Theater Review: Pec Playhouse offers Greater Tuna

From around the world to a redneck town in Texas is quite a leap. Greater Tuna represents the philosophies and values of small-town Texas. Several years ago, the show was staged Downstairs at NAT, and reflecting on it, my opinions seemed to have changed. Two- character shows enable smaller companies to budget more efficiently.

Directed by Donna Balsley of Beloit Civic Theatre, it was created as a one-performance work to be presented on Saturday, Feb. 26 at the Janesville Performing Arts Center as a benefit for the Rock County Alzheimer’s Support Center. When it was discovered that Pec Playhouse had chosen the same work, a collaboration was formed.

An advantage for both companies, the show incorporates multiple characters played by Rob Conner and Loren Sass. They become local broadcasters, teen-agers, women of the community, and the local animal activist. Two dressers are required to enable the actors to assume a new identity. Between male and female roles, the paddings and wigs alone must be a chore.

Greater Tuna is not my favorite show of the week. Well directed and costumed, the one-liners seemed to have lost something. The radio call letters are OKKK. Does this play to the bigots?

Pec Playhouse presents Escanaba in the Moonlight for two performances Feb. 25-26. Proceeds will benefit the Pec Playhouse Theatre Building Fund. The flier for the show includes a warning: “Contains uncultured humour which may be inappropriate for some viewers.” Call 239-1210 for tickets.

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