The Theater: The Ossified Heart

THE HEIRESS by RUTH and AUGUSTUS GOETZ

based on Washington Square, a novel

by Henry James

This play briefly opens a window on one woman's life and then permanently locks the door. The heiress, Catherine Sloper (Jane Alexander), is an awkward, self-denigrating, plain-featured girl who falls ardently in love with a handsome fortune hunter named Morris Townsend (David Selby). He knows how to simulate passion since money is his love.

Catherine's doctor father (Richard Kiley) is a sardonic man who resents his daughter bitterly. To him, Catherine is an aching reminder that his wife died...

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