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One hundred years after the first publication of The Voysey Inheritance, David Mamet resurrects Harley Granville-Barker’s classic investigation into the capitalist soul in this brilliant adaptation. For generations, the Voysey family business has been secretly skimming money from its clients’ accounts. When Edward, designated to take over the firm from his aging father, dis One hundred years after the first publication of The Voysey Inheritance, David Mamet resurrects Harley Granville-Barker’s classic investigation into the capitalist soul in this brilliant adaptation. For generations, the Voysey family business has been secretly skimming money from its clients’ accounts. When Edward, designated to take over the firm from his aging father, discovers the embezzlement that has been keeping his relatives in a life of luxury, he must weigh the trappings of wealth and the imperative to preserve his family’s good name against the better principles of his conscience. But moral righteousness turns to self-protection when he comes to understand fully the consequences of his “inheritance.”


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One hundred years after the first publication of The Voysey Inheritance, David Mamet resurrects Harley Granville-Barker’s classic investigation into the capitalist soul in this brilliant adaptation. For generations, the Voysey family business has been secretly skimming money from its clients’ accounts. When Edward, designated to take over the firm from his aging father, dis One hundred years after the first publication of The Voysey Inheritance, David Mamet resurrects Harley Granville-Barker’s classic investigation into the capitalist soul in this brilliant adaptation. For generations, the Voysey family business has been secretly skimming money from its clients’ accounts. When Edward, designated to take over the firm from his aging father, discovers the embezzlement that has been keeping his relatives in a life of luxury, he must weigh the trappings of wealth and the imperative to preserve his family’s good name against the better principles of his conscience. But moral righteousness turns to self-protection when he comes to understand fully the consequences of his “inheritance.”

30 review for The Voysey Inheritance

  1. 4 out of 5

    Shhhhh Ahhhhh

    I'm never sure how to rate plays. I mean, they all sort of leave me with a hanging feeling. I've never read or watched one which didn't (including my favorites, which had very strong points and definitive endings, Pygmalion and A Doll's House). I gave this 4 stars because I have no real complaints about it but that hanging feeling is inconsistent with a 5 star rating for me. In my gut, this reads as a 'the road not taken' story, and also a basic telling of the problem that all sons have with the I'm never sure how to rate plays. I mean, they all sort of leave me with a hanging feeling. I've never read or watched one which didn't (including my favorites, which had very strong points and definitive endings, Pygmalion and A Doll's House). I gave this 4 stars because I have no real complaints about it but that hanging feeling is inconsistent with a 5 star rating for me. In my gut, this reads as a 'the road not taken' story, and also a basic telling of the problem that all sons have with their fathers, that they hate things about them that they will eventually become. Do recommend for a brief diversion. It will absolutely get you wrapped up in it for a bit.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Tom O'Brien

    Decent enough play, musing about the corrupting power of greed, the limits of family loyalty, the pressures of society, expectation, prejudice and ignorance. All valid topics but it never really ignites. I can't compare this Mamet adaptation, having not seen or read the original, but this feels minor. Decent enough play, musing about the corrupting power of greed, the limits of family loyalty, the pressures of society, expectation, prejudice and ignorance. All valid topics but it never really ignites. I can't compare this Mamet adaptation, having not seen or read the original, but this feels minor.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Bettie

