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Kansas City Repertory Theatre -The Voysey Inheritance
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Reviewed on 2005-05-10
The Kansas City Repertory Theatre and the American Conservatory Theatre co-produce "The Voysey Inheritance" (runs through May 22) at the UMKC Performing Arts Center.

Greed, power, and family loyalty make for an interesting world premiere of a new adaptation of Granville Barker's 1905 play by David Mamet, Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright. The Voysey brothers, George (Andy Murray), Edward (Anthony Fusco) and Trenchard (Mark Robbins) are often found arguing over the families tainted legacy. In this play it seems that greed never goes out of style.

The play depicts a moral quandary faced by Edward Voysey when his father (Ken Ruta) explains that the family fortune has been attained over many decades by quietly defrauding investment firm clients without their knowledge. The client's money has been used for high-risk investments and the results are alarming. To come clean would trigger bankruptcy, disgrace for the family name and greatly reduced standard of living for the entire family. See how this moral drama unfolds. Several KC veterans are featured: Gary Neil Johnson (plays long time close friend of the family George Booth), and Cheryl Weaver (plays Honor, the eldest Voysey daughter), Mark Robbins (plays the dual roles of Peacey, a long-time clerk in the family firm, and Trenchard, the eldest Voysey son). These Kansas City actors will also appear in the A.C.T. run in San Francisco as well as at the Rep.

Although the play was written a century ago in 1905, the subject matter is still relevant today with all the corporate scandals like Enron. Mamet does a great job streamlining and reshaping the Granville Barker original.

Call 816-235-2700 for more information or go to www. kcrep.org located just east of the Plaza on 4949 Cherry on the UMKC campus







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