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SMAD. An Organ of Student Opinion. 1936. Volume 7. Number 16.

"Villa For Sale."

"Villa For Sale."

The ideal of encouraging inexperienced young players is a commendable one. "Smad" appreciates the efforts of the Club in this direction, but we consider that to put them into a major production is unfair both to them and to the audience. A course in play readings, as was a past practice, is recommended.

The theme of the play is slight, with no action and consists mainly of a series of daulogues. It seemmed to us that a more satisfactory effect would have been obtained by speeding up a production which dragged painfully.

Betty Combs as the maid was well cast but did not appear to have sufficient to occupy her during long speeches. Gaston as played by G. Hooper lacked consistency. His wife, Rosamund Drummond, was unfortunately hidden behind a superfluity of hat and seemed a little too insipid for the dominating charcter in the partnership. Margaret Merlet elocuted rather well but like many elocutionists she soon began to pall. The American film star of Mary Brisco possessed an original nazalisation.

Most of the faults could have been rectified by more exacting production.