Every Now and Then by George Zarr

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Voices in the Wind, January 2012
Frank (Gregg Rainwater) and his wife Diane (Noelle Dupuis) enter an antique shop one day in search of an artefact. They encounter the shop-owner Mr. Sagen (Norm McLeod), who points them towards an old cylindrical gramophone ...
What starts off as a normal run-of-the-mill shopping trip ends up as a nightmare, as Frank is transported back in time to 1903. His name has changed into Johnny (a neat allusion to the old American popular song "Frankie and Johnny"), and he is now married to Mabel (both roles played by the same actors), with a daughter Virginia (Alexandra Poole).
The ensuing action switches between the early twentieth century and the preent day, with Frank/ Johnny becoming more and more perplexed: is he going mad, or is he actually being transported back in time. Each reference to the song "Every Now and Then," a popular hit in 1903, serves only to confuse him further. Both Diane and Mabel become increasingly worried about him, as he is clearly not the man they married.
The action of Zarr's play culminating in an exciting climax, as Johnny is involved in a shipwreck, and subsequently transported back to the present at the very moment when he appears to have lost his family ... As Frank, he breathes a sigh of relief; he does not have to suffer any more. He thinks that what has happened is all a dream ... but is it?
The subject of time-travel is a perennially popular one, ever since H. G. Wells published The Time Machine in 1895. Author Zarr creates an intriguing suspense-drama, focusing in particular on Frank/ Johnny's increasingly confused state of mind, as he does not really know whether he has been transported back to the past, or returned to the present. Gregg Rainwater offers a vocally nuanced performance, oscillating between extreme confidence and fear.
I see from the Voices in the Wind website that Every Now and Then has been selected for inclusion in the Radio Drama category at the Atlanta Fringe Festival, later in 2012. I think the play deserves serious consideration for an award.