or…What the Internet is saying about us!

HartLife NFP has won multiple  Mark Time Awards, and was a Finalist for a 2013 Parsec Award. Our Fair City was named the year’s Best Original Comedy in the 2013 and 2014 Audio Verse Awards.

Our Fair City has appeared at the Chicago Fringe Festival, at CONvergence in Minneapolis, MN, and as part of Fringe Radio for the 2013 Atlanta Fringe Festival. 

Our Fair City has been broadcast on National Public Radio through Columbus, OH’s WCBE 90.5FM, Minneapolis/St. Paul’s KFAI 90.3 FM, Portland, Maine’s WMPG 90.9 FM, Nova Scotia’s CKDU 88.1 FM, and by affiliate radio stations across Canada and the world, and has been featured on The Sonic Society, Radio Drama Revival, The Sci-Fi Diner, and Chris and Crys take over the World.


“Clayton Faits’ script crackles and pops with hard-boiled dialogue….It’s a fast-paced and often-funny slice of pastiche that, while part of the ongoing serial, still works just fine as a stand-alone story. Jeffrey Gardner’s direction brings out just enough self-aware wink-and-a-nod moments to let us in on the jokes without belaboring them.

-Chicago Tribune, “Our Fair City: The Live Episode”

“…as I listened to two further episodes, I became aware of another aspect of the serial that sets it apart from its rivals — the quality of its writing.  To produce a series week in week out, and keep the plot going is no mean feat; but to take as much delight in language as the writers of this series obviously do is something quite unique.  Words are provided as much for their sound as their sense: the actors have great fun pronouncing polysyllabic nouns, taking cared to enunciate each syllable as if it were a tasty linguistic morsel.  Credit must be paid to the entire cast…The fact that they can produce a series so uniformly well written is testament to their abilities.  Long may it continue!

-Radio Drama Reviews, “Return to Our Fair City”


“…it does not take itself too seriously…the writing is absolutely hilarious…some totally laugh out loud moments.  It is funny, it is well recorded…it hearkens back to this earlier day of radio dramas…I listened to the entire series in about 3-4 days.

-The Sci Fi Diner Podcast, Ep 152 pt 1, 10/5/2012

“Suffice to say that, while the series is ostensibly set in the future, its roots lie firmly in the past; more specifically in the old-time radio serials (which later migrated to the cinema) that held audiences spellbound in the midst of the previous century.  If you like that kind of radio fare, then you’ll love Our Fair City.

Radio Drama Reviews

“I love radio shows and listen to them often while working. This has become one of my staples as I work through the archives. It’s a very well produced radio drama in the vein of Orson Wells. Definitely check it out. It’s awesome.”

-2816 Monument, “A Fantastic Mix of Internet Goodness

 “…I’ll give you a link to a wonderful series that IS available.  Our Fair City is a serial produced by HartLife Corporation. “All the life you’ll ever need.”  …Original, and well told.”

-KFAI 90.3 (Minneapolis/St. Paul), 6/3/2012


“Does any of this sound familiar?  Series co-creator and director Jeffrey Gardner maneuvers his characters like chessmen through sound engineer Ryan Schile’s eerie echoing soundscapes spiked with dramatic stabs…in the end, this futuristic but decadent corporate fascist society resembles a mere perverted extension of our own, suggesting that we urgently should  check our present heading for needed corrections.  Enjoy intriguing speculative sci-fi…”

-Captain Radio, “Radio Drama Revival: Episode 257