This Wonderful Life (review)

This Wonderful Life (review)
This Wonderful Life (review)
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THE PLAY: The cinematic Christmas classic, “It’s a Wonderful Life,” is recounted in slightly over an hour by one man doing all the characters. The ideal short attention span theatre.


THE PRODUCTION: Scott Wichmann is an immensely talented actor and he shines in one-man shows. This time he’s delightfully lovable and brilliantly skillful, as he barrels thru the plot and its people with energetic affection. Not only does he do a delightfully spot-on Jimmy Stewart, but each character he creates has a unique sound and style. His outstanding comic chops get a chance to excel with the humorous asides that add a modern perspective. Director John Moon contributes variety and vigor with the blocking and business. The set by Adam Karavatakis works well, but the expanse of blue cyc is flat and Skyler Broughman’s lighting was slightly uneven but effective. The sound design by Derek Dumais perfectly frames the action with sound effects, music and a few lines of dialogue.


THE POINT: Whether you celebrate Christmas or not, whether you’ve seen the movie or not, don’t miss this opportunity to celebrate a high point in this (or any other) theatrical season.


5 out of 5 stars (5 / 5)


A Virginia Rep production at Hanover Tavern thru 1/10




Scott Wichmann stars in This Wonderful Life. Photo by Jay Paul.

Scott Wichmann stars in This Wonderful Life. Photo by Jay Paul.



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