You Can't Take It With You | Village Players Performing Arts Center | Theater & Performance | Chicago Reader
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When: Fridays-Sundays. Continues through Nov. 22 2009
Price: $20-$25
This revival of Kaufman and Hart's sweet 1936 Pulitzer winner is a mixed bag. The casting is mostly strong--although Paul Tinsley plays the patriarch of the bohemian family at the center of the story as more windbag than sage--and the production is decidedly above average. As ingenue Alice Sycamore, Jhenai Mootz, in particular, brings a fresh energy to the stage. But the script is showing its age. The supposedly free-spirited Sycamores never seem all that wild to postmodern, post-sexual revolution eyes. Nor does Kaufman and Hart's storytelling, with its traditional, rather leaden love story and this-is-the-point speeches. Still, the show should raise a smile. --Jack Helbig



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