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Old Money

3.15  ·  Rating Details ·  26 Ratings  ·  5 Reviews
A dinner party in an ornate mansion on the fashionable Upper East Side of Manhattan provides the scene for this witty and incisive play. Set in two eras--the early 1900s and our own Gilded Age--the characters move effortlessly from one period to the other. The host, a contemporary master of high-risk arbitrage, steps in and out of character as a robber baron of an earlier ...more
Hardcover, 120 pages
Published April 26th 2002 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (first published January 2002)
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Apr 10, 2015 Simon rated it did not like it
To be perfectly blunt, a good editor/agent/friend would have stopped this play from seeing the light of common day. This may be the single worst thing ever written by a Pulitzer-winning playwright. Or even by most other playwrights. There is an old adage about writing what you know about, right? I've always thought it was a silly adage, but in this case the decision to write Old Money causes all of her faults as a playwright writing for the commercial stage to come sharply into focus. Again, blu ...more
Jul 29, 2013 Tony rated it it was ok
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OLD MONEY. (2002). Wendy Wasserstein. **.
This play, written by a winner of the Pulitzer Prize, just didn’t work for me. It’s the story of a family who lives in a mansion on the upper East side in NYC, a family whose assets have grown over the years from the early days of their entrepreneurial forebears. It’s also the story of Old Money vs. New Money, and how the players keep score. The play is set in the house, which has been marvelously restored by the current residents – descendants of those w
Jul 29, 2013 Jeff rated it liked it
Wasserstein is in full Stoppard mode here, as past and present collide in an elegant New York manse. It's a charming play, but I think I may be damning it with faint praise.
Dec 23, 2015 Angelique rated it liked it
Eh, not the greatest. Seems a bit Noel Coward-y and doesn't really say anything like the other plays. Not her best.
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Aug 22, 2007 Beth Anne rated it liked it
A concept with much potential but slightly less pizzazz in the final product. Still, I failed to leave the house for cocktails as I stayed home reading it, so that must count for something.
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Wendy Wasserstein was an award-winning American playwright and an Andrew Dickson White Professor-at-Large at Cornell University. She was the recipient of the Tony Award for Best Play and the Pulitzer Prize for Drama.
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