Commando: The Radio Play
Adapted by Cory Falvo
Ditch Water Theatre - Winnipeg, MB
V.11 - Centennial Concert Hall - Rehearsal Hall 
Before he fought the Predator, before he got his ass to Mars and before he was The Terminator again, Arnold Schwarzenegger was Colonel John Matrix. Adapted from the 1985 classic, Commando: The Radio Play takes history's greatest action film* back to a simpler time when special effects were made with slapsticks, aluminum sheets and celery. This production is performed live by voice actors and a Foley artist without the aid of digital effects. It's the blockbuster you have to hear to believe. *Don't argue. I will fight you on this.

Cory Falvo, Cathy Herbert, Sam McLean, and William O'Donnell

Show Info:
60 Mins
Tickets: $12
$10 Weekday Matinees, Fringe Performers


Parental Guidance

Warnings: Coarse Language, Violent Content, Gunshots

Accessibility: Low Vision / Blind
Wed July 17 10:00 PM
Sat July 20 7:15 PM
Sun July 21 1:45 PM
Mon July 22 3:30 PM
Tue July 23 12:00 PM
Wed July 24 5:15 PM
Fri July 26 8:45 PM
Sun July 28 3:30 PM

Commando: The Radio Play

Ditch Water Theatre—Centennial Concert Hall – Rehearsal Hall

A brilliant blending of 40s style live radio serials and a parody of the Arnold Schwarzenegger 1985 action flick, Commando. The voice actors were remarkable – three playing every role – and the Foley artist was restrained perfection because they could easily have upstaged but never did. The voice actor playing Arnie was better than Arnie – like Arnie if he’d ever taken an acting lesson. Amazing: go see it.

Audra Lesosky

Commando: The Radio Play

Ditch Water Theatre—Centennial Concert Hall – Rehearsal Hall

My hidden gem of this year! I’m still smiling days later and can’t stop recommending this to everyone I meet! I might even go see it again because I deserve it. The program description doesn’t do it justice; or give you a clue as to just how special this is.

This play written by the genius Cory Falvo, is a showcase for the art of Foley. For those who are not familiar with the term, it is the art of making sound effects without digital aid. And Cory is an artiste! What they do with their arsenal of veggies, fruits, tin sheets and all manner of articles is pure ingenuity; not to mention the cleverest and most comical act I’ve seen ever, not just this year.

The room is filled with such a rare shared spirit of pure joy at witnessing such fun. It’s magical. What impressed me the most was the obvious enjoyment the performers got from what they were doing. They were feeding off the blast the audience was having and bouncing it back at us. This radio play had 3 actors, borrowing bits from Arnold Schwarzenegger’s ‘Commando‘ movie. The various accents were spot on, the timing perfect, as they zipped from multiple characters with lightning speed. They even inserted hilarious commercials, with a guest star from another show. Cory’s serious expression with furrowed brow turned into sheer merriment, as they played off tiny mistakes in timing and turned them into triumphs, demonstrated just how perfectly they have mastered the Foley art. I never realized how a cabbage can so accurately mimic the sound of a gory murder.

Please come back next year! I’m a fan for life. Catch me at the Jenny’s on Sunday night and it will be my pleasure to buy you all a beer!

Lisa Campbell

Commando: The Radio Play

Ditch Water Theatre—Centennial Concert Hall – Rehearsal Hall

I’ll preface this with saying I have probably seen the movie Commando at least a dozen times and had actually watched it again a few weeks before hearing about the show. While it probably helps if you have seen the movie, as you will be more familiar with the overall plot, I think those that have not seen it will still very much enjoy this farcical take on a classic 80’s action movie. Doing it as a radio play was really an inspired choice and is perfect for a Fringe show.

The three member voice cast wonderfully bring all the characters to life. The sound effects are all done live by the fourth cast member. The menagerie of devices, items, fruits and vegetables that are used to create cars, planes, helicopters, machine guns, a rocket launcher and various results of hand to hand combat sound amazing but are also a sight to behold. The show is of course filled with the ubiquitous 80’s action movie catch phrases you would expect but also includes a few fun ads between scenes that are more reminiscent of the time when radio plays were the biggest form of entertainment.

Murray Hunter

Ditch Water Theatre

Commando: The Radio Play—Centennial Concert Hall – Rehearsal Hall

Commando: The Radio Play is an audio adaptation of the 1985 movie Commando starring Arnold Schwarzenegger. In the spirit of MTC’s radio play production of “It’s a Wonderful Life,” our show features less Christmas, more summer action blockbuster. All audio will be performed live with a sound effect artist and a cast of talented voice actors.