    Saturday Drama - Edward discovers the family business he is inheriting has been defrauding its clients. BBC blurberoonies - Edward discovers that in inheriting his father's impressive family business, he is inheriting a Ponzi scheme. For years his father has been making free with clients' capital and speculating recklessly, as his own father did before him. Edward must decide whether to continue the business and try to put matters right - a seemingly impossible task - or to expose the crime and b Saturday Drama - Edward discovers the family business he is inheriting has been defrauding its clients. BBC blurberoonies - Edward discovers that in inheriting his father's impressive family business, he is inheriting a Ponzi scheme. For years his father has been making free with clients' capital and speculating recklessly, as his own father did before him. Edward must decide whether to continue the business and try to put matters right - a seemingly impossible task - or to expose the crime and bring his family to certain ruin. Edward........................... Samuel Barnett Mr Voysey................ .... . Clive Merrison Mr George Booth........... Gawn Grainger Trenchard Voysey.......... Richard Dillane Major Booth Vosey............ Alan Cox Denis Tregoning................ Joseph Arkley Mrs Voysey...................... Phyllida Law Honor Voysey.................. Amanda Lawrence Peacey............................. Paul Moriarty The Voysey Inheritance was adapted for radio and directed by Lu Kemp.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Bryan

    This is a very strange "adaptation". Mamet very slightly reworks Harley Granville-Barker's excellent play into a pretty good play. It is somewhat streamlined and less antiquated but suffers from Mamet's knife. The primary loss is in the depth of the female characters. Mamet is not interested in them and minimizes their presence. He pares down the story to focus the drama but loses texture and specificity of place. Moving all of the action to the library of the Voysey Estate also negates the very This is a very strange "adaptation". Mamet very slightly reworks Harley Granville-Barker's excellent play into a pretty good play. It is somewhat streamlined and less antiquated but suffers from Mamet's knife. The primary loss is in the depth of the female characters. Mamet is not interested in them and minimizes their presence. He pares down the story to focus the drama but loses texture and specificity of place. Moving all of the action to the library of the Voysey Estate also negates the very specific distance that Granville-Barker places between the office and the home. Overall, a lesser version and a needless adaptation.

  5. 4 out of 5

    jennifer

    Written by Granville-Barker over one hundred years ago, then tweaked and revived by Mamet a few years ago, this play concerns the discovery, at the end of his life, that patriarch Voysey has been pilfering from his clients for years and using the money to finance his own family's lavish lifestyle. It is only when young son Edward joins the firm and discovers his father's dishonesty that the family members must decide how important integrity and honor is to each of them. 3.5 stars Written by Granville-Barker over one hundred years ago, then tweaked and revived by Mamet a few years ago, this play concerns the discovery, at the end of his life, that patriarch Voysey has been pilfering from his clients for years and using the money to finance his own family's lavish lifestyle. It is only when young son Edward joins the firm and discovers his father's dishonesty that the family members must decide how important integrity and honor is to each of them. 3.5 stars

  6. 4 out of 5

    E7boehm

    Very good play. I like that Mamet adapts older plays he does a fine job with this one. It is a play that asks the question about moral absolutes and the consquences of them. It is also a play about actions in secret and the effect of those secrets being known. Read the play in about 1 1/2 hour very quick but good.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Aaron Thomas

    Holy shit this is good.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Alyse

    A very enjoyable play. I am attending a callback from the role of Ethel this coming weekend. It is a story about family, lies, and money. All very compelling subjects.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Steven

    Excellent 100 year old play that seems like it could have been written about Bernie Madhoff or the financial crisis of 2008.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Laura

    From BBC Radio 4 Extra: Edward discovers the family business he is inheriting has been defrauding its clients.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Marc

    ok, not that interesting

  12. 4 out of 5

    Rhea

  13. 4 out of 5

    Tom Beaver

  14. 5 out of 5

    Evy

  15. 5 out of 5

    Peter

  16. 5 out of 5

    Lee Gooden

  17. 4 out of 5

    Josiah

  18. 4 out of 5

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    Colleen

  20. 5 out of 5

    Alex Fleming

  21. 4 out of 5

    Matt

  22. 5 out of 5

    Alex

  23. 4 out of 5

    Mark

  24. 5 out of 5

    Ariella

  25. 4 out of 5

    T.led

  26. 4 out of 5

    Joelle.P.S

  27. 5 out of 5

    Shannon

  28. 5 out of 5

    Sarah du Boulay

  29. 5 out of 5

    Elise

  30. 5 out of 5

    Meredith Head

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