A new twist on an old favorite


“Zuzu’s petals!!!”

Most people have a clear opinion about the film, It’s a Wonderful Life. Either you love it and can’t wait to see it every year during the holidays, or you’ve seen it more than you care to say, and don’t need to see it again.   Either way, the clever theatrical version  now at the Garfield Center for the Performing Arts is definitely a fresh take on the familiar Frank Capra film.

“Live From WVL Radio, ‘It’s a Wonderful Life’ ” is the title of this stage adaptation, in which the film’s plot becomes a story within a story:  it’s 1940 and the radio actors can’t make it to the station,  so the radio staff have to put on the show.  A cast of 4 perform 30 roles along with the sound effects and everything else that goes along with live radio.  It looks like a lot of fun!  It’s here in Chestertown this weekend and next.  Maybe we’ll see you there!