In 1947, Jimmy Stewart — crying out to his guardian angel Clarence — begged to live again.
His cries have been answered this year by PlayMakers Repertory Company.
The company’s holiday production of “It’s A Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play,” breathes new life into both the classic story and the art of radio acting.
The production features five actors and one live musician who are putting on a radio production of “It’s A Wonderful Life” on a Christmas Eve in the 1940s.
Each actor starts at a microphone, reading multiple characters from pages of script.
As the story progresses, those pages are tossed and the studio transforms into Bedford Falls — the small, fictional New York town in which “It’s A Wonderful Life” is set.
Though the actors continue to shift characters by changing voices in radio fashion, it’s easy to get wrapped up in the tale of George Bailey.
Todd Lawson, playing George in his PlayMakers debut, gives a freshness to the character. He pays homage to the George built by Jimmy Stewart without creating a distracting imitation.
In the second act, when George sees what life would be like had he never been born, Lawson perfectly embodies the frantic and then excited George.