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Two Weeks of Campus Dramatics
Before Easter I had a friend from A REVIEW BY ROBERT BARTON snorted-or a satirist and a genius,
the north visiting me for several who although he plays in a quiet
weeks. Being from a lonely frozen to a Tarkingtmn comedy. Somehow interpretation can ho pardoned as Long minor key, nevertheless has a distinct
village at the end of nowhere it was tIhere has grown up on the campus as the production is consistent and his "Jack's House", "Lima Beans", and
deemed correct to initiate him into a feeling that anything Professor Hol- beautiful and consistently beautiful. k "Vote the New Moon'm nust always
the marvels of campus histrionic ge- lister does is unworthy of attention; Finally, there was this Kreymborg s o h N rivl;ond perhys
nius. And it so happeted that the e Chimes article referred to his work play, this "Vote the New Moon." My they are right; ut when his plays
were many, far too many, opportuni as "a futile bid for popularity"; all of friend from the north merely sat back are r h en c r s and
ties during the frenzied weeks before wihi atetyufi n vnadgse.AFec ntutra are presented in as congruous and
tie ilirug ls frncetistekstrierstcet iesani'ety unfair and evett andl gasped. A French intruti' at fume ti a oanner as given the other
midsenesters. First, there was the insulting, particularly it "Clarence" is my right swore that the man was it even he ould
Junior Girl's Play, then "Claretie" to be considered. Professor Hollis- either crazy or playing a practical venr by ues ta te aesom
the Ypeisni Players, 'Mr. Piit ter's productions are always sincere joke. A spinster in front of ume indig- nof the stoiC of true sense and satire,
Passes By", and finally Mr. Kreym- efforts, and the drama course which nantly remarked that there were ten ___t__rs enda_
burg's odd little skit called, 'Vote the he is insituting, a thing that should thousand students on the campus who John Galsworthy is to be the subject
New Moon." Of course, no sane per-, have been started years ago, is re- could have done better. PersonallyfOf a contlete ihi a raphy, to e pub-
son woult tave atemptet to, attend ceiving enthuiastie support. however, I am willing to say that the tished in England. 'hr. Harold A.
so many nrodictions, but, my friend In coisidering the Ypsiltanti Players play itself was a delightful bit of Macrot has receitly e te here Iron
heing tt atre-starved and I being wc had better forget my friend. I too satire and the production one of the England to gather the necessary a-
theatre-mad, we stuck together and him to their production at the Mises most original and daring I have ever forinatien about Galsworthy's Ameri-
livedthrough them all. Theatre, and of course he lie d theI seen in Ann Arbor. ess editions. The English relist
Naturally it goes without say ing performtaace very much, but I prefer But there is no middle ground. One and dramatist has now reecued the
that Cte poor fellow knew nothing of to consider their season as a sliole i:ust either consider Mr. Kreymborg stage of literary eminence 'hen early
the correct opinions about campus; instead. In the Players' five monthly a fool and a madman-"singing of copies of his books and his "fugitive"
dramatics. Now it so happened that productions, they have presented if- ducks and mud puddles!" the old maid writings have a considerable value.
he had seen the latest Union Opera, teen oete-act plays, five of which were
and when lie also saw the Junior given their first production on any
Girl's Play he at once remarked the stage, and eleven of which were by
latter's superiority. Of course, I had American authors; surely an admir-
my own prejudices about the two able record. It is unnecessary to speak
musical comedies. Obviously, it is of the unusually high tenor of the
hardly to be denied that "Jane Climbs acting, for with only a few exceptions
a Mountain" was the better. There not a single characterization could be
was a certain freshness, a wholesome called overdone, another remarkable Hadyou' ever realized
satire, a lack of the Broadway flavor feat for anateurs. However, the real-
that easily compensated for the ly individual achievement to me was that it's a good idea to
mechanical blunders. But therein lIes the setting. Here trasca twenty four
the danger: pardon me, but this busi- foot stage- with an eight by 'ten pro- ' Start a savings account
ness of pleasing the public . I, scenium mounting convincingly plays
too, can remember when the Union that called.for anything from the mid ' v h iI e i n s c h o o 1
Opera was as original and cleverIn die of the ocean to my lady's chamber
the days of "Fool's Paradise" and with such divergent scenes as Heaven
"Contrary Mary" and further back and a hillside, a but and an English-
still. But then came the greater pub- man's library in between.
lie, the road, the mob that could not The next campus production was
understand campus allusions, and thus Professor Nelson's "Mr. Pim Passes
. . . "In and Out." One must not be By", I omit the name of the author
pessimistic, but there lies the danger- advisedly, for, fortunately or unfor-
Soon the Junior Girl's Play. will also tunately according to your point of
start to please the road, soon the view, Mr. Nelson's productions are al- -
inexcusable mechanical faults will be ways decidedly his. If he has no
obviated, but always at the expense compunctions about cutting an
of the inate charm of the play itself; author's lines simply because they doA RAMIC
and because of this, perhaps the not, present a character as he desires, -S VINGSJtJ
Junior Girls have. presented their best one can reply that his versions are
musical comedy, always the kind that please the audi- Main at W ashington
And then came "Clarence" "Clar- ence, I recall that in "Pygmalion",
ence" was excellent. My friend from tht Conedy Club production last year,
the north waxed enthusiasti: "Char- it was decided that Professor Higgins
ence" was great! I must admit that was too cruel, so several of Shaw's
I myself was surprised, first at the stost telling speeches, the very essence
packed house, then at the quality of of the- play, it seemed to me, were
the production itself, and finally at the cmitted. But if tie public prefers
complete lack of press notices. This their Professor Higgins in a more
last made me quite excited, and sure- sentinental light, who has a right to
ly if there had not been important object?
work to do, I should have burst into Again, in this year's production
frenzied print about such silly snob- George Macden has several callous
bery' lines that made him appear quite de-
At any rate, "Clarence" was really spicable. George, however, was the
good. The settings were not so bad, hero of the play, and surely such a
the acting with two exceptions was condition would never do. Thus, Milne
very remarkable and compared fa-,v was improved upon . . . But the .
crably with the professional produc- Comedy Club serformance was really \Vttisi tIII
tico, and best of all, the tempo of the delightful, and showed the many
entire performance was set at anmost weeks of careful preparation. And
farcical speed, an asset so necessary Iafter all, that is what counts: any H
thi s bummer
Having had our opeing during vacation, we are extend-N q
ng an invitation to student. to come and inspect out' new home I
at 304 South Main, to wehich we have added a gift shop to 'TOU CAN make a pal of summertime if your feet are
S- uencased in a pair of well constructed, stylish shoes.
You can take our word for anything on the shoe

subject. The shoes that are being worn around this town give
eloquent testimony to this.
SCHLANDERER & SEYFRIED UThshethtscbig aontis iv


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