As noted here on March 17, Horton Foote's acclaimed Off-Broadway hit from last fall Dividing The Estate will transfer this fall to the Great White Way. Foote earned an Obie Award for his play centering on what happens to the wealthy Gordon Family of Harrison, Texas after there's been a significant death in the family.
First produced at Primary Stages, the Rialto mounting will play the Booth Theatre, long the commercial home of prestige shows. The transfer will once again be directed by Michael Wilson and include much of the original cast, including such marquee names as Elizabeth Ashley, Hallie Foote, Arthur French, Penny Fuller and Gerald McRaney. Rounding out the cast are Devon Abner, Pat Bowie, James DeMarse, Virginia Kull, Maggie Lacey, Nicole Lowrance, Jenny Dare Paulin and Keiana Richard .
Currently, the show is set to begin previews on October 23, with opening night slated for November 20. With an open-ended run scheduled, could this look at an American family become this year's August: Osage County? Given Broadway & Me's glowing review, which stated in part:
...without a doubt, the best of these battling broods are the Gordons in Horton Foote's thoroughly entertaining Dividing The Estate.it may very well prove that the renewed life on Broadway among American playwrights is no fluke. And wouldn't it be dandy if that wonderfully talented and still prolific nonagenarian named Horton Foote brought home that point?
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