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The return of the 'Intergalactic Nemesis'

Jeanne Claire van Ryzin

It's a live radio play. It's a comic book come to life. It's a multimedia theater show.

It's "The Intergalactic Nemesis," and it's back Tuesday in Austin at the Long Center midway through its national tour.

Created in Austin by a local team of playwrights, illustrators, musicians and a sound effects artist, "Intergalactic Nemesis" is a one-of-a-kind show that brings three actors to the stage to voice the parts of 30 characters in the vintage-inspired sci-fi adventure as sound effects designed by Foley artist Buzz Moran and music by Austin composer Graham Reynolds provide the moody sounds.

Projected comic-book artwork by Tim Doyle gives a lively, colorful backdrop to the show.

Set in the 1930s, "The Intergalactic Nemesis' follows Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter Molly Sloan, her assistant Timmy Mendez and the mysterious time-traveling librarian Ben Wilcott as they try to stop aliens from Planet Zygon from invading Earth.

"The Intergalactic Nemesis" actually started in 1996 as a casual coffee shop show presented by Austin writer and director Jason Neulander.

Audiences loved its serial story that harkens back to the radio plays of a bygone era. Now, the "Nemesis" empire includes an actual comic book and a regularly touring live show.

'The Intergalactic Nemesis'

When: 8 p.m. Tuesday

Where: Dell Hall, Long Center, 701 W. Riverside Drive

Cost: $19-$49

Information: www.thelongcenter.org