The Graduates' performance of the Hasty Pudding play, "Hi-Ka Ya," was given at the clubhouse last night. The music, which is exceptionally tuneful and well arranged, is the best feature of the play. The plot amounts to very little, but offers a few amusing situations and gives an excellent chance for scenery and costumes, which are remarkably good. The first act contains more music than either of the other two and in it the action is best sustained. Most of the fun comes in the second act, which also contains a good share of catchy tunes. The third act did not run off quite smootely, and lost somewhat by coming after the burlesque, which dragged a little.
"Were I the Thing," the burlesque on "If I Were King," introduced between the second and third acts, contains some good wit, but not enough to justify its length. H. L. Movius '02, J. A. Dix '02 and H. M. Gittings '02 showed ability as burlesquers.
In the play, H. L. Movius '02 as Ha-Ka-Ya, was very acceptable. The best voices are those of W. Wadsworth '02, who took three subordinate parts, and H. L. Riker '03, who played Paul Revere Hall. The latter also acted with considerable life and dash. J. A. Dix '02 as Obadiah Ham, the grind, acted his part with finish, and did some unusually good dancing. C. S. Sargent '02 as the bookmaker was very funny and A. Wall '02 as a "Deutscher Chaffeur," created some amusement. M. W. Ware '02 and S. Waller '03 also did good work.
Of the songs, the "Typical College Grind," sung by Dix in the second act was best received. "A Geologist," Ware's song in the first act also received much applause. The ability of the composer was best shown in the Opening Chorus, the Orangeman's Chorus, the March of the Nations and the Finale. A pleasing feature of the play is in the ballets, which might however, go off better. The New York and Eskimo ballets were the best.
The first public performance will be given at the club theatre this evening at 8 o'clock.