Dec. 4-22, 2019 
Opening Night on Friday, Dec. 6, 2019

adapted by Joe Landry

Back by popular demand, this holiday classic returns to The Rep's stage to close the 2019 season.

Ring in the holidays with an entertaining spin on a familiar holiday favorite. Set in a 1940s radio station on Christmas Eve, enjoy a live radio version of Frank Capra’s classic 1946 film as the actors on stage transform into dozens of characters from Bedford Falls. Faced with the threat of scandal and financial ruin, George Bailey experiences a crisis of faith and wishes he had never been born. Divine intervention arrives in the form of Clarence (Angel Second Class), who is on a mission to restore George’s will to live... and earn his own wings in the process. Every life impacts countless others, whether we know it or not.

Because each individual theatregoer is different, The Rep offers suitability suggestions for every production. If you have any questions about content, age-appropriateness, or stage effects that might have a bearing on your comfort, please call the Box Office at (501) 378-0405.


Characters Smoke Onstage Yes  Staging might suggest tobacco use without actual smoke
Characters Drink Beer Onstage Yes  No drunkenness depicted
Drug Use Depicted No  
Violence Depicted/Referenced Yes A brief moment of child abuse is suggested but is not physically depicted onstage
Partial Nudity No  
Sexual/Suggestive Content No  
Profanity (including non-English profanity) No  


ONSTAGE Gunshots No  
OFFSTAGE Gunshots No  
Fog/Smoke TBD  


The exact use potentially sensory-disturbing production elements are not determined until at least one week prior to the opening of the show. 


Yes Bright lights onstage, no strobe lights, dark in audience seating
Sounds Yes There are brief moments of yelling
Music Yes Music is used intermittently


Topics of Discussion in the Play: Suicide, alcohol, child labor and abuse, tobacco use, WWII and war action


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