Don Brodie

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Don Brodie - in dVIC THEATER. One of the chief purposes of...
in dVIC THEATER. One of the chief purposes of the Civic Theater, as we understand it, is to present distinctive plays which ordinarily ordinarily would not be given In the commercial theater. Such a play was presented last night at the Wise Center. Center. While not by any mean the greatest of John Galsworthy's dramas, "The Pigeon" la an absorbing and very human piece of stage literature, . The unobservant outsider cannot adequately appreciate t'he many obstacles obstacles which stand in the path of the director, particularly of a nonprofessional nonprofessional organization like the Civic Theater. But to one -familiar -familiar with the actual working conditions, the patient sympathy, the artistic zeal, the palntaklng application and unswerving idealism of Benjamin Kauser cannot be too much admired. Through his efforts the Cincinnati theater-going theater-going theater-going public this season has been able to enjoy unusual plays Interpreted Interpreted with sincere artistry and in keeping with the best traditions of the theater. All things considered, last night's performance was up to expectations. "The Pigeon" is an extremely difficult play for nonprofessional production, since it calls for the greatest of delicacy. delicacy. Yet with a few exceptions every role was delineated with such skill and sympathetic insight as to give the illusion of reality, which' la the end of art. Of outstanding merit was the work of Rudd Lowry in the part of Chris topher Wellwyn, the incorrigible phi lanthroplst whose benefactions form the basis of the story. This delightful character was Interpreted with emo tional depth and, whimsical humor. Mr. Lowry's performance was thoroughly thoroughly consistent all the way through, with not one false note. Next in importance was the work of Gertrude Dalton Thorpe as Mrs. Megan, whose erring ways cause Wellwyn so much distress. This role was played with charm and pathos. Commendable also was the work of William Handley, as the righteous Canon; Alfred Stopper, as the volatile philosopher, Ferrand; Robert Goff as the bibulous cabby, Tlmson, and Ann Grles as the sermonizing daughter, and Walter Maher, who made a favorable favorable impression as the hard-boiled hard-boiled hard-boiled Megan. The cast also Includes John Price, Edgar Gosney and Don Brodie. Others who did their share in making "The Pigeon" a success are Herbert Bernstein, assistant to Mr. Kauser; Max Stopper, who designed nd built the handsome fireplace which Is so conspicuous a part of the setting; Mary Atkins, understudy and

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  1. The Cincinnati Enquirer,
  2. 26 Apr 1928, Thu,
  3. Page 4

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