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).