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NIGHT EDrrOR: HARRY L. SONNEBORN
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The Theatre Column...
WPRITING A THEATRE REVIEW for a
student newspaper can be a difficult
sort of job, particularly when the theatre group
happens to also be composed of students. If the
play is frankly bad, the reviewer can't be honest
with his reader, or there are cries that he must
support other student enterprises and stop being
mean. If he gushes with praise, thoughtful
readers may see the play and lose all faith in the
objectivity of the newsaper.
First of all, what should a theatre review be?
A classic example of succinct brevity is Dorothy
Parker's oft-quoted seven-word summary of "The
House Beautiful," notorious flop. "The House
Beautiful," said Miss Parker, "is the play lousy."
That certainly was not complimentary to the
cast or the playwright, of course, and probably
didn't bring swarms of people to the box office
eager to see if the reviewer was right or not, like
some "panning" reviews can do. But at least it
expressed Miss Parker's candid opinion and re-
action to the play.
Since play reviews are traditionally signed by
the reviewer, it should be recognized that the re-
view does not have to be mere program notes and
publicity. It should be the individual reviewer's
distinct reaction, the play as he sees it, and that
fact should be made plain to the reader.
This problem of what a theatre review in a
school publication ,should or should not consist'
of is really a part of a larger problem, one that
encompasses the whole ideal of what is democra-
tic in an educational institution, or, for that mat-
ter, in this world.
If the average high school paper came out with
the story that the senior play was not going to
be as good this year as it was last year, what
would happen? In all probability retractions
would be published along with the customary
rave notices and the offending editors rebuked,
possibly removed. The idea would be that it is
the paper's duty to uphold and encourage all
school and civic activities to the point of un-
We don't mean, heaven forbid, that a reviewer
or reporter should go out of his way to knock a
student production or student effort of any
worthy kind. Such projects are limited in their
talent resources and this factor must be con-
sidered. But there is no reason, on the other
hand, why the reporter or reviewer need go out
of his way to boost beyond real value.
It should always be remembered that the
school newspaper must serve two distinct func-
tions that sometimes are at cross purposes. Be-
sides being a source of information and public-
ity, the school paper is also a training ground
for aspiring journalists, no matter how immature
or inadequate. And one of the most important
senses that should be encouraged in the young
writer is his sense of objectivity. He must be
trained to report the news as he sees it through
eyes unclouded by prejudice or thought of box
office receipts or school spirit. The latter will
flourish far more profitably in an institution
By DU BARRY CAMPAU
British as an umbrella is "Iolanthe," which
opened last night at the Lydia Mendelssohn
Theatre. This combination of whimsy, slap-
stick and satire, set to tinkling music, was skill-
fully staged, colorfully costumed and delight-
The jokes are all th more fun because of the
chummy feeling one has towards them and there
is a cosy sensation in the knowledge that we are
sharing the pleasure not only of the surround-
ing audience but also listening to the ghostly
laughter of several generations. One cannot but
wonder however what a Frenchman or a Rus-
sian would make of it all, lacking, as he well
might, a sense of the tradition which has en-
dowed all of Gilbert and Sullivan's operettas with
an aura of comfortable and comical sanctity.
Margaret Adams, in the title role, gave a
charming performance as the far-too-youthful-
appearing fairy mother of the strapping, half-
mortal Strephon. Her voice has an appealing, if
occasionally uneven quality, and it was used with
a truly emotional effect. Her grace is a joy to
see and in appearance, too, she is perfect for her
mother other-worldish part.
Phyllis, the flirtatious sweetheart of Strephon
and the ward of the Lord: Chancellor, was sung
by Rose Ingrham with professional finish and
ease. She has both a wide range and exquisite
tone and to her musical gifts is added an acting
ability to make the fickle but affectionate little
minx seem quite capable of breaking the heart
of every English peer.
