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THE SUN, SUNDAY, DECEMBER 7, 1918.
fEW PLAYS jrjps ,,
THIS WEEK 'avlfii'-';..
Novelties of the Theatre Week.
I A Drama and a New Play With
Music to Be Seen Here.
MONDAY Maxlne Elliot! Theatre:
"The Things That Count," comedy
in three acts, by Laurence Eyre.
Bronx Opera House : "The Prodigal
JudRe," with George Fawcctt, made
by George Middleton from the novel
of Vaughn Kester.
WEDNESDAY "High Jinks," musi
cal farce taken from the French by
Leo Ditrichstein and Otto Hauer
bach, with music by Richard Friml,
and presented by Arthur Hammer
stein. nr I-AWREJtCn nRAMRR,
ONE Is almost loci to suspect from
certain qualities of "Rachel,"
which brought the talented
Bertha Kallch to the Knickerbocker
Theatre on Monday nlBht. that Cnrlna
.Ionian la n born dramatist. The born
dramatist of the Rod Riven talent I
Mich a familiar figure in the American
theatre to-day that new dramas lilt be
fore the public with tho swiftness of
the cinematograph. Then theatres are
closed with a facility never experienced
before tho born playwright was such a
preponderating ficure in the drama, of
If. T. Parker was recently ills
oournged by the attitude of the pupils
of tho fruitful Kngllsh 47 nt Har
vard University, who seemed to
think and talk more In the terms of
Broadway than the future dramatists
of this country should to make
optimists comfortable ns to the out
come, liven "Believe Me, Nnntlppe"
wan not reassuring enough to counteract
this disquieting symptom. It seems
characteristic of the theatre, however,
that beginners In any of Its depart
ments are likely to become interested
first in Its kast serious ami commend
able phases. Young actors are known
to acquire the worst tricks of old
Makers, and whether or not they
Anally free themselves from such draw
backs to genuine success depends on
their ability to select the best methods
of their art. It Is not easy to recom
mend to any aspirins playwright the
phases of New York's present dramatic
supply which would be most useful to
So far as popular success goes Im
mersion In tho subjects and treatment
of tho authoress once known as the
Duchc-'s might safely be suggested as
n useful 1 Preparation of a theatrical
best seller. Or sufllclent knowledge of
tho wrongs of working girls and the
ultimate Justification of their victims by
processes more or less within the law
might seem a safe theme for Investiga
tion were not thero already ono ex
ample of the futility of trailing too far
behind with the exploitation of kindred
topics on the stage. It Is more or less
Taylor Holmes Tells
Tavlor Holmes In "Oh, I Say!" at the
Casino Thcntre. recently replaced an
other actor In that same part at short
notice. In spite of the fact that he had
only seven dayB rehearsal, Mr. Holmes
made a hit in his new part. Hut hear
the actor tell the story of two previous
experiences along similar lines:
"Some years ago," he said to The Sun
reporter, "I was a member of a stock
company over In Newark. I began as
general utility man. After three weeks,
owing to alcoholism In others 1 was
playing the leading Juvenile roles. Three
months of theso experiences ended with
a trip to Boston, where I gave recitals
In parlors and at hotels.
