Al Capone tries to take Tombstone

It’s six-guns vs. Tommy-guns as Wyatt Earp and Cal Capone square off in the Tombstone Repertory Company production of “Prohibition Comes to Tombstone.” Pictured are Rick Chandler as Wyatt Earp and Jose Torres as Cal Capone.
It’s six-guns vs. Tommy-guns as Wyatt Earp and Cal Capone square off in the Tombstone Repertory Company production of “Prohibition Comes to Tombstone.” Pictured are Rick Chandler as Wyatt Earp and Jose Torres as Cal Capone.

Wyatt Earp and the Town too Tough to Die will be put to a fictional test when Al Capone and his mob roll through town in May.

The Tombstone Repertory Company, the city’s resident melodrama theater, is set to open its spring offering, “Prohibition Comes to Tombstone, or, Speak Easy But Carry a Big Gun.”

The show will be presented at the historic Schieffelin Hall and will play for weekends through the month of May. There will be two shows per weekend —at 7 p.m. Saturdays and 3 p.m. Sundays.

This comedy will stray away from the normal theme of 1880s Old West gunfights and focus on the year 1928, when prohibition ruled the land.

“Prohibition comes to Tombstone” will make the shootout at the O.K. Corral look like a “Sunday School picnic,” according to its writer and director Kenn Barrett.

Barrett has been involved in TRC for eight years. His story marries Capone’s infamous St. Valentine’s Day Massacr

e with one of the Old West’s most infamous shootouts. The result is a comedic clash of two of history’s toughest characters battling over Tombstone: the beloved lawman Wyatt Earp squaring off against the ruthless Chicago mobster Capone.

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