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WHAT DO YOU THINK! NOT A SINGLE
OPENING THIS WEEK
Will Somebody Arise and
Write a Newspaper Play r
Tbrre Have Been Successful Dramas About Politics. l-a\v,
linance and Everytbing Else, But None
About tbe Newspaper Game.
The Earth," of course, it* not really n newspaper play. It deals wit1
but a single phase of journalism, and (le?is with it indirectly at that
?Journalism Is only the background; what the piny grapples with is politic)
"What the Public Wants," similarly, ?lues DOt aim to treat tin
newspaper business in more than pausing fashion. "The Fourth Est?t ?"
came closer, but also strayed from the topic. At all events, it is not to-.!;'-,
a play that can be pointed to with pride M a drama representative pf
the newspaper business. The public would have none of it.
"The Stolen Story" flourished but briefly, and 'The Truth Wagon"
tven more briefly. "In Cold Type." still another attempt, opened in
Albany last month, and is apparently one more disappointment. At any
rate, the announcement? state that it is being rewritten, and that
usually the knell.
There have been big. pulsing, successful play? about politics, about
law, about steel, about linance?about nearly every phase of existence
Often it has not been necessary for them to be big and pulsing; they bave
leen successful anyhow. Hut there never has been a newspaper pl:i.
that has achieved a real success! Why'.' Heaven knows.
On the surface the newspaper play would appear to have a bette
chance than almost any other variety. A large proportion of playwright
have been nurtured in the newspaper game, and it would seem as though
a number of them W".;ld be moved to write newspaper dramas. If they
have been doing so, however, the public has not been let in on the seen-;.
li..s Eugene Walter ever written a newspaper play'.' Or Max March."'
Secondly, the public is interested in newapapera. They arc anxious
to know nil about the newspaper life. (That statement is baaed on ex?
tensive experience with those who say that it must be awfully fascinating,
tnd do tell us about it.) Prer- ..r.i.bly. they would tlock to I play thai
really rev?ale?.! newspaper life. And yet there never has been a successful
What ?he ingredient?' of the ideal?*?'
?ic-v?papcr play should be it i> difficult
?itter of fact, ii |
the oalj aim, the in
uredicr.ts do not really mat! I
ihe ca?e of all playa, ?he imr
11 ner in which the in?
gredient? aie mix. d. I'nd
w b? es ? ,m inept play.
It I ibly a cub reporter is even to
in g hi- ?i? - i ?
' ? r it la, it will p.i'l
did "An j
. it, according to
u d to
. n the
i . play, but the hint
when it I ?
hard to .*-.? ?
a uramati-t as
- ,| ill star)
? I to
i bi discarded. Let them
- aid trcii' then
? - '
Such a play. If wril
, , ?onhi not
?a.I t-> get u*.er.
'??? e happened to remar?; \
cm thiil I ?
i MA room no?
?'111. ? ??? ?M, a
- ? -
? rs etill of the ,.; ,,u,n that tl
? iititled to th, -
Hy the way, who wrots th? ?
aaka Dickson. "Thal
? i. m ?
\l t ?
"' laya, "Your i
One I? forced to bear e~.n?iderahle
< layton 1'
ap in detail in the
and the article it?naly
I .r .* m ] -i actor
?ho contracted ?
? along a i
" un- J
t "if?*.' 1 K
? 1 '?..' IM tarred." :
Bruce McRae and V.
? I ? ?'. aboul j
.?.o o? the grand
?or?, on the American stag?
? en for year?. And William I
? something to ua, too. H
has done h lot ot good acting, h ?
.1 ,n Fall." V
:,.! about the supporting east
And - Why, surely yo .
know her. She is the ifirl who played
. king of Broee MeRae, i? is good
lly, to act e
speaking of "I ?
Dea n I
,: kable pi? ? ol
in "The Lily" -it
tad truth ia 1
lai d i- s
wonderfully for David
? ; . ?? ?? Being Ear
beii uto a nsotie
that the |
s duty ?rill no? compel ai
ew i*. 1'
. v> ritten, ; I
?nee ?ill be
l al They'll
raing Shak? ip?
i >r have th< done mj ?
The girl pirate? tripped do*.
Winter Garden runway t.. Bol
land 'i Irty or forty of 'em
"Goah!" said Frank Adams, looking
over, "The Pirate have
?trona; team this year, But
over the tweaty-two player liant.''
Another ?riait to ".Ju--t a "?Vornan'
tu emphaaise the fee? that Wal?
