheek humor that made Red, White and Tuna's predecessor Greater Tuna so entertaining couldn't be more up to date. Though originally written and produced more than 20 years ago, our country's contemporary political shenanigans and the Religious Right have put the basis for this satirical trilogy right back in the headlines of today's news.
In this latest saga, all the Tuna favorites return as the Prayer Posse led by Vera Carp and Reverend Spikes take on church hymns while Petey Fisk continues his off-beat pleas for a more humane Tuna. The flirtatious Tastee Kreme gals have a food booth at the Reunion serving Aunt Pearl's prize winning potato salad that may have been in the heat too long. You'll laugh till it hurts when you find out who the mystery write-in winner of the Homecoming Queen Contest is. Just another day in the life of Tuna, Texas.
Greater Tuna, which debuted in Austin in fall 1981, moved off-Broadway and became the most-produced play in the United States by 1985, running continuously for a record-breaking seven years at the Marines Memorial Theatre in San Francisco.
In 1989, co-writers and original co-stars Joe Sears and Jaston Williams revisited Tuna by way of San Francisco, where A Tuna Christmas premiered. “It opened two weeks after the big earthquake there,” Williams said. “We were worried about presenting it in such a somber milieu. I said, ‘The city is in mourning.’ But we were told, ’They will be ready to laugh again.’ And they were.” San Francisco critics, at least, were happy with the show’s humor, calling it “deliriously funny” and “a comic masterpiece."
In 1998, seventeen years after Greater Tuna opened, Red, White and Tuna debuted. Arch Campbell of WRC-TV in Washington, D.C. gave the show four stars and proclaimed, “This is the Greatest Tuna of All!"
Audience members who grew up in small towns easily identify with the characters. Bertha Bumiller, in her 4th of July red, white and blue polyester pantsuit with matching flag earrings, has a unique charm that reminds them of one of their aunts or former next door neighbors. "We have these old-timer members of our family who spoke in a very specific way and had very unusual inflections, which are disappearing from our language," Williams said. "And we try to keep those alive... I guess people feel the Tuna people are family."
Indeed, this feeling of family is probably the key element that has made the Tuna trilogy so popular. But don't underestimate the power of laughter because the laughs are non-stop. And an additional element of success comes from the special friendship between the two actors.
"When you stumble onto someone who thinks like you and enjoys the craft like you, you start to share inner ideas," Joe Sears says. "I like someone who stimulates me intellectually and Jaston and I hit it off there. That's why we wanted to work together."
It's been a winning combination for over 20 years now.
About the Ticket Supplier: San Jose Stage CompanyFounded in 1983, San Jose Stage Company is a professional theatre company dedicated to producing the works of contemporary playwrights that speak to the conditions, hopes and fears of all mankind.
San Jose Stage operates in their own theatre facility in downtown San Jose. They produce five plays per season on an annual budget of approximately $850,000.00 and serve over 25,000 patrons each season.