Winnipeg Free Press - ONLINE EDITION
“Ever had one of those days?” asks Ron repeatedly at the outset of Radio:30, a psychological drama penned and performed by Toronto’s Chris Earle. Ron is a voice actor in a studio to record a radio ad for a family restaurant and is rehearsing the first line of the commercial that shouldn’t take much more than one take.
Ron is introduced as a successful, smooth-talking pitchman, able to charm listeners into buying whatever his clients are selling. The consumate pro knows how to sound happy; apparently all you have to do is smile while you talk, and fake friendly, which has got him into trouble is his off-air life. As guilt-wracked Ron rattles on about the betrayal of his best friend, his work suffers, his facade of confidence is shattered and the unseen sound engineer (Sam Earle) asks for re-take after re-take. He is troubled there are no re-takes in life. Ron is having a bad day.
Earle, who debuted Radio:30 in 1999, is as slick in front of the microphone as Ron, while revealing the complications that can arise when someone takes the artifice of his job home. His power of persausion not only sells the client’s chicken but this show.
— Kevin Prokosh
From the Fringe program:
This award-winning dark comedy, about an actor who comes unglued while recording a radio ad, makes its Winnipeg debut.
Director: Shari Hollett
Cast: Chris Earle, Sam Earle
"A powerful tale of betrayal and deceit, created and performed to unsettling perfection by Chris Earle" - New York Times.
"Brilliant, nuanced script" - newyorkmetro.com
5 Stars "One of the funniest shows of the Fringe, Radio :30 is also one of the most moving" - NOW Magazine.
"Dazzling new piece... witty and barbed" - Toronto Star.
Recommended For: Mature Audience
Length: 60 mins.
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