Talk Radio (review)

Talk Radio (review)
Talk Radio (review)
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THE PLAY: We’re taken “behind the mic” for an evening shift with a popular talk radio host.


THE PRODUCTION: The announcer is played by Scott Wichmann, who nails the character’s caustic, fast-talking style. There are several supporting roles who have brief moments on stage (some also play callers from back stage). Director Morrie Piersol has kept those interactions tight and mostly maintained the pace, although things start to feel repetitive and prolonged just about the time that Jon Mincks’ character blows in to add a buzzed personality. Piersol has effectively managed the activity in the control room to feel realistic without pulling attention from Wichmann (although his assertive portrayal has no problem holding focus). The radio studio is effectively created by TJ Spencieri, while Roger Price’s sound design perfectly handles the complex interplay of mics and live sound. Running time: 1:33 (no intermission)


THE POINT: While it doesn’t sustain the gripping impact of the subject’s potential, the production is well-acted and absorbing.


4 out of 5 stars (4 / 5)


A 5th Wall production at The Basement thru 1/26




PJ Freebourn, Chandler Hubbard, Haliya Roberts, Jimmy Mello, Scott Wichmann (Photos by Tom Topinka)

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