Everyone knows the sappy sweet story of the holiday film, "It's a Wonderful Life," where small town man George Bailey learns through his guardian angel how much his little life mattered in the world. But what if George turned out to be a nasty jerk instead of the loveable Jimmy Stewart? Los Angeles' Sacred Fools brings back the Christmas parody It's a Wonderful Death for a run Dec. 4-20. The show's creator Brad Friedman also directs.
First presented in episodic form as part of Sacred Fools' late night series, Crime Scene!, Wonderful Death pictures a George Bailey who rules the town of Bedford Falls with an iron fist. This is the first time the entire It's a Wonderful Death will be presented in a single sitting.
Scott Rabinowitz ("The Young and the Restless") stars as George Bailey with L.A. Weekly Award winner Stan Freitag as Mr. Henry F. Potter and Jonathan Goldstein as Clarence the Angel. Also in the cast are Gabby Anderman, Tenny Priebe, Dean Jacobson, Bryan Bellomo, Bruno Oliver, Richard Gustafson, Stephanie Bell, Tyler Tanner, Jeff Benninghoffen, Aldrich Allen, Steven Rozic, Melissa Roddy, John Douglas Williams, Mark Bete, J Warner, Brad Friedman, Carla Jo Bailey, Cindy Caddel, Ina Burke, Jennifer Fontaine, Crystal Keith, Kara Leigh, Julie Lockhart, Sondra Mayer, Matthew Saxe, Alisa Steen, Carenna Wilmont, Jenna Wilson and Philip Sokoloff as Santa Claus.
Tickets are $10. For reservations, call (310) 281-8337. Sacred Fools Theatre is located at 660 N. Heliotrope Drive. The Sacred Fools are on the web at http://www.sacredfools.org.
— By Christine Ehren