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Play is eccentric family fun.

Byline: Theater review by Caitlin Oppenheimer For The Register-Guard

IT'S THE SAME old story of boy meets girl. They fall in love, and he has to take his parents to meet hers.

"You Can't Take It With You," by George Kaufman and Moss Hart, is about a family of eccentrics. Being performed at Elmira High School, the play shows a world we all wish we could live in, full of characters living to have fun and doing as they wish.

Grandpa (Shane Owings) decided 35 years ago to leave the Wall Street rat race to settle down and enjoy himself. He encouraged his family to do the same.

Mr. Sycamore (Jesse Love) and Ms. DePinna (Lindsey Coy), who came to deliver ice eight years ago and stayed, randomly set off fireworks. Mrs. Sycamore (Shelly Steward), started writing plays because a typewriter was delivered to the house by mistake.

The Sycamores' daughter, Essie (Jennifer MacMahon), dances ballet and makes candy. Her husband, Ed (Micah Bowling), plays the xylophone and passes out Leon Trotsky quotes because he likes to print.

Visitors include a Russian dance instructor, Mr. Kholenkov (Mark Fawcett), and the Grand Duchess Olga Katrina (Amy Petty). Dinner is corn flakes, candy, watermelon and some kind of meat.

Alice Sycamore (played in all her wonderful ordinariness by Michelle Davies) is the only normal one. She dreams of marrying her boss's son, Tony Kirby (Jordan Stuart). When the Sycamore family decides to host the Kirbys and try to be "normal" for one night, all for Alice's sake, everything goes wrong.

When Tony Kirby's parents (Josh Kloehn and Amy O'Rear) are thrown ungraciously into this world, they are forced to learn about being themselves.

At first, the play is a little hard to understand. But once the cast gets into the flow of things, they create a place where anything goes.

The lights, sets and costumes all help to transport us to a place that seems foreign to us today, but really isn't as far off as we think. Although the production is often uneven, it is an evening full of fun for the whole family.

"You Can't Take It With You" continues Friday and Saturday at 7 p.m. in the Elmira High School theater, 24936 Fir Grove Lane, Elmira. Tickets are $5.

Caitlin Oppenheimer is a student at South Eugene High School. This review is part of the Cappies program, in which local students review theatrical productions at schools other than their own.
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Publication:The Register-Guard (Eugene, OR)
Date:Nov 20, 2002
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