The Verdict: Critics Review You Can't Take It With You, Starring James Earl Jones and Elizabeth Ashley, on Broadway

The Verdict   The Verdict: Critics Review You Can't Take It With You, Starring James Earl Jones and Elizabeth Ashley, on Broadway
 
The Broadway revival of Moss Hart and George S. Kaufman's Pulitzer Prize-winning comedy You Can't Take It With You, starring Tony Award-winning theatre veteran James Earl Jones, officially opened Sept. 28 at 6:30 PM following previews that began Aug. 26 at the Longacre Theatre.
Kristine Nielsen and James Earl Jones
Kristine Nielsen and James Earl Jones Photo by Joan Marcus

Directed by six-time Tony Award nominee and Drama Desk Award winner Scott Ellis, the production is currently scheduled for a 19-week limited engagement.

The critics have filed their reviews, and Playbill.com has collected them for our readers.

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The Wrap

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The complete cast of You Can’t Take It With You includes Tony Award and Outer Critics Circle winner Jones as Martin Vanderhof, two-time Emmy and Golden Globe nominee Rose Byrne as Alice Sycamore, Tony winner Elizabeth Ashley as The Grand Duchess Olga, Tony Award nominee Annaleigh Ashford as Essie Carmichael, Johanna Day as Mrs. Kirby, three-time Drama Desk nominee Julie Halston as Gay Wellington, Byron Jennings as Mr. Kirby, Fran Kranz as Tony Kirby, Mark Linn-Baker as Paul Sycamore, Tony Award nominee Kristine Nielsen as Penelope Sycamore, Tony Award nominee Reg Rogers as Boris Kolenkhov, Will Brill as Ed Carmichael, Nick Corley as a G-Man, Austin Durant as a G-Man, Theatre World Award winner Crystal A. Dickinson as Rheba, Marc Damon Johnson as Donald, Karl Kenzler as Henderson, Patrick Kerr as Mr. De Pinna and Joe Tapper as a G-Man.

Tony winner Jason Robert Brown has written original music for the revival.

The production also has set design by Tony Award nominee David Rockwell, costume design by 2014 Special Tony Award recipient Jane Greenwood, lighting design by two-time Tony Award winner Donald Holder, sound design by Jon Weston and hair and wig design by Tom Watson.

"Family can do crazy things to people. And the Sycamore family is a little crazy to begin with," according to press notes. "James Earl Jones heads the wackiest household to ever hit Broadway in Kaufman and Hart’s Pulitzer Prize-winning classic You Can’t Take It With You. He plays wily Grandpa Vanderhof, leader of a happily eccentric gang of snake collectors, cunning revolutionaries, ballet dancers and skyrocket makers. But when the youngest daughter brings her fiancé and his buttoned-up parents over for dinner, that’s when the real fireworks start to fly."

The original production of the play opened at the Booth Theatre on Dec. 14, 1936, and played for 837 performances. The play won the 1937 Pulitzer Prize for Drama.

You Can’t Take It With You is produced by Jeffrey Richards, Jerry Frankel, Jam Theatricals, Dominion Pictures, Gutterman & Winkler, Daryl Roth, Terry Schnuck, Jane Bergere, Caiola Productions, Rebecca Gold, LaRuffa & Hinderliter, Gabrielle Palitz, Spisto & Kierstead, SunnySpot Productions, VenuWorksTheatricals, Jessica Genick and Will Trice.

Tickets are on sale by calling (212) 239-6200 or by visiting Telecharge.com.

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