Prize-winning comedy about eccentric family

THE Hong Kong Repertory Theatre will present the Pulitzer Prize winner You Can't Take it with You in Cantonese next month.

The play was written by Moss Hart and George S. Kaufman in the 1930s and has retained its interest for theatre-goers even after more than half a century.

A crazy but touching comedy, it is full of garrulous and funny characters.

It tells the story of a family who, despite their meagre income in those terrible days in 1936 when America was in the depression and political crisis, still manage to survive and enjoy life immensely.

Almost every member of the family has an eccentric hobby.

Material grandfather collects include stamps and snakes. Mother gives up painting for writing plays. Father is a fireworks maker. The eldest daughter dances all day long and makes candy.

Her husband is not sure what he likes more - printing or playing xylophone. The passionate second daughter manages to find a rich husband.

The play is translated and directed by Anthony Chan who is actively involved in the writing, directing, translating and stage design aspects of drama productions in Hong Kong.

Chan won a Playwright of the Year award in 1991.

The play will be staged at the Cultural Centre Studio Theatre from May 7 to 10, May 12 to 17, May 19 to 22 at 7.30 pm with matinees on May 8, 14, 15, 21 and 22 at 2.30 pm.

Tickets at $110, $80 and $60 are available at Urbtix outlets. For reservations, call 734-9009.