Tells of two inspired French comedians, both popular favorites. A beautiful woman, in love with both of them, agrees to build them their ideal theatre. Then the rivalry begins: for she agrees to marry the "better actor." In tour-de-force roles which truly give actors a chance to show their talents, each goes to extravagant extremes to prove his mettle. The second act brings the deeply human awareness that genius cannot be handed over, gift-wrapped, to another generation. It is a fierce indictment against retirement, and offers a challenge to continue living in the living theatre.
A comedy, a suspense tale, a love story, and a unique theatrical experience. "It fires and remains in the imagination. The play is a fine one, with great human validity. Its thought content is stimulating. Beautifully written." —Cleveland Plain Dealer. "A singing kind of theatre in which playwrights Jerome Lawrence and Robert E. Lee affirm that the theatre they sing about is ever-living, ever-lasting and ever-renewable." —Philadelphia Inquirer and Variety. "A most dazzling play. There is magic, there is fantasy, there is high aspiration, and there is a superb exploitation of the theatrical instrument." —Catholic News.