I had high hopes for Dyck Spacee – A Spy-Fi Improvised Radio Play based on the description in the Fringe program. As the show unfolded I realized it was heavy (in costuming and content) on the noir and mysterious circumstances, with minimal elements of sci-fi. My night saw the cast of 6 Slapjack City Radio members put on the radio play instalment, Dyck Spacee and the Environmental Activist. As someone with more of a familiarity and interest in sci-fi than noir detective stories, I was a little bored during this instalment. I was underwhelmed by the sci-fi content: we got slime where I had been wishing for aliens, spaceships, or robots.
Upon reflection after the show though, I think the team was highly successful in making the slime central to the environmental activist mystery plot and neatly tying up the story (and solving the case!) in the allotted amount of time.
Sonja’s Favourite Bits:
The foley table with equipment to make the sound effects made a great centre piece and added an interesting element to the improv.
Missed the Mark for Sonja:
Would have loved (and been more engaged by) more sci-fi content.
Dyck Spacee – A Spy-Fi Improvised Radio Play is playing at the Improv Comedy Institute 6 - 16 September as part of the 2018 Vancouver Fringe Festival.
~ reviewed by Sonja Cvoric
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