The Mysterious Old Radio Listening Society specializes performing original radio drama's, and adaptations of crime, suspense and horror radio drama's, broadcast during the golden age of radio, including classic tales from Lights Out, Suspense, Quiet Please, and more. Each show is performed in the style of a vintage radio broadcast, complete with commercials breaks, live sound effects, and eerie music.
Monday April 18th, 7:30 PM
Park Square Theatre
Historic Hamm Building | 20 West 7th Place | Saint Paul, MN 55102 | Ticket Office 651.291.7005
This April, The Society brings you a double-feature of prophetic science fiction stories; one tragic, one comic.
April 18, 7:30 PM – Boss Stage
In-person or Streaming
“The Veldt” from Dimension X (1951): George and Lydia are concerned about their children. They’ve become obsessed with the “ nursery” – a virtual reality playroom designed and built by the Happy Home Corporation. A “precautionary” tale about technology and its unintended effect on children.
“A Logic Named Joe” from X Minus One (1955): Logics are voice-activated AI, linked to a system of servers, allowing users to access data, entertainment, and commercial goods (sound familiar?). But when the Logics start giving out dangerous advice, the whole world goes mad. Can one computer repairman find the fault before it’s too late?
...an artisanal, old-school way of making entertainment. Shanan Custer, Joshua English Scrimshaw, Eric Webster and Tim Uren play a variety of hard-boiled stiffs and molls ...The conflicts are refreshingly simple and escapist. The fun is in watching these fine actors work almost exclusively with their voices … and to see them create a sepia-toned world with handmade sound effects.
DOMINIC P. PAPATOLA - Pioneer Press
...Their love for and knowledge of the genre is evident. I closed my eyes a few times during the show...because it's almost more chilling and thrilling to just listen and let your imagination create the picture of what's happening. But it's also fun to watch the performers, who all have such great retro radio voices, with inventive sound effect implements.
CHERRY AND SPOON
Shanan Custer, Joshua English Scrimshaw, Tim Uren, Eric Webster, and Joe Weismann have this down cold — not just the technical aspect, but the tone… Chilling as it might be to experience these tales alone in the dark, it’s much more fun to experience them with a crowd.
If you want to enjoy what it was like to enjoy being an audience member during an old radio broadcast, then you can't do better than seeing this company do their show. They just keep getting better every year. These are well-chosen, authentic, radio scripts from the 40s and 50s with live foley and masterful voice acting.
Heather - Audience Member
Two old radio scripts come to vivid life through the talents of seasoned professionals who jump seamlessly through multiple sharply drawn characters, while simultaneously generating sound effects and live music, and seemingly having as much fun in the performance as the audience. This show is pure delight!
Patrick - Audience Member