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PAGE TWO

THE MICHIGAN DAILY

SUNDAY, JANUARY- 6; 1924

4 BRTBRON
H-WNDERSON.
APOLOGIA. and is doubled up with age
College dramatics, above all else, even as the thorn trees are
should stand for experimentation-a among the.rocks where he is climb-
feature too often over-looked. It can, ing"-
in all fairness I believe, be laid to the falls asleep at the crucial moment,
credit of Comedy Club that during while. the Young Man, Cuchulain, son
the last few years it has -maintained of Sualtam-
such a policy fairly consistently in its "with gold on head and feet
monthly programs. Two years ago it and glittering in his coats
presented Bernard Shaw's "Arms and , who isof those crazy for the shed-
the Man," last year Edna St. Vincent ding of men's blood,
Millay's "Two Slatterns and a-King" and for the love of v'omen"-
and Strindberg's "The Stranger" (a is distracted by the purely physical
prohibited play six years ago), and beauty of The Hawk, and the Old
this season, Eugene ONeil's "The Man wakes to .find that the rocks arc
Dreamy Kid," as well as Franz Mol- wet and that the water has once
nar's "The Key" and William Butler again "plashed and gone." In a fit
Yeats' "At the Hawk's Well," which of anger and disgust he begs the
are to be performed this Thursday Young Msan to return to his land and
evening in Sarah Caswell Angell Hall. be content but-
Neither of the plays on the present "to sit by an old hearth
program have been produced before and on naught to set heart
in America, a circumstance which in but children and dogs on the floor."
itself jeopardizes the attempt at the Of course, the youth relieving the in-
outset, and makes the undertaking evitable tragedy of the younger gen-
both challenging and ambitious and eration, will hear nothing of it, and
terrifying. as the curtain falls it is plain he, too,
"The Key" is difficult only in that is doomed to the misery and bitter
it requires subtle, distinctive acting. disappointment of the senile old ni-
It tells a slight, sophisticated story Obiously it is easy to look upon
of'Vienese morality in the chatty ob-' such a philosophy as ridiculous and
tuse manner that has made its author improbable if approached in an un-
famous the world over. Two-women, responsive mood. On the other hand,
in short, fall to words over their hus- the play contains infinite possibilities
bands and their polite indiscretions, for abstract beauty if presented be-
their honor and their duplicity. "You fore a considerate and sympathetic
know, my dear," one of them says as audience. As Sheldon Cheney has put
the curtain falls, "nothing matters it, "'At the Hawk's Well' is a new
save what is seen by your friends. . dramatic form that takes cognizance
of the psychology of the subconscious
"At the Hawk's Well" is far more and offers the same compelling qual-
complicated, and, frankly, without a ity for the imagination that sound
careful explanation seems quite mean- realism has for the judgment."
ingless. Like a symphony its weird Of course, it is equally easy to pic-
imagery requires constant repetition ture the almost impossible task con-
for complete appreciation. It is an fronting the director. Here is a play
Irish dance drama patterned after the that requires not only skillful acting
technique of the Japanese No play, but specialized dancing as well, and
and to further complicate the inter- necessitates above all else a precise
national relations, utilizes a form of fusion of music, rhythm, and the
the Greek chorus and music composed spoken word. It would almost seem
by the ultra-modern Frenchman, Ed- that failure of a single factor would
mond Dulac. mean the failure of the whole, yet
The story, briefly, deals with man's against this, there is the happy pros-
eternal desire for immortality as sym- pect of significant success. "At the
bolized by the waters of a hidden Hawk's Well," you can see, is an ad-
spring that is gone before it scarce venture.
has flown. The Old Man of the play-
"who has been watching by this well A LETTER FROM ROME.
these fifty years, For the six or seven people about
the town who are technically inter-
ested in marionettes I am taking the
F. L. Tilden.............Editor unlicensed liberty of publishing por-
Donald E. L. Snyder......lBooks tions of a very interesting letter re-
Normand Lockwood......Music cently received from Mrs. Grenell,
Robert Bartron Henderson... who is spending the year in Italy.
Gorrama Ater a very feminine description
GodnWier.............Art ofatiĀ§ hpwidw h as
Lisle Rose, Halsey Davidson, ut certai ho winltow she syos,
Newell Bebout, Samuel Moore, "Yesterday we alt we.t te see
Jr., Maxwell Nowles, Philip Wag- 'Eva' at the Teatro Piccoli via SS.
ner, Dorothy Sanders. Apostoi. As a trau line took us
The Sunday Magazine solicits right there, we decided to go that
manuscripts from all persons af- way. We missed the first, the sec-
filiated with the University. Man- end was terribly slow in coming,
uscripts must be typewritten, but we had started early and the
triple spaced and written on one tickets were already in our pock-
side only. tcktswee leay n urpak
The Sunday Magazine aknOwlets. Soon, however, it began to
edges The American Secular Un- rain-to pour-and as there was re-
ion review service for "The Un- pairing to be done on the track,

official Observer" department. * out we all had to tumble. Imagine
us: hurrying along near the v-alls
where it was dry, following our
leader. The streets were so narrow
and the buildings so high that the
It is the policy of this magazine to
publish articles of opinion by both dry place was fairly wide, but the
stheentsandoaofty ;eiorsi, in,,' mud in the road was slippery and
cles are of intrinsic value and interest. often deep so that we were sadly
This does not mean that manusncrpts
solicited or voluntarily offered are dirty when we finally got to the
necessarilY in accord with editorial little theatre.
opinion either in principle or form.
It d d not seem 'little' to me-for .

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it had the usual high ceiling of-Ital-
ian buildings-and seats for about
350. The auditorium gradually
filled up-for we were early after;
all-the show late. Half the audi-
ence was adult,. the people all ap-
pearing to be of the better. class,
many English, men and women as
well as children. The audience soon

became impatient and there was a
great pounding and stamping and
some hissing.
"There was an orchestra, which
we could hear tuning up, well con-
cealed from sight. The stage was
large for the theatre, and the cur-
tain a conical one-representing a
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