Villanona Student Theater presents “You Can’t Take it With You”

Daria Gredysa

“You Can’t Take it With You” opened in New York in 1936 and has yet to provide an audience with anything other than laughter and amusement.

Depicting two families from opposite sides of the spectrum, love is the culprit that brings together the idiosyncrasies of each member in a way that is quick to indulge in sporadic activity and a constant energy.

The original play, directed by George S. Kaufman and Moss Hart, won the Pulitzer Prize in 1937 and has become an American classic.

Sitting in on a rehearsal and experiencing Villanova’s theater director Noel Nettl’s chosen cast, there is no doubt that “You Can’t Take it With You” will be a hit yet again, this time on our very own campus.

The household of Grandpa Martin Vanderhof, played by Tyler Cunnion, is comprised of free spirits in search of happiness. Alice Sycamore, played by sophomore Shanna Wagenheim, stirs up the comedy by introducing her fiancé, Tony Kirby, to the family.

On the other hand, Kirby, played by junior Kevin Russell, is a wealthy conservative who has never been around so many people whose motto is simply to have fun.

While it may seem like a typical scenario: introducing your boyfriend or girlfriend to your “crazy” family, the Sycamores take lunacy to the highest level of entertainment and excitement.

The three-act play clashes the lifestyles and philosophies of two very different families with fireworks and FBI agents.

Every character has their quirk; who can help not feeling good about watching a drunken ballerina dance across the stage?

“You Can’t Take it With You” is never trying to be something it’s not, drawing its lighthearted and playful meaning from the focus on each of the characters’ eccentricities.

Tonight is opening night, and what could be a better way to kick-off homecoming weekend than by watching a great live comedy.

“You Can’t Take it With You” leaves out the complexity and encourages the ideal of following your dreams and simply enjoying life.

Take a break from the everyday stress of the college life and take a life lesson from a day with the Sycamores.

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The play will be running for two consecutive weekends Thursday through Saturday at 8 p.m. and Sunday at 4 p.m. in St. Mary’s Auditorium. Tickets are $5 in advance and $6 at the door.