An an­gel gets his wings: It’s a Won­der­ful Life — A Live Ra­dio Play

Pasatiempo - - JENNIFER GOES -

In It’s a Won­der­ful Life, it’s Christ­mas­time in Bed­ford Falls and the hard­work­ing Ge­orge Bai­ley is ques­tion­ing his value as a man, con­vinced he’s worth more dead than alive. Only his guardian an­gel, Clarence, can talk sense into him by show­ing him what life would have been like with­out him. Usu­ally this hol­i­day clas­sic can be viewed on tele­vi­sion this time of year. But there’s also a ra­dio-play version, writ­ten by Joe Landry, set in 1946 New York at “WBFR, Play­house of the Air,” and per­formed by voice ac­tors who do their own sound ef­fects. Vaughn Irv­ing di­rects this in­ter­pre­ta­tion at the Santa Fe Play­house (142 E. DeVar­gas St., 505-988-4262), which con­tin­ues Fri­day, Dec. 18, through Sun­day, Dec. 20, and again on Thurs­day, Dec. 24, with a gala. Show times on Fri­day and Satur­day are 7:30 p.m.; Sun­day’s cur­tain time is 6 p.m.; the Christ­mas Eve per­for­mance is at 3 p.m. (the theater opens at 2 p.m. for fes­tiv­i­ties). Tick­ets are $20 with dis­counts avail­able (gala is $30) and can be pur­chased by phon­ing the box of­fice or vis­it­ing www.santafe­play­house.org. — J.L.

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