Kaufman and Hart are getting the royal treatment this summer in the New York area. Already running is a Broadway production of The Man Who Came to Dinner, presented by the Roundabout Theatre Company, starring Nathan Lane and Jean Smart, Lewis J. Stadlen, Byron Jennings and Terry Beaver.
A few hours east of Gotham, meanwhile, the Bay Street Theatre Company of Sag Harbor, Long Island, is offering You Can't Take It with You and a cast nearly as packed with theatre stalwarts as Dinner. Mason Adams, of television's "Lou Grant" and the stage's Lake Hollywood, will play Martin Vanderhoff, the patriarch of the comedy's different drummer family.
Backing him up with by Tony-winner Roger Bart (You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown) as Ed, Joan Copeland (The Torch Bearers) as Mrs. Kirby, Jennifer Dundas Lowe (Arcadia, Good as New) as Alice, Penny Fuller (A New Brain) as Penelope Sycamore and Mary Testa (On the Town, Marie Christine) as Olga.
Completing the cast are Shelley Dulaney as Essie, John Fiedler as Mr. DePinna, Jonathan Freeman (She Loves Me) as Boris Kolenkhov, Bryan Hicks as Donald, Tom Gustin as Henderson, Larry Keith (Titanic) as Mr. Kirby, Talmadge Lowe (Tony Kirby), Roz Ryan (Violet) as Rheba, Michael DeSanti and Robert Meehan. Jack Hofsiss, who recently piloted Avow Off-Broadway, directs. The show, opening Aug. 16, runs through Sept. 3.
You Can't Take It With You wraps up the Bay Street's mainstage season, which has featured Hedda Gabler and Love, Janis. The Bay Street Theatre in located in Sag Harbor, Long Island. For information call (631) 725-9500, or consult the website at www.baystreet.com.