AUSTRIAN SHILLING ALLOWS STUDENTS
TO SEE NAZIS AS THREE LITTLE PIGS
For the price of
one Austrian shilling, twenty-one centers in good American money,
Brooklyn College students stepped from the prosaic world of undone
homework and ungettable books to the romantic world of Lilliputian
characters and noble thoughts. This presentation of human life in
miniature was offered by Dorothy Zaconick, an Austrian refugee, who
pledged herself to present puppet shows in colleges to raise funds for
the victims of Hitlerite oppression. Her marionnettes cut their capers
throughout the capitals of Europe.
And last Wednesday
this puppet show of international repute, which was directed,
constructed, manipulated, and written by Miss Zaconick, was performed
for the first time before a receptive Brooklyn College audience.
The first play, Mickey
Mouse in Vienna, written in simple German, portrayed the
difficulties of those famous Americans, Mickey Mouse and his wife
Minnie. Our unfortunate hero and heroine got into all sorts of trouble
because of their ignorance of German. But inability to speak German was
only a slight mishap, for anon Hitler and his army took the stage. The
grand army consisted of three little pigs, who submissively obeyed his
Excellency's every command.
intermission between the German play and the sophisticated comedy of
manners, Dorothy Zaconick manipulated a puppet which was a miniature
edition of herself, dressed in her working uniform of blue overalls.
Then another puppet made up as that famed comedienne, Beatrice Lillie,
sang one of her songs, "There are Fairies at the Bottom of the Garden."
Then came the short
one-act play, Curtain, Please, concerning the amorous and
slightly risque antics of the greatest actress in France and a hayseed
country boy who writes plays for her. The situation was a ticklish one
written in a dangerously careful manner, and the settings for the
actress's boudoir were very lovely. We had hardly caught our breath
when the bell thrust us from the magic world of make-believe to the
familiar one of labs and learned professors.
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