Dividing the Estate is a tv sitcom elevated to Broadway. A south Texas family gathers at the family manse to tussle over the large farming estate pinched by encroaching urbanism, a bow to Chekhov’s The Cherry Orchard. No one in this family is rich any more, some are nearly destitute, and all at one time or another are pushing for Mother to divide the estate so they can get theirs. The Matriarch dominates the dining table and the children, servants, and significant others take their places in equally expectable ways. Even the deaths that occur are totally predictable, as are the jokes.
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