by Jaston Williams, Joe Sears, and Ed Howard
is a good ol’ down-home laugh-out-loud fest.
Beginning May 14 through May 17 for ONE
weekend only in the California The-a-tor,
Gregory Brown and Brian Villanueva show us
what life in a small town is really like.
Then they take the show down road a fair
piece to perform again at the Campbell
The-a-tor, May 22 through the 24th.
Set in the ficticious
“third-smallest town” in Texas, Greater Tuna
is known to be where the Lion’s Club is too
liberal and Patsy Cline never dies. The
twenty eccentric characters of Tuna are
aptly played by these two veteran PCT actors
and directed by Betty Brown. The play starts
with Arles Struvie (Villanueva) and Thurston
Wheelis (Brown) portraying the hosts of a
live local radio show. They provide colorful
commentary and humorous antics when their
banter rolls back and forth with signature
The storyline focuses on
Bertha Bumiller (Brown), her three screwy
children – Jody, Charlene, and Stanley – all
played by Villanueva, and a few days in
their lives. Brown is both sensible and
obnoxious in his role as Bertha. One minute
she is loving and threatening the next,
which makes her a little bit out of her
Her son Stanley is the
epitome of the southern redneck whereas
Jody, her youngest son is mentally
challenged and charming with his
sensitivity. Charlene on the other hand,
Bertha’s daughter needs to get a clue.
Obviously a talented writer, she needs to
focus her talents elsewhere and stop
obsessing over being a cheerleader.
In contrast to Brown’s
Bertha, is Villanueva’s role as the Human
Society advocate, Petey Fisk. Villanueva
makes this misfit adorable when he talks
about the dogs that need help and maybe it’s
Petey himself that needs a bit of that too.
Many of these characters are
a reflection of sit-com characters of days
gone by, like Norm (George Wendt) from
Cheers, Mama (Vickie Lawrence) from the
Carol Burnett Show, the Church Lady and
Garth from Wayne’s World (Dana Carvey) as
seen on Saturday Night Live, and Chris
Farley, also of SNL fame. This is the comedy
of comedies of our time and for Brown and
Villanueva to bring it to that level is
There are many more character
that boast dim idiocy but the absolute scene
stealer in this production is…. Well we
don’t want to spoil the sir-prise. So y’all
come out and see the show.
Tickets range from $10-$25.
For California Theatre
Tickets, call 925-427-1611 or online at
For Campbell Theatre Tickets,
call 925-439-7529 or online at
Discount tickets available at the Campbell
when purchased in advanced.
Photo credit: Jeff Strawther
Pictured: Aunt Pearl (Gregory
Brown) and Stanley (Brian Villanueva)
Sellout crowd enjoys Lanzafame
A sellout crown celebrated the 100th
anniversary of Lanzafame Furniture and benefitted
the Pittsburg Entertainment & Arts Hall of Fame,
Pittsburg Community Band and Pittsburg Community
Theatre on April 25 at the Pittsburg Elks Lodge.
The event was co-sponsored by PEAHOF,
the City of Pittsburg and Pittsburg Chamber of
Commerce. Dinner sponsors were Discovery Homes,
Island Pacific Supermarket, Ramar Foods, Panda
Express, Food Source and Save Mart. In addition, 39
businesses and individuals donated items.
In addition to donations to Pittsburg
Community Theatre and Pittsburg Community Band,
PEAHOF made special donations to the Pittsburg High
School Marching Show Band, the Pride of Pittsburg,
who were the dinner servers, and to Hillview Jr.
High School students Lourdes Macias and Lucilla
Cervantes, who qualified for the California State
Small Ensemble competition with their clarinet
The Pittsburg Community Jazz Band and
Pittsburg Community Theatre performed at the dinner.
Entertainment was capped off by a march around the
dining room by abalone chef Chooch Lombardo and the
Lanzafame Family Quartet (Chris, Chris Jr., Jeffrey
and Robert) playing ‘When the Saints Go Marching In’
as well as the old Italian favorite “Oh Mama.”
Ralph Ramirez (left) presents a check to
PCT Secretary Cherie Persing as board
members Tom Lewis,
Lee and Chooch Lombardo look on.
Ralph Ramirez presents a check to
Pittsburg Community Band representative
Chooch Lombardo as board members Tom
Lewis and Sandi Lee look on.
Band will play for uniforms
The Pittsburg High
School Marching Show Band, ‘The Pride of Pittsburg,’
and the band’s musical ensembles are looking for
The band, which
represented Pittsburg at the 2009 Macy’s
Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York, and the London
(yes, England) 2014 New Year’s Day Parade, is
working to raise money to purchase new uniforms.
The band grew by 24
percent for the 2014-15 school year, and indications
are it will grow the same amount next year. New
uniforms must be purchased so that all members of
the band can perform in uniform.
What better way to
support the band and enjoy some great music than to
invite the band to your event?
For information or to
schedule the band, contact Tony Martinez at (925)
250-8455. Donations can be made to the PHS Band
Boosters, P.O. Box 1201, Pittsburg, CA 94565.