The trick to any stage version of the holiday classic “It’s a Wonderful Life” is to present the world of Bedford Falls and its citizens in a way that respects audiences’ memories of the 1946 film. At the Stoneham Theatre, director Caitlin Lowans and adapter Weylin Symes understand that. Symes’s script hews closely to the screenplay, and the only major change they make is turning nasty old Mr. Potter into Mrs. Potter.
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