Theater: New Season--Old Play--No Hit

Traveller Without Luggage, the new Broadway season's opening play, is a 27-year-old drama by Jean Anouilh that does not so much betray its age as it does the ineptness of the French playwright in his youth. He concentrates on outer mechanics rather than inner change. He is more concerned with proving an intellectual thesis than with pumping the whole blood of the dramatic imagination into characters that command the stage. They merely mouth the playwright's favorite thoughts. Life corrupts. A man's memory is a history of petty and monstrous crimes, of fond illusions lost. Only a man without a past, Anouilh...

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