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Moss Hart Writing Styles in You Can't Take It with You

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Style

You Can't Take It with You has three well-balanced acts. Act I introduces the members of the eccentric Vanderhof-Sycamore family and sets up the play's central conflict: Alice Sycamore becomes engaged to her boss's son, Tony Kirby, but she does not think his family can accept hers. Act n depicts the laughably disastrous encounter between the two families when the Kirbys arrive for a dinner party on the wrong night. Act in then resolves all the problems that confront the family and the young couple.

Farce

You Can't Take It with You employs many elements of farce, which is defined most simply as broad comedy mixed with a healthy dose of improbability. Farce typically takes highly exaggerated characters and places them in unlikely situations. Key elements include witty wordplay and physical humor for broad comic effect to provoke simple, hearty laughter from the audience. Clearly, the dancing, xylophone-playing, firecracker-making...

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