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THE MJCHICYAN DATLY

SATURDAY. JI

TIlE MICHIGAN DAILY 8ATUUDAY,.

{epertory

Season

To

Open

With

Soviet

Farce

Windt Directs
Group Of Eight
Summer Plays
ComCdies To Prevail With
Dramas And Musical
Also Included
VARIED theatre fare with emphasis
on comedy characterizes the list of
summer plays to be produced by the
Michigan Repertory Players under
the direction of Prof. Valentine B.
Windt, Director of Play Production.
The Pat- of, Flowers, the opening
bill, is by Valentine Katayev who is
perhaps the greatest living master of
farce. Like his Squaring the Circle
this latest play satirizes various as-
pects of life in the Soviet Union. This
time the system of marriage and di-
vorce and the tendency of the theor-
ists to live in the future rather than
in the present is his subject. He is so
good at using farce as a medium of
self-criticism that he is allowed to
say almost anything he wishes with-
out fear of censorship.
A George Kaufman comedy, First
Lady, this time in collaboration with
The Plays
PATH OF FLOWERS, by
Valentine Katayev
ETHAN FROME, from the Edith
Wharton novel.1
FIRST LADY, by George
Kaufman and Katharine Dayton
YELLOW JACKET, adapted by
Sidney Howard from Paul de
Kruif.'s "Microbe Hunters."
PRIDE AND PREJUDICE, from

Gilbert And Sullivan Comedy To Be Combined Offering

Second Musical
To Be Pinafore'
Gilbert and Sullivan's H.M.S. Pin-
afore which will play the next to
the last week of the Summer Session
will actually be the second musical
to be done during the summer by
the Michigan Repertory Players and
the School of Music. Smetana's The
Bartered Bride will be produced by
these same groups during Centennial
Week.
Previous musicals by the two groups
have been The Chocolate Soldier, Pi-
rates of Penzance, Ruddigore, Yeo-,
men of the Guard, Iolanthe, and
The Gondoliers. For Shakespeare's
Midsummer Night's Dream two sea-
sons ago, the University Symphony
Orchestra combined with Play Pro-
duction to give the play an elaborate
production.

'Yellow Jack'Is Scientific Epic
(By I'VLOOKS ATKINSON in. The science could be tranlated into the
New York Times) prosc of common speechi, and now
To put it simply, Sidney Howard Mr. Howard has tapght the theatre

has accomplished something of tre-
mendous importance to the stage. In
Yellow Jack, he has shown how one
of the heroic epics of research sci-
ence can be related with clarity, emo-
tion, and nobility in thetheatre. The
idea comes from the author of Mi-
crobe Hunters, Paul de Kruif, with
whom Mr. Howard has collaborated
in the play, and the story is of Wal-
ter Reed's epochal research into the
causes of yellow fever. As a rule,
those great chapters in scientificl
history are left imprisoned within the'
jargon of the profession, where only
men of science can appreciate them.
But two or three years ago, Mr. deI
Kruif proved that the heroism of

how to tell it. The telling is enor-
mously moving. No tale of war has
made the courage and the peril seem
more exalting. For Mr. Howard has
caught all the grandeur of human
character that went into the yellow-
fever experiment. This play en-
larges the scope of the modern
theatre.
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A scene from last summer's production of "Pirates of Penzance" which was the combined offering of the
Michigan Repertory Players, the School of Music, and the dance group of the Department of Physical
Education, August 11, 12, 13 and 14 the groups will combine to present "H.M.S. Pinafore," comic opera writ-
ten early in the career of the two matchless collaborators.
'Daughters Of Atreus' Revives Greek Spirit

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- - is exactly opposite to that of Mourn-
The Nation) ire Becomes Electra. O'Neill, if I
In Daughters of Atreus, Robert understood him a right, undertook
Turney, a young and hitherto un- the most drastic possible transmogri-
fication of the story because he want-
known writer, has achieved a near- ed to show, not that Greek culture
.niracle: without outwardly spectac- j was still alive, but that we ourselves
ular innovations he has retold the were capable of giving our own mean-
vhole familiar story from the sacri- ing to a series of events which, so far
fice of Iphegeneia to the murder of as the mere events themselves are
Klytaimnestra in some fashion which concerned, might take place in any
makes it seem both old as time and civilization. Mr. Turney, on the other
fresh as the moment in which it is hand, aims at something quite dif-
unrolled. ferent. He modernizes only to the,
The intention of Mr. Turney's play extent of shifting emphasis somewhatI

;o that more stress is laid upon mo-
Ive and also slightly more, perhaps,
on something which I believe is fully
implicit in some of the Greek ver-
sions--namely, the essential conflict
between dominant mores which en-
forced the duty of revenge and a
growing sense of the evil of a code
which did so. But he departs from
tradition no farther for the very rea-
son that 'his intention is the anti-
thesis of O'Neill's, that instead of
setting our culture against the cul-
ture of the Greeks, he assumes for
the latter a still living vitality.

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H.M.S. PINAFORE, by Gilbert
and Sullivan
DAUGHTERS OF ATREUS, by
Robert Turney.
Katharine Dayton, a newspaper wom-
an who looks at Washington with a
sense of humor. It is a comedy at-
tack on the foibles of hostesses and
politicians in the capital. While it
always keeps a spirit of good humor,
it manages at the same time to claw
sharply at celebreties who are only
thininly disguised.
In the dramatization of Miss Aus-
ten's Pride and Prejudice, Helen
Jerome has managed to keep not only
amazing amount of the action of
the novel, but its gentle irony, and
gay spirit-which after all is most
important. It is certainly unneces-
sary to comment on the comedy in
anything by Gilbert and Sullivan.j

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