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AMUSEMENT NEWS AND STAGE ^DOOR CHAT
This Producer, Once Player,
Later Critic, Knows Actors
Understanding From His Own Experience Troubles
of Stage Aspirants, Adolph Klauber Has
Unique Method of Meeting and Choosing Them
Probably one could count upon
thumbs and forefingers the theatrical
producer? who have oeen uo?.n uctoia
and dramatic crit.cs. Having done su,
ail but the thumos wouid be leit out
in summing up those ol the t\?ur who
rememuer exactly h.?w they themselves
feit toward produc?is in the pa->t?and
apply that reminiscence to practical
One of the thumbs is Adolph Klauber,
who ha.-n't foigutten his precise men?
tal attitude when ut the atje o? nine?
teen he was summarily put into sum?
mer stock r?les as iho light comedian
of the company Instead ut being in?
trusted with thu characterization of a
Mr. Klauber's reminiscence of his
.state of mind is the entire reverse of
? hose memoiable verses written awhile
ago by Roland Young, in his "Improv?
ing Rhymes for Anxious Actors":
"Ah me, how very sad it in
To be a heavy had?
To play Othello when I long
To play a comic Suede."
To be sure, young Klauber's desire
did not mount to Othello, but, even so.
It was some time before he was given
serious character work. When he did
he scored a hit. Perspiring mid ummer
audiences of Washington and Louisville
applauded enthusiastically. It may be
that he would have out-Baconed Frank
Warmer" mentally chosen some
months before any announcement was
i made or any definite arrangements
c included: and that is how the future
of "Nightie Night" on the road ia
being planned now.
An actress comes to the Klauber
office. Perhaps she has to come again, !
because busy managers are not always !
in ?their offices. Eventually, however, j
she finds Mr. Klauber in. An apprais?
ing, kindly glance, and a blue manu?
script is handed over the desk to the
up.rant, with an encouraging "Sup?
pose you read that to me," and the
would-be Mollie begins "Thank you,
Dr. Bentley, we'll be glad to come
s-.mje other evening. Billy loves
bridge." . . .
Sometimes the interview ends after
a few moments of reading: more fre?
quently the actress is given the part
and asked to return later for another
The next incident takes place at the
theatre, where the understudy for
"''> may v>e for the moment re?
hearsing Trixie's r?le. The new
C.4JICI assumes the ri>:e of Mollie for
a brief rehearsal with the company.
Meanwhile Mr. Klauber watches the
rehearsal, noting this and that which
may interfere with the future of :
Nothing definite, apparently, Is the
outcome of the rehearsal, but there
lio Once Stood in Une Wmself
Aiioipn i\. tau o er
??sychoanalyst, especial1;/ if he has
once had yearnings ?if his own, this
subcon cious des re becomes evident
in the actor's rehearsal of any part.
Let him rehearse. Then hunt out the
suppressed de.-ire and jot it down'
That is the practical method by
which Mr. Klauber had the road com?
panies for "Twin Beds" and "Fair and
will bo no outcome for weeks and
weeks, until contracts are ready and
the producer has a definite engagement
for this, that and the other player he
has studied in rehearsal. At least
every aspirant will have a fair hear?
ing from the ex-aspirant, who once
suffered in comedy r?les on a hot
Southern summer tour.
New Capitol With a Feature ?
Douglas Fairbanks has been chosen'
to open the Capitol Theatre with "His
Majesty the American," the first of
his pictures released by the "Big
Four." Marjorie Daw will be seen
opposite the star.
This sets at rest the uncertainty
as to whether the Capitol is to be an j
honest-to-giodness motion picture
theatre. These rumors are undoubt?
edly due to the fact that Ned Way
burn will stage a "demi tas3e revue"
?i supo ement the pictures, and Arthur
Pryor has been engaged with his band
of seventy to piovtde an unusuaily j
ambitious musical programme.
In "The Mystery of the Yellow Room"
Playing al Must's liroa?way Theatre
Where Do Show Girls Come From and Where Do They Go?
Winter Garden Seer, Who Has a Lot, Answers Question
GROUPED about these few lines are the likenesses of Just a handful of
the array of beauty which will be seen in the chorus of the "Passing
Show of 1919" at the Winter Garden, which opens next Thursday. The
question which naturally arises in the minds of the playgoer Is:
Where do all these pretty girls come from and where do they go?
For there are new ones each year.
