Theater: You Can't Can't But James Earl Jones Surely Can

October 1, 2014 6:24 AM

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They're setting off fireworks at the Longacre Theatre, but unfortunately I only mean that literally. The excuse is Moss Hart and George Kaufman's Pulitzer Prize-winning comedy You Can't Take It With You, in which fireworks prove a key plot point and an excuse for lighting up the stage in the middle and the end of the show. You can even see the fireworks in the commercial for this talent-stuffed revival.

But there are no artistic fireworks to be found, just a few "pops!" and "pows!" here and there, the inevitable result of allowing a lot of very good actors to do what they can to elicit laughs. Hart immortalized his collaboration with Kaufman on an earlier comedy with the classic autobiography Act O...

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