"Bright, dazzling... a play that is just what any theatrical repertory doctor would order," writes Clive Barnes in his perceptive Times review of the New York premiere, continuing, "Mr. Durrenmatt is offering his own personal and amusing variations on the theme of Strindberg's great play The Dance of Death. An officer and a gentleman are driven to the verge of madness by an actress of no talent! Strindberg saw it as a tragedy. Durrenmatt sees it as a comedy. One int. set.