The graduates performance of "Prince Punjab" was given in the club house of the Pi Eta Society last night. The performance was more than usually smooth for a first night trial.
The musical selections by A. W. Denlson '03 are very spirited an catchy. The most humorous musical numbers are the songs sung by the Rajah's guard in the first act, and the "It's Plan as Plain Can Be," sung in the second act. A. S. Proudfoot '03 and R. C. Paige '03, both of whom sing excellent tenor solos, win the musical honors of the play.
T. A. Whidden is very effective as Punjab, and J. C. Miller, as Sthu Pid, the rival for the possession of the kingdom, imitates excellently the Chinese dialect, although he fails to speak loud enough at times. I. T. Cutter, as the Rajah of Mandalay, does what is perhaps the most laughable work in the performance. The best handling of a part, however, is that of R. Wellman '03, who impersonates John Class, the antiquarian. The part is the most difficult in the play and it is rendered with a cleverness which is enhanced by a distinct enunciation. If one especial fault is to be found with the other principals, it is an inattention to the matter of enunciation.
As a whole the book, by P. L. Coonley, is exceptionally good. The plot is well developed, and has many laughable situations. An aid in the development is the excellent stage setting. The unusually good work of the chorus, which has been in charge of N. H. White '95, contributes largely to the success of the play.
The dates of the public performances are as follows: Monday, April 20, in the Auditorium at Malden; Tuesday, April 21 (matinee), Hollis Street Theatre; Friday, April 24, Lowell; Tuesday and Wednesday, April 28 and 29, at the Club House in Cambridge.