It’s a Wonderful Life

It’s a Wonderful Life
Onstage Atlanta
through December 23, 2019

OnStage Director Cathe Hall Payne stepped up the plate to bring this large scale production to their stage. She tells you in the program why she has been so deeply into this 1946 film by Frank Capra, which tells the tale of a sorry loser in a small town and how he moves through his depressing life on this earth to finally find hope and a reason for being.

Daniel Carter Brown is George Bailey. George has had it in Bedford Falls and is ready to move on places unknown. He was going to off himself when his guardian angel, Clarence Odbody (DeWayne Morgan) shows up to take him through what his life has been, and could have been, and might become, due to his good deeds; while others played a different game.

This is a show with a cast of more than 20 players, and while it may be full to the brim with stress, shouting, and difficult situations; you need to remember that it is a Yuletide tale, and all will come out right in the end. Angela Short designed a set that works quite well with projected images reminiscent of the film clips, which help to move the story along.

It may not be quite the red-nosed reindeer sort of show for kiddies, but for those who may have seen the film or know the story, it resonates in true time to their real hearts.

The show runs less than 2 hours with an intermission; and the theatre itself is dressed out as if all those elves from Macy’s had come to town just to dress out the venue. Located on North Decatur Road near 285, the theatre is easy to get to, has free parking, nice goodies, and good seats. More info at