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Alley Theatre patrons learn You Can't Take It With You at pre-performance dinner

Alley patrons wine & dine before You Can't Take It With You

Mady Kades, from left, Gracie Cavnar and Lynn Wyatt at the Alley Theatre CenterStage Dinner
Mady Kades, from left, Gracie Cavnar and Lynn Wyatt at the Alley Theatre CenterStage Dinner. Photo by © Priscilla Dickson
Roger and Connie Plankat the Alley Theatre CenterStage Dinner
Roger and Connie Plank make a champagne toast at the Alley Theatre CenterStage Dinner. Photo by © Priscilla Dickson
Brian Teichman, from left, Gregory Boyd and Andrew Cordes at the Alley Theatre CenterStage Dinner
Brian Teichman, from left, Gregory Boyd and Andrew Cordes at the Alley Theatre CenterStage Dinner. Photo by © Priscilla Dickson
Karen Finger, from left, Jerry and Nanette Finger and Jonathan Finger at the Alley Theatre CenterStage Dinner
Karen Finger, from left, Jerry and Nanette Finger and Jonathan Finger at the Alley Theatre CenterStage Dinner. Photo by © Priscilla Dickson
Peter Ragauss, from left, Dean Gladden and Jennifer Smithat the Alley Theatre CenterStage Dinner
Peter Ragauss, from left, Dean Gladden and Jennifer Smith at the Alley Theatre CenterStage Dinner. Photo by © Priscilla Dickson
Carmen and Butch Mach at the Alley Theatre CenterStage Dinner
Carmen and Butch Mach at the Alley Theatre CenterStage Dinner. Photo by © Priscilla Dickson
Lou and Christy Cushman at the Alley Theatre CenterStage Dinner
Lou and Christy Cushman at the Alley Theatre CenterStage Dinner. Photo by © Priscilla Dickson
Margaret Alkek Williams, left, and Anne Mendelsohn at the Alley Theatre CenterStage Dinner
Margaret Alkek Williams, left, and Anne Mendelsohn at the Alley Theatre CenterStage Dinner. Photo by © Priscilla Dickson
Ford Hubbard and Patty Hubbard at the Alley Theatre CenterStage Dinner
Ford Hubbard and Patty Hubbard at the Alley Theatre CenterStage Dinner. Photo by © Priscilla Dickson
Barbara and Tom Gros at the Alley Theatre CenterStage Dinner
Barbara and Tom Gros at the Alley Theatre CenterStage Dinner. Photo by © Priscilla Dickson
Mady Kades, from left, Gracie Cavnar and Lynn Wyatt at the Alley Theatre CenterStage Dinner
Roger and Connie Plankat the Alley Theatre CenterStage Dinner
Brian Teichman, from left, Gregory Boyd and Andrew Cordes at the Alley Theatre CenterStage Dinner
Karen Finger, from left, Jerry and Nanette Finger and Jonathan Finger at the Alley Theatre CenterStage Dinner
Peter Ragauss, from left, Dean Gladden and Jennifer Smithat the Alley Theatre CenterStage Dinner
Carmen and Butch Mach at the Alley Theatre CenterStage Dinner
Lou and Christy Cushman at the Alley Theatre CenterStage Dinner
Margaret Alkek Williams, left, and Anne Mendelsohn at the Alley Theatre CenterStage Dinner
Ford Hubbard and Patty Hubbard at the Alley Theatre CenterStage Dinner
Barbara and Tom Gros at the Alley Theatre CenterStage Dinner

Nothing like a tasty light supper and the camaraderie of like-minded theater patrons to kick off an evening at the Alley. Just ask well-heeled supporters and sponsors invited to enjoy a pre-performance dinner before settling into the theater for a night of laughs with You Can't Take It With You.

More than 200 theater buffs assembled in the Fondren Rehearsal Hall where Alley artistic director Gregory Boyd shared insights on Moss Hart and George S. Kaufman, the playwrights who created the Pulitzer Prize-winning classic, directed for this run by Sanford Robbins.

City Kitchen put on the scrumptious buffet spread that featured fricassee of chicken with wild mushrooms and roulades of roasted New York sirloin stuffed with cabbage and gruyere and a tempting lemon meringue cheesecake. That satisfying prelude to the performance was capped off for the bold-faced crowd with a post-performance champagne reception with the evening's cast.

Savoring the jovial evening were Molly and Ford Hubbard, Patty Hubbard, Connie and Roger Plank, Lynn Wyatt, Jennifer Smith and Peter Ragauss, Jane and Dean Gladden, Charles Hall, Margaret Alkek Williams and Jim Daniel, Barbara and Mark Brookner, Gracie and Bob Cavnar and Carmen and Butch Mach.