What Is the Story of The Heiress?
Set in New York City in the 1850s, The Heiress follows Catherine, a plain-looking but exceedingly wealthy woman who lives with her father, Dr. Austin Sloper, in Washington Square. Despite having a staff of maids and chefs and the best clothing money can by, Catherine is awkward, shy and “unmarriageable.” When she falls in love with Morris Townsend, a charming but penniless suitor, Dr. Sloper is immediately suspicious the man is after Catherine’s inheritance. In an attempt to end the relationship, Dr. Sloper vows he will write Catherine out of her will if she marries Morris. When Dr. Sloper becomes ill, Catherine is forced to make the painfully difficult choice between her father and the man she hopes to marry.
This classically trained actress [Chastain], an Oscar nominee for 'The Help' and ubiquitous onscreen this past year, brings a trembling, quiet delicacy to Catherine Sloper, the title role in Moises Kaufman’s revival of 'The Heiress.'Review by Jeremy Gerard from Bloomberg News
No wonder 'The Heiress' has returned to Broadway time and again since its 1947 premiere. Romance, money, lies, manipulation and petticoats: Ruth and Augustus Goetz’s melodrama has it all.Review by Elisabeth Vincentelli from The New York Post
What Is The Heiress Like?
Under the direction of Moises Kaufman and featuring Derek McLane’s lush sets and Albert Wolsky's exquisite costumes, The Heiress invites Broadway audiences into the stately townhouse of Austin and Catherine Sloper. Based on Henry James’ 1880 novella Washington Square, the play presents a tumultuous struggle between a father and daughter, but this revival isn’t all doom and gloom. There is plenty of room for comic relief due to Catherine’s awkward social skills and the humorous antics of Catherine’s busybody Aunt Lavinia Penniman. A starry cast led by Oscar winner Jessica Chastain and Downton Abbey star Dan Stevens makes The Heiress a can't-miss evening for lovers of classic Broadway drama.
Is The Heiress Good For Kids?
The Heiress is a great choice for teens, but young children are likely to be bored. The production clocks in at two hours and 50 minutes, so hire a babysitter unless your little ones are fascinated by 19th-century family dramas.