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The Crimson Playgoer

"The Lid's Off" Provides Catchy Music Capable, Talented Cast and an Entertaining Plot


Catchy, rhythmic music, a trained and finished chorus, tap dancing, juggling, acrobatics, and a fast-moving, hilarious plot are all mixed in proper amounts, and the result, on exhibition at the Hasty Pudding Club House last night, is one of the best Pudding shows in many years.

Concerned with the doings of a fairly typical Long Island house party, "The Lid's Off" marches along smoothly from the opening to closing chorus. Gasper G. Bacon, Jr. '37, cast in the role of Mrs. Hoopercliffe, ably brings to life a scatter-brained flighty matron, who manages in her own inimitable style the various baby benefits which run all through the play.

Love Interest

Marshal Field, Jr. '38, as Mrs. Hoopercliffe's daughter and David A. Barber '37 as the clean young man, supply the love interest. Assembled at the party is a somewhat representative assembly consisting of one foreign fortune hunter, a 'modern" poetess, a torch singer, and a disguised maid.

Probably the most finished dancing number is the Apache dance done in convincing manner by Benjamin Welles, II '38 and Camman Newberry '37. John C. Develin '38 virtually steals the show, juggling with enough skills to make W. C. Fields look carefully to his laurels. He tops this off with an expert tap dancing act.

Disengaged Costumes

The chorus boys and girls deserve a special word. Closing Act I, probably the most acrobatic dance ever seen this side of the Mississippi River is called for in the script. Although everyone feared the worst, only one chorine's costume became disengaged.

Bacon's own number, "Zulu Lulu," which he sings at the beginning of the second act, proved to be a genuine hit and should meet with considerable success when the show goes on tour.

William M. Hunt '36, who rendered Dudgeon, the butler and the radio announcer, showed that his Dunster-Funster experience has stood him in good stead.


Arnett McKennan '37, Francis A. Goodhue '37, Henry Lyman '37, David A. Barber '37, and Lawrence A. Davis '38 complete the list of leading stars, and their performances pleased the sympathetic audience.

Tomorrow night is the last performance in the club house. Then, after two nights at the Copley Theatre, the show starts South on tour.

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