??? Wilson is the most realistic judge
; hat i ha .-tare ha? seea in i .:.i
cellent as was Frank Voung
Trial," Mr. \> ilson - 1mit tel 'I
will ran?, high ?m the season' i
An actor m "C and Perlmutter
in Society" Complained tit' the Col |
and drew a scornful reply from
? !>n you call this eold ""
"Why, whin Mrs. Pati ?' '?
? re h? a ou Int alloa .? bit of
team to bo turned on anywhere In the
Kot .i lut of steam anywhere 1
i .* ever played the
Only the fad that
re in your citj " impel?.
public. "?'? ? were aboul
? ' it to the recently swept floor,
?? ould i res? nt r ha?. ? \ r.
? ? that th rae i ew hal
l.a.i h? en add?
?' Listent" and that the outdoor
? "A King Amuiii; Kiiic' ere
??.. .1 hi Virginia, llut
.right the line. "Eaclusiit ir.
? ? . ..? i :' struck i.? tl '
>ns of trie information. At leaat
;? couple ?.( hundred thouaand might
? ' . ? - , '
i loa do von make a bal i
cryini t, la the mind of J,
'I he la.'
pla ? ares endeai or '.j* t.?
II: "l>Ut 0? '
? ? ? ..'her day, in which do?
waa t ??? i.i j aata I .'
conree, thire could be ne motion
? ? . f domestic h!i?9 without a,
at ' Hut th is par? oula?
; lent ?tar v.a? i-m?. .j te !?-.
? \vl?. nor ?
i ,. spool ??i thread ?? ? -
ige poofl me * ail h a
? the ad\ ice of
? ? ?
i was removed
rch a ? ?
? ? r a few minutes, and pe
mark? i Dawley, "de eut of
lie ui ed
these scei >??. or 1 shall i
it a dec... -Mai aei."
1 v ? ' ens are
aril .-,.,. ; |t ?
to ?he point Ol
i Y? M
A? a Sai ?
The latest joke on
? ? anld c" le "Vai
?-at the flne?t loh in town
?'itchma*. on the New Am?
CONCERNING STAGE FOLK
I?* OR I despair II '
? ig of to-day, and with whom
lift ranks ahead of prohibi?
tion and preparedneaa, soms m?
led by ?be fact that m
a id- .. -1 i painting, pn
has b? ??i unmistakable. ]
ipmenti in thii : ? Id ara d ?
1 nil*,, ? i" one man J<
i rban ii an Austi
i Vienm arch
i. . .,-.
to this coun?
try with the Boatoa Opera i'ompan>.
. ilnted their seta for thro? -? i
.i, . and when the company went bank
- loft ?o ??hift for hiawelf.
he I ii n'-il to the regular Stage,
and to'day he Is practically la roastai i
"I paint on the floor," he began,
? ? u ..rk. ??; do a? *
? m me. I put rnv -
down, and I wait, around
? i ? . the who
and i"'t Just t
small part in fron? ,?i me.
"1 .?,. i ? : ..-? light effects. I ?
? - I do BOt paint flat
... blue on top. I
?? i . . bias -ep ?
lat? ?'? From
it "<K? k.-< green, but the
the color Is d?pendent , n
\ waim light,
lid be impossible if I paint
> . HOW, l.ke
! I . - ? : ?
If 1 ?ant purple I put the red beside
tht blue, but never on top. I l.ke le?,
to work with deep I
nd point i*? mv pl?stica I
am an architect ?*nd I build *
? . - 1
actor comes in |
?. baterer bis h;?n*l
, shad ii nuil
? fen I pamt
where -he *. b? * a I ?re the
prop? are I build always pla-tic?
"S., much for acfu..! eoaetroetton.
Formerly ths ?-".tge manager cr.
the ??? ne pa ter and told aim to paint
: a Win?
dow i . -., i. a fancy. Net
s the I I i
from ? i ?,,.
?i I line
: ?:? only. They are
ised to this
BSt b? B re
oa The .-tar
a we i-.av ?-U! play.
! vs with ths Boatoa ? >i" r.i.
? -:..r would arrie. ? ?
'?re the pi rfoi maaee,
sad just] k arenad ea ths tt*ai>e. But
neu that cannot 1
ir hour? before
???.?re must 8he
must be fitted to I ? ? I not t
pla) t" her.
??You v.ul ii..t ire that my coin ran?'
end ? - always given only in
il. tail. This is so thai Eh?
n .i appear out of propon i<
;i- arc mj decorations, and clear
my colors, so should be the
ti,,- perfoi '? - i I have obse
a strong individuality
i v.xi.1. one will
non what I? i
M r. > rlii.n, wl ted the
settings lor James K. Hack?
? ? - on **Othell?