"While I was etlll In Boston the same
stock company In Newark sent for me
again. I came back and told the man-
nger I wanted ten dollars more than I
had received the year Derore. i oe-
lleve that brought my Balary up to
$30 a week. The second day of rehear-
xals I heard some people on the stage
make remarks about a 'preliminary sea-
Hon.' I asked one of the other actors
what 'preliminary season' meant, and 1
was told that all the actors got nair pay
during that time. I went to the man
ager about It. All he would say was
'Don't worry, old man!' I tried to In
lt. but he assumed an air of supreme
disgust and exclaimed, 'To think that
the man I wanted to make a second
Hlchard Mansfield should be a cold and
"After a long argument I told him
that I would make thia concession, but
that In order to be strictly Just I would
only read the first half of each ltne In
my speeches- Mr. Manager said that
this waa highly ridiculous and that the
audience would not understand what I
was UJklng about. I agreed with him
fully but said that T would also have
alMevlty In finding any reason why I
honld be working at that price- Fin
ally tha manager agreed to give me full
alary even If he had to do It 'out of
bis Own pocket.' I remembered that
we opened on a Saturday night and we
rssarria our flrtt ray ra the follow-
Inevitable that all creative art should
begin by yielding to the temptation of
Imitation. Unfinished methods arc
suited to the development of somebody
else's Idea In a more or less different
form than in Introducing originality
with tho responsibility of adequate
treatment. So probably the young
stydents of the art of playwrltlng turn
tlrst to what has achieved popular suc
cess In their attempt to make a place
In their profession. Moth Edward
Sheldon and Edward Knoblauch were
different from their successors In
selecting at tho beginning, or at all
events nearer to the beginning of their
careers than some others, novelty In
theme. Mr. Sheldon has never, how
ever, equalled In his ability to present
his Ideas In atage form the novel
characters nnd conditions with which
Mrs. Jordan was not tempted to nov
elty by. the material out of which she
fushloned "Rachel." She showed, how
ever, a greater respect for the most
modern manner of treating historical
personages than for any of the tradi
tions of the past. Surely the play
wrights that succeeded the authors of
"Adrienne I.ecouvreui4," whether It were
Olncomettl, Caslmlr Dolavlg, Tom Tay
lor or any of the dramatists of their
countries and time, preserved some
greater sense of the dignity of historical
drama. Mrs. Jordan In building up thi
climax of what she evidently meant to
be the most thrilling act of her play
followed the plan of David ltelasco and
some of his Imitators, who were all of
course keeping in the track of Vlctorlen
Sardou. Tho hidden lover, the 'Clamor
ing mob and the slighted suitor were
mixed In Just the manner that Sar
doudledom lmpoes on Ita disciples. Hut
the qualities of Sardoudledom ore not
the same ns those of that popular Ken
tucky beverage. Not nil of It Is good.
In fact only the very best of it is good
nowadays, and any other brand Is all
but Intolerable. The flavor of the sec
ond quality Is especially unsulted to
mix with historical persons and scenes.
Then Its creator was careful not to
apply n.s mecnanics, cept in .or care ,
of the Napoleon plays, to characters well
known to his audiences. Thus the best
of the Sardou historical dramas were
those dealing with men and women I
scparaieu vy mmic wu...
were Invited to watch their adventures.
It sometimes seems aa If the actors
were really those who lost most by the
system of making them Into so-called
stars. How few of them have profited
artistically or otherwise by the prom
inence which ouch methods have
brought to them. There is scarcely n
week that does not set forth evidence
of the slight opportunities for distinc
tion that come to the rank and file of
those who have won eminence In their
profession and for a while have been
ticketed with the title of stars. Certainly
of His Quick Studies
Ing Tuesday. That pay was for one
night's performance. The amount
which I received was only half what
was due me.
"The business manager explained that
even though I had been promised full
salary my full salary did not begin
until tho first full week. In the .mean
time I had obtained my first full salary
for the llrst full week beginning on
Monday, but they still held back half
of the pay dire for that first Saturday
night. As I recollect It, the. amount
was $2.73 or thereabout. Score one for
the manager. I never got the $2.73.
"My second experience at' coming
Into u play on short notice was In con
nection with the production of 'Mar
riage a la Carte' at the Casino Theatre.
Harry Conor left the company and the
j first man to be rehearsed In his place
was a. ceriain nu comruiun. une uny
the company was assembled and the
comedian began to read his part. On
! the very first page he hit the word
I 'Juxtaposition' and on the very next
1 page he came across 'amphibiously.' He
1 dropped the book and ran as fast aa he
could to the stage door. He said this
was neither his kind of a language nor
his Idea of elocution.
"I waa the next man to be drafted
for this role, and you will please re
; member that the company, so far as I
could ascertain, had rehearsed contln-
I ually for fourteen weeks, because the
play had never been entirely whipped
into ahape, although It had run for eome
time. The first day that I went onto
the atage one of the English chorua
girls said: 'They seem to have ex
hausted all the fat comedians and now
I suppose they are going to start In on
the aklnny ones.'
