Win Tickets ($128): Holiday / Christmas Theater: Bag & Baggage Presents It’s a (somewhat) Wonderful Life @ Venetian Theater | Discount / Promo Code, A Special Retelling of Classic Tale

We are giving away TWO PAIRS of tickets to Bag & Baggage Presents It’s a (somewhat) Wonderful Life @ Venetian Theater. To win, comment on this post why you’d like to attend. Winner will be drawn and emailed Friday, November 29.

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It's a (somewhat) Wonderful Life @ Venetian TheaterIt’s a (somewhat) Wonderful Life
November 29-December 23, 2013
Thursday-Saturday 7:30 p.m. / Sunday 2 p.m.
$18-32 | All Ages
Tickets: 503-345-9590 or
$5 off discount offer using code CLARENCE5

The Venetian Theatre
253 E Main Street, Hillsboro, OR 97123

Bells will ring, angels will get their wings and George Bailey will save the Savings & Loan this Christmas in Hillsboro, but not without a lot of petty bickering, overly saturated rum cake and marital infidelity!

Bag&Baggage Productions, Hillsboro’s resident professional theatre company, takes aim at the Frank Capra classic It’s A Wonderful Life in a frantic, chaotic and (ultimately) redemptive adaptation called It’s A (somewhat) Wonderful Life.

Scott Palmer, Artistic Director, helms the show as director and as the primary adapter of the script. “Over the past few years, B&B has sort of developed a reputation for being the other Holiday option for theatre fans,” says Palmer who has directed English-style pantomime-meets-drag-queen versions of A Christmas Carol and his own original adaptation of the Dickens’ tale that puts Dickens himself center stage. “Our 2013 holiday offering will continue that tradition but this time taking aim at Bedford Falls and the Jimmy Stewart holiday favorite.”

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 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.

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

Tickets available online at or by calling the box office at 503 345 9590.

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51 Responses to Win Tickets ($128): Holiday / Christmas Theater: Bag & Baggage Presents It’s a (somewhat) Wonderful Life @ Venetian Theater | Discount / Promo Code, A Special Retelling of Classic Tale

  1. KAREN M November 18, 2013 at 4:07 pm #

    I am new to the Hillsboro area. Have never go.e to Venitian Theatre except for my birthday. I love classics & this is an ideal way to get into the Christmas spirit seeing Bag & Baggage..It’s a (somewhat ) Wonderful Life. Id love to be a Winner!!

  2. Natasha November 18, 2013 at 6:36 pm #

    This is going to be a great production. Shows at Bag & Baggage are always wonderful. Would love to be the winner.

  3. Bettie November 19, 2013 at 10:46 am #

    Boy this sounds great!!! One of my favorites (isn’t it everyone’s) but love the concept of your tweaking and making it original! Live downtown and without a car but this would be worth the Zipcar charge!!! Never seen one of your productions nor ever been to the Venetian Theatre so it would be a great Christmas present, indeed!

  4. Kacy November 19, 2013 at 1:07 pm #

    Ive been curious about this theater group! What a great chance Roche k them out!

    • Kacy November 19, 2013 at 1:08 pm #

      “check them out” is what I meant…weird auto correct

  5. Sadie November 19, 2013 at 4:25 pm #

    Oh, my goodness! I know a couple of these folks and they are soooooo talented! I was recently in a bike wreck and my holidays are going to have to be pretty chill (i.e., no shows where I might get bumped in the broken shoulder)…This sounds right up my alley! Pick me!

  6. Danielle November 20, 2013 at 12:30 pm #

    Sounds like a nice way to spend a cold Portland evening, indoors with lots of laughter.

  7. Bill W. November 20, 2013 at 5:05 pm #

    I’ve been wanting to see a Bag and Baggage production. And I haven’t been to a holiday show in years. It’s time.

  8. Mary November 21, 2013 at 12:21 pm #

    I love dining at the Venetian. To add a great show to the evening is a ‘must do’!

  9. pat November 21, 2013 at 2:39 pm #

    I’d love to take my boyfriend to this. Please pick me

  10. Katia Lane November 21, 2013 at 3:23 pm #

    Because I’m amazing, that’s why!

  11. Julia November 21, 2013 at 3:24 pm #

    I LOVE It’s a Wonderful Life, and I would love to see a new and exciting version live! Pick me, please oh please!

  12. Mari Stephenson November 21, 2013 at 3:38 pm #

    Sounds like the perfect date.

  13. Delia November 21, 2013 at 4:09 pm #

    I’ve never been to the Venetian, and this sounds like a great and funny show!

  14. Anne November 21, 2013 at 4:21 pm #

    I would be very grateful to win

  15. Laura November 21, 2013 at 7:30 pm #

    This looks wonderful. Looking forward to attending.

  16. Becky November 21, 2013 at 8:16 pm #

    Would love to experience a quirky version of It’s a Wonderful Life that would provide a wonderful and lasting holiday memory. The 40’s radio style setting seems “somewhat” amusing!

  17. Sandra November 22, 2013 at 8:57 am #

    This sounds like an amazing production-it would be great to see and free tickets would be so cool.

