Palm Beach Dramaworks has long been a leader of challenging theater in Palm Beach County. Dedicated to “theater to think about,” the downtown West Palm Beach company eschews the Broadway milieu of over-the-top musicals, bringing audiences a dose of culture that deals with themes that are at times provocative. Continuing Dramaworks’ 2013-14 season, the comedy Dividing the Estate will take the Donald and Ann Brown Theatre stage March 28 to April 27.
Horton Foote’s play shines a light on when greed and infighting take hold of a fictitious Texas family. When the housing market begins to plummet and tax bills mount, three generations of Gordons, who once coasted on the family’s significant means in a perpetual state of leisure, realize their way of life may quickly be out of style. Matriarch Stella, an octogenarian with a penchant for reminiscing, is determined to keep the 100-year-old estate in tact, while her three children—alcoholic Lewis, complacent Lucille and scheming Mary Jo—attempt to break it up to secure their own financial needs. Meanwhile, simmering beneath the surface of this comedy is a not-too-kind critique of American self-absorption, where the out-of-touch leisure class seems to slip further into insulation as the rift between the haves and have-nots dives deeper.
- Tickets cost $62 for regualr admission, $52 for the preview night and $75 for opening night.
- Preview Night(s): March 26 at 8 p.m.; March 27 at 2 and 8 p.m.
- Opening Night: March 28 at 8 p.m.
- Wednesday, 2 and 8 p.m.; Thursday-Friday, 8 p.m.; Saturday, 2 and 8 p.m.; Sunday, 2 and 7 p.m. (2 p.m. only on March 30 and April 27)
- Following Wednesday matinee and Sunday evening shows, audience members can participate in post-production talkback sessions with cast and Palm Beach Dramaworks staff.
- For more information or to purchase tickets, call the box office at 561-514-4042 or visit palmbeachdramaworks.org.