Theater: Owl of Wisdom

THE CHALK GARDEN by Enid Bagnold

If plays were dice, Manhattan's Roundabout Theater would be rolling sevens and elevens. In the past year this eclectic off-Broadway group has mounted a wryly tender A Taste of Honey, fired off an ebulliently witty Misalliance, weighed hypocrisy and humanity on the scales of The Browning Version, and now burnishes a high comedy of manners with Enid Bagnold's civilized, pitiless and elliptical The Chalk Garden.

Though it has but one monarch, England does not lack for regally imperious voices. Mrs. St. Maugham (Constance Cummings) is a dowager queen...

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