The Theater: French Spoken

Broadway has its Lunts; London its Oliviers. Last week Manhattan theatergoers had a chance to see the pride of Paris. Imported by Impresario Sol Hurok, Madeleine Renaud and Jean-Louis Barrault began a three-week run which will end with Hamlet, the play that brought their troupe fame in 1946.

The troupe's opening bill was a pleasing double one: Marivaux's Les Fausses Confidences (The False Secrets) rattled off in French; and a pantomime, Baptiste, requiring no French at all. A mannered 18th-century mixup, Les Fausses Confidences was all ambitious mothers and wily servants, dissembling lovers...

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