CBU’s spring play preview: ‘You Can’t Take it With You’

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Upon arriving to the Wallace Book of Life Theater, audiences should get ready for a night of entertainment and laughs March 1-2 and March 8-9 as they experience George S. Kaufman and Moss Hart’s “You Can’t Take It with You.”

The play transports spectators to New York City in the 1930s on an average day in the not-so-average Sycamore household. This fictitious, comedic play is centered on a family with large personalities. Despite the eccentricities of this family, their great love and care for each other is undeniable.

Throughout the play, the audience meets characters such as Martin Vanderhof, the grandfather, who never pays his income taxes; Mr. and Mrs. Sycamore who are introduced as the parents of Alice, who works as an in-house firework maker and aspiring playwright; Essie Carmichael, a candy maker with dreams of becoming a ballerina; and Alice Sycamore, the only member of the family who is normal by society’s standards. She holds a regular office job and is sometimes embarrassed by her zany family.

In this play, the family is introduced in the first act and the audience can see the unique family dynamics and experience the interesting people they surround themselves with right away. The audience is also introduced to Tony Kirby, vice president of Kirby and Co. and the object of Alice’s affections.

While Alice is worried about the impression that her family will make on Tony, he rather enjoys her family dynamics and deep love for each other. It is not until later in the play that the very prim and proper Kirby family crosses paths with the seemingly bizarre Sycamore family.

The Sycamore family may seem crazy at first glance, but by the end of this production it would seem crazy to the Kirbys not to treat each other with the undeniable love that the Sycamores do.

Experience the comedic scenes and grand characters for yourself when “You Can’t Take It with You” comes to the Wallace Theater on March 1.

The show will run for two weekends with showings on March 1 at 8 p.m., March 2 at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m., March 8 at 8 p.m. and March 9 at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m.

The theater program will also put on a musical production of “Little Women” with the curtain rising on that play April 12.

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