New Light Theater Project present this world premiere drama, the story of a woman, two men she has loved and one man she is tempted to love, and the teenage son she stifles with good intentions. More…
Irene, once carefree and artistic but now a low-level corporate manager alarmed by the erosion of her family's financial security, imposes two measures to shore the family up. She rents out a property -- the garden cottage that has been her current husband's retreat -- to a teacher who infatuates her. Then she inveigles her ex, who is her son's vehemently estranged but influential father, into launching the boy on a lucrative career path.
"An innocent light-hearted play with a bubbling cauldron of simmering rage just below the surface. Written by Ben Josephson and efficiently directed by Robert Kalfin, the story is disarmingly simple and allows the fantastic company of actors room to play...A somewhat frothy, uneven evening of theatre, satirical in tone with mature themes that are very compelling, but perhaps, haven’t been fully fleshed out." Full Review
"It's a fixer-upper, but it has good bones...It is far too easy to zone out during the script's long monologues. There are comedic moments that recapture our attention, but unfortunately when the action switches back to drama, it's difficult to be invested. 'The Property' tries to fit too many themes into a single story. These characters say so much, but don't listen to each other, or maybe they just don't care, and that made me not care much either." Full Review
“While the themes of ‘The Property’ are topically relevant, its melodramatic events and wooden dialogue make this new play extremely difficult to believe. The characters are simply mouthpieces for various philosophies without being very convincingly portrayed. Ultimately, Irene gets what she wants but destroys a great many people in the process. George Kelly's eponymous Harriet Craig did this more believably and trenchantly in the 1925 Pulitzer Prize winning play.” Full Review
"Weary, stale, flat, and unfunny...Robert Kalfin has been unable to bring a minute's worth of believability or truth to the artificial, unappealing characters and dialogue…Apart from a few scenes involving several characters, Josephson finds feeble reasons for people to leave for extended periods so he can provide long-winded, two-character hot-air sessions, totally lacking in dramatic tension. Cardboard people pontificate in pseudo-intellectual, bookish sentences." Full Review
“There was potential for this play, but sadly, the writing misses the mark. The basic outline of the characters was there, but they weren’t adequately fleshed-out. It is unfortunate because the actors each turned in admirable performances. In the end, no character is better off than they were at the start. And while that may be realistic, it falls short in a production when the themes aren’t clear. While 'The Property' doesn’t consistently entertain, it doesn’t educate or explain itself either." Full Review
See it if you enjoy plays that focus on deep topics such as relationships between men, women, and teenage children and the problems one encounters.
Don't see it if if you take exception to the usage of expletives and sexual references although there was not an over abundance of it.
See it if you want to look in on the struggles of a family over a two year period and you do not require complete resolution to all they face.
Don't see it if you want an answer to everything. There is a lot of dialogue and the teenager's language may be too intelligent for his age.
See it if You want to see a snapshot in time of a family during W’s reign that is without a doubt the family that became the Trump supporter today.
Don't see it if You don’t care about personal character study or development. This play is pretty slow except for watching the slow arc of each character.
See it if You want to see a play with great actors that is absorbing because you are wondering where it is going.
Don't see it if You think all things will be answered by the end of the play.
See it if you want to see a drama with some accomplished actors struggling with writing the varied from strong to weak.
Don't see it if you want to see drama that comes to some solid conclusions or that expresses a real view point.
See it if you want to support local theater and are in the mood for a thought-provoking play
Don't see it if you want to be entertained or moved; unfortunately, the idea was promising but the execution wasn't quite there
See it if It started out well enough. Writer tried to squeeze to much in during 90 minute performance.
Don't see it if Acting was slow and a lot were miscast in this show. Last scene came out of no where with JJ character.
See it if You love living room dramas and can put up with uneven acting, costuming (overalls? WHY?) and directing. The actors seemed to try hard, but
Don't see it if between the stilted dialogue and the different styles of acting, it was like each actor was in a different play -it wasn't a cohesive whole.
See it if want to support New Light Theatre Project or the actors, or to examine what motivates choosing new work for production today,
Don't see it if NLTP's non-discovery of their doctor by day, playwright by night 21st century Chekov would disappoint you
See it if you like mediocre dialogue and stories about basic families and their perceived dramas.
Don't see it if you will pick up on some obvious missed opportunities such as weaving in 9/11 when a character's birthday is the 12th.
See it if you like shows that reflect on teen parenting and awkward and complicated family relationships.
Don't see it if insipid, non reflective banal storyline with off phrasing and awkward verbiage will distract you from an overall mediocre experience.
See it if you want to support the company or the actors; are willing to take a chance on a family drama that's not well-written (in my opinion)
Don't see it if you want to like the characters; want something somewhat realistic and believable; want something interesting and entertaining
See it if You want to get out of the rain for 90 minutes, sit in comfort, look at a nice set, good lighting and sound. Don't mind seatmates snoring.
Don't see it if You want to learn or be entertained. 3 blackouts, three times the audience left. tepid applause for a tepid production.
See it if you respect actors wrestling with cynical material light on motivation and showy with vocabulary for 90 uninterrupted minutes.
Don't see it if you're a devotee of G.B. Shaw or S.N. Behrman as this playwright falls short of both predecessors with his odd drawing room comedy of ideas.
See it if you think you will better understand what makes good theater by enduring a prime example of the very bad.
Don't see it if experiencing massive ineptitude in the theater pains you.
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