Friday, Aug. 31 – Vintage Hitchcock: A Live Radio Play
through Sept. 17
Breakthrough Theatre of Winter Park
419A W. Fairbanks Ave.
When The Avengers director Joss Whedon joked at this summer’s San Diego Comic Con that his canceled TV cult favorite, Firefly, could come back to life someday as a radio play, it drew a laugh and a bit of old-timey improv. But increasingly, the concept of radio plays – rapid-fire dialogue accompanied by practical stage effects and live music – is no laughing matter. Comedy team Ben Acker and Ben Blacker’s Los Angeles-based, stage-performed radio play, The Thrilling Adventure Hour, has featured big-name talent like Firefly’s Nathan Fillion, Neil Patrick Harris, J.K. Simmons, Reggie Watts and Patton Oswalt, and a Star Wars radio play by famous voice actors recently lit up YouTube. Playwright Joe Landry is way ahead of the trend, however. In addition to penning a radio play based on It’s a Wonderful Life, Landry also came up with Vintage Hitchcock, a two-hour triple feature – with vintage commercials, of course – covering three classic Alfred Hitchcock productions: The Lodger, Sabotage and The 39 Steps. It’s the kind of thing community theater was made for, so support your local black box with a trip back in time. – Justin Strout