The Theater: New Play in Manhattan, Oct. 2, 1950

Daphne Laureola (by James Bridie; produced by Leland Hayward & Herman Shumlin in association with Laurence Olivier) is noteworthy only as a vehicle—and a transatlantic conveyance—for Dame Edith Evans. Probably the most distinguished of English actresses has come over from London in it, to waste her own time, though not entirely her audience's, on Broadway. Playing an aged baronet's rudderless, unquiet middle-aged wife—a woman in whom drink brings out the tarnish rather than the truth—Dame Edith hardly so much fleshes the role as clothes it with her own distinction. Her consistent sense of style and capacity for the grand style, her...

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