My husband and I recently had the supreme pleasure of seeing the Greater Tuna show at the Badgett Playhouse in Grand Rivers, Kentucky.Ã?Â Unfortunately, Greater Tuna will not be shownÃ?Â at the Badgett PlayhouseÃ?Â again this year.Ã?Â If it were, I’d be there right on the front row laughing my head, and who knows what, off.Ã?Â However, there will be a Greater Tuna Christmas show on the following dates: November 20, November 27, December 4, December 11, and December 18.Ã?Â We’ll certainly be there, coffee or hot chocolate in hand. You’ve been warned – once these guysÃ?Â start rolling, a couple of hot beverages will probably flow with the laughter.
Although the show we saw will not run again this year, I was very anxious to write about, not only the show, itself, butÃ?Â the ridiculously talented actors who brought these larger than life characters to life.Ã?Â Bill Minihan and Steve Sherling have to be characters, themselves, to be able to pull this off.Ã?Â They played the roles of crazy, lovable characters living in Tuna, Texas (the third smallest town in the state) and played them to absolute hilarious perfection.
After the show, as we drove home to Owensboro, I wondered how in the world these guysÃ?Â remembered all of their lines.Ã?Â During the show, I didn’t think of them as lines or of the actors as…. well….Ã?Â actors.Ã?Â They WERE simply the deliciously zany citizens of Tuna and we were being treated to aÃ?Â lookÃ?Â into their lives.Ã?Â That is, of course, the mark of greatness in acting as well as in comedyÃ?Â – you don’t want the audience to sit there thinking, “Wow, he’s a great actor!” or “He’sÃ?Â suchÃ?Â a funny comedian!”Ã?Â You want the audience to buy into what you’re selling them – that you aren’t an actor, you are the character.
What makes Bill Minihan and Steve Sherling extra impressive is the fact that they didn’t just pull this off with one character – they pulled it off with a town full of characters!
I’m hoping that these same two actors star in the Greater Tuna Christmas show.Ã?Â They’re sensational and I can’t say enough about them.
I read a biography about Rex Harrison not long ago (for my Hollywood Blog).Ã?Â The author wasÃ?Â discussing the theaterÃ?Â and itsÃ?Â greatest performers, such as Rex Harrison.Ã?Â Ã?Â He pointed out that one of the things that set Mr. Harrison apart was that he put his all into, not just each performance, but every second of every performance ; he left nothing lying on the stage’s floor.Ã?Â The same could be said of these two actors.
We sat on the front row, so we were practically up on them – we could see each gesture andÃ?Â each facial expression.Ã?Â Bill Minihan and Steve Sherling completely lost themselves in their delightfully fun characters.
As soon as you get a chance to seeÃ?Â one of the showsÃ?Â at the BadgettÃ?Â Playhouse in Grand Rivers, Kentucky – run, don’t walk… speed, don’t poke. You won’t be disappointed.
You can find more information about the shows as well as the schedule by visiting their website. Ã?Â Click the banner at the top of the page, or the link below.