Directed by Jason W. Grace
At American Theater Company, Chicago
Still heartwarming after so many years.
Featuring a heartfelt performance as George Bailey by Cliff Chamberlain with the versatile veteran actor Mike Nussbaum as Clarence the angel and Mr. Potter, American Theatre Company’s annual production of the radio play version of Frank Capra’s It’s A Wonderful Life is in terrific hands. Yes, if you’ve never experienced a live radio play-then get to ATC to see how it unfolds. The skill set of the players with Foley Artist Rick Kubes deftly creating the sound effects makes the production interesting. Filled with humor, old time radio commercials and jungles, The ATC production is a fine holiday treat. It is heartwarming and family friendly.
This production captures all the drama and heart of the original 1948 film as we see how a good man can, under stress, fail to appreciate how good his life has been. We cheer for George Bailey, the everyman good guy as he struggles. We also wish that Clarence will get his wings once he saves George. The lessons of this fable can’t be stated enough. The ATC production is a treat.
Talk Theatre in Chicago podcast
Date Reviewed: November 27, 2012
For more info checkout the It’s a Wonderful Life page at theatreinchicago.com
At ATC, 1909 W. Byron, Chicago, IL, call 773-409-4125, www.atcweb.org, tickets $35 – $40, Thursdays & Fridays at 8pm, Saturdays at 2 & 8 pm, Sundays at 2 pm, running time is 85 minutes without intermission, through December 30, 2012