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Frances Starr-an'd 'Basjl 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 Frances Starr in "The
Of all the .queer theatrical dishes to
set before an Ameri(.atudienqe,.this:
play of Henri Bernstein's.;isoneof
the very queerest. Its cenlrarfigure
is Gabrielle Jannelot, a woman vrtio'
seems to be atf that is good and un
selfish and lovable. ' She lias'ben;
happily married for twelve. yearsiJher
husband adores her. She -has" a.
friend, HenrietteDurand,, to whom J
,aae seems -to beaevotioa itself.
But, all this is only a mask. The
real GabrieHe 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
bjtween'her husband and his sister.
She .has. been responsible for two
tragedies5 in the life of Henriette, be
cauSe:.she could not bear to see any
man make Henriette happy.
' The. climax of her devilment is
reacned'Svhen, after Henriette has
finally made a happy marriage, .Ga
.brielle contrives to, bring under one
:.otr,at-herrauni'S'Summer homet the