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Tuna Does Vegas – and Pioneer Playhouse, too!

Pioneer Playhouse, Kentucky’s oldest outdoor theatre, ends its regular play season this summer with “Tuna Does Vegas,” the fourth and funniest installment in the wildly popular series of the now classic comedies set in the fictional town of Tuna, Texas.
“Tuna Does Vegas” opens with conservative radio show host Arles Struvie announcing on air that he and his wife, Bertha, are flying off to Las Vegas to renew their wedding vows.  In no time flat, one private romantic getaway turns into a small town stampede as every busybody from the “the third smallest town in Texas” decides to tag along for the ride.  Sin City will never be the same again!
Originally conceived as a party skit by writers Jaston Williams, Joe Sears, and Ed Howard, the entire Tuna series (“Greater Tuna,” “A Tuna Christmas,” “Red, White and Tuna,” and finally “Tuna Does Vegas,”) has gone on to become one of the most performed comedy sagas on the American stage – and beyond.  Audiences around the country, and around the globe, have come to know and love the Texas-centric characters of Tuna, a place where “the Lions Club is too liberal and Patsy Cline never dies.”  Of course adding to fun is the fact that each and every singular citizen in this send-up of small town life is portrayed on stage by only two actors, which means hundreds of hilarious costume changes — all in one night!
Longtime Pioneer Playhouse favorite Daniel Hall Kuhn teams up with new favorite Michael Kelly to bring over twenty five characters to hilarious life before your very eyes, from homely homemakers to gun-toting used weapons merchants to town drunks to complaining mother-in-laws to Las Vegas showgirls.  Even Elvis himself makes an appearance!
“Tuna Does Vegas” is sponsored by Pepsi Cola Bottling Company of Lexington, and will run nightly (rain or shine) Tuesday through Saturday from August 7 through August 18, ending Pioneer Playhouse’s regular season.  A special weekend of comedy will follow on August 24 and 25, with a two-night-only comedy show featuring Etta May, the nationally known “Queen of Southern Sass.”
Pioneer Playhouse is located at 840 Stanford Road in Danville, KY.  Dinner featuring “Kentucky Proud” locally grown meat and produce by Marksbury Farms is served at 7:30pm (Dinner & Show – $28), while the show begins at 8:30pm (Show Only – $16).
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