"Putting on a show in the old barn."

The Rhubarb Revue is Northern California's longest running variety show, having its first performance in 1954. Featuring singers, dancers, parodies of film and television, political and cultural humor, and lots of mild (and not-so-mild) irreverence . . . 

Why the name Rhubarb you ask?

In British theater, it used to be common for a crowd of extras in acting to shout the word "rhubarb" repeatedly and out of step with each other, to cause the effect of general hubbub. As a result, the word "rhubarb" sometimes is used to mean a length of superfluous or irrelevant chatter by a chorus or group of actors.

Possibly from this usage, possibly from a variant on "rube", or perhaps some of both, the word also denotes a loud argument. Apparently, while at our Tam Valley revue in its first year rehearsals, a difficult classically trained theatrical volunteer caused a lot of fur to fly. Someone remarked, "Oh, what a Rhubarb!" and there you are!

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Rhubarbian Rhapsody 2019 dates:

September 27th & 28th, Oct. 4th & 5th.

Please note that the Rhubarb Revue is geared towards adult audiences and some material may not be appropriate for those under 18.

Doors to the theater open an hour before the performance, you sit at tables so most folks bring a picnic dinner to enjoy prior to the curtain going up. Beer, wine and rhubarb daiquiris are available for sale along with Strawberry-Rhubarb pie! 

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