There are a lot of players in this story; it took me a few minutes to get everyone straight. Basically we've got three sisters (Muriel, Alice, and Gloria) who sing harmony a la The Andrews Sisters at a local radio station, the writer/actor Buck (Muriel's beau), the sound effects man Hubert, local-boy-turned-NYC-star Max, the radio show staff, and the band. Gloria's fiance is fighting oversees, Alice is crushing on Max, and Muriel is busy worrying about both of them. They're preparing for a live Christmas show that will be broadcast throughout the state, and if it goes well, the New York station just might let them do more, keeping the station in business. Once all of that has been established, we go to the show within a show, which is a little like watching A Prairie Home Companion with alternating skits and music (both holiday standards and lesser known wartime songs from the '40s). After the show is completed, with just a few surprises, the happy ending is wrapped up and we go off into the night singing "We Wish You a Merry Christmas."
|Missy Hildebrandt, Sarah Frazier, Stephanie Wipf,|
and Jordan Oxborough
The Lyric Arts stage has been effectively turned into a 1940s radio station, with sound and announcer booths (and some fun had with the sound proof feature of the booths), vintage microphones, sound effects station, and the band at the back of the stage (I'm curious to see how this set becomes a frontier town in the late 19th Century). The sharp period costumes complete the look, and kudos to whoever did the sisters' elaborate '40s updos (scenic design by Jane Ryan, costume design by Stephanie Mueller).
Christmas in the Airwaves continues through December 20.