The best thing about Lakewood Theatre Company's production of Greater Tuna
isn’t the fact that just two actors successfully play a combined 21 different characters (22 if you count an invisible dog). Nor is the best thing the script’s biting wit, every intentionally mispronounced word delivered perfectly by both men. What’s really amazing is how an improvised scene with audience involvement manages to fit seamlessly into the overall production, a credit to the actors’ skill: They turn the audience into the congregation of the local Baptist church, commenting on the crowd’s clothing in a very funny, very hokey way. Directed by Steve Knox and starring Gary Brickner-Schulz and Jay Randell Horenstein, Greater Tuna
takes audiences into the world of 1980s Tuna, the “third-smallest town in Texas,” a place where the local Klan leader makes PSAs over the radio and the “Smut Snatchers” want to ban Shakespeare for corrupting youth. A series of satirical vignettes loosely connected by the town radio station OKKK, the play has a huge cast of characters, requiring the actors to change into radically different costumes quickly, something Brickner-Schulz and Horenstein do with seemingly inhuman speed (in as little as five to eight seconds in some cases). If you’re looking to spend your evening watching two expert actors perform a hilarious little piece of theater, look no further.
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