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Mainstage Classic Theatre in Mansfield presents Kaufman and Hart?s YOU CAN?T TAKE IT WITH YOU for two days only February 27 and 28.
 
The comedy written by George S Kaufman and Moss Hart introduces the ?free-thinking? Sycamore family and other assorted characters to the daughter?s boyfriend?s straight-laced, conservative family headed by a successful cutthroat financier. {{more}}The Pulitzer winning Broadway play was also made into successful movie with a young Jimmy Steward.
 
Directed by Doug Parker, retired KHS theatre director, the play also includes KHS students Morgan Biscoe and Maria Lynette Gross.
 
Performances are Friday Feb 27, 7 pm and Saturday Feb. 28, 2 pm and 7 pm. Tickets are $12 Adults, $10 Seniors (62 and over), and $8 Students.
 
The play is being staged at St. John Lutheran Church, 1218 East Debbie Lane, off Highway 287, Mansfield, TX 76063.

Tickets available at the

door, or online at http://mainstageclassictheatre.tix.com/

About the Director:

Doug Parker is a recently retired theatre educator from

Kennedale ISD where he taught and directed for 22 years. Prior to his teaching

career he was seen locally in productions at Theatre Three, Shakespeare Dallas,

New Arts Theatre, Stage One, Garland Summer Musicals and Casa Manana. Parker

received his BA in Theatre Education from Pacific Lutheran University and holds

a Master of Fine Arts degree in Acting from Southern Methodist University.

 
Most

recently, he was seen locally in THE CRUCIBLE, onstage at Tarrant Actors

Regional Theatre, and traveling through Oklahoma, Arkansas, Missouri and Texas

as the announcer for Dance Showcase USA. Some of his directing credits include

Thornton Wilder?s OUR TOWN and THE SKIN OF OUR TEETH; THEOPHILUS NORTH, based

on the Wilder novel; Shakespeare?s AS YOU LIKE IT and MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING;

THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING EARNEST; THE MIRACLE WORKER; P.S. YOUR CAT IS DEAD;

ANATOMY OF GRAY; and RADIUM GIRLS. Musicals directed include WEST SIDE STORY;

MAN OF LA MANCHA; A LITTLE NIGHT MUSIC; APPLAUSE; Disney?s BEAUTY AND THE

BEAST; and HAIRSPRAY. He currently serves in an advisory role as Managing

Director for Mainstage Classic Theatre.

About the play writers:

The names George S. Kaufman and Moss Hart still exert a pull

in theatrical circles. Although their collaboration only lasted a brief ten

years, from 1930 to 1940, the popularity of their plays was so tremendous that

they seem to have been ?always there??like Gilbert and Sullivan or Rodgers and

Hammerstein.

Longtime New York Times critic Brooks Atkinson, best summed

up their impact: “Kaufman and Hart gave Broadway not only wit and skill

but also integrity. They presided over an era and pioneered the darting,

withering, iconoclastic play that made routine comedy obsolete.” Most

people today know only a portion of the magic they made during prolific careers

spanning Broadway’s 1920s -’50s golden age ? yet the comedies YOU CAN?T TAKE IT

WITH YOU and THE MAN WHO CAME TO DINNER, are the two best-known and regularly

revived, of the eight plays they wrote together. Admirers of those classics may

not realize how many other contributions these two made – whether working

together or individually – not only as playwrights, but also as musical

librettists and as directors. Their directorial careers, for instance, peaked

with two of American theatre’s greatest successes: Kaufman directing the

original GUYS AND DOLLS and Hart directing the original MY FAIR LADY.

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