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The Crimson Playgoer

Leslie Howard Leads Excellent Cast in "Scarlet Pimpernel" at University

By C. C. G.

In one grand triumph, George Weller, internationally known playwright has out-done all his previous efforts. His latest and greatest work, the climax of a happy life is now being performed at the Hasty Pudding. It is an adaptation of the "Electra" of Sophocles, renamed for brevity's sake "Fireman, Save My Child". From the opening curtain to the last bow of smiling actor grim tragedy stalks the scene, tears flow and countless lumps rise in an equally indefinite number of throats. This is all the more remarkable as the adaptation is in reality meant to be a comedy.

Whether or not Sophocles is responsible for the music is a moot point. Some say yes; some say no; others dismiss the matter with a few well chosen cuss-words. The jokes at all events are Mr.Weller's. They are of a post-Sophoclean vintage, and considerably above the average.

It probably is extremely uncharitable to make any remarks about the dancing in this production. But facts are facts, and we here go on record as saying that said dancing is if anything more flat-footed and uninteresting than that of past Pudding shows. H memory fails not, there was one good step; this was too bad, as consequences was to make the rest seem just so much more heavy. An individual tap dance by Pliny Jewell '30 was crowned with success, and made one wish for a few more like it.

F. A. Harding '30 at the piano and otherwise supplied numerous comic touches and deserves whatever laurels are awarded the leading spirit. No, wait a minute those laurels will have to be divided with Marshall Stearns '30 whose broad portrayal of the heroine's mother was an equally bright piece of work. W. W. Ryan '30 found that filling the shoes of the late lamented Messrs. Wilson and Melcher was no easy job. In the face of an insurmountable handicap he did a creditable bit.

But be all these things as they may entertainment quite up to the standard of past Pudding ventures is in the present offering. The jokes are above average, the music is easily normal, and if the dancing is thoroughly awkward, why just remember that you can't have everything.

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