Theater: Fossil Pit

THE CONSTANT WIFE by SOMERSET MAUGHAM

When it comes to the stage, Ingrid Bergman dotes on second-rate plays. In recent years she has appeared in inferior O'Neill (More Stately Mansions), hand-me-down Shaw (Captain Brassbound's Conversion), and now in fossilized Maugham. Bergman has treated each of these dilapidated vehicles as if it were the Queen's own royal barouche wheeling through the gates of Buckingham Palace. Indeed, Elizabeth II would not fault Bergman's acting technique—a tilt of the head, a flash of a smile and the wave of a hand.

In The Constant Wife, Bergman is Constance Middleton, an amiable, idle woman who plays hostess...

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