A warm and delightful production of "You Can't Take it With You" opened Thursday night on the Miller Theatre Stage at Nebraska Wesleyan University.
The Pulitzer-prize winning romantic comedy portrays the zany Vanderhof family. When Alice brings home a boyfriend from a prominent Wall Street family, hilarity and soul searching ensue.
A cozy and creative set designed by visiting artist Robert J. Donlan invited the audience into the living room of the lovable Vanderhofs. Every detail of the set, from the charred curtains leading to the cellar to the character portraits hung on the walls, was spot on. Donlan painted the charming character portraits himself.
A talented ensemble cast was anchored by outstanding performances from Kirk Koczanowski as Grandpa Martin Vanderhof and Megan Ghorashy as his daughter, Penny.
Koczanowski played the patriarch of the fun-loving household to perfection. Ghorashy found pitch-perfect humor in a role that could easily have been over-acted. There were no weak links in the cast and each character from Mr. De Pinna, played by Wynston Nowak, to Olga Katrina, played by Marie Henke, was a treat for the audience.
The two-hour production had the audience rocking with laughter and rooting for the Vanderhofs. The experience was just what Martin Vanderhof would say theater should be: fun for both the cast and the audience.