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B ffl ill Well, Maude Adams is finally on, the sea com-
1m 'M ing home. She must do a lot of explaining when
If 'II sho arrives, for she has kept the Rialto and all
ffl I, her admirers guessing for several months. First
HnH S wns announce(1 tliat sne was to come back and
B m I appear in several of her former successes. Then
H, H her appearance was postponed, and Charles Froh-
iifi W mn said uat slie was sufferin& from nervous
Uli 1' trouble, but would soon return. Then it was said
li li she would not appear until November, and the
Biffi time saved for her at the Knickerbocker theater
Bml , was given over to somebody else. Finally, other
H flj j 3 , time saved for her at the Empire was set aside
B IH i for William Faversham, and the company that
Ip " had been engaged for her tour was set "at liber-
lir I ty'"
liy I This was all a serious .matter. Miss Adams is
Hl ,, an t important personage in the theatrical world.
lilfj i Money talks with the theatrical manager, and it
H tl 1 1 MAUDE ADAMS.
LB'flfi ' "Her latest picture."
H mM i j bas talked loudly to Charles Frohman in her case.
BiJ! I I Since she made her hit in "The Little Minister"
H m )' she has been one of the mainstays of his organ-
H p ization, for he could calmly set down $100,000 to
H(i vl ' bis credit for the season. It was more last sea-
HUJ i son, despite the fact that "Quality Street" was
Hif, J . not so good a vehicle as the other plays she had
Bi l I bad.
Hjf'ff So of course New York wondered why she
Hjl jf didn't come back, or why somebody did not go
Hjfff over to take care of her. Somebody explained
BM Jfa that she was dissatisfied with the plans for her
Im l; tour. Others said that she had taken too much
tfj I upon herself in playing against Mme. Bernhardt
m 5 I in "L'Aiglon" and following it with "Quality
M a Street," which was a tremendous tax on her nerve
I force. Others revived the rumor that crops up
M im about every six months that she had been married
HR m to Cnarles Frohman. That is how some of the
H f m 1 1 stage people explain, her success. Shrewd stage
Bii ill people know better. She has a great following of
Hh i women throughout the country, and a following
BBs'lIf! means money.
1" " Mr. Frohman's explanation is that Miss Adams
has been suffering from nervous trouble, and this
became complicated with malaria while she was
in Switzerland. She went to Paris and bas al
most recovered. I have It from somebody who
met her abroad, however, that she might have
recovered more speedily had Mr. Frohman been
able to supply her with a play that suited. But
she can talk for herself next week when she re
turns. There is one person who probably repents that
she did not go to the far West this year. Mrs.
Patrick Campbell might have taken the trip had
she been so inclined. She said no, and her regret
must be poignant She expected to have another
year of success in New York and the other large
cities. Instead she has had the worst season since
she made her first success in "The Second Mrs.
Mrs. Campbell was long reluctant to venture to
America, but she finally came over with the Lleb
lers. Then she liked it. She had a repertoire of
plays the subject of which was hardly to be dis
cussed freely in drawing-rooms. Besides, she was
given to mysticism, and set everybody to wonder
ing with "Pelleas and Melidande" and "Beyond
Human Power." But she made a success. Her
fame had preceded her from London, and she was
a novelty in a season that was not over-replete
with good dramatic features. So she made money.
She wanted to return again under the Lieblers,
and they were willing if she would play to the
coast She wouldn't. They were willing to man
age her if she had new plays. She offered "Dodo"
Benson's "Aunt Jeannie," but that did not suit
So the Lieblers passed the contract along. No
body else would take it at MrsI Campbell's figures,
and so she came back as her own manager under
the direction of Charles Frohman.
She now knows what it is to play to a half
filled house. She tried "Aunt Jeannie." It was a
failure. Then she put on "The Second Mrs. Tan
queray" again, and improved a bit. Now she is
trying Sudermann's "The Joy of Living." I sup
pose it was Intended to appeal to those who like
to hear of the problem of the sexes treated as
broadly as possible. But New York seems to be
tiring of such plays. Surely it was about time
it had enough. At any rate, William Winter
has sounded a strong note against them, and in
one of the strongest criticisms ever written in
New York, sums up Mrs. Campbell in this fashion:
"In reviewing the professional proceedings of
Mrs. Campbell the observer sees nothing but a
long procession of huzzies and fools, some of them
dissolute in character and unsavory in repute, and
all of them morbid in fiber and unhealthy in in
fluence. It almost seems as if this actress had pur
sued a deliberate purpose to Identify herself with
the freaks of degenerate dramatic literature and
become the representative incarnation of the de
testable character and reprehensible conduct of
bad women. A more melancholy record could
scarcely be imagined.
"However, the New York season of this ec-'
centric creature will shortly come to an end, and
the end will be welcome, for surely this communi
ty has had more than enough of diseased emo-
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