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Theater production relives era before television

Jewel Box Theatre offers a dose of nostalgia with its “Mystery Radio Plays of the '40s and '50s.”
BY ELIZABETH HURD Published: March 11, 2011

The setup, while poorly staged, is nicely conceived, but the follow-through is nonexistent. Audience members are frustrated with no epilogue.

Jane Hall as established radio actress Lana Linn is marvelous in her tiff with Chris Harris as Blanche Archer. In this age-old competition, there is never any resolution. How does Paul Tomlin's portrayal of the shy Herschel Miller go from a rabbit to a lion? We will never know.

Is station manager Sheldon Ellis able to cope with the new medium of television? Glen Hallstrom's characterization is quite accurate. Joe Bear, the former OU football star, is played by Mike Parker. Both actor and character are great potential sports announcers.

Is Christine Jolly as the beautiful Kitty Cain going to fall for the next transparent line of Desmond Archer, the leading man with a roving eye? The audience only knows that Archer is played by the debonair and handsome Lance Reese. The twinkle in his eye will always get the girl.

— Elizabeth Hurd


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