Open: 12/06/12- Close: 12/23/12
It's A Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play|
Reviewed for TheaterOnline.com By: Brett Epstein
A lovely thrust stage. A warm, inviting lobby complete with a decked-out Christmas tree. An indubitably professional cast and crew. Where in the city is this theatre space? Well, not in the city at all actually. For the delights and charms in Mile Square Theatre’s It’s a Wonderful Life – a live radio play – you’ll have to NJTransit it to Hoboken. And the trip is well worth it, especially around the holiday season.
Resourcefully directed by Marykate Burke and featuring a perfectly cast group of actors, Life is that classic Second-Chance story we all know -- and most of us love, although we all have that one friend who hates that the film takes over cable this time of year. To be safe, let’s catch everyone (who’s lived in a box) up on the plot. George Bailey is an everyman who has resigned to life, shuffling through what he believes to be a tedious existence working at the Building and Loan Association. He just about goes over the edge but is given an opportunity by his guardian angel Clarence Oddbody to witness how his community is affected had he never been born.
It’s a small quibble in a show that succeeds on so many levels, the most important level being: it made me think about my own life. It made me think about how often I get stressed, anxious and neurotic… and how little I stop to think about what I do have, the people I love and who love me, the things I should be grateful for. “No man is a failure who has friends,” Clarence Oddbody tells George Bailey. Truer words have never been spoken. So grab one of them and see this charmer in Hoboken.
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