Those who deplore the state of contemporary drama and long for the days of Elizabeth or the second Charles would do well to visit Brattle Hall tonight or tomorrow, where the Harvard Dramatic Club is putting on Lorca's "The Schomaker's Prodigious Wife."
Lorca's delightful story, beautifully told, of an old shoemaker and his young wife is enough of itself to make the production a success, but directors Ted Squier '43 and Robert Neiley '43 have built it into a triumph of the theatre. Superb acting on the part of Priscilla Freeman, in the title role, Robert Keahey '45, as her husband, and Emmanuel Weisgal '45, who achieves a perfect combination of pathos and naivete in the role of the young boy; a setting by Holarbird at his best; and strikingly colorful costumes by Edward Weren '42, all combine towards the total effect. One of the play's greatest virtues is the atmosphere that it creates. Deft little touches like is the atmosphere that it creates. Deft little touches like the author's prologue, brilliantly done by David Mayer '42, combine with acting, directing, and staging to produce an atmosphere and a play that is worthy of as much enthusiasm as that of Lorca's villagers, when they gather 'round to hear the scarlet-caped, feather-capped story-teller.
"The Man of Destiny," which completes H. D.'s bill for the evening, is decidedly one of Shaw's lesser efforts, and the Club has hardly improved on it. Acting, direction, and settings are adequate, but hardly more than that. The production would be satisfactory for any ordinary college dramatic group, but beside the Lorca it pales into insignificance.