The Theatre: New Play in Manhattan: Mar. 20, 1939

Family Portrait '(by Lenore Coffee & William Joyce Cowen; produced by Cheryl Crawford) tells, colloquially, of the family of Jesus during the Time when He (who never appears in the play) was preaching away from Nazareth. Theme of the play is Jesus' own saying: "A prophet is not without honor, but in his own country, and among his own kin, and in his own house." Only Mary (glowingly played by Judith Anderson) has faith in Jesus: His brothers resent Him as a fanatic who hurts their business, their marriage prospects, and the family name.

Recounting their story with no Biblical diction, no...

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