Theater: Prosciutto & Melodrama

Daughter of Silence, by Morris L. West, produces a phantasmagorical sensation, like being imprisoned in a dream that is vivid in detail but totally opaque in substance. In the dream, the playgoer finds himself in the square of an Italian town framed in time-mellowed stone arches. A brassy mayor is making an election speech. After he finishes, a girl (Janet Margolin) with a pale, troubled face slips a revolver from her purse and shoots him dead. The dream shifts. Two men and a woman are in a conservatory with a grand piano. They look unhappy. One man (Emlyn Williams) is urbane...

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