??ir..- Merry Wives of Windsor." He Is
else engaged la buildiag the ??-ene for
? he ... .h t. rcentenai ?.
bration which will he held in the
. ?hum of the Collage of the City ?? '??
i he l*-t named ii probably the meat
, ambitious t;.?k that he ha ? ?Jed, and
.- plann, da ' irtling inno
\\ the time oi the Gi
Ba.'kei produciien ia the stadium .Mr.
' I rbai I that tl
? ? . .id be
Be I bas tched thing*
a loi,..: ..:
. t.,H Itgl lilil?.1
athletic . eld
im will form
a splendid sounding hoard for the
column.? on the top of the
; stad Mr. Urban, "which are
ail of it that will s to the
audience, will form a wonderful vieta
? fur my stage."
WHFN Valli Vain, ?": ? n rteratbrely
r*sgnemeeed lag. r.ue of the Cohan
1 ? .? r- .... ??? being witnessed with
? enthu?ia?m by I
stage - .
1 ? . ? . rig re.
? ? ?
i. ? ? r
De. ? .
.Vijur Id -crie! ; awfal
?a" He ii deadl] ??: i??? 1 OI .la.?| er
Ja.-p. r, the r .? tage dog who i
aaa oi the attire- one at tbe Cernees
1 ohan Cohan revue.
I'm ?act h...? baeeme generally
known te the foi?..? m the re*';
the principal diversion lack atage i?
? La tel I La all the
man i ?. n the ? ai
hide I to com?
eiti t poor ? iat aee it
i Valli Valli can'"
: it any longer, aad sha shoos all
her ? i.er lap a ,ap i
with a I ? el leil? < r. .? ? .n. tool i ?? .
whispers sweet ;.?? age la th.- pup'?
ear in an unmistakable Bagttah aeeonl
i:o\ce Ko>ee .?'.net? down so remark
ably rfoiek tryat one can't help thinkini?
that maybe We i?n't the fool do?, he
?Ctg. its almost worth while work
i n g u i ?
S ! . gowa, ?nd I i
\ i .. \ all? muimur in |
?i I'I.EA for the prob!? i
/-\_ is the contributing -.?.?trd of
Brandon Tynan, the author
actor of "The Heleej w. \
"I do hope ne are to gel away fn?m
pla).-< of iiu-a," he ?aid, '"for ?
propaganda begins, there art
* i* r i s
Bevor oa thi
? . crime
.. i |
lid be more
a? WO ?hould like it to be, and it .should ,
be p<- ?' least
In l :.. it .? not
. ; ??Xing
a loae bush. t?j i? ?; ?. - ?TOOtS when,
bo sedy abo\e
"Beellsm on the stage of t ?. -. i .a y ha
come to mean one th ? -uality. ;
there Is Bothing Inspiring la ;t. Th? i
?..-a. r ?/? ? ' ir.l of purity, because it'
ta the truth.
"Th,? prevalent Idea seeass to be ?ha*,
v und effeminate.
itroi s and ? lai s play mu-i
have a Ihn is not
Georg, ?' Cohan re he i*. :
rei . . an un
"And I've got on? ly for
Irish plays ami i sye? Whatever
? r rteoming ?
.. :lii "
??The Melody o? 1 H Mr. Ty
naa's third play Wheo he w?* a i.<..
be write '1'oht-i* and quits
recently h<- completed "The Passif.':
Flower,** in whieh Nestmova starred.
It is as an actor, however, that he h
best known, having n ten! been seen
in "J..a.-ph and H ? Brethren" aad sal
l*tt!e I!.Hie in last yeur'i revival of I
Where and Why Plays
of the Season Continue
"Any I lous?"" Hat Novelty, but Lacks ft.?*^ality?'The
Earth" U a Bright but Slight Play About
PI.AYS Off LAST WmmVL
"Any ll'iiise," at the Tort Theitre, i
a play 'hat begins with a s*end id?
and fad? to live up to it. It la i
r.irriH of a man's fight w.th hm te't*
-elf, and pos.ie.-i?eg novelty bo;h in if
?taut., setting and in the fact that tb.
man's better self i? represented M
the stage. The story of the play
hrfwever, i? neither interesting nm
human. Kxcllent performance?, are
inven by Edwin Arden and Williarr
"The Karth," at the Playhouse
marks another step forward by Cirac?.
George. The play ?? a bright.
?.il comedy of yellow ioumnl m,
which, although it is ?-nrltten about
conditions in England, i? nevertheless
interesting to American audiences.
Iit-iimatirnlly it has faults tt at are
?mental, but .t 1? a plav 'hat is
luvei theh'ss capable of amusing and
entertaining its auitience. Miss George's
acting in the piece is flswlrsF, and
L?tala Calvert, Kirnest Lawford anel
Others al.-o give excellent perform
-The Melody of Youth." a? the Ful
ton, is a romantic Irish comedv along
the linea of the plays long- need by
i Chauncey Olcoet and P*i?ke O'Hura. It
1 heatre Francais.
