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jPJlJS' 6 GOODWIN'S WEEKLY. I
One daily paper said: "A fashionable first night
audience bowed down at the shrine of a Utah au
thor." If it did. that audience bowed down to
' Mr. B. H. Roberts, for everything of worth in the
wording of "Corianton" came from his pen, and
without clever people, beautiful costumes, gor
geous scenery and the spectacular features, the
production of the play would be a dismal failure
p ! instead of a notable success. There is strength
HRp J ! and power and interest in "Corianton," but there
KBg ' I would bo no crowding if put in three acts, and
VKKi 11 if numerous boring dialogues were eliminated.
BHm ; In fact, they must be stricken out entirely if it
! I ',' is the intention to try the Mormon play on a city
iflw I audience.
JBlfJ!1 ;: Clumsy, long sentences, without a breathing
raN&j, spell and void of a single line that is worth re-
Hk ', i ' membering, tedious waits with an empty" stage
fffi;! J when maddening songs are interpolated, old ideas,
jHwj 1 I some not even redressed: these are some of the
RI('f I 4 many things to be sacrified upon the altar of
BfiM 11 jj But not by the vealy Bean, he from that lite
JaBiill I rarv center. Richfield, Sevier.
flvfi! J From a literary standpoint, the play is unpar
HDI3i i ; donable, and the old ideas and late rehashings
imll' ' J , from modern productions should not be gone over
Hffij 1 lightly. Think of having to listen again to the
K; 1 1 shopworn cry, "It cuts no ice what a gent does,
Hfln ji I but when a lady trifles it's all off."
m "Corianton" is well acted it is distinctly a
jBi il Utah production, and when it is trimmed to the
flH ! proper size, we will be proud to send it out to
HHj ii ask for the criticsm of the play-going public in
Hra ' other cities. The asinine trick of Bean's in his
HK i l childish criticism has done no harm except to
Haw ii J You Bean, and if he wants to turn against the
flHwiijij hands that feed. him, what's the difference? He
wU'fi t writes like a baby, but without the dignity of
h m J one, and every member of the company is justly
Jpplf 1 treating him like a stepchild. Poor j-oung fool,
9Hm ill' tno people aren't at fault, they have made some
WStf i li thing out of frail foundation, and to them he owes
Vflw f $ all gratitude rather than condemnation.
jVna' 1 air- Haworth is splendid. His work is artistic,
Hm$ I J I magnetic and intellectual, and his only fault is
Infill jl in tne first act ln his mannerism of shaking his
; 1 , I shoulders as he leaves the stage. Miss Lane has
IH1 i Mi not the Carmen eye, but her Zoan ze Isabel is
MB Si i : very acceptable. The Korihor of Mr. Lewis was
HHi in gi'eat, and the climax of the first act, where he
BUS; J; defies God, is one of the best scenes in the play.
rar '1 Thomas Coleman's work as Seantum was striking
RmHR J! and finished. He was forceful in his interpreta
i, 3j tions, and strong in every scene. Walter St. Clair
fijn ill as Bastol, the jester, made a great deal of the
HS fi ! f Part, and some of the keenest lines in the play
HI H I were his. Bowers did not make enough of Shib
jHlll i I Ion; he was too calmly beautiful and not earnest
iIIm! ii enough, but his work was acceptable. Miss Ma
in (Fill grane, Miss Draci and Messrs. Lindsay, Young,
HI w 'I I Swenson and the others were conscientious and
mrnl'Jl no serous fault can be found with any member
Blr ml II ie comPany.
HI w II To Ir' Lews ancl Mr. Haworth and every one
B&lylsi ' connected with the production, with the exception
Hfll II of Bean is (luo tue C1edit that hard work is en-
HPrf i titled to.
HSI Plsl ''
Hi j-HI The intimation of Bean in his brilliant criti-
M ! ljl cism on the music shows what an ass he is. He
HI i yffll takes one line and writes, "Music? ? ?" It could
Hi' pjIS nt have been in better taste, and Mr. Shepherd
Hi! kill is to be congratulated.
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Big Hffl Jones & Hammer, the popular publishers, have
M S'l J a niost attractive programme this season.
HHHSEIi Tuo Grand is a beautiful little house this sea-
BHRf B0B Tue Paul Hammers, Sr. and Jr., have been
at work all summer, and haVe made the interior
of the play-house a gem.
Why Miller Is Called a Martinet.
There is one person in Henry Miller's company
who takes with gratitude all his suggestions in .his
character of stage manager and does not call them
arbitrary and uncalled for, says Town Talk. This
is Grace Elliston, who made her first bow to San
Francisco as leading lady of "Arizona," and is
playing ingenue roles with the Miller-Anglin com
pany. Last Thursday I went in to see a reh'earsal
at the Columbia. It was a great tribunal scene.
