The Theater: New Play in Manhattan, Oct. 16, 1950

The Gioconda Smile (by Aldous Huxley; produced by Shepard Traube) was a Huxley short story and film before becoming a play. Its trick ironic plot still had a certain crude fascination on Broadway last week; and Huxley, turned playwright, was still plainly a man of parts. But The Gioconda Smile offered mournful proof of what the stage can do to harm a piece of writing and of how time can accentuate a writer's faults.

The story tells of a middle-aged man whose unwanted invalid wife suddenly dies. Almost immediately the man marries the Other Woman (Marian Russell)—a young girl he is smitten...

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