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AUGUST WILL WITNESS THE REOPENING OF SEVERAL OF THE LOCAL THEATRES.
WIBB A'.TA YCT>O.
rnma donna contralto, with Duss.
CENSORSHIP OF THE STAGE IN THK
Ar.astasia is, according to popular legend, a
iy who in ancsent times was renowned for
Ihe contrariness and obtuseness of her char
acter, and it is because these characteristics
mre m ooi ■ a >us in the application of state
supervision and control cf both the drama and
the press in the Old World that the censorship
has be?n endowed with the nickname of "Anas-
Usia." This at any rate is the popular and B«n
erally accepted story, aJthoush I myself am
mor- inclined to believe that the sobriquet orig-
Inates with Emperor Anastasius I. of the East,
who Incurred the animosity of his rteople by
abolishing those popular shows in the circus
at Constantinople in which wild beasts were
pitted against unfortunate slaves and captives.
[a "Mrs. Ja.cii," at Wallack's
-.; - ; - ■ ■ ■ r yet :n modern tim
• I to take a f
terfere with its ]
I J and high principled the
i apt the inti n •
■ . n with the
c . f the stage jr.: I th< press in Ku
r - ... . ..ri.ijjiy iinanf as a term
a:. ■ '
Just at present the ceasor of the English
firaTT-a, namely, the Lord Chamberlain, and the
eub.>r.iir.ate upon whom he relies f r th- more
Immediate supervision of the stage, and who
bear? the title of Examiner of Plays, are the ob
jects of no end of abuse in connection with th'-ir
extraordinary action i:. prohibiting the proda -
tion in Eneland of Maeterlinck's new play. ' ICon
na Vanna,** white authorizing a most objectiona
ble farce, adapted by Augustus Moore from the
Fr • h. and entitled "A GiJdy Goat." It ap
pears thai the Lord Chamberlain's lepartment
had actually passed passages in the play which
Bubseq-j'T.tly at the rehearsal were considered
to be too strong for the public, and were con
sequently cut jt. As a natural consequence
thereof, the question i now raised as to what
weicht can be attached to the authority of an
expert who sanctions passages which the play
wright himself ultimately has felt to be un
presentable, ar.4 the opinion is expressed that
since, according to almost universal consent,
the censorship of the stage has been shown to
•c Mblbbi a.s a guardian of the morality of the
NEW- YORK TRIBUNE ILLUSTRATED SUPPLEMENT.
A-s Quincy Adams Sawyer at the Academy
ol" Music next week.
drama, the best thir.s to do wou'd be to abolish
the office, as the very fact that a play, no mat
ter how ques - : liable. Is passed by him endows
it with the stamp of the approval of the crown.
The censorship of the stage in England is
vested in the wv -r ign by an act of Parliament,
the pufwae" •:' which through both houses of
tne national legislature was secured in 1737 by
>ir T;.ivort Wai pole, who at the time was Pre
mier, an-i who had been made exceedingly iras
;.y the wit and sai:r" at his expense in
Henry Fielding's "Pasquin" and in other plays
of the day. In fact, the origin of the censorship
was distinctly political. It was designed not so
much as a safeg lard fpu U i!s as a de
■-•'.. - ■ nd • government of the
day against the ridicu f 1 Lywrights. By the
terms if this act, which is still in force, no play
can be produced on th~ i>;:r>ho stage in the
United Kingdom until it ha.« been specifically
d by the crown :n the person of the Lord
Chamberlain, who prants the U ense only after
the piece in question has been read and duly
ANN IT ITH IWAY.
U nil . ■ Sawyer." al
approved by th>» Examiner of Plays. The pres
•at Examiner is a g nu ' ' f
Ales . • . ford, who. nomina 11
salary of about $1,000 from the Civil I. ".
. - . : ■ - :" ■he X
and :• • ■ - fe« 1 10 1 every
.•• verdii '.
W. ... ■ : ;;• Exan iner of
Plays in ; i in ing himself v • Maeter
. Vanna." although recom
such ] i as "A < iiddy ' ;■■ -,' .'
