The Theater: New Plays on Broadway, Oct. 26, 1959

Chéri, like Gigi, was adapted from Colette by Anita Loos. As Gigi hoisted a young girl, Audrey Hepburn, into the limelight, Chéri may hoist a young man, Horst Buchholz. Playing the title role, this European film actor manages—not wholly through ability but through his matinee-idol appearance—to be the most effective part of a generally empty show. He plays the overindulged, sexually precocious, humanly immature son of a pre-World War I grande cocotte, who has brought him up to make a rich marriage.

But before he makes it, he has a long affair with a...

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