I’ve had a case of the winter blue’s and this pregnancy has zapped my energy so when I received an invitation from MamaDrama to see The Heiress starring Jessica Chastain, I thought this could be just the ticket I needed! A night out on Broadway with a close friend I rarely get to see!
Upon arriving at the theater, we were informed that Ms. Chastain would not be performing. While I was initially disappointed, the understudy, Mairin Lee, did an incredible job of playing the socially awkward wallflower.
Upfront I must admit that I am generally NOT a fan of period pieces. My husband Scott is the history buff while I prefer modern, present day. I knew he would marvel at the stage set which was the surgeon’s beautifully appointed mahogany parlor at 16 Washington Square. The play depicts New York City in pre-Civil War America. For me, it was a soap opera before modern technology, including cell phones, automobiles and the internet.
The Heiress is the story of Catherine Sloper (Chastain), the shy and sheltered daughter of a prominent New Yorker. Caught between the demands of an emotionally distant father (Strathairn) and the attentions of a passionate young suitor (Stevens), Catherine must navigate the terrain of love and regret, desire and duty, a chance for happiness and the burden of fortune…as only an heiress can.
It’s true that your own personal experiences affect how you view and interpret something. As I watched the play, there were two themes that kept running through my own head.
First of all, one of my biggest disappointments is that my father never got to meet my husband. I often try to envision what their interactions would be like. It would be nothing like how Dr. Austin Sloper regarded Morris Townsend.
Secondly, being pregnant with a girl, I often question Scott on how he will feel about our daughter dating. As parents, we want the best for our children and often feel no one is good enough for them.
The play offers something for everyone. The audience is transported to a different time period and yet can easily relate and sympathize with the situation as it unfolds.
This is a strictly limited run through February 10, 2013 at The Walter Kerr Theater (219 W 48th St NYC) Ticket prices range from $50.00-$135.00.
Disclaimer: I received a complimentary pair of tickets. All opinions expressed are 100% my own.