Though it was only Thursday, with four more
chances for rehearsal, the actors were letter-perfect
in their parts. But in a few details they did
not satisfy Mr. Miller. He gave some suggestions
to Mr. Courtleigh as to his denunciatory speech,
and Miss Elllston's fall had to be repeated before '
it was pronounced correct. She complied good
naturedly. It was she who led the singers in
their chorus and enthusiasticlly joined in herself,
beating time meanwhile. Henry Miller is a lesson
to lazy stage managers who think they do their
duty if they offer a few suggestions about the
scenery and entrances and exits. Miller may be a
martinet, but he exercises his discipline over him
self as well as over his company. His instructions
to the supers in that Tribunal scene were equal
to a lesson in dramatic art. He insists upon per
fection in every detail, and, after all, that is what
makes the difference between a New York produc
tion of a play and one in "the provinces." If Au
gustin Daly had not drilled his people into perfec
tion by close discipline his name would never have
been coupled with that of Henry Irving in stage
management. It is easy to dub managers of dra
matic companies tyrants, but without determina
tion, how would children learn their alphabets?
It's the same principle that is involved in every
walk of life.
Theatrical managers in Louisiana are having
high jinks owing to the racial feeling exhibited
in the galleries during performances, and have
cancelled all bookings of "Uncle Tom's Cabin" and
similar plays owing to the attraction they afford
to the colored population. They have even gone
so far as to pass a resolution asking the State
Legislature to pass an act forbidding negroes ad
mission to all first-class theaters. In other words,
they propose to blackball all ladies and gentlemen
of color owing to the absurd caste line which is
still a predominating influence of "befoah th'
war" residents of the territory lying south of the
Mason and Dixon line.
There is a charming blonde young woman well
known to Philadelphia as well as Baltimore and
New York, who laughs when you call her "Se
nora." A woman friend gave the story away, says
The Philadelphia Press, and as she takes it good
naturedly, there is no use keeping the joke away
from the public. You see, young as she is, she
elected to marry a man who was a grandfather,
or, rather, he became one soon after his marriage
to her. She has that deceptive, innocent type of
beauty that gives the owner the appearance of
being about 18. She was looking at the Cuban
curios and souvenirs for sale at a bazar with a
woman friend, and the old woman behind the
wares called her "Senorita." "No, no," said the
friend, "she is Senora." The old woman shook
her head and declined to believe. "No, Senorita,"
she said. "She is a girl," she continued in broken
English; "she is too young and pretty." "Yes,
she is a senora," said Mrs. (3 , wishing to tease
the younger woman and, remembering the birth
of the grandchild, she added: "She's not only
married, but she is a grandmother!" "Dios! But
these Americans are ao progressive!" said the old
Golf is a game for young and old alike, it H
does more to stimulate a tired brain and bring H
vigor to softened muscles than four hundred dol- H
lars' worth of sarsaparilla taken according to ii- I
rection in the gladsome springtime. It brings a I
color to the cheeks that would put Madame Yile I
to shame, and is a better system of training for I
a loose temper than a job tending chickens in a I
flower bed. It requires as much patience as bil
liards, and just as good an eye and steady a nerve.
Also, it requires practice, and this is what I want
to preach about.
Mr. Holman broke into "A" class last week,
and easily, too, with a score of 84 for the 18 holes.
Now it is said that to learn golf well enough to
make a satisfactory score, a player must be picked
young. Yet Mr. Holman, who was 21 several years
ago, and who never saw a golf club until last
year, is now putting up a game that is hard for
any of the "A" class men to beat. It shows the
effect of constant, dogged practice. Oh, ye duffers,
quit your swearing and get out with one or two
Frank McGurrin is another player wose game I
has improved remarkably. He tied Channing's I
record score of 80 a few days ago. He was one of I
the real nice easy ones last year, and even this I
spring was given a good handicap. Who will es- I
say to concede him the halved holes now? Verily, I
not the writer. It is practice that does it. good, I
hard digging with the club that you are weakest I
with. To the deuce with the medal scores for a
while. Go out somewhere with your driver or
your midiron or your putter and a lot of old balls
and practice. Find out why you sclaff or top so
many balls, or put crooked, and correct it. Go
ahead now, try it awhile.
Billy Reed and Bob Harkness are also with the
select, Reed making an 87 and Harkness an 85.
There is going to be some pretty play for the
championship this year.
The trap bunker guarding the fifth hole should
be widened and deepened. Too many topped balls
jump it in its present condition.
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