The seer of the Winter Garden says that this big show place Is a sort
of recruiting station. Youthful aspirants for stage honors learn, in some mys- ,
terious way, that the Shubert theatrical management gets its choruses for all ;
its many musical attractions from the Winter Garden enlistment.
Abundant material presents itself and a careful selection is, therefore, pos?
sible. After a successful season?or a part of one?there, the girls are dis?
tributed among the other companies, which are going out through the country,
or "on the road," as they say in the theatrical world.
Those who show dramatic talent are given places In dramatic shows and
others become actresses with regular speaking or Binging parts in different
'musical attractions. <
Artists Celebrate Engagement
By Caricaturing Each Other
In celebration of their announced en?
gagement to be married, "Bobby" Ed?
wards has drawn his idea of Clara
Tice and Clara has ilustrated "Bob?
by's" finer points exclusively for The
Tribune. Both are playing In the
Greenwich Village Follies at the Nora
Bayes Theatre. |
Although acquainted, they had never
become friends until each made a
d?but on the professional stage when
the Follies was first produced at the
Greenwich Village Theatre. They are
representative Bohemiuns of the Wash?
ington Square district.
Miss Tice has gained much renown
as an illustrator, and Edwards was
formerly one of the leading fiction il?
lustrators of the. country. Ho devel?
oped from "The Harvard Lampoon,"
but finally abandoned drawing because
of poor eyesight.
He now finds the manufacture of ec?
centric uku elcs profitable, and i? an
art photographer of note.
Capellani in America
Albert Capellani, the French direct?
or, has returned from France and
will begin work at once on a series
if pictures starring Marjorie Rum
it 98 St.
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Triumph H Thu F'*l*o?.
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I," Uli KlniM of J.W ??Huil?n
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Eddie Leonard Discourses on
The Old-Time Minstrel Man
"When the first night critics an?
nounced that in 'Roly-Boly Eyes' 1 had
'made the leap' from minstrelsy to
musical comedy." said Eddie Leonard,
of "Roly-Boly Eyes," at the Knicker?
bocker, "I began to wonder. Was I
really perching on a deiferent branch
of the amusement tree, or was it just
the same sort of post, requiring the
same sort of ability?
"And I came to the conclusion that
musical comedy technique is not so !
different from that of minstrelsy, and
that the dancing which will set to tap j
ping the toes of a minstrel show audi- |
ence will also start a syncopation wave
among the musical comedy crowd. The
pldtimo buck' dancing and also the
soft-shoe steps which 1 am using in
'Roly-Boly Eyes' are Yemnants of the
minstrel days of Billy Emerson, and I
have lifted them bodily into musical
comedy with very little change.
"Buck dancing, properly done, is dif?
ficult, and much practice is necessary
before anything like perfection is at?
tained. It also requires strong ankles,
for the muscles of the leg must be kept
perfectly tuat, and the leg, from
the ankle to the toes, must be flexible.
1 have known soft-shoe dancers who
practised four hours a day, and every
buck dancer takes daLy exercises
! which are every bit as rigorous as
! those of the ballet dancer, in fact cer?
tain exercises are used by both the bal?
let aid soft-shoe dancer, for the same
muscles that enable the ballet girl to
keep her balance must be strengthened
io buck and so't-ihoe work.
"It has alwiiys seemed to me that the
uncertain factor known us 'personality'
enters into minatrel dancing more than
it ny other variety. The harder an
! athletic or an eccentric dancer works,
the more appreciative the audience, as a
general rule; but min>tiol steps are an
utiur story. The chief point is, I think,
to get over the footlights the impres?
sion of ease. And that is why, although
I am in reality wu.'king hard, I always
i try to give my audience the impression
j thai, my steps are timp.e."
VVthK tJLC.NN.NG TO-MORROW EVE.
m like Alice Jlrafly on the t?.:ieen
m I! like nur un tli" Staue."
Ke?urnoil to dip Speaking Siapo
The Play ?if l,,;v..-. Youth ?nil Faith.
II j O WEM DAVIS.
With the Samo Cast That Supported
Mian Brady l>ur!tiK Her Trliimimal
Hun of 341 tVrturmani-i'?
at tho Playhouaa,
,THE UNKNOWN PURPLE
JOHN COItT present?
Tho Befund 8i>a?in of Illa Mu?tcal
Thome? Conker. Tom TVirle. Erin*
with ta vie betoe
Morn, n Metropolitan Ci??t, und Tho
On** A-l Hunt?/ Mn'tnllon.