  18. Ann November 22, 2013 at 9:08 am #

    I’d love to attend this! After years of keeping my nose to the grindstone year-round, I’m focusing on enjoying the holiday seasons this year. Attending events like this would put me in the holiday spirit!

  19. Lori November 22, 2013 at 10:53 am #

    We are new to the area…would love to see the show and the theatre!

  20. Bjoern November 22, 2013 at 12:13 pm #

    sonds like a lot of fun. would like to go

  21. fivefootgirl November 22, 2013 at 3:02 pm #

    Sounds like FUN!!!

  22. candy November 23, 2013 at 12:36 pm #

    I am in dire need of a good laugh and i believe this will hit the spot

  23. chalayn November 24, 2013 at 10:50 am #

    We love plays and it has been too long since we have been to one.

  24. Lorrene November 24, 2013 at 5:56 pm #

    Sounds like a great play I’d luv to see. Pick me!

  25. Amy November 24, 2013 at 8:30 pm #

    Sounds like an awesome birthday present to me.

  26. Cari November 24, 2013 at 11:40 pm #

    This looks hilarious. Hubby and I would love to go see this!

  27. Toni November 25, 2013 at 8:05 am #

    My sister and I used to attend a Christmas play every Christmas time, as a gift to each other and ourselves. But times change, families grow and economies worsen, which means we have been unable to do this for years. It would be very special to treat my beloved sister with tickets to a holiday play.

  28. Donna November 25, 2013 at 11:28 pm #

    It has been so long since I have seen a live play it would be a
    real treat to see this!!

  29. Laurie November 26, 2013 at 4:00 pm #

    It’s my birthday weekend…PICK ME!

  30. KAREN Mc November 27, 2013 at 5:26 am #

    The Venetian Theater & It’s a Wonderful Life are truly classic!! Jimmy Stewart a favorite. I would like tickets to bring my other half..born in the 50’s & appreciate the era. Bag & Baggage are talented & their version of the movie would be a great way to get into the Christmas Spirit !!

  31. Amber November 27, 2013 at 5:13 pm #

    My mom is coming into town to visit and I would LOVE to take her to this!

  32. bc November 27, 2013 at 5:46 pm #

    I’ve seen and enjoyed three B&B productions this year. Gotta be one of the most inventive theaters in Oregon. Had to miss the Halloween show, and don’t want to miss this one! Pick me!

  33. Dave G. November 27, 2013 at 6:42 pm #

    I am somewhat interested. Actually, I’m very interested!!! My life would be wonderful if I won tix to this event. Thanks.

  34. Sarah G November 27, 2013 at 7:19 pm #

    Would love to take my favorite theater geek to see this :)

  35. Melissa November 27, 2013 at 8:55 pm #

    As my kids turn to teens I want to continue having special local holiday traditions that they haven’t outgrown and this type of humor is right up their keep Portland weird Christmas lane!

  36. Rebecca Feucht November 27, 2013 at 9:33 pm #

    I’ve still not seen the movie and it’s on my to do list this Xmas, but nothing beats theater. I’d rather watch the play before the movie!

  37. Karson November 27, 2013 at 11:42 pm #

    I’m really poor! let me see a play for the first time in my life!!!!!!!!

  38. Mr Karl Michael Jacobson November 28, 2013 at 10:52 am #

    I so very much enjoyed winning Joe Satriani tickets from you and would be equally grateful to win these as well — Happy Thanksgiving all

  39. panda November 28, 2013 at 3:05 pm #


  40. Carolyn November 28, 2013 at 3:48 pm #

    Looks like fun!

  41. Sofia November 29, 2013 at 8:02 am #

    Because I can never finish the movie, and want to know what happens. I just can’t bear James Stewart’s voice, I am wigging by the time he says “champagne” after his wedding, and I must turn it off… so this would be the perfect alternative.

  42. Charlie Misky November 29, 2013 at 8:39 am #

    My nine year old son and I are new to Portland and are always looking for new ways to explore the city

  43. Charles Moore November 29, 2013 at 10:40 am #

    This sounds amazing. I would love to win because i cannot afford to go.

  44. Tracie November 29, 2013 at 1:52 pm #

    My mom’s favorite holiday is Christmas. In fact we open presents for approximately 3 hours and she is known as Gramma Claus.

    She is the greatest and gives with heart all year long.

    My sister and I always try and do something special prior to the holidays.

    She is having surgery right after the first of the year and this might help with getting her mind off of that for a period of time.

  45. Lora November 29, 2013 at 4:01 pm #

    YES PLEASE! I love theater!

  46. Chris November 30, 2013 at 3:53 pm #

    This sounds amazing!!! I’d love to go, and like many others have never been to the Venetian. A wonderful remake of a classic! And it sounds so funny!!!

  47. Shawn Koziel December 1, 2013 at 9:58 am #

    It’s a Wonderful Life =Christmas!

  48. Brian December 1, 2013 at 11:04 am #

    Would love to support local productions

  49. Tim December 1, 2013 at 8:08 pm #

    Love to and see some good theater while I,m here for the holidays, Thanks.

  50. Jenine December 4, 2013 at 8:27 pm #

    This weekend is my husband’s birthday. I would love to surprise him with this!

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