The Poor of New York: Classic 19th-Century Melodrama From Group Rep
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Featured review from Cheryl C.
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The four of us enjoyed the play. All the actors were top rate PLUS the costumes were amazing. The second half was especially fast-paced and entertaining. I ended up really disliking the fraudulent banker and his spoiled daughter because they acted their parts so well. The poor Fairweather's.
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Although the production didn't find quite the right tone for this 1857 melodrama, I still found it historically interesting, and also fascinating from the standpoint that people, and especially bankers, are the same today as then -- Theatrical...continued
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_The Poor of New York
_by Dion Boucicault
Originally staged in 1857, this classic melodrama culled from the rich tapestry of America’s pre-Civil War history, could have been ripped from today’s headlines. The play chronicles the rise and fall of banker, Gideon Bloodgood, during the financial panics of 1837 and 1857. The parallel lives of the Bloodgood and Fairweather families are chronicled over twenty years with the coming of age of new villains and untapped heroes. An eleventh hour reprieve from an unexpected source culminates in a satisfying climax.
About the Ticket Supplier: Group Rep at the Lonny Chapman Theatre
Founded in 1972, the Group Rep at the Lonny Chapman Theatre has won almost every drama award imaginable, plus many special awards from the community for its work with young people, seniors and the physically impaired. The company’s play choices are eclectic and offbeat.