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I S GOODWIN'S WEEKLY
I With The First Nighters , JV
Hi A WEEK Jthat included "Cappy
Ricks," of merry fame, and
H , Madame Schumann-Heink, the popular
H contralto, climaxed at the Salt Lake
H theatre with Henry Miller and Ruth
H Chatterton in "A Marriage of Conve-
H7 nience," a comedy in four acts adapt-
H ed by Sidney Grundy from the French
H of Alexander Dumas. In its wit and
H satire it is reminiscent of the Mo-
Here type of comedy, the tradition of
Hf which vremains mighty in the land of
H the Gaul, despite wars and revolu-
tions. It satirizes the super-refined
K manners covering low morals in the
Hj reign of the fifteenth Louis. Henry
H; Miller and Miss Chatterton -vie with
m each other in revealing the grace and
Hjj allurment of the fine manr 8 of that
m period and we forgot ' liness of
H' the morals in the me" tt of the
1 The audience was especially inter-
H ested in Miss Chatterton, whose art is
fl expanding with rose-like perfection.
B She assumes the role of the young
' lady who is married out of a convent
Mi to the Compte De Candale, enacted
H by Henry Miller. It is a grand mar-
H riage, a marriage of convenience be-
H tween personages whose families are
Hj close to the king. The comedy tells
H how the two unexpectedly, fell in love
1 with each other after their marriage
Hi despite the complication of a certain
Hj Marquise who preoccupied the time
K and the favor of the Compte De Can-
H dale and of a certain Chevalier who
Hj pestered the Comptesse.
K Miss Chatterton's beauty and sweet-
K ness, her daintiness and artistry,
H1 were much admired. She was wonder-
K fully attired, as the period requires,
H in a hoopea gown, much befrilled and
H be-furbelowed. It was only by care-
H ful coasting between the Scyllas and
H Charybdises if that, indeed, be the
H plural of Charybdis of the single
H stage setting which suffices for the
m four acts that she was able to keep
m her Zeppelin skirt from rude contact
B with more or less immovable bodies.
H Once she inserted a forgetful toe
H of her slipper into the hem of the
H skirt and almost did a nose dive or,
' perhaps, only a Zimmerman turn,
1 whatever that may be.
H) Henry Miller has been enacting
H aristocratic personages so many years
W that the mantle of the Compte De
M Candale fits him perfectly. He
M brought to the part that delightful
H fumble of words amounting almost to
H a lisp that has been one of his sal-
H' lent mannerisms since her first en-
H tered star-land. Another Is that sin-
H gular thrill which he throws into even
H the most commonplace lines. The
Hi moment he steps on the stage we
Hi sease it and wonder how he can rise
H by successive gradations to more
Wm moving modulations when the tense
KV- time comes. We find to .our delight
Hj ' that he is equal to any occasion.
WHEN "Cappy Ricks" came to the
Salt Lake theater he dramatized
for us the sunshine of Peter B. Kyne.
There is a subtle quality in the
stories of Kyne which I should like to
interpret if I could. I may be missing
the point altogether when I say that
ho is an illusionist ,and yet I believe
that It is' by means of illusion that he
allures our Interest. He is a subtle
flatterer of this human nature of ours
which is so much maligned by pes
simists. "Cappy Ricks" is one of his
favorite characters, the chief means
by which Kyne tickles us into a good
opinion of ourselves and of human be
ings generally. Of course "Cappy"
has a bad temper. He roars like a
stage Hon; he growls and frowns and
then he smiles and his smile sheds
sunshine into all the dark and desert
places of our souls.
Naturally Edward E. Rose has made
"Cappy Ricks" the mainstay of this
nautical play, although due attention
is shown for "Cappy's" young busi
ness rival, "Matt Peasley," and the
love of Matt for Florence, "Cappy's"
daughter. These are the chief roles
and each is most capably handled.
Handsome William Courtenay is Matt,
lsobel Withers is Florence and 'iom
Wise is the inestimable "Cappy."
Tom Wise was a dellghtiul surprise
to his audience. He made an admir
able speech. If ft had been a set
speech ho probably would have fum
bled it as so many of our players do,
but it was quite Impromptu. The ac
tor showed unmistakable signs after
the lirst act of wishing to make a
speech.- Although the applause had
been generous, it had not been quite
or. the 'speech, speech," tempo. .Nat
urally one sarcastically inclined was
tempted to say, "Nobody axed you to."
But Tom Wise, being wise in his day
and generation, insisted on making
the speech. The first sentence capti
vated the audience, for it disclosed
Tom Wise as a Utahn; indeed, as one
of the ox-cart pioneers, if one who
was a baby at the time of the migra
tion may be called a pioneer.
Pointing to a corner of the balcony
,f Cappy" said:
"It was from just there in the bal
cony that I, with my dear old mother,
BLANCHE SWEET, BEAUTIFUL SCREEN STAR, WHO IS TO APPEAR HERE SOON
IN ONS OF THE BIGGEST FEATURE PHOTOPLAY ATTRACTIONS OF THE YEAR
saw my first play, back in' 1898. It
was a performance of "Hamlet," and ,
could not have been very good, for V
I am informed that I went to seop
after the first act."
And thus Tom ,Wlse rambled on in
a charmingly attractive vein of remi
niscience, making one of the best
speeches delivered from the Salt Lake I
stage In recent years by an' actor. L
Which reminds us that Utah has I
done much more than its share to '
make the American public happy. It
has given some of the brightest gen- '
iuses to the American stage, men and 1
women, and among them not the leasfstf
brilliant is Tom Wise. T ,
C- E SALT LAKE h
T TNDER his own management, Ju-
Han Eltinge comes to the Salt j
Lake theatre next Friday and Satur- '
day, with his Revue of Nineteen Nine
teen, which will be surrounded by all
the elegance that -has always attend
ed the stage appearance of the star.
Eltinge's new songs have been writ
ten byCora McGeachy, who also de- jf
signed his own gowns. Miss Mc- I
Geachy Is well known in the east as I
the designer ofthe wardrobe for Zeig- '
feld's Follies and the Winter Garden
Among the members of the com
pany are such well known artists as
Sidney Grant, who has been for sev
eral seasons with "So Long Letty,"
and now has an entirely new line of
material; Cleo Gascoigne, the dimin
utive prima donna, last season with
Harry Lauder, in a new selection of
popular and operatic songs, Leo
Beers, Marionne, the Littlejohns, Gor
hada and Carville, Gaudsmlth Bros.,
and others of equal note.
Mr. Eltinge's new vehicle was sug
gested in the main outlines by him
self, written by Miss June Mathis and
staged under the direction of Fred
Niblo. It has in the cast Marjorie '
Bennett, Velma Whitman, Arthur
Shirley, and a selected company, with
a special set from the Design of Erte
of Paris, France.
WITH DeWolf Hopper in the star
role that of Old Bill "The
Better 'Ole," the comedy with music r
which will be presented by Mr. and
Mrs. Coburn at the Salt Lake theatre 1
for three nights beginning Monday, J
June 16th, promises to afford excep- t
tional entertainment for Salt Lake
theatregoers. Associated with De- I
Wolf Hopper will be seen a score of
artists than whom no more appro
priate selection could be made by the
producers. With the object in view j
of offering the public the best talent 1
obtainable, Mr. and Mrs Coburn, Am- .
erican producers engaged not only
actors of professional renown in Eng
land and America, but the astute
managers, with great attention to de-'
tail, procured actors who served in'
the trenches during the recent war,"
to give the necessary flavor and at-