Greater Tuna

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Greater Tuna

Monty Python was famous for their actors frequently playing a number of characters, many of them women.  With the show Greater Tuna, a similar formula, albeit very American, gives actors the chance to really push their characterization chops.  The more significant challenge here is that it is a two man show, with each playing 10 characters multiple times.  The quick changes are amazingly fast and almost seem to defy the laws of time.  The Upstagers tapped veteran actors Rob Wade and Ben Graf to pull off this show, which was enthusiastically received by Del Rio audiences.  Because the show takes place in the mythical town of Tuna, TX, audiences in Del Rio often remarked that they knew people like the characters growing up.  This seems to be a large part of the appeal.

After the show closed, the costumes and props were kept until 2011 when it was decided that Greater Tuna would be the contest play for that year’s American Association of Community Theaters’ annual competition.  The show was laboriously cut down to fit the 59 minute time limit, and set pieces adjusted to become more mobile.  The competition version did well at the Texas Quad III contest and moved forward to the State level with Rob having won an All-Star Cast award.  Alas, the show simply didn’t have enough edge to push past the State level, though audiences clearly had enjoyed the performances.

Greater Tuna