The Theater: New Play in Manhattan, may 19, 1958

The Visit brought the Lunts to Broadway—for a rumored final visit to Broadway—in a theater piece of strikingly acrid power. Adapted by Maurice Valency from the German of Swiss Playwright Friedrich Düurrenmatt, The Visit begins in light colors and comedy guise, suddenly to darken the face of its canvas, to blacken the hearts of its characters. A grisly fable of a woman's vengeful hate, it shows a whole community relentlessly succumbing to greed.

Highhanded, aging, fabulously rich Claire Zachanassian returns to Gullen, the impoverished European town of her birth, to pour money into its lap—on one condition. Town and townspeople can divide...

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