The Theater: New Play in Manhattan, Feb. 25, 1952

Venus Observed (by Christopher Fry) shows the author of The Lady's Not for Burning enmeshed in the bright, shiny seaweed of his own talents. Venus is a play about love and a philandering English duke who decides to settle down by choosing a bride from his long line of former mistresses. But he is smitten by his estate manager's fair young daughter, and loses her in the end to his son.

Love would dominate Venus if language did not drench it. Language is Fry's own true love, and Venus catches the glow of poetry, the mocking glints of parody, the flashing of...

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