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Radio : 30



As his muddled past and failed relationships sneak their way into his sound booth sanctuary, Radio: 30's Ron, a radio voice actor, spirals down from the peak of confidence to the depths of despair. The paragon of this crisp, essentially one-man production is actor/writer Chris Earle himself, whose flawless presentation of radio man Ron—and not to mention his impeccable radio voice—carry this eerie dark comedy to its tense and jarring finale. While a slow burner might sidestep the lively Fringe atmosphere, Radio: 30 is engaging, thought provoking and definitely worth seeing. —Paige Gorsak


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2/ 5

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33 total ratings



Dates / Times:
  • 7:00 pm - 2013/08/16
  • 9:15 pm - 2013/08/18
  • 2:30 pm - 2013/08/19
  • 11:15 pm - 2013/08/21
  • 4:15 pm - 2013/08/24
  • 12:00 pm - 2013/08/25

Posted 2013/08/17 by



7 Reviews


    Do you ever go to a bad fringe show and wonder why? A line similar to this was repeated over and over in this one man show as a voice actor falls apart inside a studio as he tells his story about how he lost everything by sleeping with his best friends wife. The premise of having a voice man for radio advertising lose their edge as they are pushed to limits was great and the first 1/3 of the play that built this context and scene was fantastic. Everything fell apart when the main character started breaking out of the radio booth and started telling stories about his relationship with his best friends family. The shit really hit the fan when the character began telling a story about how he and his best friend conspired together to fool his best friends (sleeping) wife that main character was in fact her husband. The scene was rank with rape culture, the implications where that the main character was going to fool the sleepy unsuspecting wife into some sort of unconsensual sex. In the end the wife wakes up (angry) and the joke is on her and the play moves on without addressing the fact that what was going to happen was rape. This ruined the play, if they would have acknowledged/dealt with this and made this a plot arch it may have been redeemable. However it just carried on with the point being that you feel sorry for this middle aged white dude that eventually sleeps with the woman he almost raped causing him to fall out with the people he once considered family and loose his edge in his radio career. Boo Hoo for middle aged white dude. The references to political motives and tension would have made a much better plot arch rather than throwing in elements of rape culture to make a one man show more edgy. Shows like this are what alienate a lot of people from fringe. I love play about radio and will always give them a go but I have no appetite for stories that so flippantly flirt with issues of rape.


      Misrepresenting Radio :30 as a show promoting rape culture is like calling Keir Cutler’s “Teaching As You Like It” a show promoting and teaching pedophilia. Perhaps Steve Earle and Keir Cutler (with dramaturgy by T.J. Dawe) could combine their talents in a new show “Teaching the Fringe II”.

      But I’ll leave it to the audience to decide for themselves.


      I too did not feel that this play was promoting rape culture in the least. I interpreted the scene in question as a joke – I did not feel that the character was intending to sleep with the friend’s wife at all, he and his buddy drunkenly just wanted to see the reaction.

      I thought it was a solid play with great character development and well worth watching.


      Although I did, for a moment, worry that that scene in particular was going to turn into something horrible, I think it was established that this was not Ron’s intent at all. I also don’t think we’re supposed to feel bad for him after he talks about Ann yelling at him; in fact, I think it’s addressed in the show.
      That being said, I really enjoyed Radio: 30. I did, at times, feel that the show was moving slowly, but I also think the pace of the show made the ending much more emotionally effective.


    This show is a masterpiece. Perfectly directed, written and performed. It was the highlight of my Fringe experience in Toronto and kicked the festival off in the right direction for me here in Edmonton too!

    I will admit, I am not often a fan of one-person shows, but this one changed my viewpoint on them completely.

    Chris’s storytelling ability sucks you right into his character’s journey from the start. As his character becomes more unhinged, you do too without even realizing it. The commitment to story and emotion grab a hold of you and never let go.

    Shari’s direction is seamless and supports the text and performance like a fine wine to a delicious meal.

    Hollett and Earle work perfectly together in direction and performance with balance and confidence.

    As per the comment from “Myles”, I’d just like to rebutt by saying that this show has nothing to do with promoting rape culture. Like, at all. Not even for a second. I appreciate that theatre, much like any art form, has the ability to make the viewer interpret the work in any way, but I truly believe that the review from “Myles” misrepresents this work of art. It is about many things, but raping women is not one of them. As a woman, and as an audience member, I did NOT see that at all.

    There is a reason that Hollett and Earle have won multiple awards (Dora, CCA, Chalmers, Patron’s Pick), trust me, you do not want to miss out on your opportunity to see them in action. Radio:30 is brilliant.


    Every go to a crappy play and wonder…. OMG….okay, so the premise was great, the build up was okay, but he delivery, left something to be desired along with a portion of the subject matter. No, it’s not about rape culture, not even close. But the story telling in regards to a poor practical joke, left me sitting there feeling rather awkward in the front row. I suppose I expected some rant, something over the edge, off the wall..but that’s not what was delivered. Someone might like it, or perhaps it was delivered better in Toronto, but in Edmonton on Friday evening…I sat there wondering…ever go to a play and wonder why…?


    I disagree about the rape culture thing, but I still was not sold on this show. I spent most of it thinking “where is he going with this?”. My question was never answered.

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