Direc­tor Maltby Will Take Her Fi­nal Bow With HPU Play

MidWeek Islander (Windward Oahu) - - Windward Oahu Islander - By CHRISTINA O’CON­NOR

For her 50th — and fi­nal — pro­duc­tion at Hawaii Pa­cific Uni­ver­sity’s Paul and Vi Loo Theatre, pro­fes­sor of theatre Joyce Maltby is fol­low­ing in Broad­way’s steps by pro- duc­ing You Can’t Take It With You, a 1930s play that re­cently wrapped a Broad­way re­vival run.

You Can’t Take It With You is a three-act comedic play about an ec­cen­tric New York City fam­ily. When one daugh­ter be­comes en­gaged to a busi­ness ex­ec­u­tive from a rich fam­ily, she wor­ries about how her new fi­ance and his par­ents will deal with her fam­ily’s bag­gage, which in­cludes tax eva­sion, fire­works- build­ing and snake wran­gling. Writ­ten by Ge­orge S. Kauf­man and Moss Hart, it won the Pulitzer Prize for Best Drama in 1937 and has since been adapted to film and var­i­ous stage pro­duc­tions.

“( Maltby) wanted to leave with a com­edy that is bound to make au­di­ences happy, and this zany fam­ily will def­i­nitely leave them laugh­ing,” ex­plained the theatre’s pub­lic­ity and box of­fice co­or­di­na­tor Terry Olival. “(The play) has a mes­sage that is as rel­e­vant to­day as when it was first pro­duced back in the 1930s.”

HPU’s pro­duc­tion also in­cludes a num­ber of Wind­ward res­i­dents, in­clud­ing Vir­ginia Jones, Liz Stone, Pa­trick Tor­res, Tris­tan Wil­liams, Ian Weiner, S. Rick Crump and Maltby her­self.

You Can’t Take It With You runs April 3-26 at 7: 30 p. m. Thurs­daysSatur­days and 4 p. m. Sun­days. Tick­ets cost $20 for gen­eral ad­mis­sion, $15 for se­niors, mil­i­tary, stu­dents and HPU fac­ulty/staff, and $5 for HPU stu­dents.

For more in­for­ma­tion and for reser­va­tions, call 375- 1282 or visit hpu.edu/theatre.

Maltby) wanted to leave with a com­edy that is bound to make

…” au­di­ences happy

Hawaii Pa­cific Uni­ver­sity’s pro­duc­tion of ‘You Can’t Take It With You’ opens April 3 on the Hawaii Loa cam­pus. The cast in­cludes (front, from left) Jan McGrath, Peter Clark, Melinda Maltby, (back) Al­lan Okubo, Stacey John­son, Becky Maltby and Mary Ann Shirley-Gray. Photo by Malia Leinau.

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