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