Review by Peter Hall
It’s Christmas Eve 1946 and a Manhattan radio studio is about to broadcast the beloved story of George Bailey, his arch-nemesis Mr. Potter, the love of his life, Mary, and, of course, his guardian angel, Clarence. If you’ve seen the famous movie starring Jimmy Stewart, you know the plot. What’s different here is the presentation, like a Christmas stocking filled with surprises.Read More
Review by Melinda Miller
The celebrations that pile up at Christmastime, when we think of faith, family and friends, all deliver the warm comfort of familiarity in a cold, dark season.
We feel it when we open that big box of holiday decorations and pull out the much-loved ornaments. And for company, anyone can turn on the television that's as big as the front door, and welcome in old friends like Rudolph and Ralphie, or those partners on opposite sides of spiritual awakening, tight-fisted Scrooge and George Bailey of Bedford Falls.
Review by Cherie Messore
Maybe you’ve seen the movie a bunch of times, but unless you are truly of a certain age, you’ve never seen (or heard) “It’s a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play,” now on stage at Shea’s 710 Theatre and produced by Road Less Traveled Productions.
First produced as a radio drama in 1947 (the year after Frank Capra made the 1939 short story into a movie) for the Lux Radio Theatre, this version is Joe Landry’s 1997 adaptation. It’s set in a fictitious 1946 radio station, WBFR, and Road Less Traveled has outdone itself making sure every detail is in place to take you back. The stage set is late Art Deco, down to the font on the Applause and On Air signs hanging over head, and big head microphones the actors cluster around.