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It's a Wonderful Life: The 1946 Radio Play

From 6 member  reviews
Members say: Delightful, Great acting, Entertaining, Nostalgic, Funny

About the show

Irish Repertory Theatre presents this stage adaptation of Frank Capra’s beloved holiday-season drama about sacrifice and redemption in small-town America. More…

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.

Member Reviews (6)


Delightful, Great acting, Entertaining, Nostalgic, Funny
Avg Score

Irish rep's christmas gift to nyc, Heart-warming, Great acting, Masterful, Exquisite

See it if you enjoy seeing a classic film turned into a radio play. A winning cast of 6! Orlagh Cassidy is a wonder!!!

Don't see it if no reason not to see this production—perfect for the holiday season (despite the fact that it is sold out for the remainder of its run).

Clever, Delightful, Entertaining, Great acting, Great set

See it if you want to spend 70 minutes with a delightful cast who re-imagine an old movie (that I'm not particularly fond of). I loved this version.

Don't see it if intimate little plays are not your cup of tea.

Delightful, Festive, Nostalgic, Old-timey, Intimate

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.

Delightful, Funny, Great acting

See it if you like this age-old story, if you like simulated radio shows.

Don't see it if you prefer fully staged productions.

Also This was a great reading and acting of this old-time show. The radio s... Read more Read less

Delightful, Quirky, Refreshing

See it if want to spend an absolutely delightful holiday evening:)

Don't see it if You want a full blown production of It's a Wonderful Life .

Also My husband, my daughter, and myself had big smiles and shed a few tear... Read more Read less

Delightful, Enchanting, Entertaining, Great staging, Great acting

See it if you want to get an authentic glimpse of the 1940s... a Radio play, beautifully presented with wonderful acting. I hope they bring this back.

Don't see it if you do not like small intimate productions, with a big heart.

December 3rd, 2017
"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...
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December 15th, 2017
"Does any film director better define or describe the All-American spirit than Frank Capra? And does any other of Frank Capra's films better describe the All-American spirit than his Christmas movie 'It's a Wonderful Life?' Capra's 'It's a Wonderful Life' is now an unusual stage play, presented a...
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December 4th, 2017
"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 a...
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December 23rd, 2017
“What a treat this radio play adaptation is...There is an easiness in the air and camaraderie amongst the lot...All play their numerous parts with relish and joy, surprising us all with their versatility, energy, and stage presence. They really do a spectacular job connecting us to the film while...
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