As an audience member who attended the performance of AND MISS REARDON DRINKS A LITLE last night, I just wanted to express my thanks to Chapel Street Players for providing audiences with this darkly funny look at sisters, their lives and their school system. I wondered why the play used the school system as its environment and so I Googled the author,
Frank Capra’s “It’s a Wonderful Life,” the 1946 film that became a cult Christmas classic in the 1980s, is getting a 1940s-style radio treatment at Chapel Street Theatre in Newark through Saturday.
Under the direction of Brian M. Touchette, this simple, stripped down format proves to be a brilliant way to bring a story that rapidly shifts time and place to the stage,
Back in the day, families would gather around the radio to listen to serials that would be broadcast. Today, we have YouTube, Facebook, Instagram and many other media outlets that still provide “serials” in some fashion. Chapel Street Players took a favorite holiday story (It’s a Wonderful Life) and joined it with a classic way of storytelling (the radio play).
Over the years, the story of Les Liaisons Dangereuses has taken on many incarnations from the original story published in 1782. Between the 1988 film with the same name, Dangerous Liaisons, and a few modern adaptations with Cruel Intentions and Valmont, it’s safe to say that many are aware of the twists and turns in this production.