No amount of feminine bedazzlement can take
away from the altogether stellar role of the Lord
Chancellor, however. In this part, which calls
for subtle comedy technic and appalling verbal
acrobatics, Truman Smith would have won over
the most conservative Savoyard. He seemed to
be enjoying himself quite as much as the audience
enjoyed watching him and appeared to be so
completely sold on the role it wouldn't have been
at all surprising to find him wandering about
the streets, hours later, happily tripping over
Robert Reeves made a handsome Strephon and
his voice was heard to particular advantage in
his duets with Miss Inghram. John Schwarz-
walder and Richard Whittington were fun as the
earls and James Cockrun scored a private little
triumph of his own as the sentry.
High points of the show: The entrance of the
peers in the first act; the scene between the Lord
Chancellor and the two earls, and the appearance
of Iolanthe before the Chancellor, both in the
One doesn't need to be a fanatic devotee of
Gilbert and Sullivan to enjoy this production
of the Repertory Theatre. Even a hard-bitten
student of foreign affairs, who cannot take fairies
in his stride would chuckle at hearing "When
Brittania Really Ruled the Waves" sung this
Guiding Youth Aright
Although much has been done by social agen-
cies to get at the rootsof crime by working with
young people, it is not necessary to look beyond
the recent execution, at the Massachusetts State
Prison, of two boys, one nineteen, the other
twenty, to realize that much remains to be ac-
In Cleveland, Ohio, the juvenile delinquency
rate has been cut 62 per cent through police de-
partment efforts to win the confidence of slum
area gang leaders. Leaders of juvenile gangs told
police that they needed swimming pools, baseball
diamonds, tennis courts, and gymnasiums; a
little spending money-and some adventure.
As a result, jobs were obtained for 200 boys
and a club was formed which secured additional
night-school and recreational facilities and en-
couraged saving habits. Boy Scout troops were
sponsored. Juvenile crime decreased and five
police stations in so-called delinquency areas
were closed and turned over to boys' organiza-
The challenge to society presented by the high,
juvenile delinquency rate can best be answered
by the furtherance of such efforts.
-Christian Science Monitor
where the reaction of the individual is respected
above the dogma of conformity.
And we need hardly mention that democracy
is founded upon freedom of thought and ex-
pression, a right that should be instilled in youth
before contradictory propaganda takes hold, as
it is trying to do through various subversive
groups. Sure, it's propaganda to teach them to
say what they think. It's also propaganda to
teach them to love liberty, to obey law, and to
be courteous to old ladies. Maybe it's a good
-Harry L. Sonneborn
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~Gown & Gown
By STAN M. SWINTON
The theatre-well, show business, then-has
attracted us since we were old enough to translate
a Variety headline. And one of our hobbies has
been to find which of the stage and screen greats
came~to Ann Arbor before their, names were by-
Some of the stories you've probably heard be-
fore: how Cary Grant played in vaudeville here
soon after he came to the United States. He had
an important part in the act too-for romantic
Cary played the rear end of a comedy horse,
legend relates. Then, if you want to go back into
The Daily files a few years, you'll see a tremen-
dous ad for a motion picture. Underneath it in
tiny type is:
The Three Rhythm Boys
Featuring Bing Crosby
And it was Walter Winchell, the ex-hoofer
who's now the country's best informed reporter,
who called Ann Arbor the hardest town in the
country for the vaudevillian to play.
* * *
If you've ever seen vaudeville here you know
what Winchell meant. The comedian usually
does all right the first show-but the second time
around he finds that the bald-headed row is
composed of collegians who've memorized the
gag lines and, in a friendly sort of way, say them
before h gets a chance to.
Dancers don't have a very good time of it,
either. One act, a few years ago, consisted
of what is vulgarly known as the "bumps."
And every time the girl started to do them
the audience, en masse, kept time for her
with "umph, umph, umph." She finally
The masters of ceremonies are the really popu-
lar ones, though. When they come out they are
greeted in traditional fashion.
"Roll 'em up," the audience shouts.
The bewildered actor soon finds he's supposed
to roll up his sleeves and willingly obliges so he
can get the act started.
"Roll 'em up," they continue to shout.
So he rolls up his pant-leg.
"Take it off," they shout.
Off comes the shirt. After that he usually
refuses to take anything more off no matter
how much the shouting, so the show gets started.
