City of Dreams, beginning July 10

The latest wrinkle in new media has an old name: radio.'s Seeing Ear Theatre is offering original audio programs, including this 13-episode series by s-f scribe J. Michael Straczynski. The opening 32-min. story has little suspense, since its title (The Damned Are Playing at Godzilla's Tonight) is also its punch line. Steve Buscemi gives the lead character--a racist rock-club owner--his familiar sleazy-loser clamminess. But City of Dreams will have to improve to hold even a flickering candle to old cathode-tube chillers like Suspense and Lights Out. We miss the creaky-floor sound effects and the eerie melodies of the...

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