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A Tuna Christmas 

When: Dec. 11-Jan. 4 2009
Phone: 224-4400
Price: $25-42.50
oregonrep.org
A Tuna Christmas is a wacky comedy about the holiday season in Tuna, Texas. Two actors play all of the characters, slipping backstage for quick changes that bring us Red-State simpletons like the owner of the local gun shop and her put-upon husband, typical small-town high-schoolers, the animal attack-prone head of the Humane Society, and two old ladies conspiring to fool the rest of the town. Actors Jeffrey Gilpin and Alan King do a perfectly serviceable job, but there's no spark in their performances; they play one note for the entirety of the show, and all of the characters begin to run together by the end of the first act. Making fun of those silly rubes is just tiresome after about five minutes, and the gag of "Hey, that's a guy in a dress and a wig!" only works once. As soon as they run out of the simplest gags, Oregon Rep runs out of tricks. If you're going to make a lazy choice in order to get butts in seats, then give the people who belong to those butts a little more to work with. Show us nuance. Show us intent. Show us a little fucking range, for god's sake. There's no excuse for a company that calls itself professional to put on a show that could just as easily be seen at a local high school. TL

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