Larry Daggett Brings America’s Most Favorite Christmas Story to Life at the Capital Rep
“This Wonderful Life”
Capital Repertory Theater
now thru 12/22
“If It’s at the Capital Rep, It’s Got to be Good”
“Strange, isn’t it? Each man’s life touches so many other lives. When he isn’t around he leaves an awful hole, doesn’t he?”
To say that Larry Daggett deserves an award and trophy for being a one man dynamo in Capital Rep’s current production of This Wonderful Life would be an understatement. He is an artist, because he paints images and scenery with his thoughts and words; he is an actor—not one, but several, bringing the Great Jimmy Stewart and others into our very own Capital Rep; he is a visionary, as he has taken one of America’s most beloved Christmas stories and brought it to life, right here, in front of us, as if we were living it. As you watched this play, the movie played in your mind: You again saw the characters, the scenes, the expressions on faces, as if you were watching it all over again. This was what Daggett brought to the stage, and the crowd spoke back to him with a standing ovation.
Capital Rep is flexing its literary muscle in unique ways, and it’s a welcome segway to the arts and literature. We saw Pride@Prejudice, Ella, Blood Type Ragu, each bringing it’s own special flavor to literary interpretation. Three of these shows, This Wonderful Life, Blood Type Ragu, and Ella feature one person. While Ella was song, Life and Ragu are solos: No singing, no dancing, just solo artists doing what they do best. If you step back for a moment, and think of the multifaceted talent it takes to bring a show like this together, the effort is breathtaking, the task is monumental.
Read RICH DiMKAGGIO's full report:
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.