It's a Wonderful Life: The Radio Play | American Theater Company | Theater & Performance, Holiday Shows | Chicago Reader

It's a Wonderful Life: The Radio Play Closing (Theater and Galleries) The Short List (Theater)

When: Thursdays-Sundays. Continues through Dec. 27 2009

Like American Blues Theater's It's a Wonderful Life: Live at the Biograph, this American Theater Company show reimagines Frank Capra's classic movie as a live radio broadcast, turning theatergoers into a "studio audience." Jason Gerace's production conveys the message of human interconnectedness underlying the story of despairing small-town businessman George Bailey, whose guardian angel saves him from suicide by revealing his impact on the lives of everyone around him. Kareem Bandealy delivers a solid impersonation of the original Bailey, James Stewart. The supporting actors--including Alan Wilder, doubling as the angel and as Bailey's nemesis, mercenary banker Mr. Potter--deftly play multiple roles with spot-on changes in vocal characterizations. Although it never achieves the emotional impact of the ABT version, this is still a holiday charmer. --Albert Williams

Price: $30-$50

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