To the Editors of the CRIMSON:
Letters like this have been written to the CRIMSON on mornings after Harvard Dramatic Club openings for as long as I can remember. This is no exception. At Sanders Theatre Tuesday night Harvard Indifference was displayed in one of its most shameful forms, when "Adam the Creator" played to a half-empty house. It has always been incomprehensible to me why the student body so studiously ignores the unparalleled opportunities offered by the Dramatic Club in its production of plays, that by reasons of consideration other than their intrinsle worth, are barred from commercial presentation.
In addition to Ted Allegretti's professionally-sure and understanding treatment of the inordinately long and difficult role of Adam, there is, as in every play, a small part that didn't rate billing, and was, unfortunately, forgotten by the CRIMSON reviewer. When handled by an actor of intelligence and deep feeling, such roles provide some of the most exciting moments in the theatre. Such a role is Oddly-Come-Short and such as actor is John Lemmon.
"Adam the Creator" is a play that deals in rather obvious fashion with ideals and symbols. It becomes real drama only when it descends from lofty heights-when, for example, Oddly-Come-Short, the ordinary, bewildered, and tragic "little man" provides the only human warmth and generosity amid a host of idea people who never come to life.
The drama at Harvard has always struggled against great odds, dating from Professor Baker's famous conflict with President Lowell. The courageous work of the Harvard Dramatic Club and other groups cannot continue in the face of the careless indifference and cruel apathy of the student body. Give them a break. Mendy Weisgal '45