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Reviews of It's a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play

Audience Raves

"Unique loved the intimate feel of it."

"What a wonderful, feel-good, sweet classic. I love the entire cast!" 

"Very creative and moving rendition of this classic." 

"I needed an uplifting performance like this. 2022 had been a rough year. Thank you for the fun show!"

"It was such a fun time. A great adaptation of a favorite classic."

"Very innovative. I know the story well and love its message. It was good to see the performers take various parts. They are all so multi-talented.

Local Reviews

"If you're looking for a feel-good show to get you into the holiday spirit, and especially if you're a fan of the movie it's based on, put It's a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play on your list. It's sweet, comforting, and not at all demanding ... it's the theatrical equivalent of hot cocoa with whipped cream."

"Confession: I’ve never seen the 1946 film It’s a Wonderful Life. ... So I came to Portland Center Stage’s It’s a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play a complete novice on all fronts. And it was a delightful way to experience this story for the first time. ... Call up that relative of yours who always turns on the film at the holiday gathering. Say you want to give their present a little early, and take them to see this heartwarming show. Instead of gifting the latest gadget, make a Christmas memory the two of you will treasure forever. -PDX Parent

"This fun and heart-warming story, with its focus on giving, self-sacrifice, and a visitor from another realm, has been a seasonal favorite since its inception. The fun radio play format breathes new life into an already-worthy member of the holiday canon. Chip Miller and six talented performers deliver a fine production." -Judy Nedry

National Reviews

"Funny, exuberant, heart-warming and spirit-lifting … there is enough holiday spirit packed into this performance to carry theater goers right into the New Year." -The Independent

It's a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play is "on the air" and the show will enthrall you with its charm.” -BroadwayWorld

“This adaptation by Joe Landry is a lovable, evocative piece.” -The New York Times

“There are many charming bits throughout the show, from the irresistibly hokey commercials to the sharply delineated characterizations.” -BroadwayWorld

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