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Wild comedy 'Greater Tuna' at Phipps in January

Greater Tuna," by Jayston Williams, Joe Sears, and Ed Howard, will be performed Jan. 15-24 at The Phipps Center for the Arts. This wild comedy tour de force features two actors, Jim Reidenbach and Luke Reidenbach, portraying all of the characters in the show.

In Tuna, Texas, the death of a prominent citizen has caused quite a stir. In the third smallest town in the state, where the Lion's club is seen as too liberal, Patsy Cline lives forever, and the good members of the Smut Snatchers of the New Order are attempting to censor books from the local library (including the dictionary), finding that a respected local Judge has passed on while wearing a turquoise one-piece Dale Evans swimsuit with "lots of cowgal fringe," is bound to cause tongues to wag.

The judge's strange demise is but one of the odd goings-on in this eccentric community. Jody, the youngest child of a prominent citizen is constantly followed by "eight to ten dogs," Didi Snavely the owner of Didi's Used Weapons ("If we can't kill it, it's immortal") is married to the town drunk (who is also a "UFOologist"), and Phineus runs for city council in every election, but never wins. They and the other inhabitants of Greater Tuna, including children and pets, all have their own issues with which to deal.

Five performances will be given Jan. 15-24 on Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m. and Sunday, Jan. 24 at 2 p.m. Tickets are $22 for adults and $15 for all students with a current ID, with a $2 discount for seniors on the Sunday matinee. Reservations may be made by contacting