Family can do crazy things to people. And the Sycamore family is a little crazy to begin with. James Earl Jones heads the wackiest household to ever hit Broadway in Kaufman and Hart’s classic comedy. He plays wily Grandpa Vanderhof, leader of a happily eccentric gang of snake collectors, cunning revolutionaries, ballet dancers and skyrocket makers. But when the youngest daughter brings her fiancé and his buttoned-up parents over for dinner, that’s when the real fireworks start to fly.
The play debuted in December, 1936 at the Ambassador Theatre, and has previously been revived on Broadway 4 times. A 1938 film adaptation won the Academy Award as Best Picture, as well as Best Director for Frank Capra. CBS broadcast a TV version in 1979; a 1984 PBS telecast was based on a Broadway revival.