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Ann Arbor Theater
Needs Attendance Most.

I HAS been said about the "deplorable
e" of the theater in Ann Arbor, but not
has been said about the unwarranted
cooperation on the part of Ann Arbor
es who'refuse to take advantage of what
does exist here.
igh many improvements could be forth-
in selection and production of plays in
a, even greater improvement is called
e low attendance that greets whatever
;he local theaters are able to offer.
ur productions, the speech department
nmer has played to shockingly scant
s. The Ann Arbor Little Theater group
d much worse, although perhaps more
gly so. And yet the people complain.
.e lack of theater in Ann,Arbor.
COMPLAINTS generally come from
ns 'who refuse to attend the speech de-
t plays Lwhich have been of a gen-
gh caliber this summer. Those who yell
est are those who assume that the only
ater is professional contemporary thea-
are the people who make Drama Sea-"
social event of the spring-a sell-out.
y are the ones who travel to Detroit
han spend an evening during the year
miration, on the other hand, goes out
students, citizens and faculty membersY

whom we see at every production in the Men-
delssohn Theatre. In fact, we've often over-
,heard them recalling out loud the full houses
at the speech department plays of summers
many years ago.

MR DULLES is. in London, it
appears, to find a respectable
common position on which the
West can stand after the confer-
ence adjourns and while the West
Germans hold their elections.
There are at this point no signs
that we are any nearer to an
agreement with the Russians.
There is indeed much evidence
that while the London talks have
been going on, the positions taken
publicly by both sides have become
harder and less negotiable.cm
Both sides seem to regard the
existing military and diplomatic
stalemate as more acceptable and
as less dangerous than a substan-
tial negotiation.
One question which we are
bound to ask ourselves is why we
are disappointed. Did we ever have
any right to hope that whathas
a I w a y s failed before - namely,'
world disarmament by interna-
tional agreement - had s o m e
chance of succeeding now?
Men of experience, all the old
hands in diplomacy, have known
as a matter of course that na-
tions engaged in a cold war will
not disarm themselves. Why then,
could so many of them have taken
seriously what has. been going on
in the London talks?
Some, no doubt, have taken it
seriously because they have been
determined that if or when the
disarmament talks fail, the blame
would not fall on them.




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-IV Y' THOSE people-who claim to appre-
clate good theater-fail to appreciate the
speech ,department's efforts is beyond under-
Already this summer, the University group
has presented plays representing four different
centuries and countries. The authenticity with
which the productions were done has been so
real as to be beyond reproach.
Most of the four were very well done-and
the criticisms of the others have been rather
minor. Yet the audiences have remained sparse
and often unreceptive, while the general lament
for better theater has continued.
What the public here fails to realize is that
lack of attendance caused the Dramatic Arts,
Center to fold this year-leaving a very definite
gap in the city's theater -and that the same
thing threatens other theater, too.
Next week the speech department, with the
School of Music, concludes its summer playbill
'with Smetana's opera, "The Bartered Bride."
It might be well for at least one of the summer
productions to close with encouraging attend-



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EeTe Man

SIDENT Dwight D. Eisenhower Wednes-
y held his usual press conference. It was
table conference. In addition to opening
uncements and the usual question and an-
session,.newsmen came away with a new
)e of Eisenhower, a glimpse of Ike, the,
've often thought of what Ike thinks about
out of the realm of international and
aal policy-making. We've wondered how
hinks, what he thinks, how strong-willed'
end how rich he is. 'Now .we've got an-
, some of them not too complete, but,
theless, answers.
ing time out from matters of economic,
ry or political concern, the President
d to advise newsmen that it is easier to
moking than one thinks. In not the best
sh, Ike said "If a person turns their
to something else and quits pitying th'em-
about it," the desired accomplishment
often be achieved. Under no pressures,
aid he once had a difficult time ^utting '
his cigarette totals, so he found it easi-
stop than "to be more moderate about
er learning this, the uninitiated would
ide that the ,president of the United
is a strong-willed man who makes up
Lind to do things and then goes out and
said he would like to quit smoking, so
di. He said he would like to watch the
ington Senators play baseball, so he did.
id he would like to see a school aid bill.
I at this session of Congress. He didn't..
CONFEI4ENCE also revealed that Ike
esn't care much for money. The Detroit
Press is currently featuring a six-part
on Ike's financial status, claiming the
ent's private assets are worth more than
lion. At the conference, Ike said'when he
ook office, he put ev'erything he owned,
a little cash, into an irrevocable trust.
he is president, he said, "I do not even
what I own." He also denied having pri-
ssets the total worth of which is More
a million dollars.
, in this corner the situation looks rath-
fusing: A reputable newspaper wouldn't
a six-part series on the president's finan-

