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October 21, 1923 - Image 16

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The Michigan Daily, 1923-10-21

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Plays and the Stage
Senteuse Impoged by Judge -Kir jy
Benedict in Taos County New Mexico, S X SEX!I The actress who first hits upon the Hollister's -announcement that he will
M mind is, peculiarly twisted idea may not be an artist, but she will present that greatest of all American
around two ideas, Frank Wedekind ,make her fortune off of it, neverth- dramas, "Beyond the Horizon", point
"Jose Mari Martin, stand up. Jose and Jae Cowl, or Jane Coal as Pro- less. to a most encouraging progress.
Maria Martin you have been indicted, fessor- CaspbeHl cafls her. Frank On the other hand, I doubt if any
tried and convictedby a jury of your Wedekindwrote a book of lays bor- C'URTAIN RAiSER . amount of perfect acting could bring
deriug on erotica and Jane. Cowl has A c plife or significance to "Sweet and
countrymena of the crime of murder, created as divine a stage portrait as it s nd Twenty." In my private opinion, this
and the court. is now about to pass has ever. been my pleasure to see-or the time to attend the Comedy Club is the play Floyd Dell forgot to throw
upon you the dread sentence of the anyone eleas sothe critics assure plays last Wednesday evening, I con-in the waste-basket.
law. As a usual thing, Jose Maria s inus them. The program included Eugene
Martin, it is a.painful. thing far the(dedofe andbonins foudTrge- ONeil's negro and negroid. tragedy, "The traveller, who in a hot sum-
judge of the court of Justice to pros dies of Sex" and contains four drs- "The Dreamy Kid", and Floyd Dell'smer's day should alight from his
nounce upon a human being the sent- maSa "Spring's Awakening"; Earth- "Sweet and Twenty." Providing the sorse to kill frogs because their
gSpirit" ,Pandora's Box-oh dear, oh actors were able to conquer the dia- croaking offended him, was a notori-
horrible about it, and the mind of the dear!. wat isn't in that boxy-and let, the O'Neil play without question ous fool; but a wise man if he madp
cortb usally rets fhmnd the "Damnation." I would hardly dare must have been higly successful. All the best of his way, and let 'em croak
court usually revolts from the par- tell you their respective theses-I still glon till the burst "
formance of such duty. Happily, how- have some desire to remain ip thisgreatcmpelling dramas likeioe o T BC
ever, your case is relieved of all such University of the Fighting Michigan--
unpleasant features, and the court but I can rather tactfully sketch the pecially when they have O'Neils ele-
takes positive delight in sentencing theme of the first, the most innocent ment of sure-fire melodrama-cannot "Strength is not energy. Some au-
you to death. of them. all. help but be stirring, thors have more muscle than talent."
"You are a young man, Jose Maria "Spring's Awakening" is the story I am often inclined to believe that (Joseph Joubert)
Martin, apparently of good physical of adolescent love in some thirty-two this is one of the major faults of local
constitution and robust health. Or- scenes and after about sixteen Mel- dramatics: this persistent fear of any- "The mind has need of the fantas-
dinarily you might have looked. for- chior Gabor (eighteen) and Wendla thing tragic or meaty. Fortunately, I tic in which it can move and stretch
ward to many years of life, and tae Bergman (fourteen and a half) meet however, this, attitude is gradually itself. It is pleased then not to much
court has nodoubt you have, d a have in a hayloft o In addition there hanging. It beganwth. the.Mimes by the objects it encounters as by the
expected 'to die at a green old age; are many minor characters woven >rIdae,% nof "Th e Cloister" and Re- space," (JOseph Jfuhert)
but you are about to be cut off in con- about their personalities: an artist's ease", The Dreamy Kid is another
sequence of our own act. Jose Maria model, a dozen professors, some par- step in the -right direction, and the The book reviews in the last-week's
Martin, It is now the springtime. In ents, a lazy student who shoots his omedy Club performance of Yeats Sunday Magazine were written by
a little while the grass will be spring- brains out, and after a while, a. baby. rAt the Hawk's Well" and Professor Carroll Lane Fenton,
ing up green in these beautiful val Of course, "Spring's Awakening" Is
"eyst and on these broad mesas and very modern and very dtailed-any-
mountainsides, flowers will be bloom- one over twenty-five would call it
lug; birds will be singing their sweet lewd and vulgar-but after all- its
carols, and nature will be putting on story is -no ,orse than thse.-nsinuat-
her emost gorgeous and most attract- - edy is no or ohanthsons"no
lye robes, and life will be pleasant, and newspaper over which' TH E ASE E
of~~~~~~~~~~ tifoyoJsMaiMatnpitrHEY AL SS-0 _E J( V E
and men will want to stay. But none the infants. of, America along with
of this for you, Jose Maria Marto. their fond mammas go quite crazy.
The flowers will not bloom for you, And it is surely not as bad as the
Jose Maria Martin. The birds will stories one can smell along Michigan
not carol for you, Jose Maria-Martin. Avenue orStAntoine in that cityours befoe daybreak menare sour
For, you the rope. When these things dreams and opportunities-DE-troit.ing the country for your milk supply that
come to gladden the senses of nsenAsn rStA iseithtct inthcotyfryurmlsplyha
