Our production of Kaufman and Hart’s You Can’t Take it With You opened Friday night to a packed house. Saturday evening was right near capacity as well. All of the organizational machinery clicked along nicely. Lights and sound effects went off as expected. The cast showed up in good spirits and ready to perform.
I have to say that it is exceedingly gratifying to fill a venue and have the audience laughing through the play. We were unsure of the laugh lines initially, but now have a better idea of where they are. In the photo above, Mr Sycamore restrains Mr DePinna who is waving fireworks near the Internal Revenue man. Grandpa and Essie prepare for the worst. Note: I’m not in the photo.
I play an uptight Wall Street businessman and father of the young man courting the daughter of Mr Sycamore. My acting job is to make the emotional transition from being against the marriage to being in favor of it. Acting is a real hoot and I’m grateful that others will consent to allow me on the stage with them. Of course, it helps to be on the board of directors.