KFS1 | HENRY MILLER "
KEATS ?LANCHE BATES
NOW. _!_?^ *<<?r ' ??< I? "MOIJUBE"
Nov. 3 - - "TIIRKK FACES EAST"
The Influence of the Bathtub
Is Apparent in the Movies
A few weeks ago Clare A. Briggs
arew a cartoon showing a man trying
to take o bath and answer the tele?
phone at the same time. This cartoon
was the cause of one of the most amus?
ing hoaxes played on a metropolitan
newspaper in years. A man signing
himself "Hrownell" wrote to The New
York Tribune attacking the bathroom
cartoon as vulgar and coarse. Im?
mediately all the Briggs fans rushed
into print to defend their favorite car?
toonist. After two weeks of contro?
versy it developed that Brownell's let
i ter was in reality praise of Briggu's
work, only it had been so subtlety
worded that only a few got the real
This bathtub incident has now been
put into motion pictures, furnishing
I one of the hilarious scenes of "The
i Handy Man Around the House," a
forthcoming Paramount-Briggs comedy,
produced by Briggs from his own car?
Carroll IMcComas in Pictures
Carrol McComas has signed a con?
tract with the Famous Players. Her
j first picture will be in s ?pport of
? Robert Warwick In Somerset Maug
? bum's "Jack Straw." After thus try
! irg her wings she will fly to stardom.
The following lectures will be given
at the Metropolitan Museum of Art on
i Saturday afternoon at 4 p. m., in Class
j Room A.
i November 1. "The Widening Refine?
ment in French Gothic Cathedrals,"
William II. Goodycar, the Brooklyn
.Museum; November 8, "Recently Dis
! covered Architectural Refinements in
the Cathedral of Notre-Dame at
Paris," William H. Goodyear; Novem?
ber 15, "Greek Bronzes," George H.
Chase, professor Harvard University:
November 22, "Greek Terracottas,"
George II. Chase: November 29, "The
Contribution of Crete to Art," Gisela ,
M. A. Richter, The Metropolitan
Museum of Art; December 6, "Roman
Portraiture," Gisela M. A. Richter;
December 13, "The Architecture of |
Ravenna," John Shapley, pr?>fessor
Brown University; December 20, "The ?
Mosaics of Ravenna," John Shapley;
December 27, "Romanesque Portals,"
Charles R. Morey, professor Princeton
January ?3, "The Charm of English
Gothic Architecture," Albert C. Phelps,
professor Cornell University; 10, '"1 he
English Chapter House," Professor Al?
bert C. Phe.ps; 17, "The Art of Louis
XIV and Modern America," E. Raymond
Bossange. Carnegie Institute of Tech?
nology, Pittsburgh; 24, "The Art of
Louis XV and Louis XVl and Modern
America," E, Raymond Bossange; 31,
a subject to be announced later, A. D.
F. Hamlin, professor Columbia Univer?
February 7, "Italian Baroque Sculp?
ture," Chandler R. Post, professor Har?
vard University; February 14, "The De?
velopment of Italian Gardens in tho
Renaissance. With a Study of Certain
Examples' James S. Pray, professor
Harvard University; February 21, "Fur?
ther Examp'es of Italian Renaissance
Gardens?Their Bearing on American
Work," James S. Pray; February 28,
"Early French Book Illustration -The
Hours of the Blessed Virgin Mary,"
William Ivins, jr., Metropolitan Mu?
seum of Art.
African Films Reach New York
A consignment of film, representing
the first stage of the Smithsonian In?
stitution-Universal African expedition
has been received in New York by
Harry Levy, managing director of the
educational department. It is said
that these pictures exceed in interest
anything of the kind that has ever been
? d^ne on the Dark Continent.
To the Public:
The management of the Capitol Theatre realizes-that size,
comfort, luxury, cheerful service, a friendly atmosphere and
beauty of decoration and appointments merely consii.ute the
shell for the kernel patrons seek in attending the theatre?
The programme is to consist of motion pictures, music and
novelties. The pictures will be chosen from the markets of the
world, without favoritism toward any producer or group of
producers; selections being based upon merit.
The es'ablished favorites and les>known arti?ts who have
(he good fortune to produce a really great drama will alike
smile from the "Capitol" screen.
