Only five actors inhabit this imaginary landscape, ace performers all. Joe Wilson, Jr. is a sweet Clarence, and Anne Scurria has fun playing town floozy Violet Bick, among their other characters.

There are occasional slight changes from the film, since the story is unfolding in our imaginations rather than on screen and some descriptions are in order. And there's some compression — no taxi driver and kindly cop serenading the couple at the old Granville house, which Mary has fixed up for them to move into.

Trinity Rep has given us more than the plot of the tale, it has captured the heart and soul of It's a Wonderful Life. And if you see it and still haven't gotten enough, well, there's always next year.

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