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J , ; With the First Nighters !
f JOHN DREW AND BILLIE BURKE,
I Gerald Everslelgh John Drew
j Hon. Gibson Gore Ferdinand Gottschalk
, Capt. Putnam Fuzby Charles Wilson
' ! M. Dupro Morton Selten
Baron Granclos Albert Itoccardi
ij M. Potln Alex Brunn
; j Rne Falanders Frank Goldsmith
i Beatrice Dupreo Miss Billie Burke
f - Mirmian Howthrone Miss Dorothy Tennant
; ; Mrs. Denahm Lane Miss Ida Greely Smith
1 1 Baroness Granclos Miss Hope Latham
John Drew clover, talented, polished, his aot
1 ing the art that comes from the combination of
'1 years of work before the footlights, on critical,
I skeptical Broadway mostly, and t he personal gifts
' of a naturally cleevr man!
1 1 Billie Burke impulsive, lovable, pretty, charm
, I ing ovoryv moment she Is before you and the
I sweetest and most compelling little aotress that
has come tills way for many a day!
I What a pair they are.
What a delight to watch them work!
I Drew seems only to become the more enter
taining with advancing years and surely and un
mistakably hv passing seasons loft their mark
upon him. His best role has always been that of
an up to date man-about-town, and it is in this
character that he is at the Theater for the last
half of the current week in the four-act comedy,
"My Wife," with Billie Burke as his leading wo-
man. A matinoe this afternoon and tonight's
performance will cIobo the engagement.
, : So long has John Drew tieen before the play
I goers of the country that a review of any one of
his characterizations is almost superflous. Debo
I niar, natural i n every moment and word, his fino
f ly featured face expressive to the last degree and
wearing his evening clothes with the grace of one
f1 who has spent most of the nights of his life in
them, he Is matchless in the role of Gerald Evor-
sleigh in "My Wife." Drew is and always has
I been a Broadway star. Yet his man-about-town
I Is as much of Salt Lake as It is of New York.
I Broadway hasn't spoiled him and it never will.
P When ho gets away from the big town and comes
off across the continent he invariably brings with
I him a company of Broadway players and a play
;i that goes with the vim, the s nap and theatrl
I cal prociseness that is that always stamps a sue
I cessful New York production.
! Drew is an artist to his flnger tips and the
only tiling to do is to see Mm.
"My Wife" needs little discussion. A girl is
in love with a man her people object" to. They
insist she marry another. She must marry be
j fore a certain date to Inherit a lot of money.
She has a guardian. She prevails upon him to
1 marry her for a few monthB time so that she can
j inherit the money, and then the plan is to got a
j divorce and marry the man she loves. The game
I Is played as mapped out and the time rolls
' around when the divorce Is to be secured and
! guardian-husband and wife, nee guardian and
ward, part. The husband discovers he Is head
j over heels in love with his wife, and the girl
' discovers ishe loves Iter guardian.
; Simple story, and has been done three or four
, times before into comedies.
Drew Is the guardian-husband, of course, and
j Billie Burke Is the ward, later the wife.
As Mr. Drew plays Gerald Everslelgh to per
fection, Just as cleverly and consummately does
Billie Burke play Trixle Dupree, the pretty ward.
It's a sorry job to write of Billie Burke. Even
New York hasn't known much ot her until this
season, as she has worked abroad mostly since
going on the stage. She came over the first of
the season, however, with Mr. Drew, and they
opened in New York in "My Wife." A week and
Billie Burke was the most popular little woman
on Broadway, and the eastern reviewers ran out
of superlatives saying nice things about her eyes,
her smile, her towsled hair and pretty form. She
is about the most captivating little lady stageland
has to offer, and when you've said she Is tantaliz
ing pretty, beautifully gowned and her acting so
natural one can't believe It is acting you've said
all you can put in typo. You'lV have to see her
if you want to know the rest, and believe me,
the story isn't half told when you've said all the
nice things you can think of about the young
I don't like to deal in superlatives with stage
folks, but I don't believo in all the flowers com
ing at the funeral.
The play itself is beautifully presented, Dor
othy Tennant of the original "College Widow"
cast is with Mr. Drew and Miss Burko as Miriam
aHwthorne, and she is growing handsomer and a
better actress every day of her life. It is use
less to review the work of the remainder of the
supporting company. There Isn't a weak spot in
the cast, and the play moves with delightful
John Drew is a treat and Billie Burke is more
so the comedy tbry have Is great, and altogether
the combination of the whole is about the best
theatrical offering in its class of the season here.
You ought to see Billie Burke's way of doing
her hair if nothing also.
She is to be starred individually next season.
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It takes more than a lot of actors who ought
to be doing stock or time or something else, ac
companied by an actress oi two about as Impos
sible, to spoil "Mrs. Temple's Telegram."
The piece Is as- clever and funny a farce
comedy as has been given theatre-goers in years,
and the more you see it the funnier it gets. The
comedy was the opening attraction of the week
at the theater ,and thoso who saw it enjoyed the
pieco, despite the painful acting.
Margaret Snow played Mrs. Temple, and com
edy is not her line by any means, if her charac
terization in this play is an example of her abil
ity. I hate to think of what Norval MacGrogor
did with "Jack Tomple." The role is one that
offers a splendid field for comedy work, and
MacGregor murdered the character. His act
ing was so grotesque it actually got funny before
tho evening was over.
Joseph Dailoy as Wlgson, the butler, and Wil
liam Bernard as Frank Fuller, "saved the play.
Both were excellent.
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"CHERIE" A WINNER.
If you haven't seen Clayton White and Marie I
Stuart in "Chorlo" at the Orpheum by tl'o time
this reaches you got busy.
Miss It and you'll miss as clever a sketch as
two clever people over offered.
White is of the slang school and he's an artist
at the business. Miss Stuart is pretty and clever
ness personified. "Cherio" is a slangy concoction
that is dellciously funny a'nd a winner.
It leads the Orpheum bill, of course. The other
acts average up pretty well v '' ' oxcoption of
Loney Haskell. His act is obr ,us and about
as funny as a fire In a powder . -y. Armstrong
and Verne have a fair little comedy jingle and
Miss Kokin would prove entertaining in her im
pressions of English music halls if tho violin play
ers in the orchestra would forget they heard her
the night before and ease up on their instruments
long enough for some one olse to hoar her. Suy
dor and Buckley are good In a musical act and Ga
lettls.' monkeys close the bill. They pass.
The Whlto-Stuart sketch Is worth the money
L. S. G.
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The Salt Lake theater will be dark as far as
theatrical attractions are concerned until Friday
night when Low Dockstador comes back with his
minstrels. Dockstador is always good. There is
always a laugh in Lew himself and of lato years
especially he has surrounded himself with a clever
lot of people.
He usually has an innovation or two in min
strelsy, several good voices, and he got in town
before tho show opens long enough to work Up a
bunch of good local hits. He is to be hero Fri
day and Saturday, and it is sure to be good.
Robert Mantell in a roportoiro of Shakespearean
plays will be the attraction for the following
wook, May 11th to May 1G, at the Theater. Mr.
Mantell Is unquestionably one of tho most eminent
actors of tho American stage at present present
ing Shakespeare. For the past few seasons ho
has been so successful with his various Shakes
pearean productions that ho Is at present pre-
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