Tuna Does Vegas at The Paramount

The fourth and newest installment of the Greater Tuna comedic series, revolving around Tuna, Texas–the  fictional “third-smallest town” in the state– comes into Austin as part of a 21-city National Tour next Friday, November 27 to Sunday, November 29 at the Paramount Theatre. After almost 30 years since the original award-winning Greater Tuna play debuted in Austin, Tuna Does Vegas is the latest in a series dedicated to the balance of affectionate reverence and hilarious satire of small-town Southern life.

Starring only two actors–Austinites Joe Sears and Jason Williams– as the eclectic inhabitants of Tuna, Texas, Tuna Does Vegas reunites the lovable and eccentric characters as they take on Sin City. When oddball-conservative radio host Arles Struvie announces that he and his wife Bertha Bumiller are heading to Vegas to renew their wedding vows, everyone in Tuna, Texas goes along for the ride. As the characters hit the Strip, they encounter a wide set of “disreputable souls”, who actors/playwrights Sears and Williams researched thoroughly in order to bring authenticity to the personalities. With a number of research trips to Vegas, the two noticed that “the planes headed there have a different vibe… [people] can’t wait to go and get loose with the rest of America and the world.” Using these observations and inspirations from the trips, the pair created an all-star cast. Featuring familiar characters from the previous Greater Tuna productions (Greater Tuna, A Tuna Christmas, and Red,White and Tuna) and some new ones as well (think along the lines of Vegas showgirls, psychics, and Elvis impersonators), the play is propelled by ultra-quick backstage changes and guaranteed laughter as the saying “What happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas” is quickly proven false.

Under the directorial hand of co-author Ed Howard, Tuna Does Vegas showcases the amazing talent of Williams and Sears, and is definitely a show not to be missed! To find out how to get tickets or to try and win FREE ONES, hit up the event page!


November 20, 2009. Uncategorized.

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