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PAUE TWO

THE MICHIGAN DAILY

SUNDAY, MARCH 9 192t

SUNDAY, MARCH 9, 1924

THE MICHIGAN DAILY

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ROBERT
BARTRON
HENDERSON
The Happy Ending the.Stian vessel miraculously save
themselves and retun to earth. In
One of the peculiar and in a way print the conclusion may sound satis-
startling features of New York dra- fying, but on the stage such a usual
matic reviews is their almost abso- happy ending seems out of place after
lute uniformity of opinion. This the wierdy unnatural incidents pre-
similarity between brother critics is ceding it.
so markcd that only two conclusions The cast of this production has also
are possible: either that the fraternity been praised with every kind of com-
gathers nightly about a round table iment, yet with the exception of
like an editorial board and settles on Ueryl Mercer and Alfred Lunt the
a common idea, or that the entire actors never seemed to mount to such
crowd is bought up before-hand; both extraordinary heights. They were all
of which you will admit, are highly very good, you understand, but hardly
impossible. the geniuses one .was led to expect
On the other hand, the indisputable from their reviews. Margolo Gillmore
fact remains that nine times out of in particular-you have all heard oi
ten the dramatic editors of the New the. famous Margolo, for whom the
York dailies present reviews as alike greatest things have been predicted of
as peas in a peascod. I have yet to late-seemed quite ordinary. Peculi-
find, for example, a single critic who arly enough--and this will sound as
cared for anything in "The Miracle" I the sheerest nonsense-through the
beyond the first scene. In like man- entire performance I was conjuring
ner, all agreed that Winifred Lenihan up a dozen students on our own cam-
as Saint Joan in Shaw's play of that I pus who could play her par as well.
name grievously underplayed her part if not better.
and generally lost the splendid op- "hell-Bent For heaven is only an-
portunities offered her. By way of other example, in my very humble
contrast their enthusiasm for "Out- opinion of misplaced over-praise.
ward Bound" and "Hell-Bent Fr
'i'nere is no question that this melo-
Heaven" was quite limitless. With drama of the southern mountaineers,
harly a single exception they mutual- which rose from some special mati-
ly confirmed each other in the belief nees to a full-fledged success in a few
that both productions represented weeks, is very striking and, in its way,
nearly the pinacle of the season. And quite original-the idea of a praying
as a still further contract, their hypocrite who does the nost dastard-
critical wrath was set upon Piran-
dello's "The Living Mask" ("Henry ay things in the name of God is un-
de")os"the LivrgthatM'itas(eryquestionably novel. The production
Iv") on the charge that it was wordy also had the good fortune to find an
and generally pointless, actor as physically suited to the part
The really interesting part of the of religious vilian as Louis Woheim
story, however, is that as a rule the was for "Hank" in "The Hairy Ape."
audiences themselves consistently be- Nevertheless, one left the theater with
lied the judges' opinions. In the case a distinct feeling that there was some-
of "Outward Bound" we have an in- thing missing about therfome,
teresting but in no way an arresting, a sort of undefined emotional crudIty,
truly great drama, despite the fits of or possibly a lack of technical ability
rapture the critics are pouring on it. -the lack of well-grounded sophisti-
The most that can be said in its favor cation, I suppose, that blots so many
is that its theme is original, and until
the last few minutes its plot is skil- Acnta dama.
fully told. The scene of the play oc-
cars on a mysterious, pilotless boat "The Swan" illustrates this latter
which later turns out to be a modern point, main, by viedofthe fc
ship of death with its passengers un-'htito sadcddNwYr
sitingly tradell ing oth eirpasdgest-success. It has made its hit, of course,
wittingly travelling to their judgment. 1chiefly because it sponsors a wonder-
The greatest disappointment occurs in
the final act when the two lovers of ful cast including Basil Rathbone,
Hilda Spong, and Allison Skipworth,'
as well as the very popular and
F. L. Tilden.............Editor beautiful Eva Le Gallienne. Yet gen-
Donald E. L. Snyder......Books erally its audiences are thoroughly'
Maxwell Nowels ..---3. disappointed in the artistic ending j
Normand Lockwood......Music Molnar has given the play. A prin-
1 Robert Bartron Henderson... cess in brief is to marry a titled
...,,..Drama
Gordon Wier...........Art prince, but in the meantime an ordin-
Lisle Rose, Halsey Davidson, ary tutor has fallen quite madly in
Newell Bebout, Samuel Moore, love with her-and quite madly tells
Jr., Philip Wagner, Dorothy her so. Our American audiences'
Sanders, Evelyn Summerfield. steeped in the infallable tradition that
The Sunday Magazine solicits all "men are supposed to be created
manuscripts from all persons af- equal by God and the Declaration of
fiiated with the University. Man- Independence, naturally expect the
uscripts must be typewritten, princess to rush to her tutor's arms in
triple spaced and written on one the last act and vow eternally that she
Tide ondy M * * * would rather scrub floors any day
hedes Thn aMagin eclrn- than wear diamond tiarras. Molnar,
ion review service for "The Un- however fully realizing that tiarras
official Observer" department. * mean more in a princess's life than
any man living, makes her haughtily
decline- the teacher's offer and walk
stately into her proper position, as
ubis the policy of tison yn bo hermotiher-in-law only too wisely re-'
students and faculty meabers if, i i ,minds .her that "a swan should never
the judgment of the editor, these arti-
cles are of intrinsic * l andirater .waddle upon the ground lest it become
This does not mean. that manuscrpts .much too like its distant relation-a
solicited or voluntarily .of"red i4
necessarily in accord iit .eiriajgO.",.
opinion either in prncipleorforCg
ton (Cotinued on Page ight)

