The Theater: New Plays in Manhattan, Mar. 1, 1954

Ondine (adapted by Maurice Valency from the French of Jean Giraudoux) brings Audrey Hepburn again to Broadway—or rather, Audrey Hepburn brings Ondine there, as representing her choice from among many scripts. She will almost certainly become the acting sensation of the season, for in Ondine, she has found a part she can act out ravishingly, whether as water sprite or woman. But the part is far more beguiling than the whole. Despite its medieval stage color, its moments of pure enchantment, its other moments of pure Giraudoux, Ondine never quite gets off the ground—or out of the water.

In theory, the famed...

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