Want to attend dinner filled with family drama, humor and chaos, all for the sake of young love? Then be sure to check out the Williamsburg Players’ production of “You Can’t Take It With You.”
Jessi DePette, Williamsburg Players spokeswoman, said the story is a little bit like Romeo and Juliet.
“It’s a crazy, wild family and the one sane daughter decides to bring her boyfriend over for dinner with his parents,” DePette said.
The daughter’s family, the Sycamores, is made up of many colorful characters including a father who makes fireworks in the basement and a grandfather who has a passion for raising snakes, according to the play’s director, Julie King.
“I think the funniest thing is in this family nobody has a regular job, but they make money any way they can,” King said.
“The Kirbys (the boyfriend's family) are upper middle class -- the husband works on Wall Street -- and watching them watch the Sycamores is vastly entertaining,” said assistant-director Trish Marickovich.
John Crumb, co-director, said because the play is a comedy, it’s able to give some life lessons in a digestible way. King said the play talks a lot about what makes a successful family and life.
“By the end of the show you are redefining what you think is normal,” King said.
“There are a lot of lines in it that will touch you and make you realize ‘I never really saw it from that perspective,’ ” Crumb said.
“My favorite line is ‘How many of us would be willing to settle when we're young for what we eventually get?’ And there are a lot of lines like that, where as it’s spoken you go ‘yea — wait.’ ”
King said while the play has been done many times before, each new cast gives it new life. This group has actors ranging from high school age to 75 years old.
“I think the ensemble cast is really going to bring (the production) to life,” DePette said.
“Because the show is really about the family dynamic and how you can learn to get past your challenges as different personality types clash, having such a large range of cast members allows different perspectives to come into the script and bring that comedic aspect to another level.”
Marickovich said everyone brought a personal item of their own to be featured on the set of this production.
“We’ve got a laundry list of items actors have brought in, and the set itself now has become a conglomeration of all these different people, veteran and brand new high school kids, to this one set, and it is a lot like how the Sycamore house has gathered people to it,” Marickovich said.
DePette said people should come out to see the play because it is a classic comedy that’s fun for the whole family to watch.
“Its got something for every age group,” DePette said. “If you have ever been annoyed by your crazy family, you should come see this.”
Want to go?
The play runs Friday through April 13 at the James-York Playhouse, 200 Hubbard Lane. Tickets are $20 for adults and $12 for students and children. You can buy tickets at williamsburgplayers.org, or by calling the box office at 229-0431.
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