Radio Redux offers up a delightful romantic comedy in its live radio theater adaptation of the 1934 hit film “It Happened One Night” at the Hult Center for the Performing Arts in Eugene at 7:30 p.m. Friday, April 8, and 2 p.m. Sunday, April 10. Tickets, starting at $18, are available at the Hult Center box office (in person or by phone at 541-682-5000) or at radioreduxusa.com.
Radio Redux, which recreates historic radio programs from the 1930s-60s, features live sound effects and whimsical commercials with live music.
“We’re excited to revive what’s arguably the greatest screwball comedy in film history not just because it’s a lot of fun but because it represents a significant genre that’s rarely experienced anymore,” says Radio Redux founder and producer Fred Crafts. “It’s a dynamite road trip adventure with lots of close calls. It’s a ‘will-they, won’t-they’ potboiler.”
Shirley Andress makes her debut with Radio Redux as self-absorbed heiress Ellie Andrews, who, newly engaged to rakish pilot and fortune-hunter King Westley, runs away from her extremely wealthy father after he orders her to stay away from Westley. Steve Wehmeier portrays out-of-work newspaper reporter Peter Warne, who recognizes Ellie on a Greyhound bus and gives her an ultimatum: If she will give him an exclusive on her story, he will help her escape her father’s grasp so she can reunite with Westley. Though initially they can’t stand each other (she’s spoiled, he’s a lout), as Ellie and Peter go through several adventures together they begin to fall in love.
The movie was released at the tail end of Hollywood’s “Pre-Code” era, so while the film was censored it was still slightly wicked for the era — Clark Gable removes his shirt! — but mild by today’s standards.
“The movie would easily capture a G rating under today’s criteria,” Crafts says. “That fits perfectly into what Radio Redux does, which is always good, clean fun ideal for audiences of all ages.”
April 8, 2016
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It Happened One Night
Radio Redux offers up a delightful romantic comedy in its live radio theater adaptation of the 1934 hit film “It Happened One Night” at the Hult Center for... More info at www.oregonfamily.com/events/85828/it-happened-one-night
Hult Center for Performing Arts One Eugene Center , Eugene, OR 97401