Company: the night kitchen, Toronto, ON
Venue: 6 - Tom Hendry Theatre at the MTC Warehouse
(Reviewed at the Toronto Fringe Festival)
Earle’s exceptional performance makes Radio :30 worth tuning in.
is no stranger to the Fringe circuit - or rave reviews. It debuted in the 1999 Toronto Fringe, and has since gone on to win both a Dora and a Chalmers award. And rightly so.
Chris Earle, who writes and performs this (mostly) solo show, is bang on as a silky-smooth voice actor hired exclusively to record commercials. The story dances between the truth and fiction within this man's life, and is made more poignant by the fact that he makes his living through his ability to tell a convincing lie.Radio :30
unfolds in a single location - a recording booth where the actor voices a radio ad for his latest client. While it's essentially a monologue, broken occasionally by some chatter with an off-stage engineer, even the small talk is entertaining and convincing.
Billed as a dark comedy, Earle's play is funny - but also quite moving. Tension builds, and the stakes ramp up, as we watch an actor at the top of his game start to doubt himself.
The script is very well-written and staged, but it is Earle's exceptional performance that makes Radio :30
worth tuning in.