The Poor of New York: Classic 19th-Century Melodrama From Group Rep
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The last date listed for The Poor of New York was Sunday July 10, 2011 / 2:00pm.
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Mom's been dead for 11 months when she shows up at her husband's birthday party as a ghost on a mission in Phil Olson's world premiere comedy Mom's Gift. To earn her wings, she has to accomplish a task. But what that task is, she still has to figure out. Things get even funnier when it turns out that the only person who can hear or see Mom is her daughter, who has been ordered by the court to be with Dad on his birthday as part of her anger management program. Over the course of the night, the family's secrets slip out -- including one that surprises even the ghost herself. Learn More
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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 conventions have changed but blackhearted financiers haven't! -- Uneven acting and primitive production but worth seeing for theater lovers --
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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.