If you thought your family was nuts, you need to see You Can’t Take it With You. Centered around the home of an eccentric New York City family in the 1930s, whose patriarch, Grandpa Vanderhof, is a herpetoculturist that has never paid his income taxes, ever. When the granddaughter, Alice Sycamore, falls for Tony, the scion of a powerful Wall Street man, Mr. Kirby, the full closet of crazy is unleashed in a hilarious, and in the end, heartwarming series of events—think The Birdcage meets Meet the Fockers.
Just in time for tax day—remember?—the Arts Garage’s Radio Theatre will bring this Pulitzer Prize-winning play and Academy Award-winning film to the stage in all it’s stereophonic glory, April 8 and 9.
Performed as if for old time radio, when, in its heyday of the 1930s-1950s, was “the” center of household entertainment with radio shows like The Lone Ranger, The Green Hornet and Orson Welles inciting terror, The War of the Worlds, Radio Theatre brings a dose of live action to the classic radio drama. With actors reading from adapted scripts and using specially designed sound effect devices—the clopping coconuts from the Monty Python and the Holy Grail are not far off the mark—Radio Theatre is one of the more interesting theater experiences around, tugging at those nostalgia strings while giving a glimpse of how the proverbial radio sausage is made.
Join the zany characters of You Can’t Take It With You for a wild familial ride and see if Alice and Tony’s love can stay the oncoming tide of crazy, from making fireworks in the basement and melancholy Russian ballet instructors, to homemade candy and federal agents, this family will even make yours seem normal.
- Showtimes: April 8 and 9 at 7:30 p.m. Admission costs $20 for general seating, $30 for premium. For more information, visit artsgarage.org.
Each Radio Theatre play is recorded for audiences to enjoy long after the curtain has fallen. Visit artsradionetwork.com for more information.