November 1, 2010

Zany comedy classic restaged

The cast, from left to right: Leah Dodell, Bart Hansard, Sophie Edwards, Widdie Turner and Josh Izaak.

Theater Emory opens 'You Can’t Take It With You' Nov. 11 

By Nicholas Surbey

In today’s tenuous economic atmosphere, Theater Emory revisits the Depression-era comedy, “You Can’t Take It With You.”

A fresh production of this classic Pulitzer-Prize winning play of social class, romance and bizarre relatives opens this month.

“You Can’t Take It With You” chronicles the madcapped meeting of two socially different, yet equally eccentric families, threatened by the marriage of their children. The colorful cast of characters explores the timeless themes of family dynamics, classism and the pursuit of love in the face of seemingly overwhelming odds.

“No matter what the period, the human condition has a unique and remarkable power to move us, whether in triumph or defeat, boldness or fragility, laughter or tears,” explains John Ammerman, artistic director of Theater Emory. These universal themes, coupled with a historic setting that mirrors our own economic difficulties, make this production essential viewing for all, he adds.

Emory students, including sophomore Leah Dodell and seniors Joshua Izaak and Breanna McDaniel; professional actors and other members of the Emory community are among the cast.  Alumnus Blake Covington ’07C joins Emory faculty member Mary Lynn Owen, as well as staff member Anne Stainback, making an appearance as the Grand Duchess Olga Katrina.

 Designers for this period piece include theater faculty members Marianne Martin (costumes), Joseph Monaghan III (lighting), Robert J. Turner (sound) and Leslie Taylor (set).

Theater Emory’s “You Can’t Take It With You” opens Thursday, Nov.11 in the Mary Gray Munroe Theater in the Dobbs University Center.  Performances are on Nov. 11-13 and Nov. 17-20 at 7 p.m. and Nov. 14 and 21 at 2 p.m.

Tickets ($18; $14 discount category members; $6 Emory students) are available from the Arts at Emory box office at 404.727.5050.

Free parking is available in the Fishburne and Peavine Parking Decks.

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