*"I.e ? ?fur Dispose,*1 by De t'roi?et,
will be the r.'traction at the French
Theatre for the ?a.-t week of the ???
son. Lillian ?Jreuze and F'tigar Becman
will play the leading role*. Matinee?
will be given on Thursday and Friday.
B sp?cial performance of "Ar-tcn ?
Lupin" for rr.e afternoon of Wash.ng
toa'i Birthday Oa Wedaeeday a beee
of the Theatre Fran?
?ais will I ? ? Id, at wh eh "l.e Be?
Irving [Mace Theatr?
?Dai w i- bus rer St I
ithor of "I. ' h V'stenaBd." i
the offering at tl German rheatre on
S?. ; Arnold Kori ?" ? :
play one of ?be principal pan.?, with
Grots Ma;, t-r. Margaret Christ
Christian Hub, Hanna l'nterkircher,
Richard Feist, Annie Rub-Foorster.
Ernst Hol/nagel, Guiitav I'aul .ScheuU
and Curt Manthey supporting.
has mur ? - ?,, 1 ?,, b?, ^
?t-aSeseat itreagth te carry ? ;a ,.'
face of the ' .-. r.,jT ?0 ,. '
York. Brai ,, thr, JT
"BeMaaea Oaeee, Jr.." a? ? ,., ^
Garder?, i? a lively *****?s nasa. ^
AI Jetona as Its rn'aVir.-- ?pi ?v. ?v
piece ia ?food fu-, rdtheea*?, .? j,
lataaded for the followers ci Htm.
PLATI '? ?minted.
"The Beeaseraag," m tv? Beiasco.t.
a dramatic triff? turn* rete a kit?
uccess by ? ri oi Daetd E*luee
'???de . ' ? ? -B*a| lt4t,
"Oar Mi * at I
v. Haaaifi ? ;;. y^
"I ' ? t the I
? a better ai
than "The C?
Rival** or eaj fr i^
at graad <t? ?
bistei -* tace s
??' .- ?
Thirty-i ? - ,????, -?,,
In "Macbeth,' ...??.
medium actii g ,.
cenie effects to - '? tn*-*.'
I nfor' .
?? spiril ? com Je.-*?.
' ? agedy.
"The Tear Marae*," ?t th? Bwu.
?earn? it. ...
ruminent departure. It is a alayaton
oiackmaii ia n;j;a lociety, poor.
written but ?*. i
"The Bouae of '. ?..? .
? n- I -
tart as* s
"' ech '" ? ? ?'?.'?'. th* Cok*.
taten ee i tersa I
I '.'tr ?..t..
tun ty tu ?.o a igi tiit :?
?i such a ???.?.
w I ?i adn:n ?.">?? ? I STS urjed P
"l'air ard ?Y; I ? -
town a pry Hi
trenn.- . fite *
"I'o'a.-- and I ...
ut the Lyric
to "Potash ar.i I . rim
"The Cindered i the Bah
has been turn? ? se cf the k I
?ucee- ,-.? It it I
"Mit-the-lr-, i' .' .
lis, is George \? I .? ? rapid dr?=
tizatior; o- !
"Eratwbill ' the Ca.et?,
Mrs. Fiski ?
and John '
i- a revival of
with Maude Adan
tie. The I
"Hobaon'a Chele i C?"#*"
"J * ,, \v si " ? '
e ?gt"h Str. . ?
?h...it a PittsbUI ?'*" "?*?'
siderabl? pon >r
??Tr. . i the 1
Jud< - I
tal piratical I
??< ommoi i ?
showing hut aTTgl ' ? eneeot
It ia a 1
i* K< bet-t l;
the play ha
!? a drs ? ' '
?The v . .
\ ? ?
"The i '.. T':. ,
"The Roe ; ii r\tiea Ta*
rant..mime. The b.ll is ens oi
? ? and bsosI t" ' ????'
tie ha.? y? : nou.-'d
"The Cohan I ' , ?Ll>
to co.? r
-Step! Laekl i *?ft
\i a rrai d
"Sybil," at the - -???
brings J,: s Sai
and leaei h Cs
re?ult i? are overt!?,?'. ?' .
Theatre, le a tai *"
that la do.:..: *,
-Ven Coed Eddi?
[l a ??
i r?> ?'
??*.* ..at I '?.'?
. Blue Tara
The Ziegfeld Midnight pj ?o*
the New Amsterdam ?f^v! ?-?m* "
cellent place to a? ?"***"i w