Dividing the Estate | Raven Theatre | Theater & Performance | Chicago Reader
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When: Thursdays-Sundays. Continues through March 28 2015
Price: $36
In his last Broadway play, Horton Foote uses two long acts to show how mildly unpleasant the 1987 recession must have been for privileged, self-absorbed, stereotypical white Texans. Implacable matriarch Lucille’s stuck with a semiprofitable 5,000-acre estate, making do with only three black servants and two paid family members to look after her. Her three adult children endlessly grouse and scheme about selling off bits of the homestead. Her nieces are greedy idiots. Little evolves; characters change only if they have the good sense to die. A more developed production might excavate some Chekhovian social commentary from the script, which owes an embarrassing debt to The Cherry Orchard. But director Cody Estle’s good-natured, stylish, imperturbable production ambles along pleasantly without a discernible point of view. —Justin Hayford



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