You can’t take it with you


A play by Moss Hart and George S. Kaufman. “You Can’t Take It With You” logo courtesy of Good Theater, Portland, ME, graphic artist James Hoban Designs.

Grandpa Vanderhof and his crazy family, the Sycamores, have been living happily in his home at Columbia University in New York for years. This family (and their friends) are a crazy group of eccentrics, marching to the beat of their own drum with pride and joy. Their hobbies include collecting snakes, building fireworks in the basement, writing numerous plays that are never published, and taking ballet lessons. Things like stress, jobs and paying taxes to the government are for other people, not them! But when practical young Alice Sycamore gets engaged to her company’s vice president, Tony Kirby, the Vanderhof/Sycamore clan must prepare to meet the new in-laws. Disaster ensues when the Kirbys arrive at the wrong time and, despite the best laid plans, see Alice’s family in all its crazy glory. The evening ends when everyone in the house is arrested and Alice ends the engagement. It is only after Grandpa’s wise speech to Mr. Kirby about the importance of living an optimal life that the two families find a way to accept each other, and love conquers all.

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