Mariner presents comedy ‘You Can’t Take It With You’ | Theater Review

By Meredith Pechta | Nov 13, 2013
Courtesy of: Kristin Simeone-Myhre Sam Hopkins (Ed Carmichael), Caylie Parker (Penny Sycamore) and Madison Greinke (Essie Carmichael) star in “You Can’t Take it With You,” which opens Nov. 14 at Mariner High School.

Mariner High School presents George S. Kaufman and Moss Hart's Pulitzer Prize winning comedy, “You Can't Take It with You,” which opens Nov. 14.

The 1936 play “You Can’t Take It with You” has been revived several times on Broadway and was the basis for the 1938 Academy Award-winning film directed by Frank Capra.

The play ponders many of life’s questions, including how to earn a living without forgetting to live.

The story is centered around an extremely strange family. They are not only weird, but manage to attract even crazier characters.

There’s Penny Sycamore who pens lurid romance plays and her husband, Paul, who, with his assistant, Ms. De Pinna, invents fireworks in the basement.

Then there’s Penny’s father, Martin Vanderhof, who’s under investigation by the IRS because he doesn’t believe in it.

Penny and Paul’s daughter Essie makes her own candy and dances ballet terribly, despite years of lessons. And, then there’s Essie’s husband, Ed, who fits right in to the clan.

The only normal one in the family is Alice Sycamore. She’s Paul and Penny’s other daughter. She loves her family, but wants their eccentricities eclipsed around her fiancé Tony Kirby.

She’s even more apprehensive about her parents meeting his.Especially since his father is her employer.

Add some even stranger guests to the dinner meeting, and she has a recipe for disaster.

Mariner has put together two different casts to perform this show on different nights.

The fearful yet level-headed Alice is played by Jessika Boothby and Stephanie Libed.

The eccentric grandfather, Martin Vanderhof is played by Garrett Heining and Ashton Greso.

The role of the very reliable fiancé Tony Kirby is played in both casts by Zach Salter.

Anastasia Robinson and Caylie Parker play Penny, the artistic mother. The explosive part of Paul, the father, is inhabited by Rhian Juarez and David Salzer.

McKenzie Betts and Madison Greinke both play Alice’s childlike sister, Essie Carmichael. Her musical husband, Ed, is played by Danny Mitts and Sam Hopkins.

Tony’s uptight father, Mr. Kirby, is played in both casts by Shaun Hamilton and Nick Moskaluk.

Alicia Mendez and Kiana White play the rather blunt Mrs. Kirby.

The very rough and tumble ballet teacher, Kolenkhova, is brilliantly portrayed by Andrea Valery Martinez and Leda Grigoryeva.

There are also a supporting parts played by Alexis Gold, Isabelle Abarro, Matias Santos, Jon Tomer, Stephanie Pimental, Tati Perkins, Fenny Alvarado, Keith Heinrich, Taylor King, Madeline Green, Esther Dovgopolaya, Ruslan Kutsyy and Tracy Drake.

If you like “My Big Fat Greek Wedding” or “The Happiest Millionaire,” you’ll love this play.

“You Can’t Take it With You” is showing at 7 p.m. Nov. 14-16 and 21-23 in the Little Theatre at Mariner, 200 120th St. S.W., Everett. Two free matinee performances are scheduled for 2:10 p.m. on Nov. 18 and 19.

Admission is $7 for adults, $5 for students and $3 for senior citizens and children under 14. Tickets are sold at the door.

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