Hilarity Reigns in The Ops’ ‘Greater Tuna’
By Kim Kerr-Dearsley
There’s no denying the tremendous power of laughter. It’s a liberating, tension-releasing treat that makes us human and defines our species.
And for those of you in need of a good laugh right now – don’t we all, with all that’s going on out there in the real world! – the good folks behind Gravenhurst Opera House’s brilliant 2018 Summer Theatre season have just the thing: Greater Tuna.
Written by Jason Williams, Joe Sears, and Ed Howard, Greater Tuna is an hilarious look at the lives of the quirky residents of the fictitious town of Tuna, Texas. This wonderful comedy takes a magnifying glass to the small town and the often quite disturbing antics of those who live there, showing us the kind of things we could only otherwise imagine – and sometimes wish we hadn’t! – that go on behind closed doors and drawn curtains.
It’s done so well and so intimately by actors Robin Clipsham and Allie Dunbar, the production ‘s brilliant cast of two who play the entire town, dogs included – some 22 characters in total – that one’s left feeling a little like a nosey neighbour getting a thrill by peeking out through the curtains to see who was ‘goin’ to town’. This guilty pleasure is so effective and engrossing that you’ll be pinching yourself in order to remember none of it is, in fact, real.
Director Maja Ardal handles this funny farce deftly, dealing with the highly improbable situations the townsfolk get into with great skill, particularly when the subject matter deals with topics some might regard as a little ‘edgy’, though so much of it is especially relevant and topical, especially now.
Funny, fast, and a must-see, the Gravenhurst Opera House production of Greater Tuna runs until September 28th. For further details and tickets, visit www.GravenhurstOperaHouse.com.
Kim Kerr-Dearsley is a Muskoka-based freelance writer and theatregoer.