The Theater: New Plays on Broadway, Mar. 14, 1960

The Good Soup (adapted from the French of Felicien Marceau by Garson Kanin) constitutes, even to the form it takes, the reminiscences of a coldly successful French cocotte. Ruth Gordon, as the middle-aged Marie-Paule, unfolds them to a Monte Carlo croupier, while Diane Cilento acts out Marie-Paule's earlier self. Later, when Marie-Paule is no longer young, Actress Gordon wistfully dismisses Actress Cilento as her "vanished youth" and herself takes over the part. From prostitution in "half-hour hotels," Marie-Paule had gone on to living grubbily with men, and then to being kept, and then...

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