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New York Theatre Review: Murder on Broadway!

Sunday, May 4th, 2014

NEW YORK THEATRE REVIEWS

“Murder on Broadway!” at Sophie’s

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By Joseph Yranski

Review: May 1, 2014

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I had the great good fortune of seeing RadioTheatre’s latest offering Murder on Broadway!, the third production from this talented group that I have had the good fortune to be entertained. They get better with every new work and manage to convey the “Theatre of the Imagination” to its highest levels by means of their talented vocal impersonation, along with the wit of their scripts. Playing a multitude of roles, they flow seamlessly from character to character – no one more than Zoe V. Spears who doubles for all of the female characters during the evening’s performance. On their bare stage without props and only with their voices, they entertain and convey a myriad of different settings, genres, with a cleaver and witty acumen.

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Located in the very intimate Sophie’s @ Broadway, it is amazing how well the audience reacts to these talented actors. Frank Zilinyi as the Host/Narrator presents a voice as full and rich as Orson Welles. Joshua Nicholson is just as fascinating to watch when he is off-microphone reacting to the others performing, as when he is on the airwaves. Cory Boughton as the Gum-Shoe works nearly the whole 90 minutes with little relief – and is excellent. Philip Casale is also stellar as the young actor George.

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If I have any criticism, it lies with Eduardo Ramirez the sound engineer – who keep the underscoring music throughout the performance at too high a level so that at moments it drowns out the voices of the actors. While the music and effects are cleaver and interesting, I came to hear the actors and not his sound mixing.

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Murder on Broadway! is for all ages – especially those who are too young to remember sitting in front of the radio console and letting our imagination fill in all the details from the radio dramas – making it the perfect entertainment.

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