The Theater: New Play in Manhattan, Jan. 7, 1952

Legend of Lovers (adapted by Kitty Black from the French of Jean Anouilh) is provocative, but at a very high price. On a mythological foundation, Playwright Anouilh has reared a modern fantasy thick with symbolic scrollwork, ironic turrets, philosophic staircases, mystical passageways. Instead of reanimating the Orpheus & Eurydice legend with new poignancy, the play ends by crushing it to death.

At a provincial railway station, a young street musician and a young actress are instantly and passionately drawn to each other. They spend an ecstatic 24 hours in a grubby Marseille hotel until, her past catching up with her, the girl...

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