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Reviews — 20 Open

Anne Mak

Dec. 8, 2014

5:48 PM

If you love the movie ‘It’s a wonderful Life’ you need to see this play.
If, like me, you enjoy the movie, but not enamoured by it, you NEED to see this play.
I didn’t really think before going – we went because we had season tickets. To be honest, I am rather busy this time of year, and would have preferred to stay home…………..
But the evening was more than I could ever have hoped for. It took me back to a time before I was born – but removed the trappings and busyness of my 21st century life – and helped re-orientate me to what is important in life.
The acting was so accurate, funny, professional…I loved it. Such a joy to be there. Get tickets before the chance is gone (there are even shows the week after Christmas too!) Thank you Pacific Theatre for an amazing experience.

Lorri Romhanyi

Dec. 9, 2014

11:02 PM

Every December, I watch It’s a Wonderful Life. Every December, I’m captivated and cry. Because every December, life is different and a different part of the movie resonates. This Radio Show version of the classic hits all the right notes of the original, then adds some charm. The 40′s jingles are fantastic and watching how the sound effects are made just adds to the fun. Adorable Clarence, conflicted George, befuddled uncle Billy – they’re all there, bright and beautiful. This play put a new shine on an old friend. Bravo and Merry Christmas!

Brett

Dec. 15, 2014

5:16 PM

Very enjoyable

Amber

Dec. 15, 2014

10:36 PM

Hi there!

Myself and three others came to see your play last Thursday of ” It’s A Wonderful Life”. We really enjoyed ourselves, we found the atmosphere very warm and inclusive. One of the ladies I was with had never heard the story before and was brought to tears by the end for a job well done! Everyone I was with said they were completely intrigued the entire time, they forgot about anything else for 2 hours. We all laughed and were pulled in scene by scene. The sound effects were a hit! Each actor in this play carried such a talent and passion that you could see the entire way through with full consistency.
The Staff at Pacific Theatre were incredibly friendly and helpful!

Thank you again from Union Gospel Mission! We look forward to seeing more work by you guys!

Nancy B

Dec. 15, 2014

11:38 PM

I was entranced by this performance – this radio play within a play was even better than I’d hoped it would be. It captured the essence of the beloved original film, with superb acting all around. Plus, this production added the magic of a 1940′s radio recording studio, complete with the paraphernalia for sound effects. Finally, as the play was “broadcasting” to a radio audience, we were treated to historically accurate commercials, very harmoniously sung.

There were very touching scenes and also some laughs in the commercial breaks. Everyone left smiling. Don’t miss it! My guest and I enjoyed it so much that I’ve already booked tickets to return, so as to share it with more friends.

Sandy

Dec. 16, 2014

9:40 AM

I attended your play it’s a wonderful life on Friday dec 12 th , I had never been to your theater speaks not sure what to expect, I loved it! I thought the actors were amazing ! They all played their parts well and there voices were so close to the real show. I loved vilot, thought she played all her characters perfectly. Also the man who played George Bailey was fabulous ! I will come again. Great job!!

Sharon Jolicoeur

Dec. 16, 2014

10:35 AM

We watch the movie “It’s A Wonderful Life’ every Christmas and sometimes it can be a risk seeing one of your favorites in a different venue.
But, we took a risk and attended the matinee of “It’s A Wonderful Life Radio Show” and were not at all disappointed. Quite the opposite! The acting was superb and honoured the classic yet added its own flair, style and humour (with the jingles).
Loved the way the actors switched their character voices and mannerisms so effortlessly (Joseph, Violet, Billy, ZuZu, etc.) …and George fit the part (hard to fill Jimmy Stewart’s shoes but he was amazing)….all the parts were cast well…Mary, Bert, Ernie, etc.
The jingles were so fun and watching how they made the sound effects!
Once again, PT, AMAZING!!!!
Merry Christmas!

Dixie

Dec. 18, 2014

7:36 AM

Absolutely “Wonderful”! It’s one of the best plays I have seen!

Jeanette Amundson

Dec. 21, 2014

4:51 PM

My expectation for a ‘radio’ play was as I might hear it on the radio. It’s a Wonderful Life, the Radio Play was beautifully animated, and is bound to exceed any expectations you might have of this production. Enjoyed it much more than the move, if fact. Hope there is still opportunity to see this if you haven’t already done so.

Liz Chaston

Dec. 22, 2014

5:05 PM

This was my first visit to Pacific Theatre in spite of living in the neighborhood for over 35 years! I love the movie It’s a Wonderful Life and this stage production was equally appreciated. The acting and singing were excellent. Loved seeing all the artifacts from the “olden days” as well as the fashions. Particularly enjoyed seeing the various ‘instruments and equipment’ used to produce the sound effects. Would highly recommend this and will seriously look at other productions by Pacific Theatre. Thank you! Merry Christmas!

