Taking its inspiration from pulp magazines and film noir, Radio Star offers a parodic take on a
1940s radio detective serial, complete with live sound effects, risible advertising jingles, and a
staggering amount of salacious wordplay. Written and performed by New York’s multi-talented
Tanya O’Debra, we follow the story of private detective Nick McKitrick who is hired by a widowed inventor’s wife to find her husband’s murderer. With McKitrick’s constant running interior monologue (which we discover may not be so interior), plot twists, and cool jazz soundtrack, the performance will feel all-too-familiar to fans of detective fiction; but its contemporary updates with unrestrained somatic puns and commentary on 1940s sexual conventions make for an entertaining hour of comedy. Warming up the audience will be three 1940s-style performances: Mary Witt and the O-Tones Duo, singing popular songs of the 1940s, and two burlesque acts.