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posted Friday, December 11, 2015 - Volume 43 Issue 50
rReflection and redemption: ArtsWest's Wonderful Life
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rReflection and redemption: ArtsWest's Wonderful Life

by Paul Torres - SGN A&E Writer

WONDERFUL LIFE
ARTSWEST
Through December 27


ArtsWest's new twist on a classic film is honoring the Christmas season. Wonderful Life, written by Helen Pafumi and Jason Lott, is a one-man show with minimal stage effects. In contrast to other more festive productions this time of year, this play is insightful and self-reflective. In this modern retelling of Frank Capra's It's a Wonderful Life, ArtsWest dares to pare down from their more robust productions to this smaller, simpler, yet moving production.

Andrew Lee Creech is an amazing stage presence. While portraying several characters from It's a Wonderful Life, he embodies not only the characters, but their souls. We all know about George Bailey, his wife Mary, Clarence the Angel, and the cruel Mr. Potter, but Creech gives new depth to the outlying characters like Ernie, the cab driver, and even the drunken pharmacist.

Creech gives a winning and indefatigable performance. His physical nuances cue the audience in on the dynamic and quick character changes. His modern everyday approach dressed with boots, jeans, and an iPad (watching It's a Wonderful Life) on a bridge in the fog is as intriguing as it is compelling. It is pure Christmastime existentialism.

Despite its straightforward approach, Erin Murray directs a challenging play. The only elements that keep the production really moving along are slight changes in light, music, and fogginess. Unfortunately, these elements cannot carry this production over satisfyingly enough even when it comes together for the uplifting holiday ending. It comes across as a pastiche of its well-known and well-loved film that is shown on television ad nauseum this time of year. However, it is still a passionate project. Creech keeps up his energy and never fails the characters he is portraying or their story. Creech's fine acting here is the reason to not miss this one.

While previous ArtsWest productions this season depicted the fevered lives of young disillusioned Americans and the hesitating aspirations of New York City bussers in the back kitchen, this production is their lost soul alone on a bridge tale. The true elegance of Wonderful Life is its essence; a seasonal story about the redemptive power of appreciating the love around us.

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