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“We really enjoyed this show. Very funny! Please go see it, you’ll be glad you did!”

“Absolutely FABULOUS.. A must see…..”

“Great show–I loved it!”

“This show is awesome!”

“It was fantastic……go go go…..”

“We enjoyed this so much..It is a must see show!


“GREAT cast!!”

There’s No Place Like Homer Reviews

I had a FANTASTIC time with the wonderfully crazy folks at Lunatic Theater Company as they successfully premiered their  first show – the original hillbilly comedy, “There’s No Place Like Homer” to great reviews and standing ovations! I cannot wait for their next show! It was a hoot all around!  Congrats on a very successful run!
John Mead,  Blue Lion Photos

The play was awesome! We enjoyed every minute and couldn’t stop laughing!
Jerry Stapleton

Funniest thing ever…laughed myself to tears!  Bravo and congratulations on a job well done!  Can’t wait to go to “Homer” for Christmas!
Greg Ambroson

Go see THERE’S NO PLACE LIKE HOMER at Richardson Theatre Centre. My good friend Marcus Ridner co-wrote it and it’s fabulous! It will have you laughing the whole night!
Hosanna Hanson

I went and saw this play co-written by a friend of mine. It is really funny and I highly recommend buying some tickets and going to see it. You won’t regret it!
Jared Morgan

The critics are raving about this play! If you’d like to see a hillbilly comedy by an up-and-coming theater group, you don’t want to miss the inaugural production! There’s No Place Like Homer!
Intermission! Act 1: HILARIOUS! Can’t wait to see what Red & Tucker have up their sleeves for Act 2.
Dolores Juarez

You Don’t Have to Be Crazy to Recognize Good Theater
John Garcia’s 17-year history as chief critic of Dallas-based The Column, a website that spreads the word about great theater in the metroplex, reviewed and bestowed stellar words upon Lunatic Theatre Company’s premier stage play, There’s No Place Like Homer. I applaud friends Suzanne (she left Chicago to pursue a faith-based career years ago) and hubby Marcus. Together, they’re writing, producing and keeping the faith in ways neither would have predicted when migrating to Texas. Sure, there are other Lunatics in the company, but I prefer to boast about the ones I call friends.
Gail Cohen,

From John Garcia’s THE COLUMN: There’s No Place Like Homer is a romping adventure

The play There’s No Place Like Homer was so funny.  The story line and actors did an awesome job.  Thanks for the laughs.
Jennifer Stapleton

I enjoyed the performance … lots of laughs!
Dr. Jim Gulizia

It was wonderful! My son and I laughed and laughed and really enjoyed the show. Can’t wait for the next one!
Elise Bissell

The show was such a treat. I have been telling people about it and have enjoyed reliving it in the process. It is a great show and the beginning of something wonderful and insane!!
Raymond Luster

We thoroughly enjoyed the production – – it exceeded our expectations! What a delightful and fun story. The actors were all first rate and so perfectly cast, and the story . . . well, it doesn’t surprise me. The writers and director did a marvelous job. It was obvious that the cast has some acting chops in their backgrounds. Best wishes to the Lunatics and the Homer crew for continued success.
Nidia Bridges

Sometimes you go to support friends in attaining their dream. That is what we did when we attended the premiere production of There’s No Place Like Homer! We were not disappointed! Marcus created and the Lunatic Theatre team performed a dynamite, fun play that looks into the quirky community of Homer. We have all lived or stopped along the way in such a community and observed the eccentric folks that make life interesting. Marcus captured that place, called Homer!

