You only have five more chances to catch Mike Skinner’s new play “The Musicality Radio Hour” which opened last weekend at Yale Cabaret and will be on again tonight through Saturday.
Skinner is a third year sound design major at the Yale School of Drama who harbors a love of old-time radio — plays and variety shows — and this new show is designed to take audiences behind the scenes at a live broadcast.
“We’re going to show you everything. We have a nine person cast and will be doing live foley (sound effects),” Skinner told me when we talked on the phone Tuesday.
In keeping with the format, the Yale Cabaret will be streaming the five shows live over the Internet so that home audiences will be able to experience the show with all of their fantasies intact.
“The great thing about radio drama is the way your imagination fills everything in,” Skinner said of the power of purely audio storytelling.
But the fun at the Cabaret will be in the contrast between what is being heard by home listeners and what is being seen in the radio studio mock-up where the show is being done.
“The twist (at the Cabaret) is that you are watching voiceover actors who look nothing like what they are playing,” the writer and co-director (with Lee Micklin) explained.
Skinner said he grew up in Orange loving theater and music, not knowing that one day he could “have a career that combined both” — designing sound for theatrical performances.
Skinner will be finishing his master’s program this spring and heading out into the professional world; the Cabaret show may be your last chance to be able to say you saw him when.
One of the things that is especially exciting about the Yale Cabaret is that the group presents the freshest material to be seen on any stage in this region.
Run by students of the School of Drama, the institution is able to tap into the excitement of the acting, writing, directing (and sound design) students in one of the finest drama schools in the world.
Because the Cabaret presents a new show every third weekend — in a terrific, ever-changing, informal space (above) where you can have a drink and a meal before a show — it can take chances on material that would be a huge risk for a traditional non-profit theater such as Long Wharf or Hartford Stage.
Check it out.
(For performance times and ticket information on “The Musicality Radio Hour” and a link to the live broadcasts tonight through Saturday, go to www.yalecabaret.org)