I was so caught up in all the holiday revelry that I didn't get the chance to see American Stage Theatre Company's "A Tuna Christmas." I knew that two-man show, featuring the wacky goings-on of more than two dozen residents in the tiny, hillbilly-like town of Tuna, Texas would be a laugh riot - the show broke attendance records at the 30-year-old theater, selling 4,453 tickets. It surpasses "Dinner with Friends," which was produced during the 2005-2006 season at American Stage.
Artistic director Todd Olson said the theater, located in downtown St. Petersburg, is experiencing prosperous times during the nation's economic drought.
"Since the recession has been declared it seems like every week, somewhere in the country, another professional theatre has closed its doors," he said. "Somehow we are having the best fall we have had in our 30 years. We are approaching a record 3,000 subscribers, 'A Tuna Christmas' exceeded all goals and our new After Hours series attracted another 6,000 patrons. More people saw theatre at American Stage this past fall than any other season in our history."
Other top attended shows in American Stage's history includes "Anna of the Tropics," "Moonlight and Magnolias" and "Proof."
American Stage's next production is "King Hedley II," which opens Jan. 21.
In other news, it's Wednesday, and maybe you're looking for a something to do locally tonight. If so, then head down to the Players Theatre in Sarasota to watch the Lazy Fairy Improv Troupe perform at 7:30 p.m. The troupe have become regulars at the theater, performing in the lobby at least once a month. Tickets are only $12. Bring the kids too. The show is PG-13 friendly.
- January Holmes