The Theater: New Plays in Manhattan, Jan. 10, 1949

The Madwoman of Chaillot (adapted from the French of Jean Giraudoux by Maurice Valency; produced by Alfred de Liagre) is the first vintage champagne the French stage has sent to Broadway since Dunkirk. Possibly it is caviar as well—an often brilliant, always civilized fantasy, as fresh and witty in detail as it is traditionally satiric in design. In spite of dramatic defects—it opens badly, and is a little too loose and long—it has an air of really genuine distinction that sets it apart from every other show on Broadway.

An ironic extravaganza and a satiric fairy tale, The Madwoman paints a Paris...

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