THE WALTZ OF THE TOREADORS
by JEAN ANOUILH
In this play, first seen in New York in 1957, Jean Anouilh caricatures the romantic attitudes that get men betrayed. It is a black farce with a bitter personal tang, an overprotesting cynicism, a disillusionment so dark as to suggest illusions once far too rosy.
Unfailingly attired in his uniform, General St. Pé (Eli Wallach) faces advancing middle age as if it were a court-martial. He is chained to a vixenish wife (Anne Jackson) who spews venom at him and pretends to be a dying invalid. In his high-romantic...