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THE MICHIGAN DAILY

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MICHIGAN DAILY
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Published every morning except Monday during the
University year and Summer Session by the Board in
Control of Student Publications.
u, ember of the Western Conference Editorial Associa-
tion and the ig Ten- News Service
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MANAGING EDITOR.F.... FRANK B. GILBETH
CITY EDITOR......................KARL SEIFFERT
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NIGHT EDITORS: Thomas Connellan, Norman F. Kraft,
John W. Pritchard, Joseph A. Renihan, C. Hart Schaaf,
Brackley Shaw, Glenn R. Winters.
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Holmes, Walter E. Morrison, Edwin W. Richardson,
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W. Stoddard White.
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Louise Crandall, Dorothy Dishman, Anne Duibar,
Jeanette Duff, Carol J. Hanan, Lois Jotter, Helen Levi-
son, Frances J. Manchester, Marie J. Murphy, Eleanor
Peterson, Margaret D. Phalan, Katherine Rucker, Harriet
$piess, Marjorie Western..
BUSINESS STAFF
Telephone 2-1214
BUSINESS MANAGER........BYRON C VEDDER
CREDIT -MANAGER..................HARRY BEGLE
-OMEN' BUSINESS MANAGLR.......DONNA BECKER
DEPARTMENT MANAGERS: Advertising, Grafton Sharp;
Advertising Contracts, Orvil Aronson; Advertising Serv-
Ice Noel Turner; Accounts, Bernard E. Schnacke; Cir-
*ctlation. Gilbert E Bursley; Publications, Robert E.
ASSICTANTS: Jack Bellamy, Gordon Boylan, Allen Cleve-
land, Charles Ebert, Jack Efroymson, Fred Hertrick,
Joseph Hume, Allen Knuusi, Russell Read, Fred Rogers,
s Lester Skinner Joseph Sudow Robert Ward
lizabeth Aigler, Jane Bassett, Beulah Chapman, Doris
fammy, Billy Griffiths, Virginia Hartz Catherine M-
3enry, Helen Olson. Helen Schmude, May Seefried,
Kathryn Stork.
SUNDAY, JAN. 29, 1933
Death Rattles Of A
Crnpus Dramatie Group
IMES IS DEAD.
IYJ.M The decline of this once most
4 portant of student dramatic organizations
began in 1930 when the Mimes theatre was turned
over to Play Production and the final blow at the
already moribund club was struck when the
Union' decided this year that it could not afford
to provide financial backing for another light
opera.
Mimes originally grew out of the Union opera
.organization in 1912. It was in 1907 that the first
opera under the title of "Michigenda," with Donal
Hamilton Haines and Roy Welch as its authors,
was produced at the Whitney theatre. This was
the first attempt on the part of the University
students to present a strictly student production
to a public audience and the reception of the play
was so enthusiastic that it was decided to make
the opera an annual affair. The song "When
Night Falls, Dear," came from Michigenda.
The opera was originally produced by the mem-
bers of the Union committees as a means of mak-
ing money for the Union, but toward the end it
began to outgrow this function.
The next year "Culture" was the opera, written
by the same two students who had lone "Mich-
igenda." The books of both these productions
used Ann Arbor as a background with'frequent
allusions to Ypsilanti and campus activities. The
following year "Konzaland" was given, the first
opera not to confine its scenery and action en-
tirely to Ann Arbor. The song hit from "Koan-
zaland" was "College Days."
Next came "The Crimson Chest" and "Awak-
ened Rameses." it was in the year of the latter
production that a group of the most prominent
students connnected with the play decided to
form a dramatic organization composed of the
students who were most influential in the pro-

