Sunday, June 03, 2007

You Can't Take It With You

Hart-Kaufman's Pulitzer-winning Depression-era classic, in which a free-spirited family of eccentrics clashes with the conservative stuffshirt parents of their daughter's fiance, can be breezy farcical fun. Unfortunately this production (at the usually dependable T. Schreiber Studio) is paced as if flatfooted and it never gets a rhythm going. What should seem zany comes off forced, labored. The best thing about this production, although it isn't enough to redeem it, is that Jacqueline van Biene and Josh Sienkiewicz are spot-on in style and tone as the young lovers.

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