Drama Patrons Deluge HDC With Indignation and Praise
The Harvard Dramatic Club will stick to an unexpurgated production of "Amphitryon 38" despite increased disapproval which grew from the announcement of the Club's stand last week.
An HDC spokesman said yesterday that they will not listen to recent protestations any more than they listened to the criticism of "a prominent Boston socialite," who last week refused to buy tickets for herself and two daughters unless "certain objectionable lines were cut."
"We shall not bow to the whims of Boston censorship," the Club decided. Quoting a review in the New York World Telegram, the Club announced, "A aphitryon is only 'politely ribald.' "
Other communications to the HDC rapped the six-angled advertising.
A member of the faculty asked, "Why must you always emphasize the obvious angle? Don't you know the Harvard student is more interested in the aesthetic values?"
An HDC alumnus said, "Must you fellows persist in publicizing cheesecake? Next spring I expect you to dramatize the Kinsey report."
From Eliot House, however, there came a pat on the back for the adamant reaction to the "Boston socialite." "Good for you, boys," said an undergraduate. "The old girl underestimates her darling daughters. The poor girls probably have to smoke their cigarettes in a locked bathroom. I've been out with the type."
The Dramatic Club commented that a person like this differs from the "critics who can't distinguish wit and sophistication from vulgarity."