The Footlight Players' holiday production of "A Tuna Christmas," by Jaston Williams, Joe Spears and Ed Howard, is a comic triumph for all concerned.
Scenic and lighting designer Richard Heffner has deftly created the small town of Tuna, Texas, its radio station (OKKK), its gun shop ("If we can't kill it, it's immortal"), the local diner as well as several homes.
Mary Cimino's direction points up the comic zingers, but still focuses on the intimate moments that turn these eccentric characters into human beings.
Finally, thanks to a swarm of backstage crew and dressers, Robin Burke and Don Infinger appear as 24 very different characters. Both men have mastered the local dialect, so you know they are from this tiny Texas town, but use slight vocal changes when playing different characters. Their male characters have that Texas swagger, and their females have an old South delicacy. You really just have to see their performances.
"A Tuna Christmas" will continue to play through Dec. 16; if you cannot make those dates, then hope for a holdover — it is that good.