|When:||Back to Calendar February 8, 2013 @ 7:30 pm - 10:00 pm|
|Repeats:||Daily until February 10, 2013||Where:||Wildish Community Theater
630 Main Street
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A smooth-talking newspaper editor uses every trick in the book to keep his ace reporter/ex-wife from remarrying in the Fred Crafts’ Radio Redux production of hit comedy “His Girl Friday” on February 8-10 at the Wildish Community Theater in Springfield.
“His Girl Friday” will be performed live on stage as a classic radio program, complete with live and recorded sound effects, period commercials and a stellar cast of nine actors, for one weekend only – at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 8 and 9 and at 2 p.m. Feb. 10 in the intimate Wildish Theater, 630 Main St., Springfield.
Tickets – from $11-$18 (including all fees) – are available from the Wildish Theater box office at (541) 868-0689 or online at www.wildishtheater.com. The show is suitable for all ages.
One of the greatest screwball comedies ever, “His Girl Friday” ranks in the Top 20 of the American Film Institute’s “100 years…100 Laughs” list.
Radio Redux’s production was adapted by director/producer Fred Crafts from a Lux Radio Theater program broadcast on the CBS Radio Network on Sept. 30, 1940, which in turn was based on a Columbia Pictures film starring Cary Grant and Rosalind Russell, which was adapted from the 1928 stage play “The Front Page.”
“Noted for its rapid-fire dialogue, ‘His Girl Friday’ has one goofy situation after another and one of the oiliest characters you’ll ever meet,” says producer/director Fred Crafts. “It’s a full-out romp.”
The fun begins when hard-boiled newspaper editor Walter Burns learns that his ex-wife and former star reporter, Hildy Johnson, is about to marry bland insurance man Bruce Baldwin and settle down to a quiet life.
Burns bolts into action to sabotage her plans by enticing the reluctant Hildy to cover one last story – the impending execution of convicted murderer Earl Williams. Then, to get her fiancé out of the way, Burns gets him arrested repeatedly on phony charges.
Hildy begins to wilt when Williams escapes from the bumbling sheriff and practically falls into her lap. With a big story on her hands, she gives Bruce a cold shoulder, and he leaves town with his mother even as Hildy’s scoop is bringing down a corrupt sheriff and mayor – which leads to a whiz-bang Hollywood ending.
Kim Donahey stars as ace reporter Hildy Johnson, while Dan Pegoda plays wily editor Walter Burns and Donald Aday costars as jilted fiancé Bruce Baldwin.
Playing multiple roles are Radio Redux veterans Achilles Masshos (Earl Williams, Mayor Bliss), Frank Muhr (Sheriff Hartwell, Duffy), Steve Wehmeier (Pat McCue, Joe Pettibone), Sandy Silverthorne (Jimmy Murphy, Roy Bensinger), Judi Weinkauf (Mollie Molloy, Trixie, Sally) and Ellen Chace (Mrs. Baldwin, Maziie). Altogther, 21 characters are created.
Fred Crafts’ Radio Redux, a Wildish Community Theater resident company and a regular guest on KLCC Radio’s “Front Porch Revue” program, is a Eugene-based repertory theater company specializing in heritage radio programs.
Critics have called Radio Redux’s shows “wonderful” and patrons have said its shows are “excellent … great fun … professional, entertaining, and a great experience.”
“His Girl Friday, ” presented by the WillamalanePark and Recreation District, is the third production in Radio Redux’s fourth season. The troupe will perform “Radio Daze,” a compendium of classic radio shows, on April 12-14.
More information about Radio Redux is at https://www.facebook.com/radioredux.