"In my experiences of being obliged
to learn long rolea at short notice I
have always found my best hours of
concentration to be late at night. After
I once get my brain to absorb I can
go ahead Just as long as the body will
endure the strain. The difficulty Is to
get the solitude and quiet which In
duce this mood,"
r B2BtsjLy mow at tmc pcctxsmmctC N
an actor so admirable in certain ways as
Louis Mann would not have to alter
nate between the vaudeville theaties
and his occasional theatrical ndventures
In nny country of Europe. Nor would
the rare skill of Henrietta Crnsman
be so little prized elsewhere. If these
two actors were for Instance of equal
skill In Germany they would occup
posts of artistic Importance In one or
,ne oth(,r f Ulf coumi.y. llbslillzed
thp!ltrrs. A1) tno BrtUlt of tno r.erman
ptaf.e aro not ,0 be foun(, m crlm or
V)cnna ,2very dty of ,mpoPtanon nas
tncatre wUh R co;npny ()f nct0I,,
elected In accordance with Its ability
to pay them. There they are engaged
for years, to act occasionally In other
citlep, and always to enjoy tho respect
of their audiences and tho opportunity
for their artistic development, which is
less compatible with the scramblo to
keep a place In a country that demands
many other qualities than fine hlstrlon
Ism In Its popular players.
One Is sometimes tempted to agTee
with the manager who proclaimed that
ten years are sufficiently prolonged to
exhaust tho popularity of any man or
woman on tho stage of this country.
It does not follow that their vogue
departs because of the lncreaso In years
or because of any diminution of talent.
It is the demand for the new fuce, tho
novel personality. Then equally if not
of greater Importance- Is tho value of
the new play. It Is vain for skilful and
It took Charles Ooddard nnd Paul
Dickey nearly three years to place
their first play, "The Ghost Breaker,"
produced nt tho Lyceum Theatro last
spring. Hut their second play, "The
Misleading Lady," was completed and
sold within a month.
"Wo have found," said Mr. Goddard
to Tub Sun reporter, "that a play
wright's craft Is the hardest kind to
launch, hut once It has struck man
agerial waters with fair success the
sailing Is reasonably smooth. Our ex
periences with 'The Ghost Breaker'
seem amusing now, though at tho time
they did not.
"Dickey had an opening in the Harris
offices, as ha had been falling down an
eighteen foot cliff on the Hudson The
atre stage six evenings and two mati
nees a week In tho melodrama 'Pierre
of the Plains.' Between falls we had
written 'The a host Breaker.' The mo
ment the manuscript was typed Dickey
read it to the late Henry B. Harris and
Mrs. Harris, They accepted It on the
first reading, but the faith that Mr. and
Mrs. Harris had In our piece waa not
shared by either of the two stars whom
Mr. Harris thought he might present in
the piece. There is apparently a super
stition among actors, particularly stars,
that a first play is likely to be unsuc
cessful. They feel too that they are
being made part of an experiment, the
experiment being the ability of an un
known writer to turn out a popular
"At the end of a year Mr. Harris
walked ua Into his office and handed us
back the script.
'nova ' ti mM 'vaiif nlav tm All
right, but I will be hanged If I can get
the right sort of a leading man for It.'
"He aejffgeatal that we might get
experienced actois lo put their best into
any piny which has not Its own elements
of vitality. So the public turns from
tho scene to the theatre, which bos
perhaps the youthful beginner luckily
placed In a drama that touches the
public heart. The foreign theatres with
their trained and artistic cohorts are
said to reward tho actors, even in a
proportionate degree, much less liberal
ly than those of our own country. Hut
it is prohable that the term of their
maximum earning power covers n much
longer period than is known to the
American star of the present generation.
Of course this public fickleness Is
altogether modern. In the past actors
were able to keep tho affection of thitr
audlenceR so long as they were physi
cally capable of doing themselves Jus
lice. It would be idle to Fay that they
always enjoyed tho same favor. There
were sometimes lean years, sometimes
fat ones. They wero not nt nil events
dismissed with Indifference after a few
seasons of favor. So the present day
star must make hay while tho sun
Is high In the theatrical heavens, since
It Is likely to set In theso hurried days
with altogether unnatural swiftness.
