THE FIRST DRAMAS OF MAY
RE THE FOOTLIGHTS
Garrick to Offer
Another Week of
Its Opening Play
"The Boomerang" to Be Held
Over?"Nice People" Comes
To the National.
THE tremendous popularity achieved by the
Garrick players last week la their pre
sentation of the Belasco success, 'The
Boomerang." has resulted In the decision
to hold this play over for a second week, be
ginning tomorrow night. The National, however,
offers an Interesting view of the "flapper" in
the presentation of Rachel Crothers* play. "Nice
People," while Poll's offers, allegedly for the ?
last time, the Richard Walton Tully classic,
"The Bird of Paradise." This play, however,
will delay Its opening until Tuesday night,
owing to the appearance for one performance
only, tomorrow night, of the Mask and Wig Club
of the University of Pennsylvania
NATIONAL?s*m H. Harris' production of
"Nice People,** the comedy by Rachel Crothers,
starring Francine Larrimore, will open a week's
engagement at the National Theater tomorrow
evening direct from two seasons In New York
and Chicago **Nlce People." though a sprightly
comedy, concerns Itself with the lax manners
and the flouting of propriety by young people of
modern society. Her "Teddy" Gloucester, played
by Miss Larrimore. Is a high-splrltedf spoiled,
self-willed daughter ""of wealth whose reckless
philandering: mirrors the social unrest of the
present generation. In the cast are Robert*
Ames. Merle Maddem, Helen Crane, Gordon
Alexander. Hugh Huntley. Martin Alsop, Guy
Milham. Edwin Hensley and Charles Glbney.
POLI'S "The Bird of Paradise/* one of the
lasting favorites of the stage, will play fts
final engagement at Poll's, opening Tuesday
evening. The story concerns a Hawaiian prin
cess. who falls In lov^ with an American, who
marries her. He loses self-respect, but is dis
covered by American friends* Back , in society
he discovers he does not love his brown prin
cess. She is put to death by the natives. Ann
Reader plays Luana. In the cast are Herbert
Charles. Frederick Forrester, Allen Mahar, Rose
u-altmr. JUIPg L.?XOTTfTWr?ITrank L. Cooley
and Douglas Cosgrove.
GARRICK?The approval that greeted the
presentation by the Garrick Players last week
of the Belasco coAedy success. "The Boomerang."
has resulted in the decision to present this
offering for a second week at the F street
playhouse, beginning tomorrow night. Wanda
Lyon. already established as a stock favorite,
will be seen in the role of Virginia Kelva. a
characterisation which gives her the fullest
opportunity to reveal a wealth of personal
charm and talent. Sidney Mason. Garry Mc
Garry, Frank DuFrane, Ada Meade, Mrs. Charles
B. Hanfiord. Sara Farrar, Gerald Oliver 8mlth.
Edwin Trusheim. George H. Trader and Dorothy
McGrew all have roles. Wanda Lyon and Sidney
Mason will hold a reception on the stage of the
theater after the Thursday matinee.
EITH'8, the Cosmos and the Strand con
Ktlnue to carry on the vaudeville ban
ner which shows no signs of tarnished
brilliance even this late in the season.
Gertrude Hoffman and her American Ballet will
be the bright particular feature at B. F.
Keith's for the week, though the Cosmos and
the Strand present bills of high standard. The
Coamos offers the musical number, "The Love
Nest." while the Strand's chief selection is the
song-and-dance extravaganza, "Around the
B. F. KEITH'S?Gertrude Hoffmann and her
American Ballet and Leon Barte will be the
headline? at Keith',, beginning tomorrow. In
"Bhayton's Captive," Mice Hoffmann la credited
with having reached the apex of her stage
career. It la In fifteen episodes and picture, a
lore romance of the Far East. Added attrac
tlona will be D*Ainore Franklyn and Douglas
Charlee. aaelated by Ethel Trueedale, In "A
Vaudeville Surprlee"; "The Come-Backs" In
mlnatreley; Joe Browning tn "A Timely Ser
mon**: Herechel Henlere, pianist. In "Plano
flage"; Kay Laurell and company In a Jolly
comedietta. 'The Naughty Wife"; Frank Browne,
"Knight of the Hammers": Kane and Grant,
and the regular house features.
