For Lina, our newlywed protagonist, only three months into her marriage proved that not everything can be as lovely as the honeymoon stage. When she begins to fear the error of her husband’s ways—gambling, chief among them—she worries that the life she imagined with him will not come to fruition.
“I suppose I’ve always been afraid of Johnny. In some way, perhaps intuitively, I knew he was going to destroy me.”
RadioTheatre reveals the lies woven into the fabric of a relationship
Money is a constant worry in the young couple’s life. And when Lina comes to find her husband has been broke all his life, and was merely putting on a facade for her, the image of her ideal husband begins to unravel. He is poor, he gambles the day away instead of working, he sells her priceless items for betting money, and, to ice the cake of her disbelief—Johnny hardly flinches as he watches one of his oldest friends gasp for air when his heart begins to give out.
The latter moment shows Lina the “cold-blooded savagery inherent in Johnny.” And from there, she is on her toes for the remainder of this audio performance; wondering what misdeed will happen to her or others at the hands of her husband.
We feel the sharpness of Lina’s worries. We are drawn into the sinister, vague actions of her husband. What pushes this 27-minute story most, in this writer’s view, is the conviction in the actors’ voices as they play out their roles, and the sound effects setting the scenes; at some points even, this soundtrack literally brings us along for the ride with the sounds of a moving car’s engine or heavy footsteps.
RadioTheatre’s performance of SUSPICION aptly brings this title to life. For viewers who want more than suspense, but want to be shocked too, this audio performance is sure to please.
Frank Zilinyi, R.Patrick Alberty, Alejandro Cardozo, Caitlin Boyle, Sarah Gwynne Walker, Annemarie Hagenaars
Dan Bianchi (director/story adapter/sound), Wes Shippee (sound design/tech director)
Photos courtesy of RadioTheatre NYC
About the Author: Margaret Smith ( Photo by Mike Rundle )
Margaret Smith is a Chicago-based, multi-genre writer and editor. They are a graduate of Columbia College Chicago, a lover of all-things theater, and a crossword puzzle enthusiast. More of their work can be found on the Better Magazine website.