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Thingamajig: Have they got a Buck Story for you

“Uproariously funny adult humor.”

 “I’ve never seen so many people laughing together, doubled over in hysterics.”

 “Just saw Escanaba. What a treat! ... the funniest play we’ve ever seen and were super impressed with the theater! We’ll be coming to many more! Thank you!”

“... one of the best plays of either of our lifetimes! If you’re in Pagosa this next week I’d highly recommend it!”

“Parelli Central’s own Mark Brown steals the show — it’s hilarious!”

“... so funny, I cried!”

“My mascara was all over the place!”

These are just a few of the responses from patrons following this weekend’s opening of Thingamajig Theatre Company’s “Escanaba in da Moonlight” at the Pagosa Springs Center for the Arts.

The show continues this weekend and runs through April 1.

If Pagosa is a word-of-mouth town, the word has spread! Monday morning’s ticket sales had outpaced any other show Thingamajig has produced since its opening on April 15, 2011.

So, if you haven’t already secured your tickets for the final two weekends, you might find yourself “without venison,” as they say.

“Escanaba” was written by Jeff Daniels and first produced in 1995.

Daniels was (and still is) a deer hunter. And deer hunting means deer camp. Not only is it a place to get together with old friends and go after a big buck, a deer camp is a modern version of the secret society of the past, with its own set of rules, and often a lot of good-natured humor. Actor Jeff Daniels’ thought so. That’s why he stuck his neck out and created perhaps the funniest story about hunting ever, “Escanaba in da Moonlight.”

Daniels has appeared in more than 45 feature films, including “The Hours,” “Blood Work,” “Dumb and Dumber,” “The Purple Rose of Cairo,” “Speed,” “101 Dalmatians,” “Pleasantville,” “The Squid and the Whale,” “Arachnophobia” and the television mini-series “The Crossing,” in which he played George Washington leading his men across the Delaware.

Like a lot of kids from small towns, Daniels took off for the big city when he decided he wanted to be an actor. But, after 10 years of film and stage acting in New York and LA, in 1988 Jeff brought his family back home to Chelsea, Mich., whose other claim to fame is being the home of Jiffy Mix.

When Daniels moved back to the Midwest, people said he’d lose his career. But that hasn’t happened. People said that if he founded a theater company in Chelsea, an hour’s drive away from Detroit, it would flop. Daniels’ Purple Rose Theater is flourishing and “Escanaba” is only one of many original works staged there.

Thingamajig Theatre is having a romping good time bringing the play to Pagosa and sharing the fun with the best audiences in Colorado. So, come on out, enjoy an evening with Albert (Andy Donlon), Reuben (Tim Moore), Remnar (Skip Wee), Jimmer (Dave Armbrecht) and Ranger Tom (Mark Brown) at the World Famous Soady Deer Camp.

And, if you feel like dressing the part for the show, we understand. For the next two weekends, camo is a color.

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