Tuesday, February 24, 2009
I am thrilled to announce that I will be playing Essie Carmichael in You Can't Take it With You at the West Valley Playhouse. Last night was my first rehearsal and I already know this is going to be a very special project.
The show runs Thursday-Saturday night's at 8 p.m. and Sunday at 2:30 March 27th through April 26th at the West Valley Playhouse 7242 Owensmouth Ave., Canoga Park. For box office and theatre information go to: http://www.whctheatre.com/THEATRE/whcthome.htm
You Can't Take It with You relates the humorous encounter between a conservative family and the crazy household of Grandpa Martin Vanderhof. Grandpa's family of idiosyncratic individualists amuse with their energetic physical antics and inspire with their wholehearted pursuit of happiness. Kaufman and Hart fill the stage with chaotic activity from beginning to end. Critics have admired the witty one-liners, the visual theatricalism, and the balanced construction of the play's three acts. Although You Can't Take It with You is undeniably escapist theater which prompts immediate enjoyment rather than complex analysis, it has clearly influenced American comedy. The formula originated by Kaufman and Hart—a loveable family getting into scrapes and overcoming obstacles—has been adopted as a format by most of today's television situation comedies.
More info to come....