NOVELTIES OF THE WEEK.
A Piny and n Mimlrnl I'nrpe to lie
To-morrow evening In the Maxlne
Elliott Theatra William A. Urady will
offer a new American play entitled ''The
certain well known stnr. That star soon
convinced us that he did not care for
literary laboratory work.
"That summer, following the return
of our manuscript, Dickey accepted a
stock engagement In Columbus. By
agreeing not to charge nny royalties wo
were able to get n production of 'Tho
Ghost Breaker' ono week In August. At
that tlmo all of the dramatic critics in
Cleveland were taking a vacation ex-
cent one woman. Because she was
alone In the field nnd this was tho llrst
actual performance she had ever wit
nessed she took herself very seriously.
She carefully picked out all technical
flaws and catalogued them. The ne;;t
day sho told mo that she had enjoyed
tho show personally nnd believed that
It would bo hailed ns a success hut
that sho felt bound to criticise It tech
nically. "It was a gloomy week, until Satur
day afternoon Elsie Jnnls and her
mother happened Into tho theatre at
that matinee and liked the play so
much that they wired Charles Dilling
ham. Mr. Dillingham sent for us.
Dickey read the play and Mr. Dilling
ham grew enthusiastic. A day was set
for the arrangement of the terms. Then
we met an obstacle In the form of
Charles Prohman.. It seems that Mr.
Frohman had a drama somewhat sim
ilar In scene though not In theme. We
were 'nosed' out.
"In desperation we turned the play
over to an agent. Within three weeks
six mansgera had turned It down. Panic
stricken we made the play agent hand
all the copies back to us.
"We then fell into tne nanaa or tne
J-theatrlcal wolves. There are three com-
;inon varieties, ana we met mem an. .
"The first was aa author, who agreed
A Comedy Drama and . One
filings That Count." Tins piece Is by I
Laurence Eyre, a playwright from the
actors' ranks. It was previously acted
as "Mrs. ChrlstmaB Angel." Mr. Eyre
played with Julia Marlowe, with the
Castle Square Stock Company, and more
recently with tho Ben Greet players.
"The Things That Count" Is a play
that concerns Itself neither with the
problems of the hour nor tho perplexi
ties of to-morrow and employs char
acters familiar to every one. The main
interest attaches to an old couple well
past the meridian of life, affecting a
deep Interest In love nmf charity when
ussoclated with a benevolent society, but
none too familiar with these virtues
when encountered elsewhere. The love
thread of tho play Is carried by a young
actress, left destitute by her husband's
death, and a young actor who was the
husband's best friend. Throughout the
three acts there Is a hint of Christmas,
j The play begins In the morning room of
u home on Washington Square and the
two remaining nets pass In a fourth floor
room In a tenement house of lower
Alice Brady In the new play Is to be
seen in a role more ambitious than any
, she has yet undertaken. The cast In-
eludes Florlne Arnold, Howard Fsta
' brook, Albert Heed, Wallace Ersklnc,
Hilda Knglund, Margaret Seddon, Jose
phine Williams, Nick Long. Idolene Cot
ton and others.
Arthur Hammersteln's musical farce
comedy "High Jinks" will begin Its
.Ww York engagement at the Lyric
Theatre on Wednesday evening.
The book is by Leo Ditrichstein and
ntto llauerbaeb. The music is by Itti
dolC Frlml, who was first Introduced to
the American public a year ago by Mr.
Hammerstelu through tho production of
"The firefly." Mr. Hauerbach was the
author of the book of "The Firefly."
Tills Is therefore the second piece he
,,nd .Mr. Fritnl have ct rated together.
