''The Voysey Inheritance'' is a play written by Harley Granville-Barker in 1905. It centers on English gentleman Edward Voysey and his dilemma when his father reveals to him that he has been running a Ponzi scheme for most of his life using his clients' money to speculate on various business ventures without their knowledge or consent, then drawing in more clients into the scheme to get the money to pay off the earlier clients. Edward's world is shaken enough by this news and the implication that most everything his family owns was paid for with essentially stolen money. Then his father dies, leaving Edward with the responsibility over the business, and well, let's just say things get worse.
It was recently adapted into a four-act play by Creator/DavidMamet, and that was actually ''before'' the topic of Ponzi schemes became so relevant again thanks to Bernie Madoff.
The original play can be read in full [[http://books.google.com/books?hl=en&id=jFNFAAAAIAAJ&dq=the+voysey+inheritance&printsec=frontcover&source=web&ots=7TZP8W9Hlh&sig=yEoasq-eebAqE6H0iOnVaJhqFRs&sa=X&oi=book_result&resnum=4&ct=result&pgis=1#v=onepage&q=&f=false here]].
This play contains examples of:
* AdaptationDistillation / CompressedAdaptation: Mamet's version, which trims close to an hour and runs smoothly.
* IDidWhatIHadToDo: Mr. Voysey uses this to justify his scheming.
* TheGhost: Hugh's wife, Beatrice, in the new Mamet version.
* MametSpeak: Mamet's version notably averts this.
* OneSteveLimit: Defied in a particularly confusing example, with the elder Voysey's friend Mr. George '''Booth''' and his military son, Major '''Booth''' Voysey.
* OurActsAreDifferent: Notable in that the original play is five acts, but Mamet's adaptation condenses it into four.