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Greater Tuna is the first play in a series of four starring Jaston Williams and Joe Sears, who between them play at least twenty-four different characters.
Greater Tuna shows us what goes on in the day-to-day life of the many characters, but focuses the most on the chaotic family of one Bertha Bumiller. Other recurring characters of note include Vera Carp, leader of the Smut-Snatchers of the New Order, Petey Fisk of the Greater Tuna Humane Society, Arles Struvie and Thurston Wheelis of Radio Station OKKK, and Didi Snavely of Didi's Used Weapons.
Greater Tuna provides examples of:
- Bratty Teenage Daughter: Charlene Beaumiller.
- Cloudcuckoolander: Petey Fisk, R.R. Snaveley, and pretty much the rest of the town.
- Cloudcuckooland: Tuna itself.
- The Dog Bites Back: When it's revealed that Stanley killed the Judge.
- Duck: Mentioned briefly by Petey Fisk in a speech about ducks.
- He Who Must Not Be Seen: A few characters, but as the whole thing is two guys with costumes, a table, a couple of chairs, and an old radio set, it's to be expected.
- Sibling Rivalry: Stanley and Charlene.
- Wholesome Crossdresser: Meta example. Mr. Sears and Mr. Williams (or whoever else is on stage) spend more time portraying the women of Tuna as they do the men. And it's awesome.
A Tuna Christmas provides examples of:
- Against My Religion: Played straight and Subverted
- Alien Abduction: R.R. Snavely. He hesitates for a second or two, then wholeheartedly sprints to the waiting UFO to escape his horrible wife.
- Beware the Nice Ones: Aunt Pearl, Dixie Deberry, and Didi Snavely's mother are the Christmas Phantom.
- Rich Bitch: Vera Carp: "Normally, I'd pay the theater's light bill, but Lord, times are so hard. W.H. and I could barely afford new cars this year."
- Scarily Competent Tracker: Leonard Childer's wife. "She could track a flea across a pane of glass."
Red White and Tuna provides examples of:
- Granola Girls: Star Birdfeather and Amber Windchime.
- Sudden Sequel Death Syndrome: Bertha's husband Hank, leaving her free to marry Arles.