For Martin Burke, appearing onstage at Zach Theatre has become something of a holiday tradition. He starred as Crumpet the elf in The Santaland Diaries for many years, and last year he undertook a one-man version of It's a Wonderful Life titled This Wonderful Life.
He's coming back to This Wonderful Life again this year, telling the story of the movie while also playing all the film's characters. The conceit of the production is that the narrator has invited you to the theater to share the story of a movie he loves. And as luck would have it, Burke does, in fact, love the movie ("I watched it five or six times last year and cried every time!" he says).
This Wonderful Life will open the day after Thanksgiving and run throughout the holiday season, ending its run on December 28.