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The Voysey Inheritance

3.19  ·  Rating details ·  53 Ratings  ·  10 Reviews
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
Paperback, 128 pages
Published October 25th 2005 by Vintage (first published January 1st 1916)
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Sep 17, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: plays
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.

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
Jun 17, 2009 rated it liked it
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 ...more
Jun 20, 2012 rated it liked it
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
Feb 10, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: the-new-library
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.

Aaron Thomas
Holy shit this is good.
Mar 27, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2008, plays, plays-2008
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.

Oct 05, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: plays, american
Excellent 100 year old play that seems like it could have been written about Bernie Madhoff or the financial crisis of 2008.
From BBC Radio 4 Extra:
Edward discovers the family business he is inheriting has been defrauding its clients.
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Shelves: 2016, drama
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David Alan Mamet is an American author, essayist, playwright, screenwriter and film director. His works are known for their clever, terse, sometimes vulgar dialogue and arcane stylized phrasing, as well as for his exploration of masculinity.

As a playwright, he received Tony nominations for Glengarry Glen Ross (1984) and Speed-the-Plow (1988). As a screenwriter, he received Oscar nominations for Th
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