The Heiress (DPS Acting Edition)

The Heiress DPS Acting Edition The background of the play is New York in the s and the basic story tells of a shy and plain young girl Catherine Sloper who falls desperately in love with a delightful young fortune hunter Cath

  • Title: The Heiress (DPS Acting Edition)
  • Author: Ruth Goetz Augustus Goetz
  • ISBN: 9780822205111
  • Page: 106
  • Format: Paperback
  • The background of the play is New York in the 1850s and the basic story tells of a shy and plain young girl, Catherine Sloper, who falls desperately in love with a delightful young fortune hunter Catherine s lack of worldliness prevents her from realizing that the young man proposing to her is not entirely drawn to her by her charm Catherine s father, a successful doctorThe background of the play is New York in the 1850s and the basic story tells of a shy and plain young girl, Catherine Sloper, who falls desperately in love with a delightful young fortune hunter Catherine s lack of worldliness prevents her from realizing that the young man proposing to her is not entirely drawn to her by her charm Catherine s father, a successful doctor, sees through the fortune hunter and forbids the marriage, but his daughter proposes an elopement that fails to materialize because the young man knows most of her expected fortune will go elsewhere if he marries her Catherine retires into a little world of her own But the fortune hunter turns up once and again proposes to her For a moment, Catherine leads him to believe that she will accept him, but when he calls by appointment, she locks the door, blows out all the lights and allows him to realize that she will not be fooled for the second time.

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    • Steven says:

      Realistic and depressing play about love and money.

    • Jane Mcneil says:

      Clever both the time of play staged in 1947 and the play's setting in 1850. I found the storyline compelling enough that I could not put it down. The plot and the characterization progressed as well. Interesting read on women and men and the societal pressures people faced in the era where the only way a man thought to make it"big" was traveling West for the Gold Rush. There were no long monologues or poetic prose but definitely entertaining.

    • Stephen Bird says:

      "The Heiress" is simply genius. It is written with such economy. My interest in this play was piqued by the latest Broadway revival starring Jessica Chastain, David Strathairn and Judith Ivey, which I saw twice. Since then I have also watched the film version starring Olivia DeHavilland (William Wyler, 1949). However--I prefer the stage play to the film. The momentum created by the writing is more keenly felt via live theatre and thus the impact is stronger. When I first saw the film version of [...]

    • Mylissa says:

      I felt like this was supposed to be a critique of love since the minute the main character falls in love it doesn't go well for her and then eventually she gives up on it. Which I generally find rather unrealistic, if she desires it so much wouldn't she question whether its actually love since it happened over the course of one night and she was warned about this man. But maybe not. However I felt the writing was strong and I'd like to see onstage because I think, done right, it would really hol [...]

    • Michael McClain says:

      THE HEIRESS is an old chestnut of a play and its writing is very precise and free of any unnecessary moments. I found the character of Catherine Sloper very empowering, especially since she was created during the 1940's and the 19th century (the play's setting) was still a time when a woman's job was to marry and settle down. For a woman to choose her own path through life against the wishes of her father, aunt and society is bold and I cheered for the decision she made at the play's conclusion. [...]

    • Erin says:

      It was alright.The performances were lovely. The subject was well it was the usual con man trying to marry money.It kept me entertained for a few hours, though it didn't blow smoke up my skirt.I must say though, Chris Noth did not actually sound like Chris Noth. I wouldn't have known it was him unless I had known it was him.

    • Fishface says:

      I love this one. Not just because I played the title role once. It's a great story about getting used and deciding what to do about it. The story is about what everyone can expect when a shy, insecure, rather plain girl inherits a lot of money.

    • Jean Marie Angelo says:

      Read years ago as part of an acting class. Almost got to play this part. I recommend the movie, Washington Square, with Jennifer Jason Leigh. Could there be a better heiress?

    • Abby says:

      A classic and a favorite, always.

    • Emilee says:

      I really liked this play. It's pretty good.

    • Fishsanwitt says:

      stamped

    • Anne Martyn says:

      Jessica Chastain is doing this on Broadway. I'm curious.

    • Ginevra says:

      Every night there was something more to discover. Such an intricate drama, I loved it.

    • Sarah Roddis says:

      Really surprise how great this show is! Read it with no previous knowledge if the story and was sucked in. Great characters and ending!

    • REDD says:

      How can you be so cruel? Yes, i can be cruel . I have been taught by masters.

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