The Theater: New Plays in Manhattan, Nov. 25, 1957

Nude With Violin (by Noel Coward) is, more accurately, Noel with one string to his bow. The play concerns a just-dead and extremely famous painter who, it turns out, had never painted a single one of his pictures. As the painter's cheeky, in-on-the-swindle valet. Coward buzzes about while the dead man's family try to hush things up and cope with the actual painter—and potential blackmailer. Then it turns out that there was also a second painter. And, for that matter, a third—and a fourth. Though Coward has carefully varied the age, sex, color and nationality of the four daubers, their appearances...

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