Actor takes on ‘Wonderful Life’ in one-man show
Published: Thursday, November 22, 2012
By PHIL DREW
ALBANY — It’s one of the enduring messages of the holiday classic “It’s a Wonderful Life” — that each life touches so many others, beyond our imagining.
So it is fitting, if somewhat daunting, for a single actor to stride onstage and attempt not merely to touch multiple lives, but to enact them — to impersonate the many characters in the mythical hamlet of Bedford Falls.
Most importantly, he must tell the tale of George Bailey, the ordinary guy who finds out one magical Christmas Eve that his existence is extraordinary.
That is the challenge this Christmas season for Larry Daggett at Capital Repertory Theatre.
All the pleasure of Frank Capra’s classic movie – in only 70 minutes!
Based on the film, here’s the story of George Bailey, the good guy who comes to see himself as others do while confronting terrible hardship at the hand of Mr. Potter. You’ll meet the whole gang – Jimmy Stewart’s George Bailey, Donna Reed's Mary Hatch, town floozy Violet Bick and of course, Clarence, the endearing angel who needs wings.