duction, the leads, the business and publicity
managers and others, and Mimes was born.
The offering of the next year was "Contrarie
Mary" the first show to make a trip.'
The war-time opera of 1918, "Let's Go," was the1
o ly opera to have women in the cast. This idea
proved to be not successful, however, and the next
year the female parts were again taken by men. j
E. Mortimer Shuter, who directed all of the restt
of the operas took over the reins the next year
with "Come On Dad."
In 1922 the old Union dance hall was turnedI
over to Mimes and they converted it into what{
was then the best theatre in the country devoted
entirely to student dramatics. When they acquiredl
this laboratory, Mimes began to put on other
plays besides the opera and soon became the cam-
pus' leading dramatic organization.
"Cotton Stockings" the opera for 1923 was ther
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Union that the opera had lost its usefulness andj
consequently, it was discontinued.
In the hey-day of the opera, trips were made
that gave performances at the Auditorium in Chi-
cago, the Academy of Music in Philadelphia, and
the Metropolitan Opera House in New York.
The summer after it was decided to abandon
the show, the Mimes Theatre was bought by the
Regents and turned over to the Play Production
classes as a laboratory.
And Mimes began its downward slide.
The next year, 1930-1931, Mimes produced sev-
eral plays including "The Affairs of Anatol" and
put on what was generally conceded to be a feeble
attempt at an all-campus revue, "Aw Nuts," to
take the place of the opera on a smaller scale.
Then last year the production of Mimes was the
light opera "Robin Hood," put on by the Men's
and Women's glee clubs, the University Sym-
phony orchestra, students in the School of Music
and a few professionals. The only function of
Mimes in this show was in the administration and
painting of the scenery.
A week ago the finance committee of the
Board of Directors of the Union decided that it
could not risk the financial backing of the Union
for a light opera this year, although the commit-
tee said they hoped that they would again be able
to foster such a production.
This is the only project considered by Mimes
so far this year and the club has no plans for
plays next semester.
The present personnel of Mimes does not war-
rant the belief that this organization will take the
initiative in producing another light opera next
year. This year's president is a junior medical
student-a busy man. In fact so busy that he
could not find the time to come to three of the
luncheon meetings held to consider the presenta-
tion of an opera this year.
Another of the influential members is a fresh-
man medical student and a third is a member by
virtue of his interest and good work in handling
the publicity of "Robin Hood." The other mem-
bers for the most part are seniors who will not be
back next year and, as there is no function for
the club to perform for the remainder of the
year, there is small chance that any new blood
will be taken in.
With the end of this college year there will
be no Mimes members left in the University to
carry on the splendid tradition so that Mimes,
whether it likes it or not, is bound to pass out
of the picture,
Mimes is dead!

;. ten condemned. The Beethoven Sonata, Opus
i10, was unforgettable in its immeasurable love-
iness, its persistent questionings and its subtle
hadings. Perhaps it was not the titanic, insistent-
:y hammering Beethoven, but it was an immor-
;ally beauliful one. And as she passed from the
clear conception of Mozart, to the fluctuating
tides of Beethoven, and on to the beautifully com-
plex textures of Brahms, so she equally encom-
passed the romanticism of Chopin as a part of
Herself, objectifying them all in an expression
ghat, while it is socially sound, is also most sin-
cerely individual. It is the fundamental quality of
her art-emotional sincerity. Myra Hess is a great
and a vital personality, a self that must inevitably
have found expression, and; to the unmeasurable
gratitude of all listeners, has simply chosen music
from the possible mediums.
-Kathleen Murphy
Screen Reflections
Four stars means extraordinary; three stars very
good; two stars good; one star just another picture;
no stars keep away from it.
AT THE MAJESTIC
"ROCKABYE"
BENNETT FORMULA PICTURE;
BABY STILL IN HER ARMS
July Carroll ......... Constance Bennett
Jake Pell .................. Joel McCrea
Anthony de Sola .......... Paul Lukas
"Rockabye" involves Constance ($30,000-a-
Week) Bennett, Joel (Boyish) McCrea, and Paul
(Hungarian Wrestler) Lukas once more in a weak
triangle picture, with first nights, newspaper re-
porters, screaming headlines, adopted babies, di-
vorces and all the other accouterments which are
becoming more and more typical of Miss Ben-
nett's dramas.
This time the heroine is an actress of the legiti-
mate stage, besmirched as the film opens by her
relationship with a gangster on trial for misap-
propriation of funds. Te consequent headlines
in the New York press given an orphan's home
ground to take from her a baby girl she has
adopted.
Lukas is introduced as her manager, complete
as to thick accent and faultless bearing. McCrea
is a continental playwright whose "Rockabye"
Judy Carroll decides to use as her next starring
vehicle. Of course Jake falls in love with his beau-
tiful star and proposes marriage if and when he
unshackles himself from wife Enid. Here the sec-
ond baby comes in. This time it's Enid's. You are
then treated to the succession of love, doubt, the
scene with Enid's mother, and Miss Bennett's
decision to give it all up.
While all this transpired, yesterday's audience
chatted, joked, expressed its discontent, or merely
watched with well-grounded sardonic amusement.
The following startling incongruity was
noted in the Hearst newsreel.
1. Navy ships dropping practice bombs. War.
2, Paderewski on disarmament. Peace.
3. Japanese Emperor hails troops. War.
4. Pope Pius XI and Holy Year. Peace.
There's a real four-decker for public con-
sumption.
Two scenes stand out, one as a highlight, the
other as ridiculous. Well-done is the boudoir epi-
sode where Jake hops into Judy's bed while fully
dressed to give manager de Sola a triple-E scare.
Perhaps even more interesting are the scores of
balloons which Jake has brought in to bedeck her
bed, for, in her own words, she's "never had a
real balloon." Worst scene is Judy holding Jake's
head to her breast while she argues the sociolog-
ical aspects of their case pro and con.
The falsity of "Rockabye" is well mirrored by
the Hollywood-conceived reporters, who swarm to
the principals of the cast as bees to honey, argu-
ing, joshing, and cynically prodding the object of
their attentions. They wear breezy topcoats and
grey felt hats, and the super-cynic of them all
is there as usual.
Added attractions: Paramount pictorial with
(1) Ann Leaf at the organ and (2) Movie Editor's
Nightmare-latter is good; Herb Williams in "Out
of Tune"-mediocre; "Don't Play Bridge With
Your Wife"-fair; and Hearst Metrotoue News.
->. -G. M. W. Jr.