* * *
When looking through our Chicago Daily News
yesterday we noticed a North American News-
paper Alliance story out of Hollywood which con-
sisted of an interview with Claire Trevor, the
actress. She was telling of her theatrical career
"I think the town in which I had the most
fun of my life was Ann Arbor, Michigan,
where I once played stock."
Some afternoon walk down Main Street, past
the second-rate restaurant and cigar store dis-
trict and down to the corner where Ann St. inter-
sects. On your left will be a shabby theatre
with bedraggled signs announcing it has closed
for the summer.
That theatre is the place Claire Trevor and half
of the rest of America's top stage and screel
stars played at one time. For while the Whit-
ney today may be a third-rate grind house, it
once was a top legitimate show-house. The
Barrymores, Ed Wynn, Ziegfeld, Ruth Chatter-
ton and dozens of others brought their shows to
the Whitney. Annually the Michigan Union
opera in which burly football heroes played the
female parts was produced there. Stock com-
panies and touring shows brought out top
crowds. Today the theatrical center of town is,
of course, the Lydia Mendelssohn although there
are rumors around that the Butterfield Houses
may be presenting an occasional road-show nexf
year. But for us the Whitney is still a glamor-
ous place and when we go down there to see a
horse-opera we recall when we saw the first play
of our life there-"Outward Bound." And we
remember the stars who've crossed its boards.
Sure it's sentiment but that's our business.
To the Editor :
I like Ann Arbor and the University. After
working a number of years it is pleasant to return
to a campus where the liberal tradition prevails.
It is stimulating to associate with students and
faculty members who are optimistic but realistic
in believing that man can and is bettering his
lot. Campus Town is a young town, fired with
the zeal of the youthful, living to go forward.
I like the students. The healthy, friendly, -en-
ergetic, intelligent, fill the libraries and line the
benches. They are a hetrogenous lot; all ages,
all nationalities, all personalities, but they are
all young in spirit. They labor and sweat, catch
eight o'clocks, swim, play tennis, belittle profes-
sors and some times flunk, but they love it. Life
for them is sunrise and the black clouds do not
dim the glory.
I like the faculty. They are an energetic lot,
always bustling here and there, teaching, study-
ing, researching, writing. There is an undeniable
vein of honesty in their make up that commands
respect. There is a quality of objectivity, of
courtesy, of friendliness, of stimulation, about
them that endears them to the students.
Final Doctoral Examination of Mr.
Eugene B. Reid, will be held at 2:15
p.m. in 309 Chemistry Building to-
day. Mr. Reid's field of specialization1
is Chemistry. The title of his thesis
is "The Comparative Stabilities ofd
Professor J. O. Halford as chair-
man of the committee, will conduct
the examination. By direction of
the Executive Board, the chairman
has the privilege of inviting mem-
bers of the faculty and advanced doc-
toral candidates to attend the ex-
amination and to grant permission to
others who might wish to be present.
C. S. Yoakum.
Speech Students: A Symposium on
the field of dramatics will be held
today at 4 o'clock, Aug. 10, in
the Lydia Mendelssohn Theatre. All
undergraduate students contemplat-
ing advanced work in this field and
all graduate students who are empha-
sizing this field in their graduate
study should attend this conference.
Lecture, "Let Us Look a Little
Ahead" by His Excellency, the Am-
bassador of the Republic of China,
Dr. Hu Shih will be given at 4 p.m.
today in the Lecture Hall of the
Lecture, "Personality Traits of
High School Pupils" by T. Luther
Purdom, Director of the University
Bureau of Appointments and Occu-
pational Information, will be given
at 4:05 p.m. in the University High
School Auditorium, today.
The last Russian Tea at the Inter-
national Center will be held this
afternoon at 5 o'clock instead of
4:15 because of the lecture of the
Chinese Ambassador. All students
who speak Russian are cordially in-
vited to attend.
School of Music Concerts. During'
the remainder of the Summer Ses-
sion, concerts will be given under the
auspices of the School of Music as
follows. All concerts will begin on
time and the general public is invited
without admission charge, but is re-
spectfully requested to refrain from
bringing small children.
