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Salient. An Organ of Student Opinion at Victoria College, Wellington, N.Z. Vol. 2, No. 14. July 12, 1939

French Club Frivolities

French Club Frivolities

Students' evening was held at the French Club on Thursday, 29th June. The programme commenced with a creditable performance by first-year students of a bright little play. "La partie de Bridge." by Tristan Bernard. The players: Misses Stone and O'Connor and K. Hollyman, R. Collins, F. Evison, K. Matthews and A. Miles, P. J. Magill then played "Staccato etude" (Rubenstein) and after vociferous applause again delighted with "Papillon" (Oleson).

When a man abandons his wife for the roulette wheel and schemes to sell her jewellery to finance his system, he is assured of a frigid reception. It was not otherwise in Max Maurey's play "Monsieur Lambert," produced by Dr. Keys. Inveigled to a lunatic asylum under the control of Dr. Garin (J. F. Parker) by a fake prince (E. D. Grinstead) and his female accomplice (Betty Frazer). M. Lambert (Dr. Keys) is manhandled by an attendant (T. Sweeney) and gibbered at by a probationary lunatic (S. Whitlock) while the "sharpers" decamp with the swag. Mme. Lambert (Durie Maysmor) arrives in time to prevent her husband being further ill-used and explains that she has substituted an imitation for the genuine article.

The parts of M. Lambert and the lunatic were amusingly portrayed but the play lost effect through the too soft speaking of some of the cast.