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Wagner and Texas Combine in Company of Fools' Das Barbecu

Wednesday, July 4-Saturday, July 28

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This summer, Idaho's award-winning Company of Fools Theatre brings big hair, big laughs and hootenanny-style fun to the stage with Das Barbecu, a quick-paced Texas-musical retelling of Richard Wagner's epic Ring Cycle.

"We like to say it's kind of Lord of the Rings combined with The Real Housewives of Dallas mixed with a Charlie Daniels soundtrack," said Denise Simone, Company of Fools co-founder and core company artist. "Really, it's just an outrageously fun musical."

Five actors take on the roles of 30 different characters in Das Barbecu, which chronicles a wide stretching web of love triangle feuds originally depicted in The Ring Cycle.

The two-hour musical, which showcases the book and lyrical work of Jim Luigs and the musical renderings of Scott Warrender, manages to squeeze into just two hours the original opera work of The Ring Cycle, a production that, in its entirety, stretches over a four-night performance.

"Opera lovers will love it--and those who have never heard of The Ring Cycle will love it as well," Simone said.

Directed by R.L. Rowsey, Das Barbecu will be sure to bring some attention-catching and hysterical artistry to the stage.

"We think it is just the perfect summer fare," said Simone. "I think folks will be just enchanted and charmed and have a great time."

Das Barbecu will continue its run through Wednesday, July 28.

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