COSMOS?Two headllnere will top the Cosmos
Theater bill this week, beginning tomorrow aft
ernoon. They are Billy Brendel's musical
comedietta. 'The Love Nest,'* featuring Jack
West. Clyde Kerr and Margaret Cameron, and
the Pauline Fielding Playera In "The Rose of
Virginia.** Other acts will Include Margaret
Parrell tn song studies; Lane and Freeman In
comedy with songs; Broslus and Brown, "Brain
less Wonders": Davis and McCoy In "Chase
Me"; Marie Prevoat In "A Dangerous Little
Demon": "The Piper." a Fox Sunshine picture;
the Urban Movie Chats and the International
STRAND?At th* Strand, beginning today, the
vaudeville portion of the bill Is headed by
Victor .Hyde's timely arfd versatile musical,
,c?nic. song and dance extravaganza. "Around
tna Clock." Others on the bill are Rusaell and
Hayea In "Let's Sing": Jack Reddy In "Charac
ter Studies from Life": Carl and Ines In their
refreshing comedy orlgtnallty. "A Doorstep
Kooeo": Fred Grey, assisted by Jean Carpenter,
In the musical festival, "The New Bell-Boy":
Rex Reach's production of his great Alaskan
railroad story, "The Iron Trail." featuring
. Wyndham Standing. Thurston Hall. Reginald
Denny. Alma Tell. Harlan Knight. Betty Car
Banter and Lee Begga.
jST LEON DARBE
[THE HI? of paradisi^I
NfiW YORK PLAY&i
By Walter F. Eberhardt.
NEW YORK. April 29.?Actually
coming. "Partners Again."
"Th? Hairy Ape." which gradu
ated to Broadway from the Neigh
borhood House last week, is a psy
chological study, misnamed comedy.
Because a pert miss with a hobby
for slumming discovers him curs
ing and sweating in the stokehole
of a liner and calls him "The Hairy
Ape." "Yank" realizes he "doesn't
belong." And the succeeding scenes
show he doesn*t belong on Fifth
avenue, in the stokehole, with the
I. VV. W.'s or with the gorilla at
the zoo. Coming from Eugene
O'NelFs pen, "The Hairy Ape" has
excited as much interest as "The
"The Shadow"?Six months after
Jacob Waycott has disappeared his
body is discovered, circumstantial
evidence pointing: to his heir and
nephew. Elias. The latter was in
love with Hester, since married to
Phillip Blanchard. Phillip confesses
to the deed, but persuades Elias.
for the love he bore Hester, to stand
trial. When the unexpected vcr
dict of "Guilty" is returned. Phillip
prepares to confess by suicide; but
at the last moment word is brougliti
that Ellas has killed himself. At
Hester's urging. Phillip decides the
sacrifice shall not be in vain and
decides to live on. This plot, Eden
Philpotts', which brings Helen Mao
Kellar back, prompts Heywood
Broun to say that the play hasj
"flashes of distinction." The Ne^
York Telegram calls !t a "Haw
thorne-like study of the expiation
of sin," while Burns Maatle, while
lauding the "good acting," deplore*)
the "forced happy ending." |
It was a happy turn In the pro
fessional affairs of Miss Merle Mad
dern that cast her for the role of the
reforming aunt In "Nice People,"
which will be seen this week at the
Miss Maddern has devoted much of
her career to portraying the type of
woman who wrecks and ruins, who
invites disaster rather than attempts
to prevent it Season after season
she was chosen for vampire roles.
She became mistress of every trick
of the stage adventuress' repertoire.
Her nightly tasks consisted of break
ing from one to a half-dowi hearts.
In blasting marital hapcJjjess and
in "luring men's souls t<> lestruc
tion," as they say in the Movies.
Producers were appar?Oy con
vinced that no happy homes could
be successfully demolished until Miss
Maddern had been placed in charge
of the lob. Her plea that she wanted
to De a "good woman" went unheeded
in managerial offices. And then, just
as she wag on the point of rebellion,
just as she vowed she was forever
through with "vamping," Rachel
Crothers selected her as the ideal
actress to direct Franc! ne Larri
more's feet in the straight and nar
row path in "Nice People." Oddly
enough, the very attributes that con
demned Miss Maddern to vampire
characters were responsible for .her
selection as a peacemaker.