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The Observer does not like dairies texts the Observer has read too many
-that is, printed dairies, which hisl for pIasure, if not for learning. In
literary friends insist that he read. the second place, he cannot get away
Now without doubt there is great vir- rom 'the uncomfortable feeling thaty
tue in the keeping of a journal; the he's sticking his. nose into other;
practice enables one to examine his folks' business when he reads their
sayings and doings, so that there is journals. Now doubtless that isn't:

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surdity and so say and do otherwise.
Doubtless,. too, there is a merit in:
:printing daries, for without them
'many a Master of Arts in English.
would have to put some real -thought
as well as quotations into their the-;
sis. She might even have to use de-
cent grammar, which would be dread-
ful, and quite beyond the capacity
of the average M.A.
Yet in spite of these obvious things
in their favor, the Observer does not'
lIke dairies. In the first place, they
are so disconnected in structure as
to remind him of textbooks, and of

so, for most people who keep dairies
do so in the hope that they will be
printed and read, either before or after
their death. But the feling sticks,
just the same . .
>(Ail this explains why the Ob-
server got little pleasure out of THE
JOURNAL OF MARIE LENERU (Mac-
millan Company, $2.50), even though
he has a hearty admiration for Marie
Leneru herself. Without doubt this
woman wrote excllent drama; that
was' amply proved when she won the
Vie Heureuse prize. It is equally cer-
tain that from childhood she was an
exceptionally clear-headed person,

with an unusual capacity for sane in-I am enthusia
trospection. All these things make says Profes
her journal an important piece of
work-what it is -now the fashion toisthe(ab
call ta "noteworthy human document." Frank Ilarri
The Observer recognizes the note- versy becau
worthiness, and what is even more whither." I
important, the humanity, but just the though it ra
same he has the uncomfortable feel- controversy
ing of having pried into something diWtilg it.
le should have left alone. Marie1 opened by
Leneru is too human . dore Dreise
to have gon
several pla
William Lyon Phelps is as kind-
hearted in criticism as a critic can majority of
well be and still persuade people to t r remarks
read his criticisms. At the, same time is have no
he manages to inject into his writ- bsh by att
ings enough individuality, coupled solve, truly
- with that eternal boosting which ist .
the voice of America, to make the eing by writ:
total number of those readers quite might no
immense. Indeed, tshe Observer doubts merely to a
I if even Brander Mathews and. Henry y
Van Dyke can boast as many follow-_ The Obse
ers-and he hasn't the slightest doubt of criticism
that they write vastly worse criticisms. Sunday-go-te
In AS I LIKE IT (Scribner's, $2.00), club preside
Professor Phelps brings together a fessor Phel;
> batch-of the monthly pronouncements talk with tl
on books, plays, and things in gen- and those t
eral with which he graces each is- how or othe
sue of Scribner's Magazine. Accom-1praise that
panying them is a frank declaration generally le
,of the author's code and guide. "I benediction
tommyrot.
Professor Pr
wvise, as is
tions from
book jacket
months roll
soul and a
books are to
of libraries
et al, are fo
a doubt he
to god, tho
literature.
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