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