The writers of Greater Tuna reportedly took their show to the White House, where they staged it for George Bush père and Barbara. Back then, who could have guessed at how life would imitate art, and the eight years of agonizing Texas comedy just around the corner? In a sense, Greater Tuna is now a period piece, and not just because of the '70s-style lapels in evidence on stage: Some in the audience might find themselves feeling a pang of nostalgia for a blither time, when making fun of Texans was gloriously academic.

Megan Grumbling can be reached at mgrumbling@hotmail.com.

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