cial status if it weren't sure of its facts. And
we really can't understand Ike's statements.
We're always conscious of our financial con-
dition,. and if we had assets near the million
dollar plateau we'd know about them too.
Seems as though Ike (unless he's holding back)
is not the well-informed man he is supposed to
be. Brings back thoughts of John Foster Dulles
and the 'brink of war'.
EKE ALSO said at the press conference that
he thinks the best way for a president to
work with Congress is "in a quiet, conversa-
tional way by the ,telephone and informal
meetings." -
So; at last we have a glimpse of Ike, the
man-the Ike who will not raise his voice to
Congress but asks for Congressional opinions
via 'phone, the Ike who is strong-willed as re-
gards his everyday habits but lacks will-power
and leadership in government, the Ike who
doesn't know his own financial condition.
And, one begins to think, "Say, if this guy
can't keep his own matters straight, is he fit
to run the government?"
General MacArthur
Fading Too Soon?
1VENOTE that the other day General Mac-
Arthur spoke of ". .. erosion of incentives
and integrity (which) can in time change the'
basic character of this nation." He was aim-
ing his remarks at the tax slice of our incomes.
We regard the general as one of the vener-
able survivors of the recent era when the task
was the thing;' when a few dedicated men
shared the faculty of foreseeing problems and
dealing with them erectly and with discrimina-
The tax bite results of course from a shoot-
ing-'war sized budget. And we can't help draw-
ing the comparison that in this age of medi-
ocrity, we let a problem engulf us, vote a few
billions in its general direction, and then have
the President explain it on television.
We regret that the old soldier is in his fading

BUT THERE has been another
and a more interesting reason. It
derives from the fact that modern
armaments have reached a size
and a destructiveness w h i c h
makes them intolerable and in-
The race of armaments is so
swift that weapons are obsolescent
about as soon as they come into
mass production.
The result, on the one hand, is
that no one really knows what is
a safe limit on the expenditures
for armaments, and the military
budget is really a kind of blind
wager with the ,national security.
On the other hand, in the mili-
tary estaablishment there is no
s t a b 1 e strategical doctrine by
which the services are bound to
act together.
Because m o d e r n armaments
have become diffwrent in kind
from any that existed before the
second World War, it has not been
foolish to think that an agree-
ment on armaments fnight be
There is no doubt that both in
Moscow and in Washington there
are men in high places who feel,
as does President Eisenhower, that
modern war can no longer be a
rational and effective instrument
of any political policy.
What we are seeing, however, is'
that there is a great difference
between .a tacit understanding,
such as has existed since the sum-
mit meeting at Geneva, and an
open,, formal agreement in cold
IT Is possible to have a tacit
understanding that nuclear war
is intolerable. But when we reach
beyond that for a treaty to spell
this out, every separate interest
concerned with every unsettled
issue rises up to block it.
As these issues cannot within
the foreseeable future be settled,
as so many of these interests in-'
volved are irreconcilable, the real
choice is this: shall we keep. the
tacit understanding but without
a treaty,-or shall we risk a break-
down of the tacit understanding
in the vain attempt to translate
it into a treaty?
Indeed, it may be well that the
President, who is the author of
the tacit understanding, may find
it necessary to save it from being
torn to pieces during the pulling
and hauling about a treaty.
The declaration of Berlin, which
was published on Monday, i part
of this pulling and hauling. For
all practical purposes, it is a com-
mitment on our part not to try to
negotiate a significant treaty on
For this declaration gives Dr.
Adenauer the power of veto until
the Soviet Union agrees to Ger-
man reunification on terms which
amount to unconditional surren-
der. At present, to put it mildly,
the unconditional surrender of
the Soviet Union is not in sight.
* * *
THIS declaration will no doubt
be useful to Dr. Adenauer in his
'election campaign.
But it amounts to an extra-
ordinary concession for a great
power to make, to give to another
nation such a privilege and such
a preference in dominating the
conduct of its own foreign policy.
Let us hope we do not learn to
regret it.
1957 New York Herald Tribune

