Its a Wonderful (One Man Show) Life!
A solo performance by Jason
Directed by Sharon Fogarty
Theatre 4 at Center House, Seattle Center
by Rajkhet Dirzhud-Rashid
Being the curmudgeon that Ive become lately in regard to the commercialism of the Christmas season, I have found
myself wanting some-thing that will ignite a spark of joy in my soul. I found
that spark last weekend while watching the very talented Jason Grossman do a one man show version of the Frank Capra classic
Its a Wonderful Life. And you know something?
Not only did I really hear the words of this delightful little morality tale for the first time, Grossmans performance
made me want to see the movie again, even though I thought Id grown tired of it.
Adding a little flourish to every character (particularly the female ones), Grossman was able
to make the characters of Bedford Falls come alive in a way the movie version has ceased to do for me. And somehow, he is even able to make the Jimmy Stewart character of George Bailey more human, while doing
a perfect imitation of Stewarts halting, everyman voice. Also enjoyable were
the whimsical additions of audience interactions when Grossmans character, Bailey passes out play money to the audience as
part of the show, and candy too. I left the theater feeling a lot happier about
Christmas than I have for weeks, hoping some station would be showing a late night version of Its a Wonderful Life for me to snuggle up to with the appropriate cocoa and cookies.
The show will also be playing in New York (if youre headed in that direction,
dont miss this diamond in the rough) the Actors Playground on 412 Eighth Ave., for two weeks, December 12-22. Or, if
you have relatives there, tell them to check this show out. Theyll thank you
for it. For information on tickets in New York, call (212) 206-1515, or go to