"The traditional conception of an
adventuress is a woman who is tall,
slender and dark." says Misa Croth- |
ers. "As Miss Maddern is a living
answer to this description she be
came a victim of precedent. It is
my observation that the unscrupu
lous woman is more frequently of
the blond, ingenue type, and it was
this that Rfcided me -in casting
Miss Maddern for her present role.
M/tf CARET TAUBBJ.
i IN THE EDITOR'S LETTER-BOX
A Native Son Speaks.
The Dramatic Editor of The Her
ald has a finely-pointed pen, one
that he wields with no inconsider
able courage and that usually has
the backing: of sane Judgment.
When he sticks to his business he
has few equals along the Atlantic
seaboard. But his business is not
that of taking gratuitous flings at
public officials who are striving to
do their duty, nor at cities that
have fair names.
When he ventures to assert that
"Arbuckle, of course, has been
shamelessly maltreated by tha au
thorities in San Francisco, who,
finding themselves unable to con
vict of murder, set themselves to
the, business of ruining him finan
cially," he departs from the field
of legitimate dramatic criticism
and ventures into a realm he has
no right to Invade.
When he speaks of "those who
still hanker for the flesh pots of
'Frisco and Hollywood,M he leaves
an implication that is not only un
warranted but unjust.
As a citizen of San Francisco,
and I may tell you it is no mean
city, whether weighed artistically
or morally, I feel the hot blood
mount to my cheejcs at these gibes.
1 am not unfamiliar with my na
tive town. As hotel reporter for
one of lt? dailies I spent several
years on the beat that includes the
St. Francis Hotel. On more than
one occasion I have interviewed
Mr. Arbuckle there. I can say for
the management of that hostelry
ihat it strives, wit'h an effort sec
ond to none in this country, to sus
tain a reputation for that estab
lishment and for that city that no
such affair as the one in which Mr.
Arbuckle was involved, however
unfortunate, can destroy. I feel
certain that I could break a lance
with the critic, did space permit
and were controversy desirable,
over the policy which prompted
District Attorney Brady to take
GLEN ECHO PARK
PLANS TO REOPEN
SATURDAY, MAY 13
Glen Echo?Washington's finest
amusement park?opens at 1 p. m.,
Saturday, May IS. All through the
winter an army of workmen have
been busy putting the park in
shape and thousands of dollars
have be*n spent for remodleing and
installing new mirth provokers.
The big Coaster Dip has been en
larged and is 1,000 feet longer than
last year, and much speedier. By
adding two big "dips" with an
eighty-five foot drop, and smaller
ones in proportion to the grade, the
tljree cars travel over a course of
r-aily 4,000 leet. -
Ike manarvment has also installed
i new $4,000 urgan in connection with
the Carousal, where pre-war pric3s
will prevail for the children.
OtN-r ** inurements re no'at *d nr. d
improved ar? tre Mldwny, whor* tlu.
"Rocking Pigs" have been installed;
Tiw *Vhip, Dejby, Old MM!, an-) sev
eral smaller ?vy ulaccr. 0
The Herald will be pleaoad te pnblish
on this par* 1 attar* from readers con
cerniac the theater. Communications
should be typewritten if possiblo and
should not exoeed 300 words. Stamps
mast accompany requests for return of
manuscripts, and anftnymous letters will
not be considered.
his action In this case, even bad I
no other grounds to argue on than
that of the deterrent effect it might
San Francisco is not called
" "Frisco" by people who, as former
President Taft put it, "know how."
It is only those foreign to the
spirit of that city who de?ignate it
by the ill-sounding abbreviation.
I write these things somewhat in
anger, but more in sorrow. The
lead of last Sunday's page almost
spoiled for me th& thoroughly en
joyable paragraphs about Olga
Petrova and Fred Stone. I have
such high regard for The Herald's
criticisms that not a little of the
zest of attending a first night has
been to contrast my impressions
with those he pens in my morning
paper. I breathe a fervent prayer
that he may sin, in this respect at
least, no more.
