Some plays prove timeless no matter how much the world changes, and so it is with You Can’t Take It With You, a broad farce about class and family that won the 1937 Pulitzer Prize and was later adapted into a Frank Capra-helmed Best Picture Academy Award winner. The action all takes place in the New York City family house where a tax-dodging grandpa presides over generations of memorable characters including a fireworks maker, xylophone player and ballerina with two left feet. When Alice, the only “normal” family member, brings home a date and his family for dinner, things don’t go well. As in, there are explosions, FBI raids and humiliated potential in-laws to sort out before Alice can have her happy ending.
Jan. 25-Feb. 17; Thu-Sat at 7:30 pm, Sun at 2 pm • $29; $27 seniors, military, students • Spokane Civic Theatre • 1020 N. Howard • spokanecivictheatre.org • 325-2507
— Dan Nailen