Take this precious diversion on the road!
Marti Fox & Bill Deal

THE COLUMN Review of There’s No Place Like Homer™

From John Garcia’s THE COLUMN:

by Rusty Harding and Marcus Ridner

Lunatic Theatre Company

Produced by Debra Harding
Direction by Leigh Wyatt Moore
Creative Consultation by Marcus Ridner
Lighting Design by Emily-Ann Moriarty
Set, Sound and Properties Design by Team Lunatic
Costume Design by The “Residents” of Homer

CAST (In order of appearance):
Eddy Herring as Bob Wilson
Janette Oswald as Sharon Wilson
Robyn Mead as Madge Pudwalker
Greg Phillips as Red Barnes
Ben Richardson as Tucker Evans
Brendan Perrotta as Jimmy Watkins
Bert DeLaGarza as Bittie Pudwalker
Gena Graham as Emmy Watkins
David Lambert as Orlyn Cobb
LaMar Graham as Virgil
Rusty Harding as Wayne
Elaine Erback as Ludie
Nancy LeVine as Tootsie
Rebekah Michaele as Abby

Reviewed Performance 10/12/2013

Reviewed by Richard Blake, Associate Critic for John Garcia’s THE COLUMN

The inaugural production of Lunatic Theatre Company is not “The Iliad” (pun intended) but it is definitely an adventure you want to go on!

Bob and Sharon Wilson, a typical middle-class couple, enjoy a leisurely road trip away from the hustle of big city life. A brief bypass through the eastern Kentucky backwoods seems like fun, but when their car breaks down in the isolated hamlet of Homer, Bob and Sharon suddenly find themselves smack in the middle of hillbilly hell, complete with a cornucopia of colorful mountain characters. What’s even stranger is that several of the locals seem to recognize Bob. But why do they keep calling him Zorro? You’ll find out what happens in this hilarious World Premiere comedy.

From talent to script, the show is very entertaining, and Richardson Theatre Centre’s black box theatre with seating in a semi-circular arrangement around the stage area is perfect for this production. The set, sound and props design as credited by “Team Lunatic” is very well done for the space and highly detailed.  The setting is the interior of a rural Kentucky café and with elements like authentic signage, license plates and RC Cola and Moonpies, you are wonderfully transported to the location.  Great mismatched tables, and plastic and wooden chairs coupled with a unique service counter fill all the scripts needs and allow for some hilarious scenes to be played out.  The sound effects, including great pre/post show and intermission music by the band “If Birds Could Fly” from Big Stone Gap, VA and Keith Rae from Houston, Texas are simply perfect for the production and add wonderful moods.

Emily-Ann Moriarty’s lighting design is simple and effective.  The space has limited capability yet she manages to set the scenes very well and light every actor with perfection.

Direction by Leigh Wyatt Moore is very well done and flows nicely throughout the production.  Ms. Moore places the action in appropriate locations on the set allowing for the entire audience to be fully involved in the scenes.   The scene changes are spot-on and executed well, including a complicated set dressing change that flows very nicely.  I was very impressed with her interpretations of this work and every choice she made artistically is perfectly done, including casting.

Eddy Herring as Bob Wilson does a splendid job carrying the show!  As the play’s central character, he exudes talent and perfect character choices throughout the performance.  Mr. Herring has great stage presence in every scene, from comical to serious and never once are you disappointed with his talent.  His reactions with every performer on the stage is genuine, and never once does he overpower others when the scenes’ focus changes.  He is definitely a pleasure to watch!

Janette Oswald as Sharon Wilson, Bob’s wife, is another splendid casting choice in the production.  Her characterization is highly entertaining and she keeps you thoroughly involved in every scene she’s in.  The chemistry is wonderful between her and Mr. Herring and her interaction with some of the other “unique” personalities they encounter throughout the play are hilarious and a joy to watch.

Greg Phillips as Red Barnes is nothing less than side-splitting the entire show!  Every line delivery, body movement and facial expression is spectacular and identifies his character with style and comedic finesse.  Mr. Phillips also shows his professionalism by never pulling focus from any scene he’s involved in when not the primary character driving the scene.  It was a true pleasure to watch him perform.
Bert DeLaGarza and Robyn Mead as Mr. and Mrs. Pudwalker, the owners of the café, are another testament to the exquisite casting in the show.  Both actors are splendid on stage and carry themselves very well throughout the evening.  They have fully developed their respective characters and have wonderful chemistry on stage.

