Live from the Avalon Theatre: It's "Radio From Downtown"
Halloween night 2009, the long-running music/variety production "Radio from
Downtown" celebrated its 20th anniversary in show business with a
presentation of another famous radio program first broadcast 71 years ago
from the CBS radio studios in New York City: Orson Welles and the Mercury
Theatre on the Air’s adaptation of H. G. Wells’ (no relation) “The
War of the Worlds.”
its highly-paid mouthpiece, the legal department of RFD Productions admits
to “messing with the script a little bit” to re-imagine the production
on the Delmarva Peninsula. This location change necessitated a few other
minor plot “improvements” in order to stay true to the mission of
"Radio from Downtown": If it’s worth doing, it’s worth overdoing.
spine-tingling program featured the crack house band, the "No-No
Nonette", the Downtown Players with Carl Kasell and Liane Hansen from
National Public Radio, singing chanteuses Hot Soup, University of MD
Center for Environmental Science President Don Boesch, and other special guests. The program
was broadcast on the world wide web as well as on
local radio stations.
and producer Van Williamson thanks Delmarva residents for flocking to the
show but adds: “I can’t be responsible if people are just too blind to see the
value in this type of activity, no matter how nebulous. Name one other
production that still proudly lives up to its own publicity: It’s Not
That Far from Art. Talk about truth in advertising. I rest my case.”
To The Show: