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The increasingly early onset of Christmas-themed music and films may annoy those wanting to postpone the holiday season and just enjoy November, but if you’re one of those who just can’t wait, Washington Stage Guild provides the perfect fix: It’s a Wonderful Life interpreted as a 1940s radio broadcast. The cast (playing a group of voice actors and an inventive sound-effects man) and an impressive pile of props come together to tell the story of George Bailey and his discovery of self-worth. In Joe Landry’s adaptation, audiences will hear actual radio ads from the era, helping them imagine what it would be like to hear the program broadcast nationwide. Bailey’s maudlin request to never have been born sounds much less dreary in this behind-the-scenes take on the action. The play runs Nov. 12 to Dec. 6 at Washington Stage Guild, 900 Massachusetts Ave. NW. $40–$50. (202) 582-0050. stageguild.org.