…’You Can’t Take It With You.’
A Comedy in Three Acts by Moss Hart & George S. Kaufman, 1936
Essie (a girl of twenty nine wearing ballet slippers enters the living room)- My, that kitchen’s hot.
Penny (Essie’s mother, working at a typewriter)- What, Essie?
Essie- I say the kitchen’s awful hot. That new candy I’m making…it just won’t ever get cool.
Penny- Do you have to make candy today, Essie? It’s such a hot day.
Essie- Well, I got all those new orders. Ed (Essie’s husband) went out and got a bunch of new orders. (She begins a leg limbering exercise on a chair)
Penny- My, if that keeps on I suppose you’ll be opening up a store.
Essie- That’s what Ed was saying last night (Leans body forward), but I said No, I want to be a dancer.
Penny- The only trouble with dancing is, it takes so long. You’ve been studying a long time.
Essie- (Slowly drawing a leg up behind her as she talks) Only…eight…years. After all, Mother, you’ve been writing plays for eight years. We started about the same time, didn’t we?
Penny- Yes, but you shouldn’t count my first two years, because I was learning to type.