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The Property

From 5 critic and 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.

Stage Buddy

"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

Theatre is Easy

"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

Theater Life

"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

Motherhood Later

“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

Relevant, Great acting, Absorbing

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.

Entertaining, Thought-provoking, Great acting

See it if you like a strong female protagonist supported by a talented male supporting team. Beautiful design elements.

Don't see it if you want something light-hearted and easy to follow.

Timely, Intelligent, Great acting

See it if you like Chekhovian plays (traditional storytelling) and new work. GREAT acting ensemble and design elements.

Don't see it if you like musicals or action-packed plays.

Pleasant, Cliched, Relevant

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.

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

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.

Sadly familiar, Dated, Resonant, Caricatures, Intelligent

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.

Clever, Quirky, Relevant, Profound, Ambitious

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.

Great acting, Entertaining, Absorbing

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

Flawed, Quirky, Confusing

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

Ambitious, Disappointing, Confusing

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

Confusing, Absorbing, Slow

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.

Great staging, Disappointing, Indulgent, Fluffy

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.

Disappointing, Confusing, Uneven acting

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.

Disappointing, Cliched, Banal

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

Disappointing, Thought-provoking, Slow, Relevant, Absorbing

See it if You appreciate dramas with family troubles

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

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

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

Slow, Disappointing

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.

Excruciating, Slow, Disappointing, Cliched, Banal

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.

Cliched, Slow, Disappointing, Banal

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

"a" for effort, Insipid, Dated

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.

Excruciating, Slow, Disappointing, Confusing, Banal

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.

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

Simplistic, Crude, Off-key, Stilted

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

Dowdy, Tiresome, Inept, Endless, Excruciating

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

Slow, Excruciating, Disappointing, Confusing

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

Cast & Creatives (13)