"High .links" Is in Hire,, nets. The
action takes place In Paris during a car
nival. Or. Thnriu; an American nerve
specialist practising In the French capi
tal, has a friend by the name of Dick
Winae, an explorer, and MVipjic has
discovered a drug In the form of a per
fum called "High Jinks." Tile effect
of this perfume Is to make tho timid
brave, the pe.-slnil.-t an optimist, the
sirlotis man Jovial and the prudish per-
p...... wuwiii, me complications oi
the piece nrj brought about by the man-
ner in which Or, Thome experiments
with this curious drug. .Much of the
piot Is told in songs with music that is
said to be tuneful nnd appropriate. j French. As It l.s largelv gesture and
The cast of "High Jinks" includes "business" It ought to be as compro
Elteabeth Murray and Tom Lewis at the j henslble In one tongue as another,
head of a list Including Ignacln Mar- On Monday and Wednesday the popu
tlnettl, Elaine Hanimerstein, Robert Pit- 1 lor drama of military life "Knsjrneti
kin. Hurrell Barbaretto, Snltz Edwards, ' luft" will be acted at the Irving Plac
Blanche Field, Ada Meade, Mana Zueca, i Theatre; on Tue.-d iy "Dor Gute Ruf."
Ilmllle Lea, Augustus Schultz and Klsln by Stideiinann; on Thursdav "IV.
iJergley. Dunkle Punkt." by Gu-tnv Kadelburg:
' on Friday "Jiigendtreund," by I'uld.i
The Bronx Opera House the comln
week will be tho scene of the first pro
duction of a dramatization In four acts
by George Mlddleton of Vaughn Kes
ter's widely read novel "The Prodigal
Judge," with George Fawcett In the
title role, supported by n carefully se
lected company which Includes James
Seeley, George C. Slnley, Robert Thorne,
Thomas V. .Morrison. Francis Brandon,
Harold McrrUm. Charles T. Lewis, Ar
thur C. Davis, N. II. Thompson, Thomas
Ashton Castle. Harry Douglas, Ed
Stevens, Master Bert Burton, Elsie
llcrndon Kearns nnd Mrs. Roy Burton.
to get us a production If he were to
make several changes. He was to gel
one-half of the royalties. This author
Is well known, He has a country estate.
Ho ought to have two. Next was a
shoestring manager, who enden voted
to have us ralso $3,000 toward the pro
duction, lie went so far ns to tease
us with a check for J.100 advance royal
ties, which he said he would give us,
I or If we preferred not to bother about
tho check transaction ho would deduct
the sum from the JH.00O when we ml
vanced It to him.
"We later struck nn actor 'shark' who
fcald that he would piwlucc it as his
vehicle provided he were allowed to ad
Just it to hl,s personality. Ho was to
be compensated, of course, for the ad
justment by one-half of the royalties.
Ono morning last winter Dickey met
Maurlco Campbell, who had read the
manuscript and liked It.
" 'I hear tht every manager In New
York haa turned down that play of
yours,' he said.
"'Well,' Dlckoy admitted, 'theTo la
one manager who has just returned
from Europe who haa not seen it yet.' "
Mr, Campbell virtually swent him off
his feet by exclaiming, "Well, never mind
mat man. Bring your manuscript up
to my office this afternoon. I will take
the play. I have got JUBt the actor to
appear In It." The actor was H. B.
Within a fortnight after the play
was produced at the Lyceum Theatre
four of the atx managers who refused
the play when It was sent to them by
a play agent offered a commission to
the authors to write for various stars.
Two they mentioned were stars who
nan retusefl to appear In the play when
first accepted by Henry B, Harris.
CHANGES OF BILL.
Georgo Bernard Shaw's "Cirsnr and
Cleopatra" will be performed this week
at the Shubert Theatre by Forbrs-ltob-ertson
anil Gertrude Elliott on next
.Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday nights
anil a matinee on Wednesday. These
turfiirm:itlpeH will firnhahlv he tile last.'
nf this nl.iv tr, !.. ..iven hv Forbes. I tol.. 1
ertson during his farewell engagement.!'" possible.'
Mice and Men" will be seen on Thur.s-1
day night nnd "The Merchant of Venice",
will be presented on Friday night .
"Homlet" will bn the matinee offering
on Saturday and "The Passing of theltunlty of giving their private lives so
Third Floor Back," followed by "Tip; !
