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A Tuna Christmas

When: Fri., Nov. 30, 8 p.m. 2012

Somehow the Christmas season lends itself to lowbrow humor. There’s the gem by local playwright Rodney Lee Rogers Waffle Haus Christmas, the classic song “Grandma Got Run Over by a Reindeer,” and of course, Ernest Saves Christmas. The two-man show A Tuna Christmas, which takes place in the fictional tiny Texas town of Tuna, is set firmly in this oddly beloved tradition and features gun-toters, UFO-believers, poodle-poisoners, and of course, plenty of tacky Christmas yard displays. The show’s two actors, JC Conway and Daniel Kuhn, will take the audience through a typically distaster-prone holiday season in Tuna, while searching for the mysterious Christmas Phantom who is destroying the town’s holiday lawn displays. Though you won’t necessarily have much in common with the characters, director Kristen Kos says you’ll still find plenty to relate to. “Mostly I think, we see ourselves in the relationships — mother versus rebellious teenage daughter, friends plotting together to pull a prank — and the familiarity of seeking sweet relief from stress that can arise during the holidays,” she says. Speaking of sweet relief, you know what they say about laughter being the best medicine.

Elizabeth Pandolfi

Price: $25/adult, $22/senior, $15/student

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