In a seedy, decadent kind of Grand Hotel are gathered a number of has beens. These include a man and a young man, a young married man and his wife, a band leader and the pianist he's sleeping with (when her son isn't spying on them), a policeman and others. Then Anouilh turns magician and starts turning time inside out. Suddenly, the young married woman becomes a grandmother the devastating mistress of the prince with whom the young married man runs off turns out to be a stinking slattern with thirty two cats and the time warp takes place with the other characters too. Revelations abound as a result. A play of splendid style and devastating aesthetic truth.