The Theatre: New Plays: Dec. 17, 1923

Pelleas and Melisande. There are few more distressing duties than to seize by the beard a venerable bit of literature that has acquired the privileged sanctity of a classic. You tug the white whiskers from their moorings— and there stands revealed a fictional figure worn with age but no longer dignified. Such was the lot of Pelleas and Melisande, a fantasy of Maeterlinck's which continued absence from the stage has afforded it an illegitimate repute.

Jane Cowl, fresh from her memorable success as Juliet, essayed the part of Melisande. She worked into...

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