"MAN AFRAID," the movie at'
the Campus, is an interesting
suspense film, but not an entirely
quccessf6l one.
Smacking of the stylistic devices
usually associated with Alfred;
Hitchcock, this film is, like most'
imitations, much less powerful
than any number of .its predeces-
The plot is briefly this: A young
and popular minister inadvertently
kills ab urglar who had entered.
his, house. TIe. burglar's father, .
intent on revenge for the life of
his hoodlum son, decides to kill
the eight-year-old . child of the
Being careful not to leave any
.evidence, he makes several at-
tempts on the life of the child.
Thus the minister, consequently
unable to convince the police of
the danger to his boy, is forced to
face a week or two of haunting
George Nader does a good job as
the clear-eyed minister, David
Collins. He is convincing, if not
overwhelming, in the lead role.
The supporting members of the

cast do their jobs unobtrusively
and well; no one person is partic-
ularly outstanding or remarkable.
* * *
SEVERAL things prevent "Man
Afraid" from being a really good
movie. The story is essentially a
good one, but the profession of the
hero leads to a slight bit of senti-
mentalism which, while it causes
some tensions, eliminates others.
An intangible taint of the soap
opera hangs about the film.
The way the story is handled
weakens rather than strengthens.
it. The Hollywood techniques for
building terror are just a little
too obvious to be persuasive.
The camera stays an instant too
long on a man't outstretched hand,
for instance, and the audience
prepares itself for the shock in-
stead of remaining quiet to be
taken by surprise. The music, at
times, is nearly offensive.
Each situation seems to have
been set up in accordance with
some prescribed plan of melo-
dramatic necessity. The minister's
wife is temporarily blinded by the
original burglar, and the action-
as seen through her eyes--makes

Man Afraid' Just Frightening

the audience increasingly uncom-
The boy, Michael, gets into posi-
tions that are just a bit too vul-
nerable. A less frequent use of
coincidence might have been bene-
ficial to the overall effectiveness
of the story.
* * *
"MAN AFRAID" does, however,
deal with some rather complex
problems. Just how detached is a
minister from ordinary society?
When he kills a man in self-de-
'fense shall he be exonerated or
blamed? The movie doesn't answer
these questions, but it succeeds,
at least, in clearly recognizing,
their existence.
The title of Reverend Collins'
lesson to his Bible class in the
picture is "Can Fear Destroy the
Body?" and this, apparently, is
the essential problem of the film.
The conflict between religious
faith and physical fear heightens.
what may be called the literary
or philosophic intensity of the
story, but with one or two notable
exceptions, it has little influence
on the action.
--Jean Willoughby '

