Randall Wheatley is a well-known playwright and musicians in the Austin, TX area, with his sophomore release not being the of the usual musical nature. Instead it combines what is more like a play of spoken words, set in the music service platform format. Mary Me Margret is a podcast that can be found on all streaming platforms, and five of the video clips for it are now available while the rest follow. This is quite a departure from Wheatley’s music, but it could be just the beginning of more where it comes from, knowing Wheatley and his career choices.
The story of Mary Me Margret goes from a love of women and alcohol to a murder within 14 podcast episodes as a series of releases, and they all come with titles and subtitles for each episode. Wheatley only makes so much obvious and you have to be mature and keen enough to follow his words without wondering just exactly what is going on, so it’s best to hear it all and then see it all, but this short chapter is “Mary Me Margret – Who Is Margret?” And it plays in introduction form for just over one minute to start the series.
“Episode 2: I Like Liquor – What it’s like to marry Margret” completely entices the viewer with lovely bunches of bottles from the bar, with exquisite quality running through it, as if it were a mini movie at this point. You can feel an odd sense of humor developing at this point, and you feel like it’s going to be an interesting series, especially if madcap is your thing. But there is a twist in how things jump around, with episode three not only being very funny, but it involves looking back on family life with home movies.
Until I hear all episodes of the podcast, I can only imagine where it goes after viewing the videos, but if you see them before knowing the story, it still doesn’t seem to hurt any. I will be listening to it and watching the remaining videos as well. Episode four, “There Is Sweetness In Pain – Meet Don. He Murders Margret” takes it to another level with Wheatley aiming to please his core audience through pleasing himself to come up with the best content to go with the story. But the overall appeal is one the masses can also appreciate if they hear and see it.
Wheatley describes this work as “odder” than his previous work, and that’s not hard to disagree with if you know his music or other ventures. I look forward to the rest of the series, especially after episode five getting even more enticing as the videos release every Tuesday and Friday. “The Pale Blue Pillow – Time tripping with Margret” sees the story continuing with some great abstract visuals and more excellent narration by Whitley as it dazzles even more with some tasty scenes. Getting to see these videos makes it easy to want to hear Mary Me Margret, so, Wheatly scores a win win.
by Bethany Page