Pure Abandon

October 1, 2014 4:17 PM

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Pure Abandon

I love the theater for one reason above all: Those moments I get to witness an inspired performance by a gifted actor. I will forgive a show nearly any flaw if I can watch a person on stage transcend the bounds of the rational world to create some indefinable magic, for even a few minutes, some artistic alchemy that lingers in memory, impossible to forget.

The lush new production of You Can't Take It With You boasts at least a half-dozen such turns, brimming to near-bursting from a piece that juggles slapstick and drama and somehow manages to keep them both alight.

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