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The Heights Players Take on Horton Foote’s Dividing the Estate

September 6, 2013

Gerald Newman

Horton Foote’s Dividing the Estate has its Brooklyn Premiere with The Heights Players tonight; the run lasts through September 22nd.

As with many of Foote’s plays, Dividing the Estate is set in the fictional town of Harrison, Texas in 1987. This prize-winning play focuses on the Gordon clan, led by octogenarian Stella Gordon. In the late 1980s, the country is facing a shifting economy. The Gordon family must confront their past as they prepare for an uncertain future while facing plunging real estate values and unexpected tax bills. As their fortune begins to diminish, various members of the family – particularly Stella’s greedy children – prepare to divide her estate … while she is still alive!

The Heights Players takes on a new production each month. Visit their site for the schedule.

Dividing the Estate
September 6-22, 2013
Fridays and Saturdays at 8:00 p.m.
Sundays at 2:00 p.m.
Tickets: $20 ($18 for seniors and those under 18)
Reservations: 718-237-2752 or
Location: 26 Willow Place (between State and Joralemon Streets), Brooklyn Heights, NY 11201

Source: Brooklyn Heights Blog

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Director Enjoys Ménage à Trois in Latest Heights Players Production

January 5, 2013

The Heights Players present Charles Busch’s The Tale of the Allergist’s Wife this month (January 5, 11, 12, 18 and 19 at 8:00 p.m) directed by its president Ed Healy. It marks the company’s first production of a Busch play.

Healy discusses directing the play and its infamous ménage à trois scene in an interview with Local Theatre NY (video above).

Heights Players: The Tale of the Allergist’s Wife is a rare foray into the smart and sophisticated humor of Charles Busch, with a simple premise of keeping one’s family together. Marjorie Taub is saddled with an overzealous philanthropic husband, a self-loathing bowel-obsessed mother and a crumbling sense of intellectual stimulation. But then an exuberant woman appears at her door and plants a seed of self-discovery and Marjorie is pushed to the edge of reality. This hysterical, yet sophisticated, comedy is a vibrant tale of new beginnings and a rediscovery of oneself.
Featured in this Heights Players production are all veterans to our stage, although two of these veterans haven’t been on our stage in decades! The allergist’s wife, Marjorie, is being played by Susan Faye Groberg (last seen in Sunrise at Campobello). Her quirky family is rounded out with two returning Heights Players alumni: David Shmerler as her husband Ira; and B.D. Bass as her mother Frieda. Shaking up the foundation of the Taub family is Susan Ann Biderman, last seen in Gemini. The steady presence of the doorman, Mohammad, is deftly handled by Rod Singleton, last seen in Finian’s Rainbow.

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Source: Brooklyn Heights Blog

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