Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson lend a hand -- and their acting chops -- in support of the UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television with a presentation of the cheerful "You Can't Take It With You" at Royce Hall. Pal Nora Ephron -- she directed the husband-and-wife team in "Sleepless in Seattle" -- is helming this as well, and "a dozen talented actor friends" are promised to show up and join (we have a few guesses -- Rob Reiner? Billy Crystal? -- but whoever walks on stage, expect the names to be big league).
We adore Mr. Hanks and his talented wife, too, and the chance to see him live in a play, not yukking it up during an awards show at some podium (which is perfectly fun, too) but actually acting is a rare treat. His name has come up more frequently at recent parties we've been to, what with talk of a possible actors' strike, and it seems like a question on everyone's lips -- and definitely ours -- is, "but what does Tom think?" He's truly been a bright light in Hollywood, both for his comic abilities and wise counsel on matters behind the camera. We salute you, sir.
"You Can't Take It With You" with Tom Hanks, Rita Wilson and friends
Tuesday, December 2, 7:30PM
$300 (includes champagne reception following performance)
Royce Hall at UCLA Campus, Los Angeles