Metropolitan Playhouse presents a revival of this mid-19th century melodrama, which offers a trenchant challenge to an ethos of "winning" at all costs and exposes the bitter conflicts inherent in income inequality. More…
In a desperate bid to save his own family from the financial Panic of 1837, banker Gideon Bloodgood seizes the fortune of a dying sea captain. Twenty years on, when another crisis hits the markets, Bloodgood is among the wealthy New Yorkers who have learned to prosper off others' losses. But as he grows richer, the captain's family sinks deeper into poverty, as do a wealthy heir, a wily thief, and the immigrant family who tie them all together. Will an unexpected hero be able to save them all from their private torments? Only if he survives the spectacular tenement fire in Act V.
See it if you like a nice story about greed and family. This is an unapologetic melodrama from the 19th century. Yet the issues are relevant today.
Don't see it if you like a modern play or a sophisticated drama. This is a very old fashioned style play and very melodramatic.
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