Vagabond Players close New West theatre season with classic comedy

Vagabond Players are wrapping up their season with a classic laugh-out-loud comedy.

You Can’t Take It With You is onstage starting May 31 at the Bernie Legge Theatre in Queen’s Park.

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The play, by Moss Hart and George S. Kaufman, follows the story of an engaged couple, Alice Sycamore (played by Gina Foster) and Tony Kirby (Jon MacIntyre), whose romance is hindered by their wildly disparate families.

When Tony brings his straitlaced parents to dine at the artistically offbeat Sycamore home, their shock shows Alice that marriage with Tony is out of the question. Tony’s attempts to keep the families together are hampered by a variety of strange activities in the Sycamore household – such as the fireworks factory in the basement, the printing press in the parlour, and Grandpa’s interview with the tax collector in which Grandpa declares he doesn’t believe in the income tax.

The classic comedy from the 1930s is the only play with a film adaptation to win both the Pulitzer Prize for Best Play and the Academy Award for Best Picture.

Onstage as Alice’s cheerfully eccentric parents are Cindy Hirschberg and Mike Parker, with Denise Brookson and Liam Coughlan as the conservative Kirbys. Roger Monk is in the cast as Grandpa, while Ashley Chodat and Alex Ross are Alice’s ballerina-wannabe sister and xylophone-playing brother-in-law.

Celeste Musseau joins the cast as Rheba, the loveable maid, and Jean-François Thivierge is her out-of-work boyfriend. They’re joined by Daniel Sotelo, Malcolm Stead, Sean Mawhinney, Sarah Harlow and Bev Pride as an assortment of eccentric hangers-on to the Sycamore family.

You Can’t Take It With You is onstage Thursdays through Sundays, May 31 to June 24, with evening shows Thursdays to Saturdays at 8 p.m. and Sunday matinees at 2 p.m.

Tickets are $17, or $15 for seniors and youth, with $12 previews on May 31 and June 1.

Purchase tickets at or call 604-521-0412.

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