Classic comedy, ‘You Can’t Take It with You,’ presented by OSU Theatre


CORVALLIS, Ore. – The family-friendly American classic comedy, “You Can’t Take It with You,” will be presented by Oregon State University Theatre May 13-15 and 20-21 at Withycombe Hall’s main stage, 30th and Campus Way.

All performances begin at 7:30 p.m., with a sign-language interpreted performance Friday, May 21.

Moss Hart and George S. Kaufman’s play tells the story of the Sycamore family, a loving bunch of unconventional eccentrics. Everyone from Grandpa to Penny and Paul (his daughter and son-in-law) to their children (Essie and her husband Ed) does what makes them happy, with little regard for society’s expectations. Only daughter Alice fails to fully relax because she is worried about the impression her family will make on her new fiancé’s family.

When the straight-laced Kirbys show up for dinner at the Sycamores a night earlier than expected, mayhem ensues and the young couple’s happiness is challenged.

“You Can’t Take It With You” is a straightforward example of classic screwball comedy, according to director Marion Rossi, who said he likes the warmth and elegant simplicity of the play.

“The characters are fun and likeable, the story is quirky but plausible, and the message clear without being pedantic,” he said.

Originally produced in 1936, it remains an enduring comedy classic of the American stage. The OSU production features light-hearted humor, ballet, blintzes, xylophone music, and live kittens and snakes.

The large cast features students Bryan Bernart, John Broc, Jamie Bilderback, Ian Burns, Jerika Burton, Zak Eidsvoog, Eric Goodall, Abbe Groh, Cate Hard, Aaron Kopperman, Robert LaFever, Mercedes Marquette, Jordyn Patton, Rowan Russell, Tom Sabatino, Colleen Seus, Jackie Seus, and Jessica Seus. OSU professor Robert Iltis stars in the role of Grandpa.

Tickets are $12 general, $10 senior, $8 youth/student, and $5 for OSU students. Call the OSU Theatre box office at 541-737-2784 for tickets and more information. Online purchases can be made at http://www.oregonstate.edu/dept/theatre