You Can't Take It with Youby Moss Hart, George S. Kaufman
Pub. Date: 06/01/1995
Publisher: Dramatists Play Service, Incorporated
At first the Sycamores seem mad, but it is not long before we realize that if they are mad, the rest of the world is madder. In contrast to these delightful people are the unhappy Kirbys. The plot shows how Tony, attractive young son of the Kirbys, falls in love with Alice Sycamore and brings his parents to dine at the Sycamore home on the wrong evening. The shock… See more details below
At first the Sycamores seem mad, but it is not long before we realize that if they are mad, the rest of the world is madder. In contrast to these delightful people are the unhappy Kirbys. The plot shows how Tony, attractive young son of the Kirbys, falls in love with Alice Sycamore and brings his parents to dine at the Sycamore home on the wrong evening. The shock sustained by the Kirbys, who are invited to eat cheap food, shows Alice that marriage with Tony is out of the question. The Sycamores, however, though sympathetic to Alice, find it hard to realize her point of view. Meantime, Tony, who knows the Sycamores are right and his own people wrong, will not give her up, and in the end Mr. Kirby is converted to the happy madness of the Sycamores, particularly since he happens in during a visit by an ex-Grand Duchess, earning her living as a waitress. No mention has as yet been made of the strange activities of certain members of the household engaged in the manufacture of fireworks; nor of the printing press set up in the parlor; nor of Rheba the maid and her friend Donald; nor of Grandpa's interview with the tax collector when he tells him he doesn't believe in the income tax."
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I've read this play many times and have been lucky enough to see it performed live. It is my favorite play (and I have read enough to judge) because it has such a 'hit you in the head with a 'don't be stupid' stick' message but manages to convey its message in such a hilarious way! Alice's family is hysterical but they also make the Kirby's (and the reader) realize what is really important in life: love and happiness, not slaving away at a 9 to 5 for the stake of making a lot of money that you will inevitably leave behind anyway! Read the play and enjoy!
YOU CAN'T TAKE IT WITH YOU first opened on Broadway in 1936 - but it's still one of the funniest, most heart-warming comedies ever written. I've performed in it twice, and recently did a round-robin readthrough with some other theatre folks - and we laughed all the way through. You can't NOT fall in love with the Sycamore family and their somewhat kooky friends, from a Russian ballet teacher to a dipsomaniac actress (and those are the more "normal" ones!)
this play was writen during the geat depression to cheer poeple. although the humor is somewhat outdated it is still a good book. it would be funnier if you saw it preformed rather than just reading it.