Zonneville plays George with a quiet charm and just enough of the familiar Jimmy Stewart lilt in his voice. Hughson as Clarence is hilarious and bombastic and brings a much-needed levity to the stage. A rotating cast of supporting characters, including some very talented kids, offers stellar performances all around. It is only Baker’s villain that misses the mark. Mr. Potter was ranked #6 in the American Film Institute’s list of the 50 greatest villains in American film history, but Baker’s performance feels rather lackluster, with none of the sinister energy that gives the character his edge.
All told, It’s A Wonderful Life is a heartwarming story with charming performances, and is sure to be a crowd pleaser for the nostalgic Christmas crowd. Pothitos’ adaptation hits every familiar beat of the movie, but feels sometimes like not much more than a highlight reel of the film.
It's A Wonderful Life
Based on the film by Frank Capra
Adapted for the stage by George Pothitos
Until December 31st