Sacrament of Judas," will be played or
Forbes-Hoberlson's first appearance
In America at Olhellu in Shakespeare's
tragedy of that name will be made nt
the Shubert Theatre nn Monday night
December 15. Gertrude Elliott will be
seen for the first time as Dctdrmonn '
and S. A. Cookson will appear as Jnim I
Owing to the success of the school
matinee of "The Merchant of Venice"
last Wednesday afternoon Forbes-Robertson
has decided to repeat this nejc',
Wednesday, December 1", and "llnm.
let" Hie following Wi'dnoday afternoon,
the 1' Ith Inst., at riduced prices for the
"peci.ll benellt of the sihools and col
leges In Greater New York. It Is Im
portant to note that Forbes-ltobertson
will not bo seen In any of the suburban!
theatres in New York, nor at Brooklyn
ir Newark, so that his pteseut appear
ances at the Shubert Theatre constitute
the positively last opportunities New
York playgoers will have of seeing him
"Little .Miss llrown," hv Philip Bar
tholoinae, will be seen this week nt th"
lioyal Theatre. Jean Newcombe, w'i
will have a part In the comedy, used t'
! a designer In the establishment of
Mrs. Oshoine. She was later with othei
well known dressmakers until It w,t
Impossible for her to combine her stai
work with her previous occupation.
"The Marriage Market," with DonaM
Brian, Carroll McCnmas, Venlta Fit?.
hugh nnd the rest of the company from
i ho Knickerbocker Theatre will com
thi- week to the Grand Opera House
This will be the last engagement of
The Marriage Mntket" hire.
"Kiss Me Quick." which lingered for
a while at the Forty-eighth Street Thea
tre and then turned up Its little toe-i,
will le seen nt the Harlem i ipera Hous
Ills week, With Florence Malone In til"
role acfed by Helen Lowell. Itams.-v
Wallace will have the principal man'
pnrt, Philip Bartholomae thus has two
if his plays on view In New York this
Excuse Me" may h scn this ween
(,,t the West End Theatre with sonr
actors said to be equal to those whi
1 Hrt made Rupert Hughes's play such a
j micccsh at the Gaiety Theatre. Thl-
1 play Is soon to be ttan-lated Int)
on Saturday aflernoon "The Pillars of
s-ucieiy, aim on .auirnny evening it
Tallman," by the same author.
What Is Doing in
Anna Held-" li-iughtcr. Llano Carreta.
who made a fiuorable impriihloii upon
her debut la-t week at Hainmcrsteln's.
has won for beief a second week of
headline honors. .Mi.-s I'nrii'ia appears
u a liui-kal sketch written hi Irving Iter
llu, anil Is MiiTounileil liy ten i-howgirls.
The suppb military headline!' will he Ra.tili
Ueiz, whoso eflorts are divided bitwien
musical coinvily and atiilellle. other
acts will Include Muiphy and Nichols In
"A School tor Acting," "Motoring," the
lltl.". model of Marry Tate and company,
Marry itilfoil, Ficil V. Howeis nnd com
pany, the .Meredith Sisters, Wood and
11 de. Ilanlon ami I'lllton, Gin o Wilson,
,11m Cody, Will Tucker nnd liobbs .-mil
Nora Hayes, ns-Klsled b I In) Clarke,
will lit' the leading attraction this week
at the Palace. Another feature will be
Will M, Cressy and lllanclie Dayne in a
one art play called "The Man Who Re
membered" and other acts will include
Bernard Gtanvllle, llarr Tlghe nnd his
collegians In "Taking Tilings Kas";
Wright nnd Diettlcli, the Wreino Family,
tho 1'arbi'f Girls, Sprague and McNeece,
llcrt Errol and new Pathe motion pictures.
Eva Tatiguay, the "cyclonic comedi
enne," who has not appeared in New
York for some time, will be the particu
lar attraction this week nt the Forty
fourth Street Music Mall She will have
a number of new songs and will wear
somo unusual costumes which have not as
yet been seen here. Thfie will be a long
supporting bill, Including "Any Night,"
tho playlet which was shown last sea
son nt tho Princess.
