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Friday, March 28, 2003

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Haunted Spoke?!

By Maggie Wrobel
Gazette Staff

Western students beware: this Saturday, The Spoke gets haunted.

After a string of over 70 episodes at various venues throughout the city, The Continuing Adventures of the Boneyard Man, London's longest running theatrical series, hits The Spoke. The series is the brainchild of renowned local actor and playwright Jayson MacDonald.

"[The show] is patterned after The Shadow, a radio noir program from the 1930s and '40s," MacDonald reveals.

And he's not kidding. The show is presented in the format of a proper radio show, complete with commercials, and actors reading their scripts onstage in front of the audience.

The premise of the series involves LePage, a wealthy man who, at night, dons a skeleton mask and sets out to fight crime la millionaire Bruce Wayne's transformation into Batman. Along with a cast of new and recurring wacky characters, LePage solves mysteries and deftly finishes off bad guys with minimal effort and a ton of laughs.

Though the series stretches to over 70 episodes, The Spoke show revisits two older episodes: episode 9, "The Prophecy of Gloom," and episode 10, "Death Tiptoed Around Like A Little Girl."

MacDonald writes all of the show's scripts, and promises that Saturday's episodes will be equal amounts of mystery and hilarity.

"In 'Prophecy of Gloom,' LePage and [his love interest] Margery go to a carnival, where a gypsy fortune teller tells LePage that he only has one week to live, and all manners of freakish accidents convince him that it's actually true," he reveals.

And will the average Western student be able to enjoy The Continuing Adventures of the Boneyard Man?

"Well, it's [a] smart, fast, slightly cynical, good, fun romp," MacDonald enthuses. "All it takes is to see it once and then you'll want to see it again."

The Continuing Adventures of the Boneyard Man, episodes 9 and 10, will be performed at The Spoke this Saturday at 9 p.m.. Cover is $5. The show can also be heard on Western's CHRW 94.7 FM Tuesday nights at 6:30 p.m..

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