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February 1, 2000 | DON SHIRLEY, TIMES THEATER WRITER
We hold this truth to be self-evident: that all residents of Tuna, Texas, are created funny. Their creators have endowed them with certain unalienable comic signatures. Among them are wigs, voices and the pursuit of the quickest possible changes of costumes and characters. That's a fancy way of saying that "Red, White and Tuna," at La Mirada Theatre, is set on the Fourth of July--and that it's a lot funnier than the Declaration of Independence.
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February 1, 2000 | DON SHIRLEY, TIMES THEATER WRITER
We hold this truth to be self-evident: that all residents of Tuna, Texas, are created funny. Their creators have endowed them with certain unalienable comic signatures. Among them are wigs, voices and the pursuit of the quickest possible changes of costumes and characters. That's a fancy way of saying that "Red, White and Tuna," at La Mirada Theatre, is set on the Fourth of July--and that it's a lot funnier than the Declaration of Independence.
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April 13, 1990 | GREG BRAXTON, Arts and entertainment reports from The Times, national and international news services and the nation's press
Fresh 'Tuna': Joe Sears and Jaston Williams, the original cast and authors of the two-man "Greater Tuna," left the production at the Westwood Playhouse this week in order to join the cast of an Austin, Tex., production of "A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum." John Hawkes has taken over for Williams and Brent Briscoe for Sears. They'll play the show's 20 roles during the rest of the "Greater Tuna" run here.
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June 20, 2002
* Greater Tuna (Lyceum Theatre, 79 Horton Plaza, San Diego, [619] 544-1000). The 20th anniversary tour of the two-man comic tour-de-force by Jaston Williams, Joe Sears and Ed Howard. Sears, standing, and Williams portray a host of eccentric Texans living in small-town greater Tuna. Tue.-Fri., 8 p.m.; Sat., 2 and 8 p.m.; Sun., 2 and 7 p.m. Ends Sun. $31-$40.
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January 28, 1999
* "A Tuna Christmas"--Jaston Williams, above left, and Joe Sears spoof small-town culture and conservatism in their sequel to "Greater Tuna," playing at the La Mirada Theatre through Feb. 7. * "Cowgirls"--The national tour of the comedy about three classical musicians mistakenly hired to play at a country music bar is at Citrus College Friday night and Plummer Auditorium Saturday night.
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April 5, 2002
Broadway L.A. has filled in plans for its upcoming season. The schedule will feature "Blast" (Aug. 21-Sept. 1) at UCLA's Royce Hall and two productions at the Wilshire Theatre: Robert Dubac's solo show "The Male Intellect: An Oxymoron?" (Sept. 24-Oct. 6) and "Greater Tuna" with original stars Joe Sears and Jaston Williams (April 22-May 4, 2003). Previously announced were "Mamma Mia!" in October at the Ahmanson Theatre and "The Producers" in May 2003 at the Pantages Theatre.
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February 10, 2000
* Movies. A painstakingly restored 35-millimeter print of Alfred Hitchcock's 1954 voyeur classic "Rear Window," starring Grace Kelly and James Stewart, closes a two-week run tonight at the Nuart, 11272 Santa Monica Blvd., West Los Angeles. Screens at 1:30, 4:15, 7 and 9:45 p.m. $5.25 to $8.50. (310) 478-6379. * Cabaret. Barbra Streisand and Glen Campbell have covered his tunes. Jimmy Webb, composer of "By the Time I Get to Phoenix" and other pop hits, closes a six-day run Saturday at 8 p.m.
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August 14, 1998 | JANA J. MONJI
Bill Birch's new comedy, "Scuttlebutt!," at the Zephyr Theatre, shows potential and has some good moments, but it's little more than related skits patched together that fail to form an arch of suspense, falling flat even at the surprise punch line. Birch and Jim O'Heir portray the numerous inhabitants of Sweet Home, Miss.--hicks excited by the arrival of TV talk-show celebrity Larry Stringer, who is looking for guests with slugfest potential or sexual revelations.
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February 2, 1998 | JAN HERMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
"Greater Tuna," a laconic and entertaining show, lampoons the citizens of loony Tuna, Texas, a fictional town where the low wattage of its radio station probably exceeds the collective IQ of the bizarre population.
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