DANIEL. E. DO RAN.
Film America First!
I see by an evening paper that
Griffith is to film Wells* "History of
the World." It would appear as
though Mr. Griffith were determined
to support the contentions of Mr.
Dorsey that Griffith is THE film
historian. While this statement
cannot be very well disputed, I am
continually filled with wonder why
Griffith continues to evade the log
ical course of his destiny?the por
trayal of America and the forces
that guide it?to chase such monu
mental and pretentious will-'o-the
wisps as a history of the world.
Particularly when his last attempt
in "Intolerance" Is supposed to have
been so costly. Film America first,
is my suggestion.
HARRY J. SINCLARE.
At a Glance.
GARRICK ?The Garrick
Players in the "Boomerang."
POLI'S? Mask and Wig Club
(Monday night only).
POLI'S?"The Bird of Para
dise" (banning Tuesday).
B. F. KEITH'S?Vaudeville.
COSMOS ? Vaudeville and
.STRAND ? Vaudeville and
pictures. , ?
COLUMBIA ? "Bought and
RIALTO?"The Green Temp
Ray and Buster Keaton.
PALACE ? Uiola Dana in
"Glass Kcrases." ?
madge in "The Moth."
The Lure of the Bard.
It may be that modern actors have
i lost the art of reading Shakespeare
from ?.he Mage or It may be due to
| the fact that much of Shakespeare's
phraseology is no longer familiar
enough to be followed attentively by
ear. so to speak. Whatever the rea
son. I am one of those lovers of
Shakespeare who is about to give up
further attempts to enjoy the bard
from behind the footlights.
Every little while I like to take
down my old. worn but faithful ;
volume of Shakespeare. (1 bought it I
as a girl of 16 and that's been more
years thaln I care to remember) and
read a page from "The Tempest" or
a scene from ??Cymbeline" or perhaps
the dagger-scene from "Macbeth."
somehow the enjoyment I get from
this perusal is never duplicated in
the theater and trying hard to reach
a conclusion during the Mantell per
formance of Wednesday, I think I
discovered that most of the phrase
ology ig too unfamiliar for close and
rapid following on the stage.
Of course, my confession of long
lost youth may lead you to believe
that the fault lies in a possible deaf
ness on my part and not in the un
famillarity of the Shakespeare lines.
I assure you that my hearing is still
remarkably good, so it cannot be laid
to the score. It occurred to me that
you might have some thoughts on
this line that would prove of Interest
to many of us who have the Herald
AMANDA C. KESSLER
More About "Fatty."
I have Just finished reading your
[article on the Hays-Arbuckle affair
and I must say th|t I am complete
ly disappointed and disgusted to
find a man in your position patting
Hays on the back for kicking a
man who's already down. Mr. Hays
may succeed in scaring the other
movie actors to death by crucifying
Arbuckle. but it doesn't seem to me
an altogether auspicious beginning
for a man in Hays' position to mtke
If Arbuckle can possibly wriggle
out of the Btraitjacket that Hays is
trying to put him in. I'll guarantee
to patronize his films and I'll also
undertake to take three other mem
bers of my family. That's what I
think of Arbuckle's so-called "trial"
and the extremely gallant (?) effort
of Mr. Hays to use him to purify
Students Plan Play.
The Mask and Bauble Club of
Georgetown University will present
Shakespeare's "Julius Caesar" on
Friday, May 5. at the Gonxaga
Theater. Since its revival three
years ago the club has made a spe
cial study of all of Shakespeare's
plays and this year's production,
under the able direction of Charles
B. Hanford. noted Shakespearean
actor, is to be not only a true in
terpretation of the spirit of the play
but also most accurate as regards
the costumes and^rmaments of the
N. C. Longfellow, who for the last
six months has been supervisor at
the Strand Theater, was appointed
assistant house manager of the Ninth
street theater last week by General
Manager Allen T.' Sparrow. Liong
fellow will assist Harry Gray, pres
aui bouse manager.
Three young artists?Winston
Wilkinson, violinist; Estelle Hughes,
soprano, and Marie Maloney, pianist,
have been engaged as soloists for
the third and final concert of the
Rubenstein Club series. to given
at the New Masonic Auditorium
Tuesday evening at 8:30 o'clock.
