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It's a Wonderful Life

American Theatre Company
1909 W Byron Chicago

The perfect choice for the family at holiday time, it's the classic story lovingly performed as a period radio play complete with commercial breaks and live Foley sound effects. ATC's celebrated Ensemble brings the town of Bedford Falls to life, with free milk and cookies after every performance!

Thru - Dec 30, 2007

Wednesdays: 8:00pm
Thursdays: 8:00pm
Fridays: 8:00pm
Saturdays: 4:00pm & 8:00pm
Sundays: 3:00pm & 6:00pm



Price: $20-$40

Show Type: Comedy/Drama

Box Office: 773-409-4125

Running Time: 1hr 35mins; no intermission

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  It's a Wonderful Life Reviews

Daily Herald - Recommended

"...Though it's a radio broadcast staging, director Marty Higginbotham at times wisely ignores the boundaries imposed by the microphones to have the characters physically interact with each other, such as when Jim Leaming, playing protagonist George Bailey, sidles up to Kate Berry, playing sweet small-town girl Mary, and they exchange steamy looks."
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Pam DeFiglio


NewCity Chicago - Highly Recommended

"...The American Theatre Company incarnation that the company has been presenting for five years now is as good a version as you are likely to encounter, even expanding the hour-long original 1947 Lux Radio Theatre broadcast with James Stewart and Donna Reed into a fast-moving, ninety-minute version that includes more of the plotline of the two-hour-plus film."

Dennis Polkow


Time Out Chicago - Highly Recommended

"...The note-perfect cast members (playing í40s versions of themselves playing the characters) poke gentle fun at their own aw-shucksness, but mostly they stick to the winning script. James Leaming gets Georgeís frustrated decency exactly right, but heís only the center of a spot-on ensemble. Bring a hanky."
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Kris Vire


ChicagoCritic - Highly Recommended

"...Iíd take the entire family to see this faithful to the movie live radio show. Kids will marvel at the production values of the ATC cast as much as they will relate to the wholesomeness of this American fable. Itís A Wonderful Life presents 95 minutes of holiday joy. Itíll leave you feeling warm and fuzzy."
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Tom Williams



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