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Students rehearse in preparation for “You Can’t Take it With You” (Oct. 26-28, Nov. 2-4).

WILMORE, Ky. — Asbury University’s Theatre & Cinema Performance program will present the Pulitzer Prize-winning play and Broadway hit “You Can’t Take It With You” in the Greathouse Theatre  (Oct. 26-28 and Nov. 2-4). Shows begin at 7:30 p.m., and tickets are available for online purchase at ($5 for students and seniors, $7 general admission).  

Directed by Jeff Day, director of Asbury’s Theater & Cinema Performance program, the show is one of the most successful and popular plays of modern theatre. The story — a romantic comedy written by written by Moss Hart and George S. Kaufman — focuses on two unlike families: the socially elite Kirbys and the eccentric Sycamores. The Kirby family doesn’t associate with the lowly Sycamores — until their young son Tony falls in love with Alice Sycamore, that is.

The play is an incredible study in character, presenting a welcome challenge for students. Senior Mackenzi Mason ’18 plays Reba, the Sycamore family’s maid, who is more like family than a servant. Mason loves the play’s funny, quirky dialogue and the nostalgic Americana tone, as well as its focus on social status.

“Like money, you cannot take status with you,” Mason said. “The Kirbys want to maintain their image, while the Sycamores are individualistic and passionate, and do not care how ridiculous they appear.”

If the Sycamores seem like a mad family, as the play unfolds we see that the rest of the world is madder. Day says the idea of a family of diverse individuals living under one roof is an allegory for community, whether small or in the wider world.

“[In the play] people are represented by all walks of life, social classes, and cultures,
 Day said. “Somehow all of their misgivings work. The point of the play is that you cannot take earthly possessions to the grave. Both families recognize that loving each other is more important than wealth.”

— by Cathryn Lien ’18


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