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

When: Thursdays-Sundays. Continues through Dec. 30 2012
Price: $35-$40
We theater critics have our holiday traditions, too. One of them is taking in American Theater Company's stage adaptation of the classic Frank Capra movie, It's a Wonderful Life, and pronouncing it charming. I duly declare that I've seen the 2012 edition of said show and found it charming as usual. Really. It's the mid-1940s and we're supposed to think of ourselves as audience members attending a live radio broadcast in which six actors, a pianist, and a sound-effects guy known as a Foley artist tell the tale of George Bailey, a small-town businessman confronted with the final straw. Jason Gerace's production moves with an easy, efficient grace. Cliff Chamberlain projects simple decency as George. And Mike Nussbaum is at his most impish as Clarence, the AS2 (angel, second class) who helps George out. —Tony Adler

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