Ben Richardson as Tucker is the most entertaining comedic actor I have seen on stage in a long time, especially since he only really speaks ONE word the first act and then delivers a few lines  in Act Two… yet never leaves the stage!!  His acting ability and sheer “quiet” magnitude on stage had me and the audience laughing hysterically all night!

This show has a large cast, which I found unique for a World Premiere, and some wonderful supporting role moments throughout the evening. Brendan Perrotta as Jimmy Watkins, the town mechanic, plays his character wonderfully as he is ogled by the women in the town.  His simple charm on stage makes his character really shine and he never over-acted. David Lambert as Orlyn Cobb and Elaine Erback as Ludie also had wonderful moments on the stage.  They both made wonderful character choices in their respective parts and really let you identify, and in some cases, laugh hysterically with their performances.

The theatre’s website states that There’s No Place Like Homer™ is “Part One of the (never ending?) Hillbilly Chronicles”.  If this truly becomes a stage series, I can’t WAIT to see the upcoming versions and will definitely be there to follow the continuing saga!


Throughout the weeks of rehearsal and prepping for There’s No Place Like Homer, cast members had a number of names for the residents of Homer: Homerites, Homeranians, Homersexuals and finally Homersapiens, which stuck.

The story of these Homersapiens goes a lot further back than many of you may realize. You may have recognized Homer actors from previous shows at RTC or other area theatres. Actors who have worked together prior to Homer create the Six Degrees of “Separashun.” For three actors, Homer was their third time on the stage:  Brendan (Jimmy) Perrotta, LaMar (Virgil) Graham and Ben (Tucker) Richardson. For others, Homer was another opportunity for actors to work with friends.

  • Nancy (Tootsie) LeVine, Gena (Emmy) Graham, Robyn (Madge) Mead and Creative Consultant Marcus Ridner were in The Red Velvet Cake War.
  • Director Leigh Wyatt Moore, Rusty (Wayne) Harding and Marcus Ridner were in Don’t Kick the Turkeys. It was during this show when Marcus first began sharing his Kentucky stories with Rusty.
  • Rusty (Wayne) Harding, Bert (Bittie) DeLaGarza, Leigh Wyatt Moore and Marcus Ridner were in A La Carte: Part Deux, written by Rusty.
  • Marcus Ridner, Greg (Red) Phillips and Chris Dean (our wonderful set builder) were in Lone Star, while Leigh Wyatt Moore was in Laundry and Bourbon. Both one-acts were performed together. It was during this show when “Lunatics” and starting a theatre company were first mentioned.
  • Nancy (Tootsie) LeVine and Leigh Wyatt Moore were in The Dixie Swim Club, which was directed by Janette (Sharon) Oswald.
  • David (Sheriff Orlyn) Lambert, Gena (Emmy) Graham, Robyn (Madge) Mead, Eddy (Bob) Herring, Janette (Sharon) Oswald, Elaine (Ludie) Erback and Leigh Wyatt Moore were all in Hallelujah Girls.
  • Janette (Sharon) Oswald, David (Sheriff Orlyn) Lambert and Leigh Wyatt Moore were in Christmas Belles.
  • Marcus Ridner and Rebekah (Abby) Michaele were in Under the Yum Yum Tree, which was directed by Greg (Red) Phillips.
  • Rusty (Wayne) Harding, Ben (Tucker) Richardson, Leigh Wyatt Moore, David (Sheriff Orlyn) Lambert and Elaine (Ludie) Erback were in Witness For the Prosecution.
  • Brendan (Jimmy) Perrotta and Janette (Sharon) Oswald were in Lost in Yonkers.
  • Eddy (Bob) Herring was in And Then There Were None, which was directed by Robyn (Madge) Mead.
  • Bert (Bittie) DeLaGarza and Jimmy (Brendan) Perrotta were in Charlotte’s Web together.Other connections go even further back. Bert (Bittie) DeLaGarza and Elaine (Ludie) Erback while chatting backstage, discovered they went to the same school for grades 1- 8; Elaine was one year ahead of Bert. And that is how our Homer cast quickly became a family of Homersapiens.

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