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Tuna Christmas at Thalian Hall

'Tuna' casserole comes to Thalian Hall

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Posted Dec 2, 2008 at 1:20 PMUpdated Dec 2, 2008 at 1:26 PM

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By Ben Steelman, Staff Writer

For those who like comedy casseroles, Thalian Hall Center for the Performing Arts serves up "A Tuna Christmas," a quick-change comedy that flavors the holidays with Texas barbecue sauce.

This sequel to the Broadway hit "Greater Tuna" will be presented at 8 p.m. Friday at Thalian Hall.

In "A Tuna Christmas," two actors (Topher Payne and Jeff Holbrook) portray all the inhabitants of Tuna, the third-smallest town in Texas.

As our story opens, Tuna's annual Christmas lawn display contest is boiling down to a battle between socialite Vera Carp and Didi Snavely, proprietor of Didi's Used Weapons ("If we can't kill it, it's immortal"). Meanwhile, Tuna's community-theater production of "A Christmas Carol" is threatened by unpaid electric bills and a Ghost of Christmas Past who refuses to give up his spit cup.

Ed Howard, who co-wrote the show with Jaston Williams and Joe Sears, directs this production, a touring show from the historic Springer Opera House in Columbus Ga.

Want to go?

What: 'A Tuna Christmas'
When: 8 p.m. Dec. 5
Where: Thalian Hall, 310 Chestnut St.
Tickets: $25 reserved seating, $18 general admission.
Details: 343-3664

Ben Steelman: 343-2208

ben.steelman@starnewsonline.com