the Eisenhower admi
tion was the letter of Bud
rector Percival Brun age
ministration bureau chie
manding that they cut ar
billion dollars below the cut
by Congress.
Th i s infuriated Congr
who had accepted Eisen]
plea that defense and fore:
must not be cut. ,The br
letter thus caused both D
and Republi ans to vote I
cuts which Ike said he didn'
but which his budget direc
Naturally, Brundage was
out for leaking.
Brundage, in turn, wrote
fidential letter which sn'
posed to be published. H
this column can reveal 'w:
Brundage wrote to his sul
ates scolding them for leaki
letter and telling them it r
happen again,
Believe it or not, he also
that in' the future, letters
kind would be changed In 4
so that each letter to each
would be worded 'slightly
ently. In this way, he sai
future leak could be traced
Brundage's subordinates t
led. They figured this was lii
ing a burglar in advance wh
burglar alarm was located.
All they have to ido in the
is change a few words in a
dential letter the next tim
leak it to the press.
* * *
THE Billboard Bill to ke
sightly signboards off the
federal highways will beg
burned in the Senate Publicl
Committee - if certain se
can get away with it.
When Sen. Albert Gore o:
nessee, a supporter of the
berger Billboard Bill, ake
man Dennis Chavez of Nw1I
to report the bill to the ful
mittee, Chavez stalled.
"Now, boys," drawled the
sized senator from New Mex
think the thing to do Is t
hearings during the Cqng
recess in about four or five
cities around the country," i
sentiment on this matter It
be a nice trip for you, too."
"Mr. chairman,4' bristled
,"we've held thorough and e
tive hearings on this bill-th
thorough hearings on any m
before our subcommittee.
person on either side of the
has had a full chance to be
The hearings went on foi
weeks. They drew people fr
over the country. I don't Int
hold another day of hearir
this bill. The time has co
bring it before the Senate f
* * *
SEN'ATOR Neuberger, tli
year-old Oregon Democrat
author of the bill, reminded
vez that the rights-of-way f
new highways already 'are
surveyed in many states. "1
we pass anti-signboard1gfsh
at once ," he warned, it '
too late because the signs,
erected and 'grandfathei' 3
/will be claimed by the big 1
advertising companies."
Sens. Francis Case of Sout
kota and Norris Cotton 01
Hampshire, b bo t h RepubJ
backed up Gore and Neuber
They demanded action, b'
fluential Bob Kerr of Okla:
ranking Democratic member.
with Chavez's desire to stall
The meeting ended with. I
tion, though Chavez promi
call another session befdr
Senate adjourns. This will
'ably be too late.
If Congtess goes home thi
without having done anythi
control billboards, you will b
ing ugly signs instead of hi:
and rivers during the next
century of driving over the
roads whichwill cost the taxp

thirty-three billion dollars.
(Copyright 1957 by Bell. Syndicat
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ponsibility. Notices should be
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Daily due at 2:00 p.m. Fri
"Successful Administration of
in the Public Schools," by Richar
'Yonters, New York, 3:00 p.m.,
Aug. 5, in Aud. A, Angell Hall.T
the final lecture in the series of
mer lectures and demonstrations
spied by the Department of Muuic
cation in the School of Music. O
the' publc.

Shakespeare: Festival of Success


Open Skies' Plan

N ONEprofessing the least.
amount of interest in Shakes-
pearean drama can readily afford
to miss this summer's productions
at Stratford, Ontario. Directed by
Tyrone Guthrie and Michael
Langham, the plays, beautifully
produced, are a remarkably effec-
tive antidote for spirits deadened
by the "sometimes doubtful quality
of Ann Arbor area theater.
Only a five-hour journey from
here, Startford has grown within
the last few years from a sleepy
agricultural community to per-
haps the richest Ehakespearean
center this side of the Atlantic.
As the town ha, grown in size,
the quality of the plays has in-
creased accordingly. It seems ex-
cessive to claim that "Hamlet"
and "Twelfth Night" are the best
productions to date, but they fully
reserve any superlatives available.
1'= " *
Hamlet is, more vigorous and viru-
lent than might ordinarily be
expected. His interpretation is
straightforward and refreshing. It
lacks the Oedipal nuances that
seem to have pervaded the part
since the Olivier movie, and the
loss is more fortunate than other-
Plummer exhibits a tremendous
evocative power, and-especially
in the soliloquies and the player's
scene-seem to draw the audience
after Win in empathy back and
forth across the stage.
The play is treated organically,
with the tension growing as Ham-
let throws off one mental. barrier
after another; and becomes in-
creasingly set in his intentions.
Laertes (John Horton), on the
toher hand, as the prince's foil,
plays the fool throughout with
great effect. The contrasts be-
tween the two men are intention-
ally evident and do much to play
ip the nature and difficulty of
14prnlpt's conflict.

