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Entertaining Since 1966

By George S. Kaufman and Moss Hart. Directed by Laurie Kuemmerle.

You Can't Take It With You

Produced by special arrangement with Dramatists Play Service, Inc.

Performance Dates

May 5-14, 1966


At first the Sycamores seem mad, but it is not long before we realize that if they are mad, the rest of the world is madder. In contrast to these delightful people are the unhappy Kirbys. The plot shows how Tony, attractive young son of the Kirbys, falls in love with Alice Sycamore and brings his parents to dine at the Sycamore home on the wrong evening. The shock sustained by the Kirbys, who are invited to eat cheap food, shows Alice that marriage with Tony is out of the question. The Sycamores, however, though sympathetic to Alice, find it hard to realize her point of view. Meantime, Tony, who knows the Sycamores are right and his own people wrong, will not give her up, and in the end Mr. Kirby is converted to the happy madness of the Sycamores, particularly since he happens in during a visit by an ex-Grand Duchess, earning her living as a waitress. No mention has as yet been made of the strange activities of certain members of the household engaged in the manufacture of fireworks; nor of the printing press set up in the parlor; nor of Rheba the maid and her friend Donald; nor of Grandpa's interview with the tax collector when he tells him he doesn't believe in the income tax.


Penelope Sycamore
Elinor Groves

Carol Favin

Lillie Stone

Paul Sycamore
Hal Olson

Mr. DePinna
Howard Adams

Ed Carmichael
Ed Abrams

Jams Andrew Wilson

Grandpa Vanderhof
Dick Krause

Pat Mikkola

Leonard Faber

Vincent Diorio

Boris Kolenkhov
Ben Frank

Gay Wellington
Sue Talsky

Mr. Kirby
William Arens

Mrs. Kirby
Roberta Faber

Chief G-Man
Bob McKee

Other G-Men
Paul Leinenbach

Other G-Men
Norman MacDonald

Margo Post

Edith Keil

Director's Notes

"It was the best of times, it was the worst of was the spring of hope, it was the winter of despair."

The above statement is universal, but has particular bearing on the era in which our play is cast - these "good old days" of the Great Depression of the Thirties. It is the year 1936 and after a long night of despair, America is at last beginning to go back to work. Franklin Delano Roosevelt has been returned to the Presidency by an overwhelming majority of the popular vote and confidently tells his countrymen that "We Americans have a rendezvous with destiny." After a long wait, ex-soldiers have acquired and are spending their bonus money and the Dow-Jones averages are rising to their highest point in five years. Although the average weekly take-home pay is not much more than $30.00, one is able to obtain a full course meal for half-a-buck. There are, of course, disturbing aspects such as the Great Drought on the plains of the mid-west and across the seas the sound of the goosestep is becoming more and more audible, but in general, people are listening to Amos and Andy on their radio sets, dancing the Big Apple, and cheering the spectacular performance of track star Jesse Owens in the Berlin Olympics. After all, the worst is over and things are looking up despite the muttering of those few who refer to the President as "That man in the White House."

"You Can't Take It With You" is a product of the depression days and in this respect it is a period piece. However, as it speaks for the time it depicts, it is delightful; as it speaks for our time, it is gently perceptive; as it admonishes the future, it is eloquent.


you can't take it with you

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