The Theater: Famous Troupe in Manhattan

Le Bourgeois Sentilhomme (by Molière) was the opening bill of a momentous Broadway engagement; for the first time in its illustrious 275-year history, the Comédie Françise was performing (in French) on U.S. soil. It was fitting that the Comédie should raise its first Broad way curtain on something by France's most famous playwright; it was, on the whole, wise that it chose from Molière something so relatively familiar and so lightly entertaining as Le Bourgeois Gentilhomme. Far from the great Molière of Le Misanthrope, Le Bourgeois Gentilhomme is indeed not only broad Molière, but also broad comedy. Its picture of the...

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