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Sunday, June 12, 2011

Review: Horse Trade's Radio Star (Fringe 2011)

Reviewed by Émilie Charlebois

I didn’t even take notes during Tanya O’Debra’s mesmerizing performance because…well, I was mesmerized.  The script not only delivers the filthiness promised in the Fringe program, but it is sharp and along with O’Debra’s amazing voice talents, it hits all the right notes. This radio detective spoof is not only incredibly entertaining but it is wonderfully crafted.  The live sound and light effects are perfectly timed, and the program is even broken up by 40’s style commercial break parodies. This is a true gem and a must-see for all Fringe goers. The detective mystery itself isn’t that original (Rick McKindrick is hired to investigate the murder of a beautiful woman’s husband) but this play’s worth is in its characters (all performed by O’Debra), and Tanya O’Debra’s undeniable wit.


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