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‘You Can’t Take It with You’ at Westside

October 13, 2018

Emily Thornton

With the proper framing, anything can be a good idea. Westside Players opened their final production of “You Can’t Take It with You,” by George S. Kaufman & Moss Hart. The Westside Players has been a piece of Pocatello history for 32 years!

There have been patrons who have been a part of it since the beginning. Each production has a lobby artist and Lana Gribas had the honor this time. Her exhibit was titled “Reframed.”

The collages invited the patrons to look at things from a different perspective. The pieces were poignant. Dinner is another aspect of the Westside experience and was catered by The Sand Trap. It was delicious!

“You Can’t Take It with You,” takes a look at the Vanderhof family in New York. The family is oddly crafted but it seems like everyone is happy with their talents. Penny writes plays, Essie makes candy and dances, Paul and Mr. De Pinna make fireworks, and Ed prints “anything!”

Martin Vanderhof is the patron in the family and is happy doing things he likes to do. His granddaughter Alice is getting ready to bring over Tony Kirby, who is in love with her. She is a little embarrassed of her family and is worried they will drive him away.

Tony is infatuated and loves how quirky the family is. Alice wants Tony to bring his parents over to a closely monitored dinner at her parents’ house. She gives her family rules for the evening. Unfortunately, their information is crossed one evening and Tony’s parents come the evening before to see the “quirky” side of the family. Hilarity ensues with this mistake.

The cast did an excellent job! Penny, the bold playwright, was played by Diana Potter. Essie, the candy making ballet dancer, was played by Gabrielle Joan Kane. Sophie was played by Regina Chapman.

Paul was played by Bart Nawotniak. Mr. De Pinna was played by Larry Kratz. Ed was played by Travis W. Hopkins. Nicky was played by Rhys Worrell.

Martin Vanderhof was played by Roger Freeman. Alice was played by Katheryn Brown. Henderson, a questioning IRS agent, was played by Brandon Stanger. Tony Kirby was played by Gates Bennett.

The rest of the cast popped in here and there with extremely funny antics. They all worked very well together and seemed like a quirky family.

The stage was put together like an antique store. There was something interesting to look at in every corner. The printing press and typewriter looked like they were from the 30s.

I especially loved the costumes. Each one fit very well with the character. The suits made the men look debonair. There wasn’t any recognizable mistakes in the production and the cast is top of the line.

The best line of the production really speaks to the audience in a time of stress, “Life is pretty simple if you relax. Let life come to you!” Martin Vanderhof is speaking to Mr. Kirby when they get into an argument about roles in life and what makes someone truly happy.

The Westside Stage has been updated over the years and their update to the lights has been a pleasant change. It allows the characters on stage to be lit, without melting from the heat. Many contributions have been from people in the community, fundraisers, and grants from numerous benefactors. Their support and support from the community has kept the place running!

I highly recommend seeing this play because it has a good message for everyone. The cast, crew, and members who help these productions go off without a hitch, have all done a wonderful job.

This runs throughout the rest of October and I recommend seeing the production with dinner or drink. It puts one in the proper mood for the evening. Bravo Everyone!

Emily Thornton is currently working on her master’s degree in communication at Idaho State University.

If you go:

October 19, 20, 26th, 27th

Dinner begins 7pm, show begins at 8pm

Ticket prices are $17-$35 depending on dinner/show only-

Purchase tickets at www.westsideplayers.org/tickets or call 208-234-2654

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