Wednesday, April 29, 2015

You Can't Take It With You Book/Play Review

This is for the A to Z Challenge.

2015 Reading Challenge

5. You Can't Take It With You by Moss Hart and George S. Kaufman
    Theme/Topic: a play

Synopsis: Sweet-natured Alice Sycamore falls for banker's son Tony Kirby. But when she invites her snooty prospective in-laws to dinner to give their blessing to the marriage, Alice's peculiar extended family -- including philosophical grandfather Martin Vanderhof, hapless fledgling ballerina sister Essie and fireworks enthusiast father, Paul -- might be too eccentric for the staid Kirby's.

My Take: Let's face it - we all have someone or certain individuals in our family who are strange or really different (doesn't necessarily mean in a bad way) or even those who embarrass us. I had an aunt who spoke her mind and told it like it was. It was fine at times, but there were definitely times where it just wasn't appropriate. That reminds me of the Sycamore Family in this play, especially Martin Vanderhof. No matter what, though, they're still family and we love them anyway. This play demonstrates the rich (Kirby's)versus poor (Sycamore's) mentality and how each was viewed differently back in the day. Love is the only thing that matters in any relationship, it's the only thing that should prevail - doesn't matter if someone's rich or poor, have different religions, or even different races. And honestly, I really believe that our families should support us no matter what - no one says that you have to always agree with them. The play, of course, is a comedy, but there were times back when it was considered a disgrace to marry out of your race, religion, etc. Times have changed since then and it's a bit more acceptable now to do just that. Take my brother and sister-in-law for instance: my family is Catholic and hers is Hindu, but we all manage together and incorporate both religions - compromising is ideal. It works for us, just like bi-racial marriages and gay marriages work for others. I for one thought the storyline was fine, but lacked a certain something to make it a bit more funnier.

Going back to the play, it stresses that everybody should have a hobby - whether it was dancing, creating fireworks, snakes, writing plays, playing the xylophone or art. Which leads me to the question:

What is your hobby or hobbies? For me, my hobbies are crocheting and knitting, collecting dolphins and theatre.

For more on the 2015 Reading Challenge, go here or visit my blog post on it.

Happy Reading and Keep on Writing!



  1. It's sad, because some people don't know what their hobbies are since they spend most of their waking free time on tv browsing their pones. :P

    My hobbies are dancing, writing, singing, raising my children, (used to be skating, but now I'm too scared to try, lol), drawing, making friends. xD

    1. That's true. Writing is definitely a hobby for me, but I also consider it my passion. ~Meg

  2. Love your site and your theme, Megan! Thanks for visiting mine.
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    Out of Africa - Topics from A to Z

  3. Hi Meg - the play sounds an interesting one ... quirky characters - always make for good repartee and sparks! I used to play a lot of squash ... but with a bad hip and ill elderly I took care of them ... but now I'm into studying, helping out at talks and generally learning - as well as the blog ... all is good .. I sadly can't knit or crochet - just not crafty talented. Cheers Hilary