It's a Wonderful Life - Live!

Everybody loves It's a Wonderful Life. If you don't, modern scientists believe you may, in fact, be some kind of a souless monster. Frank Capra's 1946 film has become a veritable holdiay classic, despite having a somewhat tenuous connection to Christmas. Ah well. The pantheon of 'movies you watch during the holidays' is wide and welcoming.

Although the movie will be playing on TV approximately every 23 minutes, why not try something new this year? Why not see It's a Wonderful Life live? The Actor's Repertory Company will be presenting a radio play adaptation of Capra's flick this Sunday at Tallulah's Cabaret, Buddies in Bad Times Theatre.

Among the many reasons to check out this show (Dora award-nominated company, free food afterwards) here's a doozy: the reading is directed by former artistic director of the Shaw Festival, Christopher Newton. Nothing says holiday fun like a classic story combined with a little theatrical firepower.

The event is a fundraiser for ARC, who have done a lot of interesting work on Toronto's stages. Last April's 36 Views garnered critical praise and a few Dora nominations. A worthy company to support, especially if you get free treats as part of the bargain.

It's a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play goes up this Sunday, Dec. 2nd, at 7:30PM. Tickets are $10 for one, $18 for two, and are available at the door.

Photo: The original It's A Wonderful Life. I think an angel is getting his wings or something.

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