Ends Dec 31

It's a Wonderful Life: The 1946 Radio Play

Members say: Old-timey, Intimate, Nostalgic, Festive, Delightful
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Members
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Irish Repertory Theatre presents this stage adaptation of Frank Capra’s beloved holiday-season drama about sacrifice and redemption in small-town America.

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Christmas Eve, 1946...George Bailey, the nicest guy in town is in a terrible predicament. We find him perched precariously on a bridge, on the verge of suicide. Enter Clarence, George’s guardian angel, who has not yet earned his wings. Clarence shows George what Bedford Falls would be if George had never been born!  Set in a radio station in the 1940s, with a live sound FX artist, this poignant drama features six actors portraying 25 characters.

 

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The Huffington Post

"A clever way to present the story from a new angle...We get nostalgia, the pleasure of 'live' radio and the spine of the film’s story all at once...The set-up is low-key and winning...Anyone who has ever watched a radio play being performed knows what a treat that is, from observing the simple sound effects to the fun of seeing an actor switch from a little child to an old woman in the blink of an eye and so on...Moore directs the cast with a light touch and they are uniformly strong." Full Review

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Woman Around Town

"The deftly executed script covers all important touchstones in heart-warmingly familiar scenes with abbreviated dialogue. It’s great fun to watch the studio SFX artist (Rory Duffy) create atmosphere with cued sounds...Director Moore has created a believable double scenario from the naturalness of station W I R T and its wry-to-us commercials, to the play within the play which captivates from the get-go. Characters are well defined, turn on a dime, and relate as if a long time company." Full Review

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CurtainUp

"It may be hard to imaging the story without Jimmy Stuart. But happily these actors are really wonderful and Moore handles the material so expertly our imaginations can easily fill in the blanks...If you're finding these dim days of December are a little dimmer than usual, give your heart cheer and your soul comfort with the pure goodness of a show that celebrates people who love, comfort, and care for each other." Full Review

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Theatermania

"This version doesn't diverge from or reinterpret its widely beloved source material...Duffy offers the most consistent delights with his props and gadgets for creating the sounds...To hanker for a more emotionally wide-ranging experience is to wish for something fundamentally different from what Palermo and Moore are interested in providing...Comfort food par excellence...There's nothing wrong with indulging, especially under hands as capable and affectionate as these." Full Review

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Delightful, Nostalgic, Intimate, Festive, Old-timey

See it if you want some nostalgic holiday cheer, and are a fan of the movie

Don't see it if you're expecting to see a full-fledged production, with all the scenes from the movie fully realized.