Theatre: New Plays in Manhattan: Feb. 5, 1934

The Joyous Season (by Philip Barry; Arthur Hopkins, producer) is a solemn and sometimes sprightly investigation of the spiritual life of a family of shell-backed Bostonians. The Parleys live in a dingily magnificent mansion of Beacon Street. Their farm on the Merrimac River and the possibility that existence may contain more for them than security on a "careful, calm, contented four percent" are two of the things that they remember when the maverick of the family, Sister Christina (Lillian Gish), arrives from the nunnery to spend Christmas. Before Christina arrives, the Parleys are...

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