Thursday, Aug. 10, 4:15 o'clock,
School of Music Auditorium. Recital
of compositions by H.Grant Fletcher.
Thursday, Aug. 10, 8:15 o'clock,
School of Music Auditorium. Celia
Friday, Aug.-11, 8:15 o'clock, School
of Music Auditorium, Bertha Hol-
Monday, Aug. 14, 8:15 o'clock,
School of Music Auditorium, Ella
Mae Burton, pianist.
Tuesday, Aug. 15, 8:15 o'clock,
School of Music Auditorium, Ruth
Wednesday, Aug. 16, 8:15 o'clock,
Hill Auditorium, Fonda Hollinger, or-
Deutscher Verein: The final ban-
quiet will take place today, Aug.
10, at the Deutsches Haus, 1315
Hill Street at 6:30 p.m. Admission $1
to all non-members. There will be a
program of songs and other enter-
tainment. Open to all students of
German and any one interested. Make
reservations at the German Office,
204 University Hall, telephone Ext.
788. Otto G. Graf.
Concert will be given on the Charles
Baird Carillon at 7:30 p.m. this eve-
Final Doctoral Examination of Mr.
Donald Gordon Thomas will be held
at 2 p.m., Friday, Aug. 11, in 309
Chemistry Building. Mr. Thomas'
field of specialization is Chemistry.
The title of his thesis is "A Study of
Hydrox ynaph thyldip henylc arbinols."
Professor L. C. Anderson as chair-
man of the committee will conduct
the examination. By direction of the
Executive Board, the chairman has
the privilege of inviting members of
the faculty and advanced doctoral
candidates to attend the examination
and to grant permission to others
who might wish to be present.
C. S. Yoakum.
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Summer Hopwood Contest closes Fri-S
day, Aug. 11, at 4:30. Manuscripts
should be handed in at the Hopwood-
Room, 3227 Angell Hall. The Hop-
wood Room is open daily from 2 to
Chinese Students Attention: There
will be a banquet of the Chinese
Students' Club in honor of His Ex-
cellency, The Ambassador of the Re-
public of China to the United States
of America, Dr. Hu Shih at the Inter-
national Center, Friday evening, 6:30.
Those who have not been informed,
please call the International Center
4121-2131 for reservation before Fri-
Social Evenings. The social evenings
will continue throughout this week-
end at the Michigan Union. Satur-
day night, the regular dance, starting
at 9 p.m. will be a summer formal.
Admission is 35 cents a person.
"Psychology Master's Comprehen-
sive Examination" will be given Sat-
urday, Aug. 12, at 2 p.m. in Room
3126 Natural Science Building.
The last Rackham Record Concert
for the Summer Session will feature
the following program: Selections
from the opera, The Magic Flute,
Mozart; Le Beau Danube Ballet Syn-
thesis; Moto Perpetuo, Paganini.
Warner Bros.' Feud-torn, Action-rippe4lhrIIler
(Philadelphia Symphony); Through
the Looking Glass, Deems Taylor;
Symphonic Variations for Piano and
Orchestra, Franck (Gieseking); Bo-
lero, Ravel. The Rackham concerts
have gained steadily in popularity
during the summer and will be re-
sumed at the beginning of the winter
session. This week's concert will be
held at the usual time, Saturday at
3 p.m., in the Men's Lounge.
Rexaissance Dinner: The Gradu-
ate Conference on Renaissance Stu-
dies will close on Monday, Aug. 14,
with a dinner at the Michigan
League at 6:30 p.m., followed by an
evening of Renaissance music in the
Rackham Building. Reservations for
the dinner must be made at the Eng/
lish Office, Angell Hall, by 10 a.m.,
Saturday, Aug. 12.
Ann Arbor Friends (Quakers), De-
troit and Ann Arbor Friends will hold
a picnic next Sunday. We will meet
in the Michigan League lobby at 3:30
to leave for' the picnic grounds. Sup-
per will be 25 cents, and reservations
may be made by calling Sheldon
Hart at 6943 after 7 p.m., by Friday
night. Please indicate whether you
will need transportation or can pro-
vide it. All interested are invited.
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