The first public performance of the French plays, "Crispin Medecin," and "Un Jeune Homme Presse," was given in Bratt'e Hall last night. In spite of the fact that three changes in the castes of the plays were made necessary at short notice, the performance as a whole was very successful. In "Crispin Medecin" W. D. Haviland '01, played "Crispin" in place of P. B. Haviland '01. And in "Un Jeune Homme Presse" P. B. Haviland's part was taken by A. Champollion '02, while A. S. Dixey '02 played Colardeau in place of Champollion. W. D. Haviland deserves great credit for his performance of "Crispin," particularly in the corpse scene. His speech and action is at times too rapid, but he thoroughly understands the part. L.DeKoven '04 gives the most natural performance of any of the male characters in "Crispin." Of the female characters R. B. Bowler, Jr., '02 was the only one who attempted to modulate his voice to suit the character. Except for a few bad mannerisms, Champollion was very much at ease as "Pontbichet." Dixey's performance of "Colardeau" was excellent for its facial expression.
The remaining public performances of the plays will be given on Thursday and Friday nights at Union Hall, 48 Boylston street, Boston.