Review: You Can’t Take it With You

You Can’t Take It With You, 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday. $12-$18. Falcon’s Eye Theatre at Folsom Lake College, 10 College Parkway in Folsom; (916) 608-6888; Through November 20.
Rated 4.0

To celebrate its 10th anniversary, Falcon’s Eye Theatre at Folsom Lake College reaches into the way-back time machine to stage the 1936 Pulitzer Prize-winning play, Moss Hart and George S. Kaufman’s You Can’t Take It With You.

The play, introduced to a nation mired in the Great Depression, celebrates the idea of embracing your interests and passions rather than being dragged down by the drudgery of an office job or societal expectations. Espousing these concepts like a new-found religion is the eccentric, endearing Vanderhof family, sundry hangers-on and quirky visitors.

The large talented cast skillfully captures the madcap hijinks and goofy dialogue this farcical play is known for, and as with all Falcon’s Eye productions, the set is creative, clever, and particular to this show—a breathtakingly beautiful rendition of a Victorian parlor.

Though an entertaining production, this is rather a safe, mainstream play for Falcon’s Eye—especially since its gained such a strong reputation for producing more thought-provoking and edgier shows. That aside, it’s a funny, zany play that most everyone can enjoy.