Great Grandma?

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Great Grandma? - want- 15- a 2,500 APPLAUD STAGE QUEEN Ethel...
want- 15- a 2,500 APPLAUD STAGE QUEEN Ethel Barrymore in Well-cast Well-cast Well-cast Role. THE CORN IS GREEN. A play by Emlyn Williams. In three acts and presented at Shrine auditorium. auditorium. Out of Character-!. Character-!. Character-!. John Goronwy Jonea . . . . Tom Williams Miss Ronberry F.sther Mitchell Jrlwal Morria Kenneth Clarke Sarah Puch Owyneth Hutches The Squire .Lewis L. Russell Mrs. Wattv ......Eva Leonnrd-Ruvne Leonnrd-Ruvne Leonnrd-Ruvne Bessie Watty Perry Wilson Miss Moffat. ..... i .Ethel Barrymore Morgan Evans Richard Warinc (ilvn Thomas Gene Ross Old Tom J. P. Wilson Twenty-five Twenty-five Twenty-five hundred Des Moines theatergoers had a real treat Tuesday night at Shrine audito rium. The occasion was Emlyn Wil liams' play. "The Corn Is Green voted by the New York Dratra Critics circle the 1940-41 1940-41 1940-41 season s best foreign play; and the star, as on the New York stage, was Ethel Barrymore, making her first appearance here in nearly three years. The play centers on the character character played by Miss Barrymore, and she is just the actress for the job. From the time that she entered, strawhatted, rolling her bicycle, Miss Barrymore gave her schoolmistress schoolmistress role such reality and understanding understanding that the Shrine resounded resounded with spontaneous applause applause while she made three curtain curtain calls alone. .Spinster. Miss Barrymore is a cultivated, middle-aged middle-aged middle-aged spinster who comes to a small village in a remote Welsh countryside near the end of the nineteenth century, bent on educating educating the local coal miners and their children. Discouraged when she is unable to use the barn on her place for a schoolhouse, Miss Barrymore determines determines to conduct her classes in her home because of one coal- coal- begrimed boy whom she believes to have great talent as a writer. By skillful flattery (in one of the best scenes of the play), Miss Barrymore get3 the help of the local squire as she seeks a scholar ship for the boy at Oxford. Her protege rebels against her au thority, quarrels with her and gets involved with the daughter of Miss Barrymore's housekeeper. Each Gets Something. But in the end, Miss Barry morc's protege gets his scholar ship, she agrees to adopt the baby herself, and the girl goes off with a new lover. One Is certain, as is Miss Barry more, that her protege will become great although they are not to meet again. "ine corn is ureen ' is a warm, wise semi-autobiography. semi-autobiography. semi-autobiography. Playwright Playwright Williams Is a young Welsh author. Richard Waring, also with Miss Itarrymore in the New York run of thn play, Is the gifted young miner, while Perry Wilson won applause for her work as his temptress a brat at times, a pathetic girl on other occasions. Lewis L. Russell adequately fum bled his way through his role as the squire (described by Mis3 Barrymore Barrymore as "so stupid it sits on him like a halo"). Others standing out In Important Important supporting roles were Tom Williams and Esther Mitchell as teacher-assistants teacher-assistants teacher-assistants of Miss Barry more, and Eva Leonard-Boyne Leonard-Boyne Leonard-Boyne as the housekeeper with religion. - A. H. a

Clipped from The Des Moines Register18 Nov 1942, WedPage 6

The Des Moines Register (Des Moines, Iowa)18 Nov 1942, WedPage 6
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