Thieves' Carnival


Jean Anouilh trans Lucienne Hill

Published by Samuel French Inc

9 Male 5 Female

This most successful of Anouilh's works in the United States is an excellent lark loaded with humorous whims, romance and masquerades. The scene is a palatial home where two attractive young girls reside

The home is invaded by three affectionate thieves on the one hand and by a country bumpkin on the other. A lovely romance blooms instantly between one of the girls and the youngest thief

Being a very honest fellow, he cannot in conscience accept her love and instead turns with vengeance toward his job. But she is swifter in her wiles than he is in his

"Irrepressible humor, rueful wisdom.... Immensely entertaining" ~ Herald Tribune

"A witty masquerade.... Gay, ironic ... original, impertinent, and civilized" ~ N.Y. Times

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