- By Moss Hart George S. Kaufman

You Can't Take it With You

  • Title: You Can't Take it With You
  • Author: Moss Hart George S. Kaufman
  • ISBN: 9780822212874
  • Page: 200
  • Format: Paperback
  • You Can t Take it With You At first the Syca family seems mad but it is not long before we realize that if they are mad the rest of the world is really verklempt

    At first the Syca family seems mad, but it is not long before we realize that if they are mad, the rest of the world is really verklempt.

    1 thought on “You Can't Take it With You

    1. This play is begging for new productions. Written in the 1930s, it seems entirely current. War on terror? Recession? Suburban sprawl? Copyright vs. sharing works for free? All in there. Remarkable.

    2. George S. Kaufman and Moss Hart's Depression-era feel-good -- light hearted, Pulitzer Prize winner is as resonant today as it was when it debuted in 1936.Set in the large home of the Sycamore family, the story depicts the lightweight travels of a group of eccentrics living with little means of support. The family patriarch, "Grandpa" Martin Vanderhof hasn't worked in 35 years, having quit one day when he grasped the fact that work was interfering with his fun, an attitude that extends to shruggi [...]

    3. The thing that stuck out to me the most would have to be the character Paul. I like him because his profession is making fireworks. Since I was a little kid being a pyrotechnition has been my dream career. Another thing that was good about this play was it wasn’t very long. Since I didn’t really enjoy the play it was nice that it was only like 70 pages. The worst thing about the play to me was the fact that it was old. It was written in the 1930s. It was supposed to be a comedy but I didn’ [...]

    4. A modern classic that is as timely today as it was when written (first produced in 1936). A crazy but lovable family that everyone can recognize; everyone has a crazy Uncle Louie or eccentric Aunt Fanny. The family home is also occupied by various friends, neighbors, suitors, servants, guests and finally G-men! There's Social Security fraud, a Russian threat, and Federal Government surveillance -- right out of 2017 headlines! Kaufman and Hart were brilliant comedic writers, and this play holds u [...]

    5. I started reading this play and thought to myself, "if my family ever acted like this, I'd slap them all and leave as quickly as I could". By the time I got to the end of the play, I felt much better about my own family as well as the family in the play. Some great points are made in this riotous comedy, and ultimately it's very sweet.

    6. My school put on this play for Fall show. Its a great comedy with wonderful characters. I found that most of the characters in the play resembled my own family members, but then again, the bonds between the family members in You Can't Take It With You are ones that (one would hope) are shared between family members today. You Can't Take It With You- what a charming little play!

    7. Saw this play in February starring Fran Kranz and James Earl Jones among others. One of the funniest things I've ever seen. Now I'm auditioning for it at my theater. So, I decided to read it. Brought back all the laughs. A hilarious time with wonderful characters and great heart.

    8. A cute and heartfelt play that made me yearn for another crazy family gathering and maybe for a few weeks to spend in the 30's.

    9. I had so much fun reading this. Even the stage directions had me laughing. What a good time. It was more fun to read than to watch it being performed.

    10. This classic play is hysterical and has a timeless message. Sure, some of the references are dated and not PC, but the point is driven home that life isn't about money or possessions. Life is to be enjoyed.

    11. I'd like to see a staged production of this. Reading it was alright but I definitely think this is a show that needs to be experienced live in order to truly be entertained by it.

    12. Charming and goofy. It is far from a revolutionary play, but I can see why it's one of the most performed productions at the high school level.

    13. Great play, some wonderful ideas, all heightened by some very politically incorrect stage directions!

    14. Cute script. Picks up a lot in Acts 2/3. Great message about what's important in life. Timeless!

    15. Alice Sycamore is the daughter to the eccentric Sycamore family, where everyone has a different hobby, and spends time doing what they please instead of worrying about the world outside. Alice is the most level headed, and has fallen in love with Tony Kirby, the son of a rich business man in charge of a big company. Alice feels that her family is too eccentric for Tony's straight laced, 'normal' parents, so she plans an evening for the parents to meet and makes her family hide their eccentric ho [...]

    16. I'm a little biased, because I'm currently in the show, but I love this play. It's a great comedy, a little in the vein of old screwball comedies. There are a lot of great moments, and if you have the chance I encourage you to see the show done live.The Sycamore household is highly unconventional. Paul and the ice man, Mr. DePinna make fireworks in the basement; Penny writes horrible plays on a typewriter delivered by mistake eight years ago; Essie takes ballet lessons from Mr. Kolenkhov and mak [...]

    17. You Can't Take it With You is the first play that I ever saw. It was performed by the local amateur theatre company in the auditorium of the town's only high school. I was absolutely stunned by the acting skills displayed by father's real estate broker and our milkman. This play clearly belongs to another era when professional playwrights wrote plays that could be successfully staged by amateur actors. Today of course we have amateurish playwrights writing plays that not even highly professional [...]

    18. 3.5-4 starsThe plot of this enjoyable comedy involves Tony Kirby, the son of a wealthy couple, falling in love with Alice Sycamore who comes from the eccentric family of Grandpa Martin Vanderhof. The Kirbys show up at Grandpa's home on the wrong night for a "meet the parents" dinner when Tony and Alice become engaged. The conservative, financially successful Kirbys are shocked at Grandpa's crazy household. But Grandpa and his non-materialistic family are happy and love each other, a different me [...]

    19. A very enjoyable comedy from the 1930's, in many ways a stage predecessor to today's television sit-coms. The tangle of eccentric characters are a nice reflection of the era (over-the-top and, for better or worse, stereotypical) and wonderful foils for the much too "respectable" family of the protagonist's would-be fiancee. As someone who appreciates history, I like how the general theme (proudly pursuing one's own path versus societal conformity) survives even as some of the individual characte [...]

    20. The 1937 winner of the Pulitzer Prize in Drama, this comedy shows its age in places but is overall a fun, light-footed romp. Alice is the “normal” one in a family of eccentrics and she’s fallen in love with Tony, the son of a strait-laced Wall Street banker. Alice’s sister is a dancer / candy maker. Her mother is a playwright who has yet to finish a play. Her father builds fireworks in the basement, and her Grandpa, after dropping out of the rat race three decades earlier, is now attract [...]

    21. VERY charming play that explores the importance of family and love and others. This may sound like some kindergarten stuff, but it really does explore the fact that family does matter. That is why I love this play so much. The story is wacky yet simple, the writing is very humorous and actually WORKS at being funny, and the characters are even better! MY GOD this characters are amazing. I swear, Kolenkov is my spirit animal. I guess the only thing that I can critique it for is that it is too pre [...]

    22. I have more experience with watching plays than reading them, but Hart and Kaufman manage to make the characters leap off the page even without a stage. The dialogue is witty and fun, and it’s hilarious to see similar themes of the 1930s parallel recent events. It reads like a sitcom to me with funny punch lines like when Hend says, “And if there weren’t Interstate Commerce, nothing could go from one state to another see?” and the grandpa replies with, “Why not? They got fences?” It [...]

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