The Northampton Arts Council works to support and nurture the arts in the city of Northampton. The Council awards grants twice each year to artists and arts groups from both state and locally-raised funds, and seeks to improve public awareness of the arts. Its' goals include maintaining and preserving the rich and diverse cultural heritage of Northampton, programming such annual events of interest to the community as First Night Northampton and Transperformance.

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Academy of Music Theatre Presents Tanya O’Debra’s Radio Star

The Academy of Music turns back the clock to the 1940s to present Radio Star, a solo show by Tanya O’Debra, on Saturday, March 8th at 8:00pm. Kicking off the evening’s entertainment will be opening acts by Mary Witt and The O-Tones Duo and Boston’s Rogue Burlesque.

Billed as a “filthy, filthy, dirty 1940s radio detective spoof,” Radio Star is a one-woman play written and performed by Brooklyn-based, Boston-born, self-proclaimed funny woman Tanya O’Debra. Taking its inspiration from pulp magazines and film noir, it offers a parodic take on the detective radio serial genre, complete with live Foley sound effects, risible advertising jingles, and a staggering amount of salacious wordplay.

O’Debra lends her voice to ten different characters as we follow the story of private detective Nick McKittrick, who is hired by a widowed inventor’s wife to find her husband’s murderer. With McKittrick’s constant running interior monologue, 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 add a modern edge and make for a captivating hour of comedy. Flavorpill NYC described the show as “An absurd cross between John Waters and Raymond Chandler,” declaring, “Radio Star is a raunchy blast.”

Radio Star has played around the U.S. and internationally. It has been a popular and critical favorite at numerous fringe festivals, garnering awards including Best of the San Francisco Fringe Festival (2011) and three New York Innovative Theatre Awards nominations (2010).

Warming up the audience with 1940s-inspired opening acts will be Valley favorites Mary Witt and The O-Tones Duo, with their trademark swing music, and Rogue Burlesque’s Dewie Decimator, Delilah Spring, and Busty Keaton, with their brand of “gorgeous, geeky burlesque” featuring sexy striptease, silly stage antics, and dazzling tassel-twirling.

Admission is $15 general admission, plus box office fees. Radio Star contains adult content. For tickets or further information, please visit the Academy website at or phone the Academy Box Office at 413-584-9032 ext.105.  

This program is funded in part by the O’Connell Companies, Fink & Perras Insurance Agency, WGBY 57, and the Massachusetts Cultural Council.

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