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Broadway Climbs A Hill
"Emperor William In Exile" was the ROBERT BARTRON introduced to this type of play at his
title George Jean Nathan gave to one local community theatre.
of his essays on Shakespeare. It was plethora of excellent dramas is their thaires of Nea York, not theN e And so it goes. The taste of the
a very clever title, a very clever essay, frankly surprising, tragic, and evenrt i o s o
Yorr ig raisdec rt'crs tn -,he It is nows proven Grct American llsh is improving.
one of the kind that makes the man schocking themes. Gorki's style, of of surtrng "Getting Atsiteh as we sate 50 admit it, it
worth living through, but unfortuna- couse, is well known, as are Tche Gerie' Carte" ofur genti r m t ing smuthie grassed thait Amieica is
tely it was all wrong, for Shakespeare kov's and Ibsen's. Buttt there is Shot liss'osi hr ithis ic , i te r guwieg artistic. n short, ic is e-
along with the rest of the great drama- lom Asch's "God of Vengance", a oheinterotisilrits, let i s say, "itin.g ret aiti at tcIn tiny', stiig-
tists who have been so wistfully re- filthy little piece about the squalor of 'eh Git"l nd itt ,1 eils Bit" ginig little theatre ihes started son-
posing on dusty shelves all these a brothel, which makes a great play' Perpatronize"amlft"The Bat"etg linglinl whoehthmted nt wil
years isi at last been given his right- neertheless. 'irand'ello's "Six Chtar the tit p s hat he has bst end indet d thriling to imiee.ti
fil place in the American theatre. atters In Sarci of An Author' deals
All of which means to say that somie- with the phantasies of a dramatist's
thing is happening on Broadway that imagination and incidentally of tlires'
is s surprising, s miraculous that iltegititate children. "Rain" shows a
even the wild, siid Gordon Craig is hell-fire missionary who is seduced by
11t to 'h ie. Il i place of "Nellie, the an outc'st deti-mondaine with the You Will En oy our Lunches
Sewing lachin' Girl Avery Hop- es'omary results; in short, it is v
wood. and "Six Cylinder Lsve", the "ThAis" rs's'amiped. Even Hamlet is
Tired Busine.ss Man now supports the made to be in love with his otier Pleasant Surroundings
Moeow Art Theatre to the extent of and obse ed wits a terrible psycho-
$40,000 a week, and Ibsen, Haspt- analytic co Excellent Fod
mann, Galsworthy, yes, snad even And do not torget that these plays
Shakespeare himself. which are selling ue th heatres out are
How does one explain the fact that far from conventionally mounted. Allr- '
after twenty or forty or sixty years sorts of senice experiments are being
of the raggedest kind of interpret- successfully tried. "Romeo and Ju-
tion, all of the greatest producers, liet" is played up and down and Tuttles Lunch Room
Arthur Hopkins, the Selwyns, andthrough a perosanent setting. PeerTL
David Belasco suddenly offer niagni-' Gynt wanders over cubistic fjords;
ficent productions of "Hamlet", "'o- ishile "Tie Tidings Brought To Mary" 338 Maynard Ft. South of Majestic
meo and Juliet", and "The Merchant is presented without a curtain or any
of Venice ' setting at all.
Moreover, this rennaisence of the1 Perhaps all this may seem either
theatre is by no means confined to amusing or tragic to you according
Shakespeare alone, for the other for- to your respective ages, but it is
eigners are having their chance as nterely because of my inadequate de-
well. The present rseason in 'New scription, for these experiments are
York has offered plays from Ibsen in truth both interesting and artistic.
to Sholom Asbh with Kapek Piran- Indeed, there has never been such a
dello, Galsworthy, Tolstoi, Gorki,{ theatrical season in America as the
Tchekov, and a score of others filling present one, and it surely cannot be
the space between, without reason.
The Americans, too, are well repre- Personally, I have a certain par-
seated, particularly by the youngsters titular theory, or explanation, if you
just growing out of their caps and chose, and it revolves around a cer-
gowns and rhetoric classes. Leon tain art theatre started ten years ago Little did Egypt's King dream of his being the in-
Cunningham, a Michigan student by in Chicago, another theatre in Detroit
the way, who has had his "Hospital- under the direction of Sam Hume,piration for styles in Women's dresa for 1923 when
ity" resented by the Equity Players, another in Harvard, and dozens and he turned his face to the wall and quietly passed
is among the chief of these. Owen dozens of other subsequently all over
Davis, making a last desperate at-' the country. Many of these projects from the scene o s earty triumpha.
tempt to blot out his past sins, comes failed, much to the delight of Mr.
