It's 1937 New York, and the extended Sycamore family is about as eccentric as they come. Grandpa quit his job 35 years ago because he didn't enjoy it, and spends his time raising snakes and attending commencements. His daughter Penny and her husband Paul keep busy writing plays and making fireworks, respectively, while their daughter Essie, who lives in the house with xylophone-playing husband Ed, studies dance and makes candy. Various other oddball friends and employees fill the house, with daughter Alice as the only seemingly "normal" one. She works in an office on Wall Street, and falls in love with the boss' son. As you can imagine, when Alice brings Mr. Kirby and his conservative wealthy parents home to meet the family, much hilarity ensues. Will these two very different families ever make peace so that these two crazy kids can get hitched?*
|the young couple: Tony and Alice (Grant Hooyer and
Jackie O'Neil, photo courtesy of Lyric Arts)
|just a simple family dinner (photo courtesy of Lyric Arts)
This is a big show and a big cast, and Lyric Arts does a great job with it, bringing out the heart and humor of this wacky family that loves each other and allows each other to be their true selves, no matter how odd that might seen to the outside world. You Can't Take It With You continues through March 4.