REVIEW: 'This Wonderful Life' at Capital Repertory Theatre
Published: Thursday, November 29, 2012
By Bob Goepfert
ALBANY - If you love the film “It’s A Wonderful Life” (and who doesn’t?) there is a very good chance you’ll like “This Wonderful Life,” playing at Capital Repertory Theatre through Dec. 22. The 70-minute one-man show is a thumbnail homage to the original.
Larry Daggett’s performance captures the essence of the film and the personalities of the characters. Though Daggett doesn’t do a series of impersonations, he does channel the Jimmy Stewart’s portrayal of George Bailey and the crusty meanness of Lionel Barrymore as the villainous banker Mr. Potter. And though his females are a little less clearly etched, he is fun as the entire supporting cast of the Frank Capra film.
Read as The Arts Whisperer BOB GOEPFERT tells all:
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.