Radio :30 opened tonight to a full house so if you want to see it make sure that you arrive early to get tickets.
I’m not sure that there is a ‘typical’ Fringe show but if there is Radio :30 isn’t it. It’s a fine example of what a Fringe show can be when it grows up. Chris Earle wrote Radio :30 and performed it at Fringe in 1999. Since then it’s won both a Dora and a Chalmers award.
Earle gives an absolutely perfect performance. He knows the play intimately and it shows. It really feels as if we’re watching him in a studio recording a 30 second commercial. It’s a joy to watch such a talented performer who is so comfortable with his material.
Shari Hollett’s direction is terrific. They are a great team.
The show starts with Ron (Earle) in the studio getting ready to record the ad. He just seems like a typical voice-over guy, selling whatever it is the client wants today. He talks with Mike – unseen though the show – the director who is with the clients – unseen and unheard through the show). While he waits he talks to the audience telling us about his voice-over career and sharing some tricks of the trade.
It’s all quite funny but then you notice an undercurrent of regret and sadness. It’s a very touching play. I can understand why it was a sold-out performance. It was a wonderful first show to see at Fringe this year. It felt like a gift.
- Radio :30 is playing at Tarragon Theatre Mainspace (30 Bridgman Ave)
- Showtimes are:
- July 05 01:15 PM
- July 07 04:45 PM
- July 09 05:15 PM
- July 11 09:45 PM
- July 12 07:00 PM
- July 13 02:15 PM
- All individual Fringe tickets are $10 ($5 for FringeKids) at the door (cash only) and go on sale one hour before showtime. 50% of tickets are available in advance and are $11 ($9 + $2 service charge), these can be purchased online at www.fringetoronto.com, by phone at 416-966-1062 ext. 1, or in person during the festival at the Festival Box Office in the parking lot behind Honest Ed’s (581 Bloor St W).
- Value packs are available if you plan to see at least 5 shows
Please note that there is absolutely no latecomer seating during the Toronto Fringe Festival.
Photo of Chris Earle