Theatre: New Plays in Manhattan: Apr. 4, 1938

Whiteoaks (adapted by Mazo de la Roche from her novel Whiteoaks of Jalna; produced by Victor Payne-Jennings). Chief distinction of Whiteoaks is its 101-year-old heroine, played to the age limit by Ethel Barrymore. A wealthy, imperious, chops-licking war horse, Gran Whiteoak is surrounded by an obsequious tribe worrying over who will inherit her money. Neither her fuddy-duddy children nor her horsy grandchildren are prepared to see it go to Finch, the family neurotic (Stephen Haggard), and they kick up quite a rumpus when it does.

Mazo de la Roche's Jalna, novels are...

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