"Charming production of screwball comedy"
by Matthew Partridge for remotegoat on 13/04/18

“You Can’t Take It With You” is a Sedos production of George S Kaufman and Moss Hart’s 1938 screwball comedy. It focuses on the eccentric Vanderhof-Sycamore-Carmichael family led by Martin Vanderhof (Robert Pennant Jones) who quit his Wall Street job thirty-five years previously on a whim, and counsels others to follow their dreams. Their strange harmony is thrown into question when Alice Sycamore (Izzi Richardson), Martin’s granddaughter and the only ‘sensible’ member of the family, announces her engagement to Tony Kirby (Graeme Langford) the son of uptight banker Anthony (Craig Karpel).

Those used to the tight plots and situation driven laughs of French or English stage comedy may find Kaufman and Hart’s style a little different, as it primarily focuses on character, especially in the first half. Still this gamble pays off in the second half with the entry of the Kirbys, leading to a large amount of hilarity and laughter. As an ensemble piece, the production also benefits from the fact that the entire cast deliver strong performances, making even the smallest roles shine. Particular credit should go to Dara Seitzman for her portrayal of eccentric Penny Sycamore, Craig Karpel as Anthony Kirby, Izzi Richardson as Alice Sycamore and Matt Tylianakis as the scene-stealing Boris.

Overall, this is a charming comedy that will leave you with a warm feeling.

You Can’t Take It With You is directed by Nick Mouton and produced by Peta Walmsley and runs at the Bridewell Theatre, with the last performance on Saturday April 14.

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