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POSTED February 21, 2014 1:17 a.m.

The encore performance of ‘You Can’t Take it with You’ will take place today at the Lathrop High.

The Theater Arts Department’s presentation of the 1937 Pulitzer Prize winning comedy by George S. Kaufman and Moss Hart is under the direction of instructor Hali Rosen.

“We had a really wonderful reception to our play last weekend,” she said. “So much so, that we will do one last performance.”

The finale of ‘You Can’t Take it with You’ will begin at 3 p.m. at the campus at 647 Spartan Way, Lathrop.

General admission is $3.

Set in upstate New York in the 1930s, Alice Sycamore is a stenographer in love with her boss’ son, Tony Kirby.

He’s the vice president of the powerful company owned by his father Anthony Kirby, a Wall Street stock broker and wealthy tycoon.

Mrs. Miriam Kirby, Tony’s mom, is a pretentious snob whose life is dedicated to spiritualism and the annual flower show.

Tony and Alice get engaged, but not without the realization of a possible conflict involving their respective families.

The stage is set when Tony decides to bring his family to meet a surprised Alice and her family the day prior to the scheduled party.

She has an eccentric family that includes maternal grandfather Martin Vanderhof, who has been living a happy life since quitting his job 35 years ago.

Besides the clashing of the two families, Tony and Alice are faced having to deal with the incompatibility issues head on – they take different paths in handling the issues.

The play also includes a visit from the IRS, a police raid on the house, multiple arrests – everyone is suspected of anarchism – and a ballet instructor who is actually a Grand Duchess who escaped the Russian Revolution.

“(This) comedy will be sure to please the entire family,” said Rosen.

For more information, call LHS at (209) 938-6350.

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