Playhouse Brings Popular Comedy 'You Can't Take It With You' to Main Stage

February 07, 2017 08:19 AM

It's a comedy that perhaps many of us can relate to, and it's sure to bring laughs: the meeting of prospective in-laws. "You Can't Take It With You" opens this week at the Duluth Playhouse.

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The show's leads, Jason and Louisa Scorich, are husband and wife in real life. Louisa plays Alice Sycamore, who falls in love with Tony Kirby (played by Jason), but the couple wants to have their families meet before they tie the knot. There's just one problem: the Sycamores are not your typical family. 

"It's a group of unique individuals who all have their own passions," Jason explained on GMN Tuesday. "They're eccentric and they're zany, and she plays Alice, who is one of their daughters."

"I'm kind of the normal one in the whole bunch," Louisa added.

Tony comes from a Wall Street corporate family. It's a stark contrast from Alice's full house of relatives. 

"It's a great group of characters," Louisa said. "Grandpa, the patriarch of the family, quit his job one day 35 years ago, and now he collects snakes and goes to commencements. My mother writes plays that will probably never be produced, just because she can, and my sister thinks she's going to be a ballerina and has been taking lessons from a loud Russian man in our living room for eight years."

The famous comedy has proved to be quite successful with audiences over the decades, and was even nominated for Best Revival of a Play at the 2016 Tony Awards.

Jason and Louisa have been married for a couple of years, and this is their fifth time playing a couple on stage. For this production, they're focusing on keeping the relationship fresh.

"You have to kind of peel back the layers and get back to that excitement of puppy love when you're a young person," Jason said. 

"It's kind of fun to revisit that too," Louis added. "It's difficult, yes, but it's kind of fun to go back."

"You Can't Take It With You" opens Thursday, February 9 and runs through February 19. Shows are at 7:30 p.m. Thursday-Saturday and 2 p.m. Sundays. 

Click here or call 218-733-7555 for tickets.


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