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The Man Who Wasn't There

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It’s 1949. A harried radio actor (Marc Moir) must perform an entire live broadcast by himself when the cast doesn’t arrive at the studio. So, backed by the sound-effects man (Garry Moir) and one musician (Laura Turner), he puts on a great Jimmy Stewart impersonation and becomes Harry Doyle, private eye, and 10 other characters.

It’s amazing to watch Moir at the microphone seamlessly switching voices. He is easily one of the most talented performers at the fringe. And it’s visually neat to watch a convincing 1940s radio broadcast happen live before you. (The cast are all dressed in ‘40s garb). The lone quibble is the villain’s explanatory speech: While fine for the 1940s, contemporary audiences will find it too long and complicated.

Otherwise, outstanding.

— Janice Sawka

From the Fringe program:

"The Man Who Wasn't There" is a murder mystery, written and performed as a 1940s radio play (complete with live music, sound effects and commercials). This homage to radio drama and film noir is the latest offering from award-winning playwright Marc A. Moir (Padre X).

 

Padre X:

Outstanding Drama, Ottawa Fringe Festival (2011); Best of Fest, Winnipeg Fringe Festival (2010); nominee for Harry Rintoul Memorial Award for Best New Manitoban Play (2010)

 

Recommended for: General audience

Length: 90 min

Tickets: $10

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