Mr. Wilkinson first attracted wide
attepXion by winning the contest of
National Federation of Music
Clubs, and later represented the en
tire South at the convention in Los I
Angeles. Miss Hughes came into'
prominence when she won the
Stokowski medal. Mis.* Maloney has (
won the plaudits of the critics on i
innumerable occasions by her work
at the piano.
Music will be used as flft-st aid to
the wounded when two prand con
certs at the National on May 2 an<!
May 5, at 4:30 o'clock will be given
under the auspices of the Soldiers'
Institute to aid the summer outinc
fund for wonded and disabled vet
erans of the world war. The con
cert will be given bv radio to the
soldiers in the hospitals. Distinguish
ed ajtists of four nations have do
nated their talent for the cause and
all the boxes have been wold.
Tickets are now 0n sale at Mrs
Wilson Greene's Concert Bureau.
The artists are the brilliant new
American grand opera soprano.
Patricia Ryan o/ New Tork; Willem
van den Andel. "the poet of the
piano." from The Hague: Samuel
Fwedl. Hungarian cellist; Elsa
Louise Raner. Polish violinist.
Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, the dis
tinguished English author and
psychic Investigator, who at the
National Theater Friday afternoon
told a capacity audience many
things about the spirit world and
the wonders of thincB Invisible in
a lecture entitled "The Proofs of
Immortality/' Is to return to that
theater this evening at S:l5 o'clock
and besides advanc ing further argu.
ments in support of his belief, will
exhibit by means of the steropticon
photographs which he claims are
convincing proof of spirit phenom
ena. The photographs are said to
be the most valuable of their kind
in existence. The lecture, which
will be entitled "Recent PsychTe
Evidence." will be given under the
local management of T. Arthur
VITAL TO PLAYER,
SAYS MRS. HAN FORD
You may take it from an actress
of thirty-five years* continuous ex
perience behind the footlights that
the uplift of the American stage in
an acting way must cr?me from the
development of the stock company.
Mrs. Charles B. Hanford. charac
ter woman of the Garrick Players,
ventures this frank opinion and it
is based upon a wealth of experi
ence gained in every branch of the
"The young man or woman who
has an ambition to succeed In le
gitimate drama will And an ap
prenticeship with the stock organ
ization. his or her most valuable
schooling," she says. "True, It is
hard work. It is exacting. There
are other easier and more attrac
tive ways to secure a congenial
fole, but there is no other single,
way that I know of wherein prac
tical experi^n^e can be acquired In
such a thorough manner as In two
or three full seasons with a com
petent stock organisation."
"Go Easy. Mabel" opens in New
Tork at the Longacre in about two
The Mystery Wave
Is Already Rising
In the Playhouse
"The Charlatan" Only One of Si*
Thriller* Ready for Summer
By LARLE DORSEY.
HHAVIL.Y Inspired. aome few week* back,
by Adolph Kltuber'i tranaparent effort
to capitalise the vogue of thrill-chaeeta
like "The Cat and the Canary" and The
Bat." I yielded to <ome Inner urea and treaty
predicted a flood of mystery drama as an out
standing element In the theater next fall as?
Although smugly satisfied that the vogue for
mystery drams in 1122-23 would rival the farce
carnival of mS-lt-20 it never occurred to me for
an Instant that the theater would get into quan
tity production on this mystery stuff a? early as
the current month of April. At mopt the crest
of the wave was not expected before neat De
This idea was all wrong. There are no less
than Ave new mystery plays either current on
Broadway or about to become current. To this
number may now be addad another mystery that
Fred Jackson is grooming with the Smith stock
players at the Garrlck.
Klauber's production of "The Charlatan" and
another tingler. "The Night Call." were booked
for openings in New York during the past week.
Almost concurrently Atlantic City was shown
another called "Whispering Wires." A fourth.
"On the Stairs." is already headed toward Man
hattan. while a fifth, *'In the Dark." is aaid to
be in rehearsal.