you will be occupying as b As -for Jane.Cowl in."Romeo and Ju-yp
yosilb cuyn pace about le"ajcie emiaeutIe you may have fresh pure mlk for your
siet adjectives seem inadequate. Her
-six by two beneath the sd, and' theperformance was never that of a breakfast.
g-reen grass and these beautiful flow- pressa-agented star bolstered up by
era will be growing above,
head.w byour lowly trite critics, but always the work o Others are at our plant getting ready to
an. artist-there is nothing more to-u i i- a t e
"The sentence of the court is that say. Her portrayal. made one think of pasleurize it as quicky as it comes in
you be taken from this place to the the beauty of a setting for the play by j from the country.
county jail; that you be there kept Gordon. Craig: The stage is hung
safely atid securely confined in ,the with soft yellow curtains flooded with Another group are getting their delivery
custody of the sheriff, until the day soft yellow lights. The only other
appointed for your execution. Be color is the green of the courtezans' cars in readiness to rush the milk with all
very careful, Mr. Sheriff, that he have gowns as they wait for the ball to be- possible speed to your door.
no -opportunity to escape, and that gin. At the back is a glistening white
you have him at the appointed place bench covered with white satin on A little later on another roupoen the
at the appointed time. That you be which the lovers presently find them-A a n grp p
so kept, Jose Maria Martin, until-Mr. selves seated . . office and begin their daily task of keeping
Clerk, on what day of the month does The supporting company obviously your account in order, and attending to
Friday about two weeks from this . . supported her: they were excel-t a h
time come? (March 22, your honor.) lent actors acting excellently, but the"details of the once.
Very well, until Friday, the 22 of nevertheless always acting. Miss
March, when you will be taken by the Cowl, on the other hand, thoroughly From the manager down, every member
sheriff from your place of confine- lived her role. Her simplicity, and of this organization is imbued with the
nent to some safe and convenient spot her impulsiveness, and her hands, and
within the county-and that you. there her hands! I have never seen Duse, idea of giving you service, the best that is
be hanged by the neck until you are but Jane Cowl's wrists have the same obtainable.
dead and-the courtsewas about to supple expressiveness that one always
add, Jose Maria Martin, 'may God have imagines in those of the Italian trage- And theyhave succeeded in no small
mercy on your sol' but the court will dienne'sA they
not assume the responsibility of ask- There is one point, however;-and measure. Through the cooperation of one
ing an all wise Providence to do that this is where "Spring's Awakening" and all of our organization we have built
which a jury of your peers refused to comes in-Jane Cowl's Juliet, despitee that is, we believe, unequalled.
do. The Lord couldn't have mercy all opinions to the contrary, was ne- a service s
on your soul. However, if you affect er a truly young girl, the adolescent,
any religious organization, it might even silly, fourteen year old child
be well enough for you to send for that no actress as yet seems to have
your priest or your minister and get .comprehended. She was instead beau-
from him-well-such consolation as tifully mature with the throaty, con-
you can get, but the court advises you tralto . voice of a glorious tragedian. Ask about the many
to place no reliance on anything of1 But Iwonder if some young ladydi
that kind.. Mr. Sheriff remove the someday will not appreciate the al- dary suppes distrib-
prisoner." ternative interpretation. I wonder if ufed by this orgniza-
-Winena Hibbard 1someone sometime will not make a ti
"Spring's Awakening" of."Romeo and -
"The majority of people are only Juliet," In .other words, I. wonder
piecemeal. and fragmentary examples when someone isgoing to read Freud
of.men; only when all these creatures --or whoever one does read to get this
are jumbled together does one whole modern sex complex.
man arise. Whole ages and whole It is not an impossible suggestion;
peoples, in this sense, have a frag- the similarity between the two tra- a
mentary character about them; it gedies is very obvious: children just "h o n e
may perhaps be part of the economy beginning to have "impulses", o-'
of human development that man durate parents, gruesome sub-plots,
should develop himself piecemeal, But and myriad scenes. In fact it was the 4

for this reason, one should not for- 'stressing of this very idea that was
get that the only important consid- probably the real basis for John Bar-
eration is the rise of the synthetic rymore's success in "Hamlet." In his
man;) that inferior men, and by far production, Ophelia, instead of being ANN ARBOR DAIRY COMPANY
the great majority of people, are but an innocent child, sang naughty little
rehearsals and exercises out of which ditties in her madness, while the
here and there a whole man may rise; Queen fell desperately in love with
a man who is a human mile-stone, and 'her son . . . And surely you can CORNER 4th and CATHERINE
who indicates how far mankind has see like possibilities in "Romeo and
advanced up to a certain point." , Juliet."
(Nietzsche, Will to Power, Vol. 2) It is coming. In this silly modern
- ,age of "freedam" it is bonnd to come.

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