Dividing The Estate NYC - A Fun-Filled Family Drama

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Booth Theater

222 West 45th Street


November 20, 2008 (Limited engagement 4th January 2009)

Broadway Play - (comedy)

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Dividing The Estate is an NYC Broadway drama which made its Broadway debut on November 20. It is a hilarious family drama written by Pulitzer award winning author Horton Foote. Unlike other plays from the veteran writer, which are predominantly realistic and sensitive portrayal of Texan life, this one is a real comedy with heavy doses of sarcasm that poke fun on the so-called complexities of modern day life. The play, which was directed by Michael Wilson and produced by Lincoln Centre Theater, was premiered off-Broadway last year at the Primary Stages Theater. It was premiered on 27 September 2007 and was closed one month later. It then attracted rave reviews from many critics. Now it is being shown at Booth Theater. Its previews were started from October 23 itself. The shows of the play have been scheduled till January 4, 2009.

Dividing The Estate: The Storyline

Dividing The Estate NYC Broadway is the first play of Horton Foote after he got the Pulitzer Prize. But nobody doubts the credentials of the 81-year-old playwright, who wrote the screenplays of brilliant movies such as To Kill A Mocking Bird. But he takes a de tour from the expected lines. Unlike the more serious approach of his earlier plays, this one is an out and out comedy, very close to being called a laugh riot.

The story of Dividing The Estate takes place in 1987, in a typical Horton Foote fictional town in Texas called Harrison. The central character is an elderly lady, Stella (played by Elizabeth Ashley), who controls the family even in her old age. The fact that the sole income of the whole family comes from her Texas estate that spreads over 5000 acres helps in maintaining her supremacy. She has three middle aged children who have not done anything worthwhile in their lives so far. Her son Lewis (played by Gerald McRaney) is a compulsive womanizer and gambler who refuses to get married. Her daughters are Mary Jo (played by Hallie Foote, the daughter of the playwright) and Lucile (played by Penny Fuller). The former is an unapologetic spendthrift, while the latter is a widow who helps her mother. Other characters include Emily (played by Jenna Dare Paulin) and Sissy (Nicole Lawrence), the daughters of Mary Jo, who are trying hard to emulate the spending habits of their mother. Another character Son (played by Devon Abner), who is Lucile’s son, is a hard-working person who manages the estate, but does not have any sort of recognition. Also there is Doug (played brilliantly by Arthur French), the 92-year old servant of Stella.

Dividing The Estate NYC portrays the events when Stella decides to prepare a will and distribute the share of the estate among her family members. For this purpose she hosts a grand dinner and invites all the members for the dinner. There are several sub plots which are intricately woven to the central plot. Many reviewers have pointed out the author’s subtle and clever interpretation of many of Tennessee Williams’ works.

Dividing The Estate NYC has won several awards too. One can obtain the tickets of the play from the internet. Buying tickets from authorized ticket agencies and websites not only saves money, but also avoids unnecessary hassle.

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