You Can't Take It With You
The North Coast Repertory Theatre opens its 30th Season with the comedy You Can’t Take It With You by Moss Hart and George S. Kaufman. The play takes place in the Sycamore household. At first the family seems 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 original production opened in 1936 and was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for Drama in 1937. The NCRT production opens at 8 p.m. on Thursday, September 19 with a benefit performance for the cast and crew.
You Can’t Take It With You is directed by Mack Owen. Mack has been involved in theatre for over 50 years. His studies in theatre included time at the University of Nebraska, El Camino College, San Diego State, Long Beach State, UCLA, and with Jack Manning in Los Angeles. Except for a staged reading of Girl Science, a winner in the Earth First Playwriting Festival at HSU and commercials for Channel 3, You Can’t Take It With You is Mack’s first directorial assignment since coming north to Humboldt some 23 years ago. As an Equity actor, Mack cannot perform in non-Equity plays, but he has lent his talents in various ways to over a dozen productions in Humboldt over the last several years. Outside of Humboldt, Mack has been involved with over 200 plays, movies, commercials, and industrial films, generally as an actor but also as director, lighting designer, writer, producer, or in a variety of other technical areas. His non-Humboldt directing credits include Shadow Box, The Diary of Anne Frank, You Know I Can’t Hear You When The Water’s Running, and Sweet Bird of Youth. Non-Humboldt acting credits include roles in Foxfire, Hamlet, The Good Doctor, Carousel, Charlotte’s Web, and many others.
Owen describes the play as “perhaps the most successful collaboration of the very successful team of Moss Hart & George S. Kaufman. Television and movie versions were done of it. Perhaps the most telling measure of its value, however, is the influence it had on comedy in general, and the development of television in particular. The play explores the interaction of two very American, very different, views of success. One has to do with doing what is expected and judging success by the size of one’s bank account. The other has to do with doing what you like and measuring success by the size of your happiness. It posits the two, often conflicting, aspects of American culture against each other. Because we recognize both sides as parts of ourselves, we enjoy the comic interchange because we identify with both sides of the argument.”
The talented cast features David Simms, Evan Needham, Ken Klima, Lora Canzoneri and Molly Harvis along with a supporting cast of eleven actors. Scenery and lighting designs are by Calder Johnson. Costume design is by Jenneveve Hood. Kira Gallaway will stage-manage the production.
You Can’t Take It With You opens at 8 p.m. on Thursday, September 19 with an opening night gala that includes a champagne reception after the show. This performance will also serve as a benefit for the cast and crew. All seats for opening night are $15.00. The performance on Friday, September 20 will be a benefit for Eureka Humboldt Bay Kiwanis; tickets are $20.00. The performance on Saturday, September 21 will be a benefit for the First Congregational Church of Eureka; tickets are $20.00. Regular ticket price of $15.00 general admission and $12.00 for students and seniors will begin on Friday, September 27. The run will continue Fridays and Saturdays through October 12. There will be one additional regular Thursday performance on October 10. All evening performances begin at 8 p.m. There will be two matinee performances at 2 p.m. on Sundays September 29 and October 6. Recommended for all ages. NCRT is located at 300 Fifth Street, Eureka. For reservations, group rates, or more information, please call 442-NCRT (6278). www.ncrt.net.