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The Property

From 49 member  reviews
Members say: Disappointing, Slow, Confusing, Great acting, Excruciating

About the show

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.


Member Reviews (49)

MEMBERS SAY:

Disappointing, Slow, Confusing, Great acting, Excruciating
58
Avg Score

75
Intelligent, Caricatures, Resonant, Dated, Sadly familiar

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.

64
Fluffy, Indulgent, Disappointing, Great staging

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.

40
Excruciating, Endless, Inept, Tiresome, Dowdy

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.

Also As the 2nd decade of the 21st century comes to a close, there might be... Read more Read less

79
Intelligent, Great acting, Absorbing, Thought-provoking, Entertaining

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.

50
Banal, Confusing, Disappointing, Slow, Excruciating

See it if The weather is bad and you need shelter or a/c. No intermission.

Don't see it if You cherish your time, total waste of it.

60
Limited, Parlor tragedy, Lackluster, Non-chekovian, Ennervating

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

49
Nothing about this was a good idea

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.

Also There was no joy here, no pathos, no story really. One woman--her olde... Read more Read less

69
Absorbing, Entertaining, Great acting

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.

Also I enjoyed the acting. always give credit for anyone that goes on stage... Read more Read less

62
Uneven acting, Confusing, Disappointing

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.

1
Banal, Cliched, Excruciating, Slow, Dated

See it if you enjoy long plays with many undeveloped characters/unresolved relationships in style of Chekov or consider this performance as parody

Don't see it if you prefer comedy or musical, plot that resolves conflicts or developes characters, or you cannot sit 90 minutes without interval

Also Neither original nor refreshing, insightful theme. Attempts at comedy ... Read more Read less

74
Ambitious, Profound, Relevant, Quirky, Clever

See it if If you want to see family drama unfold. If you like plot twists. The people change each act!

Don't see it if You don’t like shows with unhappy endings.

33
Confusing, Disappointing, Excruciating, Slow

See it if You want to see a group of actors struggling to make this play work. I give them my utmost credit.

Don't see it if Your looking for an interesting and well written play.

Also Only in the last 10 minutes it seemed to be a semblance of this play t... Read more Read less

50
Banal, Cliched, Disappointing, Slow, Excruciating

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.

60
Banal, Cliched, Disappointing

See it if you like uninspired family drama

Don't see it if you want to see something that is more that run-of-the mill

45
Stilted, Off-key, Crude, Simplistic

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.

Also Most memorable line: "She had hair in her pits and a great fluffy bush... Read more Read less

65
Slow, Absorbing, Confusing

See it if you like a family drama .

Don't see it if its important the the conclusion of the play is as powerful as the beginning.

60
Absorbing, Relevant, Slow, Thought-provoking, Disappointing

See it if You appreciate dramas with family troubles

Don't see it if You cannot follow a slow script

30
Disappointing, Banal, Indulgent, Well-designed, Cliched

See it if you are interested in a failed attempt at the signature Chekhovian blend of humor & tragedy, want to see some lovely design elements.

Don't see it if you value strong acting, coherent character choices, consistent tone, and/or don't want to spend 90mins in the company of terrible people,

20
Confusing, Disappointing, Excruciating, Indulgent, Slow

See it if I had trouble with this answer as I am not sure I would encourage people to see it.

Don't see it if you want well written characters with clear motives and and interesting plot.

Also I was not impressed with this show. As I felt the script felt very lon... Read more Read less

51
Disappointing, Slow

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.

69
Confusing, Quirky, Flawed

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.

Also I did feel there was some fine actors in the drama, but the writing fa... Read more Read less

79
Relevant, Cliched, Pleasant

See it if The actors are quite good and it was a pleasant evening.

Don't see it if I felt the story jumps around a bit and I wasn't sure I believed the last love storyline.

50
Banal, Disappointing, Slow, Cliched

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

50
Dated, Insipid, "a" for effort

See it if you are interested in the hard work of playwrighting, in this case by a doctor. The theme is messy family relations.

Don't see it if you like only first-rate scripts.

69
Confusing, Disappointing, Ambitious

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


June 25th, 2018
“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 want...
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June 25th, 2018
"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 th...
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June 21st, 2018
"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 the...
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June 27th, 2018
"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...
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