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Radio Redux preview: Radio days revived

Eugene theater company performs classic broadcast stories live

by GARY FERRINGTON

Listen with your eyes closed to the soundscape that surrounds you. What do you hear and what do you imagine within the theater of your mind? Are those the footsteps of an approaching mugger? Who is inserting a key in the front door? That sound of crashing plates — an accident or domestic fight?

Radio theater encourages you, the listener, to create your own images of the characters and sounds you hear as they perform radio classics from the past.

Radio Redux. Photo: Gary Ferrington.

Radio Redux. Photo: Gary Ferrington.

When the Eugene repertory theater group Radio Redux brings its production  of It Happened One Night to the Hult Center’s Soreng stage at 7:30 p.m. Friday, April 8, and 2 p.m. Sunday, April 10, it will transport theater goers back to a time when radio broadcasters of the 1930s-’50s performed “live” drama before a studio audience. And instead of watching former Oregonian Clark Gable chase Claudette Colbert in the Academy Award winning 1934 film version of the story, they’ll create the images in their own minds.

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