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Dr. Frightful Presents: Dead Air

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A radio horror story within a drama is the way Saskatoon’s Neverending Highway Theatre brings zombies, a bitter romantic breakup and a whodunit together. Four radio drama actors, played by Danielle Spilchen, Morgan Murray, Robert Grier and writer Grahame Kent, enter the studio for the evening’s performance. For some, it’s just another day in the Alaska-based office; the radio station newbie, though, can’t believe a colleague hasn’t even read the script before airtime, creating the necessary conflict.

Dr. Frightful’s strength is its sharp timing — the actors stand before microphones to give their performance, but give and receive no visual cues. The one-hour show also effectively uses radio drama’s sound-effects tools — loud footsteps and squeaky, slammed doors, but any surprise from gunshots is lost when balloons, in plain view, are burst to signify gunshots.

— Alan Small

From the Fringe program:

Director: Nathan Howe

Cast: Grahame Kent, Danielle Spilchen, Robert Grier and Morgan Murray

Stuck in an apocalypse with flesh-eating crazies everywhere? At least you have your best dame at your side and she is pretty good with a shotgun.

Come with us into the twisted world of Dr. Frightful as four wannabe voice actors weave you a tale set in the golden age of radio with live in-house sound effects.

If only they can survive each other's company.

Audience Classification: Parental Guidance

Length: 60 mins.

Tickets: $10

Warnings: Graphic Content, Gunshots

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