A classic & enduring American comedy! — Sierra Stages presents “You Can’t Take It With You” at the historic Nevada Theatre in Nevada City | TheUnion.com

A classic & enduring American comedy! — Sierra Stages presents “You Can’t Take It With You” at the historic Nevada Theatre in Nevada City

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Members of the cast of the Sierra Stages production of "You Can't Take It With You" playing Sept. 20 through Oct. 6 at the Nevada Theatre.
Photo by David Wong

KNOW & GO

WHAT: “You Can’t Take It With You”

WHEN: Sept. 20 through Oct. 6. 7:30 p.m. Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays (Note: No performance on Thursday, Sept. 27) and at 2 p.m. Sundays

WHERE: Nevada Theatre, 401 Broad Street, Nevada City

TICKETS: For the first two “preview” performances on Thursday and Friday, all tickets are $20 (seats in all rows). For all other performances, tickets are $35 (seats in rows A-H) and $25 (seats in rows J-O). Group rates are available for groups of 10 or more, and Student Rush (age 25 & under with a valid student ID) is $15 at the door (subject to availability) beginning 30 minutes before each performance

INFO: Visit www.SierraStages.org or call 530-346-3210 for more information

Sierra Stages completes its 10th anniversary season with the classic American comedy “You Can’t Take It With You” by Moss Hart and George S. Kaufman, playing for three weekends only from Sept. 20 through Oct. 6 at the historic Nevada Theatre in Nevada City, according to a release.

Since its Broadway debut in 1936, Kaufman & Hart’s Pulitzer Prize-winning “You Can’t Take It with You” has become one of the most popular plays in American history. A true classic, this hilarious screwball comedy unfurls under the bohemian roof of Grandpa Vanderhof’s creatively eccentric family — hopping with writers, painters, ballet dancers, xylophone players, caged snakes, a Russian duchess who lives to bake blintzes, and a basement full of firecrackers.

When love blooms between Grandpa Vanderhof’s granddaughter and the son of an uptight, conservative Wall Street banker, the collision of their two worlds explodes into laughter!

“You Can’t Take It With You” is directed by Scott Gilbert, who also designed the set. Lighting design and special effects are by Erin Beatie, and costume design is by Paulette Sand-Gilbert.

The cast consists of both longtime Nevada County actors and several newcomers, and includes Trish Adair, Rebecca Allington, Louis Flint Ceci, Chase Coney, Audrey Delgado, Darrell Hovander, Tina Marie Kelley, Steve Lambert, Patrick Moore, Tony Muller, Tracie Nickle, Michele Fitzhugh Nesbit, Patrick Shannon, Melinda Thomas and John Watson.

“‘You Can’t Take It With You’ is one of the most famous and most performed plays of the American theatre with good reason,” said director Scott Gilbert. “It is a hilarious romp, a madcap farce, and a touching examination of how best to live life, full of delightful characters and outrageous scenes. It’s the kind of play where you think ‘oh yeah, that old thing, seen it a hundred times,’ but then when you actually read it or see it, you say ‘That is so great!’”

“The play endures — and audiences continue to love it — because it is really, really funny,” said Gilbert. “The characters are vivid, the situation is fascinating, the jokes are sharp. The play has more jokes, more ideas, more memorable characters, and more fun than almost any other script from the 20th century.

“You can see very clearly how this play influenced the best television sitcoms and romantic comedy movies. When I mention that I am working on ‘You Can’t Take It With You’ to friends, both in the theatrical profession and out, they invariably are surprised and delighted, and have some story about why the play is special to them.”

Roots in Nevada County

“You Can’t Take It With You” has a rich history of popular production in Nevada County, the most recent one being by The Foothill Theatre Company in the early 2000s.

The Sierra Stages production aims to both delight audience members who have loved the play before, and surprise folks who have never heard of the play with how wonderfully funny it can be.

“It is hard for me to imagine audiences not falling in love with this cast and their charming antics,” said Gilbert.

Performances of “You Can’t Take It With You” are at 7:30 p.m. Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays and at 2 p.m. Sundays. (Note: There is no performance on Thursday, Sept. 27.) All seating is reserved.

For the first two “preview” performances on Thursday and Friday, all tickets are $20 (seats in all rows). For all other performances, tickets are $35 (seats in rows A-H) and $25 (seats in rows J-O). Group rates are available for groups of 10 or more, and Student Rush (age 25 & under with a valid student ID) is $15 at the door (subject to availability) beginning 30 minutes before each performance.

For tickets and information, visit http://www.SierraStages.org or call Sierra Stages at 530-346-3210.

Also this fall, the final two Theater by the Book play readings co-presented by Sierra Stages and the Miners Foundry Cultural Center will take place.

On Wednesday, Oct. 17, Sandra Rockman directs “Marjorie Prime” by Jordan Harrison, and on Wednesday, Nov. 14, John Deaderick directs “God of Carnage” by Yasmina Reza.

Theater by the Book play readings are free, with a $10 suggested donation at the door. Doors open at 7 p.m., and readings begin at 7:30 p.m. All readings take place at the Miners Foundry, 325 Spring Street, Nevada City.

For more information, visit http://www.SierraStages.org or the http://www.minersfoundry.org.

Sierra Stages is a nonprofit community theatre based in western Nevada County with a mission to provide quality productions that are affordable and accessible to everyone. Since it began nine years ago, Sierra Stages has presented 33 plays and musicals and 30 informal play readings (as part of Theater by the Book co-presented with the Miners Foundry Cultural Center.

For more information about Sierra Stages, visit http://www.SierraStages.org.

Source: Sierra Stages


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