Scenic, scientific and comedy pictures, news reels, trave?
logues and novelties are also to be embraced in the picture
1 he musical features and supplemental entertainment will
later be described in this space.
EDWARD BOWES, ^aiicgmg Director
y??'? B?OADWAY AT49*>?sr Y BROADWAY AT 42?* ST ??????
I HUGO RIESEMFELD. Director ;
S I1I5(,I>MN(? TO-DAY AT 1 p. >| Z
i CHARLES RAY
in a PARAMOUNT-INCH PICTURB
"TUB VA8T OP TU? HHMINOLEH"
"4 YRLi.ow nao catcher"
in a PARAMOUNT-INCH PICTUHH
"What Every Woman Learn*"
HI ALTO MAGAZINE
Lawrence Grossmith Comedy
"MA KINO OOOn WITH MOTH Kit"
"X,A TRAVIATA." Bolertton
Physical Fitness Ina Claire's i
Sine Qua Non for Actresses
Broadway's New Woman
Star Got Her Idea in
a Public School
Ina Claire, questioned yesterday con- '
cerning the sustained buoyancy of her
playing in "The Go'd Diggers" at the j
Lyceum Theatre, the longest r?le she
has ever taken, ^ave the explanation in
two words?"physical fitness."
"That doesn't irrp'y a stupid r?gime
of physical culture." she added. "In
fact, the plan which I evolved for its
accomplishment was for the very pur?
pose of getting away from the monot?
ony of gymnastics as they are com?
monly understood. Watching school
children at this work has so often
given me a dreadful sense of futility ?
of time wasted. I believe it was while
watc1 ing a class in physical culture in
a public school one day that the idea
came to me that there must be some
more beautiful way to achieve that
fitness which is the pride of America
than in the manner in which it was
being taught, but the real inspiration
came to me later.
"I was one day privileged to watch
Isadora Duncan in the rehearsal of
some new dances, at that time in the
process of creation. How much or how
onir she had studied the music she
wished to interpret before she began
to express its thought in motion I
don't know, but I do know that she
took each phrase separately and ren?
dered her conception of it in the
rhythm of a dance motif and then
wove the whole into one exquisite
symphony, which told the storv in mo?
tion equally as effectively as the com?
poser had told it in melody.
"While watching her the idea came
? to me that a group of exercises could
[ be evo'ved from music that would keep
i the body fit while being a sthnu.ant
I to the imagination giving a sense of
I p'easure equal to that one enjoys in
: dancing, and developing one's aisthetic
j sense at the eaine time.
"It wasn't quite as easy to accom
! plish such a thins as it seemed, how
? ever, tor it required a great deal of
study to make the work conform to
the compositions selected, and to se?
lect, on the other hand, such composi
tions as wou'd lend themselves to in?
terpretation through ?rhythmical mo?
tion. But eventua.ly I did it. I evolved
a series of exercises that have been a
joy to me. They brine into p ay every
muscle in my body, and at the same
time g ve me that same exhi aration
that I have in dancing. Through them
I keen my health m;' spirits and whac
you call my buoyancy."
Chelsea Memorial Benefit
At the Manhattan To-night
At the Manhattan Opera House to?
night a benefit performance will b*
given under the aueniceB of the pro?
ducing managers of the citv fur the
Chelsea Memorial Association '?> erect
in the park on Ninth Avenue, be?
tween Twenty-sevt nih and Twenty
eighth streets, a suitable memorial to
the men of the Cnelsea district who
?ave their lues to tiieir countrj in the
war. Among the playera who will ap
pear are Raymond Hitchcock, iiiidie
'antor. Pert Williams, Stella Mayheve,
Van and Schenck Johnny Dooley, Whit?
ing and bun, Ruth Roye, Water J
Pond, Eddie Dowlin? Sylvia (lark, Hal
Hixon, Olga Bergstrom, Bert Levy, the
'1. F. Keith Boys' Bard of 180
Frederick Summer, Lottie Briscoe, Wal?
ter C. Wilson, Harriet Marlotte ano
TO All LOV?RS"
"THREE FACES EAST"
*>A<? UNKNOWN PURPLE
GO TO THE BROADWAY THEATRE
. . AND SEE
? EfflU MRP
THE ONE DOOR GUARDED
THf ONE WINDOW BOLTED
No OTHER. I1EAN5 of ExiT
STILL HE DID ESCAPE !
rounded on Gaston.
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