forw'ard with "Icebound", an admir- Woods and the Shuberts and the rest But thirty centuries pass, and again the great mon-
able picture of Maine village life with of the real estate brokers who give Amb
Phyllis Povah, another Michigan stu- us what we want. archs mummy sees the lig A. tousdesigners,
dent, in the leading role. "Seventh But perhaps they have laughed too' anxious for something' new, sense the world interest
Heaven" by Austin Strong, Lewis soon, perhaps they have forgotten
Beach's "The Square Peg", "You and ,5that in the wake of every little tea- In
I" the Harvard prize play by Philip tre was left a certain unquenchable
Barry, "Rober Bloomer", and "The flame so that now there are two hun- Figures executed by Egyptian artists of the long
Adding Machine" should all be in- 'red of these local playhouses dotted
cluded in this list. And the greatest over the country, fostering and deve-' ago appear in the Silks and the Cottons of today.
of all is "Rain", the dramatization by loping the very first community taste. And thus, in this busy modern world do we occa-
John Colton and Clemance Randolph And does it not all seem to fit to-
of a story by Somerset Maugham- gether admirably? It is the transients sionally pay tribute to the art of the ancients.
Now the surprising fact in all this on Broadway that ill the sixty odd
And so, because the tomb of an Egyptian King
:iItItIIIllulitiilttIlttllult lIIB. changes of tempo or variations of was found a few months ago, the fashionable world
a' weight. The Saint-Sens Scherzo, op. d
M Ui I Cs A ND 7, of'ered a pleasing contast to thejs will wear fabrics- whose designs will recall the un-
= ~ ~ ~ ~ w'T~ y A T two preeding fugues, and brought an
.M U SICIA N S oT l!l t" "~"" nwn artists of that far of day.
,N4 U~) i~.d t"1 j7N en coe with little effort on the p.art e nw rit of thtfanffdy
NORMAND LOCKWOOD enthusiasts; a Gavotte and Musette by
S N A LO W Raff which, though of light and grace-; GOWNS featuring the latest Paris models, are
.1tluh1liiIltRIininltnnnugfit,,ltiltilrtful character, was in keeping with the here in a bewildering ariety of designs All the
The performance of Guy Maier and previous formal compositions because
Lee Pattison here recently, was in of its leaning toward the old style. 'new Silks are represented, as well as the staple
no minor degree remarkable. Jhe saint-Saens's Variations on a Beeth- favorites -and priced $19.75 to $89.50.
personalities of the two pianists are oven theme were perhaps the greatest
entirely different. Maier, a musician test. Tragedy was followed by come-
of decidedly foreign heredity, mani- dy, and vice versa. At one moment SUITS are returning to favor, and you will be
pulated his keyboard after the fashion the players would be called upon to charmed with the new styles in Box, Blouse, Sport
of the man who is controlled by his display the most difficult octaves and
emotions, while Pattison, a typical wrist-taxing passages, and again ar- and Tailored models. And then the new prices are
American artist., remained more re- peggios and scales were played with an inducement. $21.50 up for Spots. $4.J0 up
served and seemingly indulged only masterly perfection. The Rachman-
in delicate humour. These differ- inoff Barcarolle led the audience gra-'! for other models.
ences, however, hindered in no sense dually to the still more modern com-
the cooperation of the two which was position which was to follow-"Pup- WRAPS are attracting unusual attention and the
flawless and finished to the last de- azzetti", consisting of a Serenade,
tail. Berceuse, and Polka, by Aredo variety to choose from unusual. CAPES are very

The program was varied and well Casella. Such a work as this offers popular, $25 to $89.50. WRAPS are a feature
balanced. Harold Bauer's arrange- the smart Alecs of criticism a glorious$W A Se r
ment of the Bach Fantasia and Fugue opportunity for the expression of their' 'at $35 to $89.50 and SPORT COATS sell at
in A minor opened the first group of self-sufficiency. It would be well for ' $18.75 up
pieces. No time was necessary for the them to bear in mind the fact that the
players to collect themselves; their press and the publishers of Wagner's
success was immediate. Exquisite time, and even in the Mozart and
shading and unquestionably musical Beethoven periods, passed opinions
interpretation of the difficult work upon these composers' works which T he M ilS CO nl any
was at once evident. In both the Bach in actual manner of expression resem-
piece and the Cesar Franck Prelude, bled in a mo t extraordinary way the 118 MAIN ST.
Fugue and Variations that followed, off-hand statements made by certain
the pianists were entirely free from 'recent American periodicals. The fact' The Shop of Satisfaction
'agitation, yet could respond to the that on the first hearing of a piece of
minutest demands in the way of (Continued on Page Seven)

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