"Zaza," "Sappho." The De and
mpted to beli >ye that the I. r i Cham
bertain's office in ; ! - i ilings with the Iran .
aspired f^i" more by the spirit
1737, w hi« b .-.is ...•
n by any consideration of
g i safeguard against coarsen
immorality. No play which satirizes or ridi
cules members of the royal family, ministers
at ?h.' crown or even rulers of foreign states i -
the license which is indispensable for its
j.iil.lic production, and not until the Japanese
Eaabassy in London had intimated that it h;.d
r.o objections w offer were Gilbert and Sulll
van able to secure th^ permission of the crown
to produce "The Mikado" at the Savoy. And
even when the lioens^ has been granted it may
be withdrawn at any moment on the demand of
some foreign government. Two Jr three yeaia
MTSS JESSIE MAE IIALU ISABEL IRVING.
At Proctor's in "The Princess of Patches" She will star next season In "The Crlsts/ under
next week. the management or James K. Hackett-
agro the Turkish Envoy in London, having ascer
tained by mere chance through one of his at
taches that in a small theatre in the remote
suburb of Clapham a piece was being produced
in which the Sultar» was being held up to ridi
cule, immediately brought the matter to the
rotice of the Lord Chamberlain, who forthwith
cancelled the license of the play, thereby sub
jecting the unfortunate manager to a consider
able pecuniary loss.
The objecti* n to the censorship of the stage in
England Is, however, n it so much to the man
ner in which it is applied as to its very ex
■ Although sanctioned by statute — by a
House of Commons that remains on record as
the most infamously corrupt in all the thou
sand years" history of the English Parliament —
it is a purely arbitrary power, which is an
anachronism in these times. As matters are
now the monarch, through his Lord Chamber
lain, who is a member of his household, has the
rifrht to prevent the production in public in
Great Britain and Ireland of any play whatso
MIS 3 *• iM ■ . < -
h hi ■ take in objection by
aing to I • ■ H not called
ison 1 - •■
ipon his I ; apoa
: .. art to
. m v ;. .. g ite the power of dealing
« .ml iniK-il on past <-iubt.
NOTES OF THE STACK
On Thur-.l.iy evening. Vugust 7. the .V-adorny
of Music will open for the < ■■uning ason with
a dramatization of the .story "Quincy Adams
Sawyer." The sale of tho book, rding to the
publishers' slatemt?nts. lias been large enough
to gratify even a Mrs. Eddy. But as the work
came out a year or two ago, it is ancient now,
as things ko in this "fast and progressive age."
It is i .story of N.. England ouni life, an I
of course there is the village grocery store, with
a postoffice i:i ■ !!- corner and boxea <>f s:lK ' 1
about the stovt-. Charies Dickson heads the
• v]: _ s Alice Fischer, who was engaged by
H^nry 15. Harris to create the leading part in
"Mrs. Jack." a comedy by Grace Livingston
Furness. at Wallack's in September, has been
called on to take a leading part r:ilh«*r earlier
than expected, in a suddenly improvised version
of "Diplomacy." She *as announced last week
to arbitrate between Mr. Harris and Miss Fur
ness in their dispute over the new play.
Miss Isabel Irving will be seen next season aa
a star in a new play, but before her appearance
alone she will play with James K. Hackett In
"The Crisis." She is at present at the actors*
colony at Sconset, Nantucket Island, but will
her little house at Rahway. N. J., a
picture of which was printed on this page last
Jessie Mac Hall will play at Proctor's Fifth
Avenue Theatre next week, and at Proctor's
One-hundred-and-twenty-nfth-st. house tha
week following; in "The Princess of Patches."
She was with "Levers' Lane" last season.
"A Chinese Honeymoon" still goes on Its
merry way at the Casino, sufficiently advertised
by those who se« it to keep the theatre full till
falL It U amusing as a show, beautiful as a
spectacle, a triumph as a piece of stage man-
MAY LA VINE
of the Two L-ivlnea a. Keith's.
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M..-S A.l.i V ■ :.• :i t • ; ■ '
Lat< r she \\ 111 be heard igain w th
Kaltei • n it Ihe i lircie Au lltorium.
Among the features at Keith's this ->\ ek will
be the two La Vtnes. who do a singing and
• that has atl rai ted atl ntion.
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