once ethereal and imaginative,
and William Hutt, as Polonius, her
father, is stuffy and humorous.
The techinacl details of produc-
tion add -immeasurably to the final
effect of the play. The theater is a
new one, built to replace -the tent
of former years, and its acoustics
and lighting arrangements area
apparefitly excellent.
A pit in the center of the open
stage is used for the grave in the
fifth act, but other than that,
small pieces of mobile scenery,'
carried in by sumptuously cos-
tumed pages, provide the proper
atmosphere for each scene. The
color and richness of the'costumes
are almost indescribable.
* * *
..IF THE impact of "Harmlet" is
primarily tragic, then the impact
of "Twelfth Night" might be ap-
propriately termed joyful. This,
the most musical of the comedies,
is full of gay and mournful melo-
dies And inter-related themes.
Love and madness vie with each
other for emphasis, and in this
production, the fragility' of the one,
is balanced and magnified by the
power of the other.
Since much of the wit of Eliza-
bethan language is lost on the ears
of twentieth century audiences,
the numor in a Shakespearean -
comedy is often dependent upon
the combination of words and
A gentle sort of slapstick, care-
fully timed, keeps the Stratford
audiences'literally rolling in their

seats. The straight comedy of the
low plot, in fact, occasionally al-
most overwhelms the more deli-
cate humor of ,the Orsino-Olivia
Christopher Plummer, as Ague-
cheek, and Campbell, as Sir Toby
Belch are pathetically hilarious.
Plummer seems "to have the rare:
gift of perfect timing in 'both
comedy and tragedy.
He dances, gangles and falls
about the stage like an uncoordi-
nated windmill, in sharp contrast
to his melancholy of the after-
noon. Campbell roars and shakes
with apoplectic bravado.
* * 4. '
THE LOVE theme comes to life,,
of course, in the person of Viola.
Played by Siobhan McKenna, an
Irish actress, the girl is bright-
eyed, lovely, and honest. Miss Mc-
Kenna is so effect'vely' energetic
that one feels her devotion to Oar-j
sino, a weak character at best, is
vastly misplaced.
Bruno Gerussi, on the other
hand, personifies madness as Fes-
te. the musician and clown. Into
his portrayal of the persecution of
Malvolio, the pompous Puritan,.he
injects a note of almost incongru-
ous terror.
The final happy equation of illu-
sion and reality and the joyful
restoration of the balance between
insanity and love takes; place in
the fifth act. Fitly enough, the
lights go off while the cast, in
harmony, is singing.
-Jean Willoughby

Associated Press News Analyst
:E BROADENED American suggestion for
n "open skies" and military inspection
ement is calculated to scare the pants off
ia, with her antiforeign phobia.
s enough to frighten Westerners, too, ex-
for the fact that informed observers will
you 99 to 1 that nothing will come of it.
it it looks as though Dulles might win
particular phase of the propaganda war.
Editorial Staff
T HILLYER........................Sports Editor
C GNAM.............................Night Editor
Business Stafff
STEPHEN TOPOL, Business Manager

Russia has been fooling around 'for years
with all sorts of disarmament suggestions with-
out once getting into the area .of possible ac-
She has tried hard to convince noncommitted
peoples that she is the one who really tries for
There was a time when these efforts had
their effect-on large sections of public opinion
in Britain and France, when they were pros-
trate after World War II and psychologically
incapable of considering the prospects of an-
other war, especially an satomic one.
The West recognized that Russia had the
initiative in this field, and long sought to wrest
it from her.
But in the earlier days of Allied rearmament
the West had insufficient strength to take
any risks with Russian military power.
Now, the Allies, not without some continued
trembling on th epart of Britain, France and
Germany, feel themselves strong enough to
take some risk in order to set a backfire.


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