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I ! With the First Nighters
B I Principals.
& '; Botsy Patterson Mary Mannering
B i Eliza Monroo Holon Macbeth
IH ! Miss Ellen Massenblrd Maud Turner Gordon
H i Captain Jerome Bonaparte Frank Gilmore
MM l Napoleon Bonaparte John Webster
MM ' William Patterson Herbert Carr
mm ; jt sir Henry Blake Edward Trevor
MM A Henry Clay William Balfour
;H ; ; 1 George Preston J. McHonry
WM . St. Pierre Nicholas Judels
I " If I could put in type the love, the laughs and
' the pathos that lies in Mary Mannering's dark
: oyos if i could .typo her handsome features, the
! i saucy toss of her head, the graceful gestures of
rJH I hands and white arms, the suppleness of her move-
wjm , t ments and the art that radiates from every fiber
WM f ! of her body as sho lives, loves, plays and suffers
Wm through Rida Johnson Young's play, I could tell
H f 1 you in a way what manner woman she is and
IH what her Betsy Patterson is in Miss Young's
KB l story.
M i It is good to see her.
H : ' From out the weary waste of made-to-order
PB 1 l)lays and mad0 to or(ler stars of which Salt
ffl Lake has had full share and then some this sea-
H son she brings the fascinating personality of at
H I woman, who, to begin with is as charming, wo-,
H I . manly and loveable as is given to any of hdr sex,
J i whoso temperament runs tumbling on, now shal-,
Hj I low, and now deep, swirling along tempestuously
WKt 1 to Its outlet her power of expression and who(
Jlffi ( on this superstructure has builded an ant that is;
J Jl f . matchless is its compelling strength and finish.
I ffil The Theater had not seen her in several sea-
H sons until Thursday night when at the head of
n I her very excellent company she opened her en-
tij t gagement in "Glorious Betsy." She appears twice
Jjfi today tills afternoon and tonight.
Wj ' ? She has grown older with the years, for the
JO I work she does is first aid to Father Time, but with
gtS those succeeding years she has become more fln-
jffl ! ished in her acting, stronger and more womanly.
ffIH I tt (,.nnn,1ir la -mnvn nnmnftlHnc t.ltnn If. hag 6VGr
iB , been In the past there is an added realism to her
fgflo emotional work.
jjjjl . ; Hor play this season is remarkably good.
mm q Its story of the love of Jerome Bonaparte, Na-
lljflj ? poleon's brother, for Botsy Patterson, a beautiful
mJM ' Baltimore girl, of Napoleon's interference and of
H the subsequent incidents, true to history in the
H main, is well told. Miss Mannering iruns the
fl gamut of woman's emotion in the four acts of its
K action and her emotional work is unquestionably
BB I tlie best of tlie characterization. As she works up
SB I to the tragic heighU of the piece she holds you
flH I with relentless grip and as the storm breuks, with
flm 1 i the passion and suffering spent, she leaves you
fll 1 , with thumping heart and dimmed eyes only to see
n n tlie sunshine of her smile break through and the
flHI handsome face light up in another mood.
flHf J The first night audience Thursday paid her
B j tribute generously, for there were many there
Hi who knew the star personally.
BBI i One finds It almost impossible to say more of
HHj I "Glorious Betsy" and Miss Mannering than that
Hj 1 f to see them is to see a wholesome big, wholesome,
flH J absorbing play and a star, in whom womaniless is
jaW I first and art second, at her best.
BH ' The play Is beautifully staged a Broadway
9H production and the gowns of Miss Mannering and
Bj I j her leading lady, Miss Macbeth, are very elaborate
BBpf j and handsome.
'MmRj It is a pleasure to watch the acting of Frank
'jfiflji ; Gilmore as Jerome Bonaparte. He is an actor
iHjH to his finger tips, of splendid carriage and has a
perfect conception of what is expected of him.
The character is of course weak in places to make
Betsy the dominant figure, but Mr. Gilmore gets
through these passages in excellent shape.
Did space permit there are others in the com
pany who deserve mention. Suffice it, to say
some that the support Miss Mannering and Mr.
Gilmore receive would be hard to better.
as the answer. He's as big and broad-shouldered
as over and ono could rather like him in spite of
his Impossible acting if it wasn't for what Lang- '
don McCormick has saddled onto him In tire way
of the play. The particular piece in which the ,
former champion is "starring" this season is by
that author and entitled "The Burglar and the
Lady." It couldn't be worse. A hodge podge of
Billie Burke wilh John Drew In "My Wife."
"He done his damnost;
"Angels could do no more."
Back to the ropes and the mits, James, before
they have you doing burlesque In earnest.
If anyone asks you the difference between a
good fighter and a bum actor, give them "Corbett"
impossible situations and melodramatic in
congruities is all it amounts to and at that the
situations are hackneyed and stale. It is a poor
imitation of "Raffles" and Gentleman Jim makes
a noise like a joke In the character of Ned Dan
vers, burglar. Mock heroics figure in every scone
with Corbett always in the thick of it.
Ho lacks polish and flnioh and his voice
The Elegance and Smartness i
of a Brandwin hat is typical of what is most
exclusive in Parisian and American Models