At the present wave of progress on mystery
drama It reem* likely that every manager be
tween Herald Square and Columbus CircUe will
soon have a mystery drama blooming on hie
front doorstop with more in the hothouse for the
Christmas trade.. By that time the better part
of New York will probably be talking in whl?
pers and afraid to turn off the light In the hall.
? ? ? ?
The Sew York etaffe ekoulA lepin *hod~
d\ng into the provinces f*e least hardy speru
ftirn* of thie type of drama by January 1.
Under Stick r%rr*mrlGnres the tendency win
probably not becomr apparent in theee part*
before the late wtiter and tprint. but by
that time one can prepare for just one darned
mystery after another.
? ? e e
ALL. of which naturally brines to mind the
atrocious failure of this department sev
eral months back to adduce any plaual
ble reason for the intense popularity ?>t
plays like 'The Bat " Durins the time the Hop
wood-Rlnehart thriller was cavorting at capacity
for a two weeks' engagement at Poll's not only
the entire local populace wa? besieging the box
office tor S3 seats, but roads leading Into town
from all directions were clogged with a "Bat"
bound traffic that wore ruts In the macadam
This tremendous and single-minded determina
tion to see "The Bat" or bust waa a phenomena
so startling and unusual that all hands leaped
to the task of isolating the motive behind the
movement. No real answer was forthcoming at
the time and the question has since remained a
riddle. Some answer, however, must be given,
so the following Is respectfully aubmitted t?
account for the popularity of mystery plays:
The average theatergoer seems largely
unable to properly grasp the nuances of char
acter drama. The finely-drawn force of charac
terization usually transcends his own understand.
Ing simply because it transcends his experience.
A play like 'The Bat." however, la sheerly a
succession of Incident and episode without -any
psychic complications of character. It afforda a
marching procesalon of Incidents, all of a pre
sumably high-tension quality, no one of which
transcends in the slightest the spectator's limited -
Furthermore, auch plays call for probably
the lowest output of mental energy. Initiative
and enterprise of 4ny species of theater product
while liberally supplying on the other hsnd aa
Illusion of danger, mystery and suspense
In brief it it the appeal of Sherlock
Holmes and Sick Carter vevens Ike appeal of
Pendennia and Lord Jim The latter may be
better literature, bat the TXackcray and Con
rad* of slope literature will ever mn a bad
box office second to the Con*n Doyle, and
Fred Deyt of the foethphf.
? ? ? ?
THE fact that Fred Jackson, tha playwright,
is having a new mystery play of hla
own tried out by the Garrlck Playara
n#xt week should serve as an example
to potential theater-writers who have long
despaired of any opportunity to bring forth their
manuscripts in acceptable faahion without pro
Jackson, who Is Quite familiar with the
various ethics and mannerisms of the theater Is
providing the Flayers wlti. a manuscript which
Jackson hopes to have produced In New Tot*
either this spring, summer or fall. Hla arrange
ment With the Garrlck Players not only reacte
to the advantage of both, but to the advantage
of the public as well, which Is thus afforded an
opportunity to view m advance a play that,
before another year goes by. may be heralded
as one of th? hita of the seaaon
I do not mean to predict that the Jacksen
play will acore a box office or literary suceeas.
for I know next to nothing about the play, but
Jackaon Is a writer of established reputation
whose play has made sufficient appeal to tKe
Garrlck management to warrant the expenae of
production and to warrant Its presentation at
this crucial point In the Garrlck stock season
The advantage to Jackaon lies in the vis
ualization of his play under normal theatrical
condltiona. Spread before the footlights he can
make such additions or revisions as he sees St
and, perchance, bring It to the attention of a
legitimate producer who can thus better Judge
of lta merits than la poaalble In manuacript.
T>e Garrlck Playere in turn are enabled to avoid
the tremendous royalty costs of a new play?a
burden too heavy for the popular pricea sf
stock?while the public at the same stock prices
Is given the first glimpse of a potential f:
In this connection the production of 'The
Green Jade" at the Garrlck during the past Win
ter at ti prices was the result of a stock com
pany succeaa In Cleveland laat aummer. \. hlle
George Marshall'* Baltimore stock company
scored a success so profound with "The Popr
God" that Karl Carroll produced It immedi ./
for Broadway abowlng. f
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