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Christmas tale gets a new twist


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Bag&Baggage Productions takes Frank Capra’s classic Christmas tale, “It’s a Wonderful Life,” and twists it with a new style at The Venetian Theatre, 253 E. Main St. in Hillsboro.

“It is part of our mission to crack open and look at these classic stories in new, innovative and provocative ways,” said Scott Palmer, the show’s artistic director and primary script adapter. “Plus, you can see about a million versions of ‘Wonderful Life’ done straight all over Oregon. That just isn’t Bag&Baggage’s style.”

Performed in the style of a 1940s radio broadcast, the show tells the story of a group of New York radio stars whose personal and professional entanglements nearly derail the Christmas Eve broadcast of Capra’s traditional heartwarming tale. Professional infighting, a last minute addition to the cast (who happens to be the producer’s new girlfriend), a bizarre love triangle and an inebriated Foley artist all threaten to destroy the biggest holiday broadcast in America with hilarious and heartwarming results.

The preview performance is Nov. 29, and the show runs Nov. 30 to Dec. 23.

Thursday through Saturday performances are at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday shows are at 2 p.m. Tickets range from $18 to $32. Tickets are available online at bagnbaggage.org or by calling the box office at 503-345-9590.