Nancy B

Dec. 22, 2014

5:52 PM

My second viewing of this play was at least as enjoyable as the first (see my first review above). I’d see it a third time with still more companions if only the busy Christmas calendar allowed. I hope this becomes a yearly offering at Pacific Theatre so that many more folks get to see it. Maybe the budget will allow for more advertising! I’ve raved about it to as many folks as I can think of. It is truly a stellar piece of theatre. Congratulations to all involved in its production.

Lynda

Dec. 22, 2014

6:16 PM

My favorite play this fall. What a Wonderful Play

Donna Peerless

Dec. 23, 2014

12:44 AM

What a wonderful show! Sarah Rogers is the best director in town & she has given us a simply delightful take on this well known story. Despair comes at many points in a life fully lived & George Bailey’s frustration & sense of failure is palpable, heart wrenching & familiar. Somehow this extraordinary cast gives an emotional depth & reality & as they dash about playing several characters, script in hand, doubling as singers for the radio ads & creating a completely familiar experience of story telling at is best. Somehow Sarah Rogers pulled all this off in 6 days! Bravo!

Bob Strain

Dec. 23, 2014

4:21 PM

My wife and I loved this radio play! We had seen only one radio play previously (“Greater Tuna?” in San Francisco. They pulled it off 30 years ago, so we were vaguely familiar with what to expect. Pacific Theatre’s production was different, but better! Anne and I loved the commercials–they were so well done, correct, interspersed in the action of the play just perfectly, giving the audience relief from the serious aspects, and enjoyment on its own merits. When is the last time you ever saw a live radio commercial?! The actors in “Wonderful Life” were also superb…..nobody was miscast. Everybody radiated energy, and communicated well the theme of the play. We are glad we saw the movie first, (although that’s not needed) because that knowledge allowed us to relax from the plot and cast our eyes and ears across all the sound and noise makers. Timing was especially good—we were surprised when the old record machine played the ’78 perfectly on cue…before the record was destroyed. Actors were able to change from role to role easily. Singing was very good. Costuming and 1940s artifacts were authentic. Be proud, Pacific Theatre, of this, another successful production. (Consider showing it up the Valley in the future!)

Lisa Martin

Dec. 23, 2014

5:10 PM

This was a spectacular show with a super talented cast. If you want to be entertained and get in the holiday spirit this is the show to see.

Loved it all from the 40′s radio ads to Clarence getting his wings.

David

Dec. 26, 2014

10:45 AM

We really enjoyed this show – best of all it’s FAMILY friendly, would not hesitate to recommend it to anyone who loved the movie.

David Frank Gomes

Dec. 27, 2014

10:32 PM

Took my mom to see this today. This story has been a favourite of mine for many years, and this production was an absolute delight.
It was a lovely way to enjoy an old fashioned Christmas. I really recommend seeing this if you can, it’s funny, it’s moving and it just a lot of fun. The cast was fabulous and I am voting for making this an annual event.

Thanks for an entertaining and magical afternoon.

Gillian and Hayley

Dec. 29, 2014

6:18 PM

We thought it was very well acted, and sung! The 1940′s commercials were hilarious! And the story was truly recognizable as “It’s a Wonderful Life” while also being a Radio Show…we loved it!

Jon Ochsendorf

Dec. 29, 2014

11:15 PM

A very well done play, well paced and about the right length. The foley effects were well done and quite fascinating at times to watch. All the actors were quite good with their period accents and the musicality of the various singers was a very nice surprise. The inclusion of the radio commercials was a very good touch and lent an air of authenticity to the whole production. The director did a fine job in evoking the necessary pathos. I have never seen the movie so the story was new to me, and I felt a little more development of the downward spiral of George Bailey into suicide ideation was probably necessary, as the level of despair accompanying such behaviour does not appear overnight. All in all though I came away utterly satisfied that I had experienced so many emotions, and had even shed a tear or two. A very enjoyable evening. Thank you.

Alice

Dec. 30, 2014

2:06 AM

The choice of format of a play within a play was absolutely brilliant and together with the talented actors, authentic period costumes (those shoes and nylons!) and mannerisms, PT pulled off a delightful rendition of a holiday classic. To be honest, I wasn’t too sure of what to expect, since the original has become rather iconic, and somewhat “untouchable” in my mind. But this rendition was magical, funny, charming, aided in no small part by the addition of the singing authentic advertisements from the 1940′s period. Lux Soap, and Jello indeed! The Camel cigarette ad is particularly funny from our 21st C. perspective. Each of the actors were so “right on,” especially George with his line deliveries. I particularly enjoyed the radio announcer’s voice …he captured the period’s style so authentically you could have sworn it was a real radio broadcast brought out from the vaults. Bring this production to other venues to create a larger following! It will become a PT classic!

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