Frances Starr and . Basil Gill in "The-Secret."
New York, Jan. 10. David Belasco
certainly has the courage of his con
victions, and a little bit more, when
he offers Prances Starr in "The
Of all .the queer theatrical dishes to
set before an American audience, this
play of Henri Bernstein's is one of
the very queerest, its central figure
is Gabrielle Jannelot, a woman who
seems to be all that is good and un
Belfish and lovable. She has been
happily married for twelve years; her
husband adores her. She has a
friend, Henriette Durand, to whom
she seems to be devotion itself. .
But all this is only a mask. The
real Gabrielle is a monster, a fiend.
She -is-obsessed by a strange mania.
She cannot bear to see anyone whom
she loves happy, unless she is the
author of that happiness. She has
secretly stirred up a bitter quarrel
between her husband and his sister.
She has-been responsible for two
tragedies in the life of Henriette, be
cause she could not bear to see any
man make Henriette happx.
The climax of her devilment is
reached when, after Henriette has
finally made a happy marriage, Ga
brielle contrives to bring under one
rbof,-at her aunt's summer home, ths
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