Foremost on the bill nt the Fnlon
Square this week will be .less.i L. Lasky's
original farce, comedy, "Eloping," which
will be presented by a large company
headed by Derrick and Hart. Heine Dav
les and company, Fields nnd Hawthorne,
Herbert Lloyd, Phaclal Arniond, Ernie
nnd Ernie, Lydell, Rogers and Lydell.
Raymond and Bain, and Carl Henry and
Nellie Francis will complete the bill.
I.llllan Lorraine will be the hoadtlner
this week at Proctor's Fifth Avenue.
Others will Include Rube Marouard and
Blossom Beeley, Maud Hull Macy and
David Illgglns In 'TTlie Gray of the
Dawn." Charles Dooin, nianagnr of the
Philadelphia Baseball Club, and Jnmes
MeCool In "Baseball In Ireland," Capt.
Anson, Clark and Verdi, Van and
Schenck, Hilda Morris, Robins, the Four
Bards and Carl Grees.
Half a doxen headline acts will be
among the features of the bill at the
Colonial Theatre this week, Including
HOW ACTORS KEEP YOUNG.
It l,ent n formula From One Wko
Thinks They Do.
Orrln Johnson, lending man in "The
Marriage dame" at tho Comedy Thea
tre, Is one of tho best examples of an
actor who knows how to keep young,
lie laughs about the number of year
he has lon playing leading Juveniles,
lidding that, far from being relegated to
old men parts, ho finds his greatest diffi
culty In keeping Broadway managers
from casting him to play boy parts.
"And that Is entirely too undignified,"
Nor does tho actor attribute his look
of you th fulness to tho fact that ho Is
unmarried. In real life Orrln Johnson
has always been nn onlooker nt tho mar
riage game and has acquired much phll-.,
osophy thereby. None, however, leads
to the conclusion that married men and
women become old more quickly than
"On the contrary," he explains, "mar
ried life tits in quite nicely with my
theory that you must keep out of a rut
to keep young, ond where will you find
more variety than Is furnished somo
"I first began to understand why
actors were ablo to look and be young
so much longer than others when I be
came Interested recently In a discussion
about cheating time raised by Dr. I. L.
Naseher of the New York College of
1'hyslclans and Surgeons. Dr. Naseher,
It appears, does not think them Is any
excuse for old peoplo If they will only
not nllow themselves to sit down and b
old. He prescribes the bald headed row
for old men and nn encouragement ot
vanity in both men and women. His
theory simmers down to 'have many in-
tercsts and live as manv different lives
' niu is exactly wnere actors nav
l,1P best or It. i hey. ir they are good
actors aim enter into tneir parts at nil,
I've many lives and hae the oppor-
much rest that they are practically dou
bled. Of course there are many material
things for the actor to do to keep young.
Just as Dr. Naseher prescribes good
cheer ond sleep and massage nnd cold
needle baths for tho layman; but the.
mental attitude Is tho thing that counts
most with every one.
A lung time ago
I laid out a regimen for myself, and I
have adhered to It strictly. I Insist on
nine hours sleep, for ono thing; ab
stemiousness In eating as well ns drink
ing, and I walk eight or ten miles a day.
But the mental attitude is the thing.
"Hut most of all, the thine that keeps
actors from getting Into a beaten path
to any extent Is their professional life.
They have to keep active physically and
mentally from the verv demands of their
profession, or they will be left far back
.n th"lr rut. They know that they musr
live the lives of the characters they pur
tiav to make thdr plays successful"
PLAYS THAT ABIDE.
The attractions to be seen i t New
York theatres are: "The Temp r.imen
tal Journey." at the Republic; "Seven
Keys to Baldpate." nt the Astor; 'Pru
nella," nt the Booth; "At Bty." nt tho
Thirty-ninth Street Theatre; Lauren
Taylor In "Peg o' My Heart," nt the
Cort; five one act plays at the Prin
cess: Fannie Ward In "Madam Presi
dent," at tho Garflck; To-day." nt tlm
Forty-eighth Street Theatre; ' The Fam
ily Cupboard," at the Plavhouse, I'l rls.
