Free SAG-AFTRA Senior Radio Players performance.
When: Thursday, December 6, 2018, 7-8:30pm
Where: Chicago Cultural Center, 78 E. Washington St. Claudia Cassidy Theater. Admission: free
Presenting live radio re-creations of classics from the Golden Age of Radio. A one hour radio script performed live on stage as they did it in the Golden Age of Radio. Wonderful plot line and characters. This is an all professional cast and it is FREE. They are accompanied by a sound effects crew which enhances the “theater of the mind”.
Easy Aces & The Bickersons
Directed by: Guy Barile
Producer: Michaela Nelson
Music Director: Patricia Rusk
About Easy Aces & The Bickersons (NYTimes redacted)
The battling Bickersons entertained American radio listeners in the 1940’s and created an enduring metaphor for senseless squabbling. The characters were created in the 1940’s for Don Ameche and Frances Langford.
Originally conceived as a sketch for another radio program, the disputatious John and Blanche Bickerson proved so popular that they appeared in further sketches and eventually on their own Sunday night radio program in 1947. The Bickersons were widely regarded as an inspiration for Jackie Gleason’s “Honeymooners” and other television couples. The programs have been repeatedly revived for dinner theater and other venues and the original broadcasts have become a staple of nostalgia broadcasts.
Although the program lasted only one season, the Bickersons had entered the American lexicon. Their rapid-fire exchanges of barbs, most of them aimed at the husband made the Bickersons seem the prototype of matrimonial infighting though with with no malice between them and only affectionate hyperbole. Many of the sketches were based on the writer’s exchanges with his wife.