You Can't Take It With You
Review by Ross Anthony

The play delights in showing off the various quirks of the Sycamore family with hobbies spanning from print-stamping to basement firework construction. They're a charming bunch, made me wonder if "The Adam's Family" TV series was patterned after them. For this stage play the simple point of conflict revolves around the merging of this loveable easygoing bunch with the stereotypical rich, conservative, tightly-wound family through a potential marriage of two young lovers.

Simple, straightforward, full of safe silliness and the gaiety of the 1930's. It's a sitcom stage play from a more innocent time, with an easily-understood and timeless theme echoed in the title. Light, fun, with a vibrant pace and plenty of charm, it'll keep a smile on your face while the occasional more modern-sounding line will cajole a strong belly chuckle from time to time.

The set is warm and sprawling, the blocking fills the stage with the eccentric family, good performances by all, especially Linda DeMetrick, Stan Kelly, and James Fowler.

Easy to like, but as a composition, I felt it missing a private, serious, evaluative, scene between Mr. and Mrs. Kirby. Lacking that, Mr. Kirby's arc comes off quite cartoonish, leaving the otherwise profound theme unfortunately less resounding.

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  • You Can't Take It With You. Copyright © 2009.
  • April 25, 2009 performance at Sierra Madre Playhouse. Written by Moss Hart and George S. Kaufman and directed by Sheldon Bull. Starring Linda DeMetrick, Betsy Reisz, Shamarrah E. Pates, James Fowler, Phil Apoian, Michael-Anthony Nozzi, Teddy Goldsmith, Stan Kelly, Christina Diaz, Steve Holland, Justin Okin, A.J. Russell, Richard Large, Dale Waddington Horowitz, Tanner Morse, Jodi Harrison. For reservations, call (626) 355-4318 or reserve online:

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