Wednesday, Dec. 5, 2012
It’s a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Show!
In this inspired twist on a classic tale, playwright Mary MacDonald Kerr stages Frank Capra’s It’s a Wonderful Live as a live radio show being aired near the end of the era of live radio in 1957. An impressive cast plays Milwaukee radio actors doing one last show before the fictional WNAT goes to an all-music format. Actors who have known each other for a number of years play beloved film characters in a sentimental Christmas story. It's a really simple idea that infuses new life into the story. Kerr's work here is a delicate, cleverly reserved and faithful adaptation of the original story which overlays drama between the actors, all of whom put in really enjoyable performances. Kerr and Norman Moses play a reluctant pair of former lovers in a refreshingly complicated relationship that contrasts against the original story.