Wednesday, November 26, 2008

NYC: Dividing the Estate (Booth Theater) - 11/26/08

Interestingly, Horton Foote's plays have rarely been staged on Broadway. It's a great treat, therefore, to see his latest play, the very funny "Dividing the Estate", on the Great White Way. Foote tends to write gentle, mannered plays (e.g., "The Trip to Bountiful"), and it's great fun to see him produce a play as darkly cynical as this one is. A study on the American mentality of entitlement, the play is about the family conflicts that arise from the possibility of dividing a Southern family estate. It's potent stuff now, and the cast performs with tragic authenticity. Hallie Foote (the playwright's daughter), in particular, is giving a brave, hilarious performance as the most ambitious and aggressive the children. For Foote fans, this is an opportunity not to be missed.

Rating: ***1/2 (out of *****)

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