Enter the radio station of WOV and get ready for a live holiday radio broadcast. That’s the set-up for Walton Jones’ musical The 1940’s Radio Hour, presented by Landmark Community Theatre at the Thomaston Opera House. Because there’s no real plot, the focus is on the characters and they are not developed well enough that we get to know any of them very well. What we get is an inkling of stereotyped characters, like the drunk featured male singer who is heading out to Hollywood, the sexy blonde, the kid waiting for a big break, the soldier, etc. However, there’s no depth to the piece. It’s just an excuse to present some 1940’s music, which in itself is a good excuse.
Directed by Dan Checovetes, the first half hour comes across as though the cast is under-rehearsed. Actors seem to walk aimlessly around the stage and perform meaningless tasks, mouthing conversations that are not really taking place. It’s only when the band finally enters the stage that things pick up.