WEDNESDAY 12/4-SUNDAY 12/29. Arkansas Repertory Theatre. $40-$60.
This radio play reboot of Frank Capra’s classic 1946 film has managed for two decades to make its way onto the holiday rosters of theater houses everywhere, and with good reason. Joe Landry, who adapted George Bailey’s story for the stage, went full-on meta with Bedford Falls, scripting a scant five actors to play all the characters from the original movie, complete with an onstage foley artist — managing to capture the whimsy and allure of Capra’s telling while adding another layer to its central message. And, for those who would cry foul on any attempts to recreate the 1946 holiday staple, consider that the film was itself an adaptation of a short story by Philip Van Doren Stern, and that Jimmy Stewart and Donna Reed reprised their roles for three radio productions of the tale. Here, The Rep welcomes back Patrick Halley, who shone in The Rep’s 2017 production of “The School For Lies,” as well as Larry Daggett, who both stars and directs the music. Get tickets at therep.org.