Theater: Sham Saint

Judith strips myth down to Freudian psychology and debunks belief with Shavian iconoclasm—the tactics by which modern man burglarizes himself of an agelong heritage of mystery. In this 34-year-old play, revived by APA-at-the-Phoenix, the late French Playwright Jean Giraudoux, an urbane, witty, and ironic second-story man of ideas, remains true to his dramatic creed: Be clever and let who will be good.

The apocryphal Judith was a pious and beautiful Jewish widow who got the Assyrian commander Holofernes drunk in his tent, cut off his head and saved the people of Israel. Giraudoux's Judith,...

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