Royal Treatment

trf.jpgEntering the Ahmanson Theatre last night I had my doubts about “The Royal Family” (playing through May 16), but exited after the final curtain having fully enjoyed the energetic and entertaining production of the 1927 classic, a collaboration between George S. Kaufman (“You Can’t Take It With You”) and Edna Ferber (“Show Boat”), directed by Tom Moore.

Inspired by the legendary Barrymore acting clan and ably and enthusiastically delivered by a marvelous cast (featuring Kate Mulgrew, Charles Kimbrough, Marian Seldes, with Daniel Gerroll stopping the show a time or two), “The Royal Family” is a rich and rompy screwballer filled with eccentric characters and whipsmart dialogue that’s both a satirical send-up of the theatre and a heartfelt ode to it.