Troupe revives '40s-style radio with 'Wonderful Life'
Los Angeles-based improvisation comedy troupe Fake Radio will present a one-night-only, 1940s-style radio performance of the holiday classic "It's a Wonderful Life," at Hillsboro's The Vault Theater on Wednesday, Dec. 13.
Kevin McDonald, star of the cult-comedy favorite, "The Kids in the Hall," will appear as a special guest star.
Fake Radio has produced more than 100 versions of classic 1940s radio programming with a decidedly comic bent.
The shows transport audiences back in time by capturing the essence of an old-time-radio broadcast: Actors perform in period clothing, stand with scripts in hand — before old microphones — retelling classic stories while all of the sound effects are perfectly synchronized.
The troupe's well-known hallmark is expertly blending the original broadcast scripts — including commercials — with unexpected improvisation.
LA Weekly said of their work, "LA has a few troupes doing radio-style performances, but none of them as distincltively authoritative as Fake Radio."
In the troupe's first trip to Portland, it will perform two nights at Portland's Alberta Rose Theater, followed by a night in Hillsboro.
The performance starts with an Andrews Sisters-style holiday revue, followed by a 60-minute performance of "It's A Wonderful Life."
McDonald, a Canadian-born actor, is best known as a member of the hit television comedy, "The Kids in the Hall," and also as a popular voiceover artist for films like "Lilo & Stitch." He founded "The Kids in the Hall" with fellow comedian Dave Foley in 1984.
Tickets to the show are $20 and can be purchased online at www.bagnbaggage.org or by calling 503-345-9590.
The show starts at 7:30 p.m. at The Vault, 330 E. Main St., in Hillsboro.