The Theater: New Play on Broadway, may 2, 1960

THE THEATER

Duel of Angels (translated and adapted by Christopher Fry from the French of Jean Giraudoux) was the last play written before his death in 1944, by the wittily ironic, aromatically pessimistic author of The Madwoman of Chaillot and Tiger at the Gates. It is a suavely chill farewell —a glass of iced champagne held in almost as cold a hand. Called Pour Lucrece in French, it offers—in the Aix-en-Provence of 1868—variations on the old tale of the violated Roman matron who, after bidding her family avenge her, committed suicide. It opens in the best Giraudoux style of artificial high comedy....

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