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MYRA HESS-IN RETROSPECT
At a time when the world trembles on the tilt
of a circle, in the false stillness of a hesitation
that precedes the beginning of the deciding move
upward or down, when only the thin veneer of
civilization hides the hysteria that surges irn
undercurrents beneath our restless lives, art, as
an activity of man, has taken on this same nerv-
ous tautness. Unwilling to look beneath, we have
concerned ourselves with the external surface, and
in fussing over technicalities, we have forgotten,
perhaps purposely, what should lie below it. We
measure our paintings in strength of line-our
music in the number of revolutions per second.
Our prose has taken on the characteristics of
poetry, and our poetry, with its "subconscious
meanings," is approaching the state of music-
while our music has become, at times, as con-
cretely representative as a picture. But, while one
medium has been borrowing the qualities of an-
other-while the fields of art have been ruthless-
ly scanned as those of physics or mathematics
for the new or the revolutionary-what of the
actuality of art, the "thing in itself," the concep-
tion behind it all? In our groping, worried self-
concern, in our futile attempts to stem the tide
of shifting days, controlled-emotion has almost
become an impossibility and the synthesis of form
and content into the essence of great art, that
inevitable, undammable expression which forces
its way out through the means of a physical
medium such as color or sound, implies an under-
standing and a perspective of life that is seldom
found in our modern schools of technique.
Man's impulse to create is as primary as the
cause that lies back of his existence. Art is as
broad as the earth and as infinite as the sky-
and we concern ourselves with the speed of Mil-
stein's spiccato! Great art is not the individual
product of one period - and a great artist is no
more of one individuality than of one age. If Myra
Hess had not been a musician she would have been
a magnificent actress or a fine poetess or a painter
-the fundamental impulse is there and it would
not have mattered in what way it found expres-
sion as long as it was expressed. If she is not the
greatest pianist in the world, she is unquestion-
ably one of the greatest people who ever played
the piano. Myra Hess is not a performer but a
musician-and more, not a musician but an artist,
an artist who creates, who expresses this im
pulse to self-objectification just as surely as ang
composer who ever wrote down notes on black
scored paper. In her perfect balance of emotion
and control she is characteristic, not of this age,
but of all ages and all times-as eternal and com-
prehensive as time itself.
The women Who have been great artists are so
few and so scattered that the genius of men far
outranks them. Outranks-but not outweighs, for
when a woman does break the ties and succeed
in casting off the shackles of convention she can
meet them on their own footing. If you choose to
compare her with Iturbi-Horowitz-that is ex-
cusable-but it would be an insult to say that
Myra Hess plays like a man. Miss Hess needs no
concessions on any ground.
Such a performance as she gave Friday night
cannot be criticized. No petty quibblings should
mar the broad significance of such playing. One

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