Tag: It’s a Wonderful Life
‘Tis the season for family, wassail, and good cheer. It is also a time for annual holiday traditions, such as drinking eggnog, spending time with family, and watching Ralphie scheme to get Santa to bring him a BB gun in A Christmas Story. For many, it is also a time to watch Frank Capra’s 1946… Read More ›
Most people are at least somewhat familiar with Frank Capra’s beloved 1946 film “It’s a Wonderful Life.” However, the story has also enjoyed a life onstage through several adaptations. One of the more manageable, straightforward, and true-to-the-film versions is James W. Rodgers’ 1993 incarnation. Harnett Regional Theater, under the skilled direction of Ruth Mills, wisely… Read More ›
Wonderful is the word for the current PlayMakers Repertory Company presentation of “It’s a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play” by Connecticut playwright Joe Landry. PRC guest director Nelson T. Eusebio, III and his charismatic cast breathe new life into the familiar story about George Bailey’s Dark Night of the Soul, whose unforgettable characters flicker across television screens not only during the 1946 film’s annual airing in December, but pretty much year-round now.
Next up for PlayMakers Repertory Company is “It’s a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play” by Joe Landry. The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s professional-theater-in-residence will reenact the Christmas-Eve travails of troubled Bedford Falls building-and-loan executive George Bailey on Nov. 28-Dec. 2 and Dec. 4-9 and 11-16 in the Paul Green Theatre in UNC’s Center for Dramatic Art.
After staging crowd-pleasing radio-drama presentations of “It’s a Wonderful Life” in 2008 and 2009, the Cary Players’ community theater attempted an ambitious full-scale stage adaptation of the movie. The result was entertaining, but had a far too many rough spots, some of them due to the youth and/or inexperience of several members of the cast.