An­gels among us: This Won­der­ful Life

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Jeremy Ken­dall runs him­self ragged with Christ­mas spirit in This Won­der­ful Life, his one-man ver­sion of the sea­sonal clas­sic It’s a Won­der­ful Life. He plays Ge­orge Bai­ley — who, he notes, sounds re­mark­ably like Jimmy Ste­wart — as well as Ge­orge’s guardian an­gel, Clarence, and more than 30 other denizens of Bed­ford Falls. Ken­dall acts out the en­tire movie while at the same time nar­rat­ing the vis­ual as­pects that are not recre­ated for the play, such as the gym floor slid­ing apart and dump­ing teens into the swim­ming pool un­der­neath dur­ing the school dance. Au­di­ences don’t need to have seen the movie to ap­pre­ci­ate the the­atri­cal hoops through which Ken­dall jumps to make the story as vivid on stage as it is on screen. The Len­sic Per­form­ing Arts Cen­ter (211 W. San Fran­cisco St.) presents This Won­der­ful Life on Thurs­day, Dec. 1, at 7:30 p.m. Tick­ets, $20-$45, can be pur­chased at www.tick­etssantafe.org or by call­ing the Len­sic box of­fice at 505-988-1234. — J.L.

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