To the Editors of the Crimson:
In his review of The Harvard Dramatic Club's "Adam the Creator," your reviewer stated in the second paragraph ". . ., but (the audience) will know at least that the Harvard Dramatic Club has given them something new and vital instead of a warmed-over version of a corner store classic." He goes on to say that "More than shrewd choice has gone into the play, too. Within the harrowing confines of Sanders Theater the HDC has created an exceptionally professional production--satisfactory in acting, setting, staging, music. . . ."
Evidently your reviewer didn't bother to read his own review (or perhaps he suffered a recurrence of an old war injury) for exactly a month later in writing of the Radcliffe Idler's production of Fletcher's "Rule A Wife And Have A Wife" he says ". . . the audience . . . was consistently delighted by the general feeling that it was seeing an intelligent and tasteful effort by a well-directed college dramatic group--the first chance anyone has had in Cambridge this fall to indulge in such a feeling."
If by good taste, your reviewer means a good, low-down, crude 17th Century Farce whose equal can be found today in any still existent burlesque house, then I am in full agreement with him. For I am quite sure that last night's audience at Radcliffe laughed heartily at what must have seemed to them something quite close to the "Flugle Street" routines of their own experience. "And this does not mean that the Radcliffe performance should be condemned. Indeed, in many places it did certainly achieve, one way or another, the bawdy, rollicking good-humor which its author intended. That it did not fully realize its potentialitics is undoubtedly due to strict University censorship and the lack of experienced burlesque comedianship on the part of its actors. For "Rule A Wife And Have A Wife" is not great art--it is vulgar funny stuff which should be played (if it is not to be embarrassing) by those who instinctively understand it best--Mike Sachs, Bert Lahr, and Bobby Clark.
Now if the Crimson reviewer has a sweetie in the Radcliffe Idler, I think it would be much more satisfactory all around if he would play long-distance footsie with her somewhere other than in your columns. It would certainly make for less irresponsible play-reviewing, and a more productive and united theatrical community. Until then, in the face of this snide, double-barreled hypocrisy, The "embattled" Harvard Dramatic Club will go right on doing its best, all the while hoping some day in the not too distant future for a review of fair comparison. Craig Gilbert '47.