- Paperback: 72 pages
- Publisher: Dramatists Play Service, Inc.; Acting Edition edition (January 1998)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0822212870
- ISBN-13: 978-0822212874
- Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 5.5 x 8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #129,487 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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You Can't Take It with You: A Comedy in Three Acts Paperback – January, 1998
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The plot concerns the Vanderhof clan, an extended family who all live in a large house situated somewhere near Columbia University. The house is owned by Grandpa Vanderhof, a man who left his life in commerce some years before and now spends his time collecting snakes, throwing darts, and attending college commencements. His daughter, Penny, writes plays on a typewriter which had been delivered to their home by mistake. Penny's husband is named Paul. Paul manufactures fireworks in the base ment with the help of Mr. DiPinna, a gentlemen who came to deliver something and has stayed on for seven years. Paul and Penny have found time to produce two daughters: Essie, who dances ballet to the xylophone accompaniment of her husband, Ed, and Alice, the sole "normal" member of the family.
Alice has become involved with the boss's son, and most of the plot revolves around the complications that arise from the son (Tony) bringing his parents to dinner at the Vanderhofs' one night before the dinner was actually scheduled.
The plot, however, is only a small part of what makes this comedy (which ran for more than 800 performances on Broadway in a time when 200 performances was considered a hit) an endlessly fascinating, always enjoyable event.
The characters are rich, often loopy, and even eminently sensible. Grandpa Vanderhof is a sage, and lines of his run through my head almost daily as little pieces of wisdom with which I make my way through life.Read more ›
My high school has just started preparing for our performance of this wonderful play. We have all fallen in love with the script and are eager to perform. This is a wonderful choice for any theater program, I am sure that anyone can find it entertaining!
There are some really, REALLY great characters here. I played Penny Sycamore in my production, and I've never enjoyed myself more. She has so many hilarious scenes (WORD GAME SCENE!) but I also found a lot of depth to her character when I started to really learn the lines. Basically every character in this play is an opportunity for the actor to get some big laughs. In fact, the characters who only show up for one or two scenes are some of the most memorable.
The relationships between family members are what really makes the show. Once you figure out how the Sycamore family works, how the Kirby family works, and how these two families are different, the rest of it comes a lot easier.
Also, this play is great if you are doing the show on a budget! My school is very new and our performing space is a cafetorium... luckily for us, there is only one set in the entire show! It's the interior of the Sycamore house, so you can go wild with how much you want to include. The main thing is to make it looked "lived-in." We had fun using some large stuffed-animal snakes, plus we were able to bring in a real typewriter! So this show can basically be done on a budget of absolutely nothing (except performance fees), with cast/crew volunteering to bring in a few props each.
In short, if you're looking for a play to perform, YCTIWY is a great choice. I still find myself thinking of it and I think I'll remember the fun of the production for a very long time.
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A crazy play about a loopy family has become an American classic. This is the perfect drama for all ages and yet the message is timeless.Published 3 months ago by A Customer
Exactly what I was looking for and I received it quickly, too.Published 10 months ago by Amazon Customer
An old-fashioned play that holds its own thru the years! Funny, well-written, and pertinent to folks today who try to live off the grid! Read it!Published 12 months ago by Amazon Customer
This play is quite funny, and has recently been revived on Broadway (2014) with James Earl Jones and other talented folks in the roles. Read morePublished 14 months ago by Dale Eckart