Christmas has been over for a while, but in La Mirada, California, it doesn't really end until the last performance of A Tuna Christmas, which has been playing since Jan. 22 and finishes its scheduled run Feb. 7.
The yuletide sequel to the hit play Greater Tuna stars the original cast-members and co-creators, Joe Sears and Jaston Williams, who play two dozen characters from Texas' third smallest town..."where the Lion's Club is too liberal and Patsy Cline never dies."
(Oddly enough, after a couple of children's shows, La Mirada's next production will be the musical, Always...Patsy Cline, arriving in April.)
The production team of Tom McCoy and Cathy Rigby, recent recipients of seventeen Drama-Logue awards for productions of Once on This Island and Peter Pan (and currently producing Peter Pan on Broadway), is presenting the engagement. Sears and Williams have performed at the White House and on Broadway in the Tuna plays, and have toured for many years with these vehicles.
Greater Tuna was filmed for HBO and made Sears and Williams regulars on the talk-show circuit. The La Mirada Theatre is at 14900 La Mirada Blvd. Call (562) 944-9801 or (714) 994-6310.
-- By Willard Manus
Southern California Correspondent