Performed at The Kate in July 2012 to a full house for each of the four performances.
Directed By: Jim Wright
The three act play unfolds at the Vanderhof’s house in New York City in the late 1930’s.
Audiences for over 75 years have enjoyed the play because we all see a little bit of ourselves in Grandpa and his family members – and maybe even a bit jealous of their complete abandonment of living their lives according to anyone else’s norms or expectations.
Scenes from the Performance:
The Play opened in New York in 1936 to instant critical and popular acclaim. This depiction of a delightfully eccentric family, the third collaboration by playwrights George S. Kaufman and Moss Hart, proved to be their most successful and longest-running work. Awarded the Pulitzer Prize, the comedy went on to run 837 performances on Broadway. Kaufman and Hart sold the film rights to Columbia Pictures and the 1938 film won an Academy Award for best picture. Perenially appealing to audiences, You Can't Take It with You has become an American classic. Successful Broadway revivals in 1965 and 1983 also attest to the play's timeless appeal.
You Can't Take It with You relates the humorous encounter between a conservative family and the crazy household of Grandpa Martin Vanderhof. Grandpa's family of idiosyncratic individualists amuse with their energetic physical antics and inspire with their wholehearted pursuit of happiness. Kaufman and Hart fill the stage with chaotic activity from beginning to end. Critics have admired the witty one-liners, the visual theatricalism, and the balanced construction of the play's three acts. Although You Can't Take It with You is undeniably escapist theater which prompts immediate enjoyment rather than complex analysis, it has clearly influenced American comedy. The formula originated by Kaufman and Hart—a loveable family getting into scrapes and overcoming obstacles—has been adopted as a format by most of today's television situation comedies.