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ETSU alum brings 'Timmy goes to rehab' home

May 8th, 2014 9:46 am by Entertainment staff

ETSU alum brings 'Timmy goes to rehab' home

After its debut at the Kansas City Fringe Festival in the summer of 2013, "Timmy Goes to Rehab" is headed back to Johnson City, where the original one-man show was conceived.

Performed by East Tennessee State University alumnus, theatre and dance veteran and regional entertainer Everett "E.T." Tarlton and written by Tarlton and ETSU Honors Scholar Josh Holley, the dark comedy fuses spoken word, movement and music in a noir-esque, humor-filled romp into a dysfunctional psyche.

"He's got this sort of amperage," said Heidi Ehle, with ETSU's Mary B. Martin School of the Arts. "When he turns it on, there's just some kind of energy coming from him that's almost scary but it's powerful on stage."

Tarlton portrays all the sentient beings in this twisted journey for sanity and freedom from life's hardships. Audiences are invited to venture into Timmy's world of characters, music, dance, drama and comedy to see if Timmy can sort out his life.

"It is quite possibly the best one man show I've ever seen ... I have seen full productions with an entire cast that didn't have (as) much heart and soul as this single actor. He made the story come alive," said a review.

In light of its success on the fringe, Tarlton is reprising his hilarious "Timmy" for two evening performances at Johnson City's Blue Moon Dinner Theater, 215 E. Main St., with limited seating available.

Show times are 8:30 p.m., Wednesday, May 7 and 7:30 p.m., Thursday, May 8.

Tickets are $10 per seat, and 10 percent of all ticket sales will be donated to a local charity.

For reservations, email with your name, number of seats desired and the date of the show you wish to attend.

To find out more about Tarlton and "Timmy," visit or contact Tarlton at

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