tie MncDonald in "SavetheHrts " nr lh
Liberty. "Nearly Married." nt tlie Gai
ety; "p.ita.-h - I'erlmutter " .it Gi irge
M. Cohans Theatre. "Allele" nt the
l.onaacrc; "Within the Law," n' the E'
tinge; David Warfl"Id In "Tim uc
tiutieer," at the Belasco, "nh, I Say," n
tho Casino; "The Marriage Game," nt
the Comedy; Ethel ltairymore in
"Tante," nt the Empire; Elsie 1'ergu
son In ''The Strange Woman," at the
Lyceum: "Hop o' My Thumb," at th
Manhattan Opera House; "The MWn.nl
ing Lady," nt the Fulton, nnd "Rache "
at the Knickerbocker Theatre.
THE PLAYS IN BROOKLYN.
Wlinl to Sfr Tlierc ThU Week.
Majhstii- TimATr.K - Henrietta Cros
man, with her amusing vomeri
"Tongues of Men." will be seen here thu
week. Mist- Oiosman finds as tho tern
per.imentnl singer an admirable role for
the display of her qualities as a come
Crxsch-NT Theatre "Oraustnrk" Is
play of adventure which never falls t
tl.rill the pulses f Its audiences. Th s
week tlie snilful actors of the Crescen
Tlieatle will bo seen in this play.
' Ann lln Stone and Armand KalKz l
I ".Mon IVslre." an opeia boiiffe , Hem
' ., iw, Stot, The Green Hotlr
i i 'liln. so luntasv .. Sewnotir lirim
i and cnmn.inv In "The llneliflm- no ,.
Hall ami West, Dchuott and Lee. th.
Great Richards. "The Act Beautiful" nn
Tlenit' nnd Sahliot Sunday concerts w ll
be glvi ti to-da.
Jack Norwoith will be nt the Alhainbia
Theatre this week with n repertoite if
new sons" ami his Intest sp.ri.nts Bcl'r
lllaniiie will also 'ng new o'ig Id's, ni I
th" lemnlnder of the pmgranie wl'l u
elude i 'la ton While and eonip tin- t
i 'hcile ' Sam Mann and company In
"I'll. .New Lendei. Jim Diamond and
Sbd llreiinan. the Clmdwlck Trio, Wa'
l.ue Gavin, llelle dura and tho Alpin"
Tioiipe Concerts will take place tn-dav
A big bill nf ftature acts will be offered
nt tlie Hnm Tbentin this wtk, made
up us follows; Robert T. Haines and
company In "The Man In the Dark."
ft ell Lean, assisted by cio .M.iyneld in
"Acting Songs," i,ons ,. Simon nnd
Kathou O'teiman, presenting "A Pei
slaii Oatdeu" Vorkn nnd Adams, Volant
and Ids l'J.Nlng Piano, 1M Morton,
Chi Is Richards, Grace Wilson, Cooper
nnd Robinson, the Azard Brothers. Mere
dith and Stioor.tr. his dog, and Datntee
La Crandall. The usual concerts will
take plaeo to-day.
"The Four Sterling Girls," offering nn
instrumental act, will top a diverting
bill at Proctor's Twenty-third Street
for the first half of this week. Other
features hilled are Morgan Chester and
company In a comedy sketch, Nelson and
Nelson, Gatdner West nnd Sunshine.
Leonard Kane, Burns and King, nnd
black and white photo plays which are
Conroy and Le Mario's players In a
blackface skit called "A King for a Night '
will bo the topllners of an nil coined v
bill at Proctor's Fifty-eighth street tids
week. Other acts will be the three O'Neill
Sisters. Chapptl nnd Muse, tho Three
llolstoii Boys, Howe and Edwards, Red
dlngton and Grant, and black and white
photo plays de luxe.
Proctor's East 123th Street Theatr
thla week will have a bill of twelve acts,
Including Georgo nnd Llllle Garden, Sam
Morris, Clark 'and riorenco company, the
Kerley Brothers and company, O'Brien
and Brooks, the Franklin Wallace Three,
"The Waif," n comedy sketch; Wheelei
nnd Thompson. Reo and Norman, the
rMarshalls, Allien' Monks, and black an
white flrst run photo pia.