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What the Theaters Are Offering This Week
The Week's BUI*
B«l««co— "Nlob«." „ '
BurMnfc~"At Plncy fudge."
Orpbeum— Vaudeville.
Grftnd-"<Jti«en of the White Slaves."
Fischer's— Burlesque.
Angtlus— "Home Bwe#t Home."
Chutet — Zoo. Band Concert.
LTHOUQH It Is usual to let a dead
A week bury Us dead in a theatrl
l\ cal world yet elnee no many an!
various conclusions have been reached
regarding the performance of Ihsen'i
"Ghosts" at the Belasco last week 'and
since Manager Morosco of the Burbank
announces that he will shortly present
a 'series of special Ibsen matinees at
the Burbank, the subject of such writ
ers and their plays calls forth, further
discussion. '.
it would fee extremely interesting to
gather tha opinion's of every person who
has attended one of the three matinees
of "Ghosts" which Harry Mestayer
has given here and discover Just what
significance each attached to the ter
rible tragedy, just what impressions it
created and to what extent, if any. it
"set people thinking" to a good pur
pose, j
There Is always symbolism in Ibsen
and consequently there Is practically
no limit to the variety of interpreta
tion which may legitimately be iru:
posed in an analysis of one of his
dramas. J Symbolism is all a matter of
vision and one may discern It as truly
In a hencoop as in a rainbow., But it
does not, as many seem to think, clothe
a 'dramatic work with superior Intel
lectual force or entitle it to a greater
; reverence or sanctity that is offered
to those plays which pretend to nothing
more than to hold the mirror up to
nature..
So. far as the plays of Ibsen intro
duce into ' the general run of theatri
cal i rubbish . a leaven of intellectuality
and awaken the general public to the
fact that even more diversion Is. to bo
found, in plays which appeal to the in
tellect than in those which aim at the
eye and ear alone their usefulness is
unquestioned. There Is also an easy
recognition of the wonderful crafts
manship In the works of this .. famous
Norwegian. "" Technically • his dramas
are almost perfect and he has put his
b tamp -upon the drama for all time.
\'i But a' doubt enterß concerning the
ethical ' values of these denunciations
against the existing order of , things.
Their aim and purpose are, not pri
marily to deliver messages of help, hope
and' courage, but to paint in the most
dismal colors pictures of vice, gloom,
disquiet and discouragement. In these
can be found the keynotes of every one
', of ,!Henrlk' lbsen's acted dramas. In
all these masterpieces there is inflicted
upon the consciousness, a sense of., hope'
less fess'lmls'm'and 1 the;theater Is turned
from a temple of esthetic beauty into
a charnel house or a clinic for the dis
section of morbid emotions.
yd There is pointed out excellent prece
dent for tragic horrors in the history
; of", the drama. "Oedipus Rex," gener
ally considered the perfection of Greek
drama, deals with one who murders his
father and incestuously consorts with
his ■ mother, and ' finally tears out his
eyes while his. mother hangs herself.
In /'Antigone" the hero is buried alive.
Hlppolytus in the play of that name
is i beloved by his stepmother, who
hangs herself because he has'repudi
ated her passion, and subsequently his
father,! thinking him guilty, causes his
death. Agamemnon is murdered by
'Clytemnestra in order that she may
'consort "with another man, and the
drama' also relates of a father being
compelled to eat a stew composed of
the flesh of his own children.
\VHere are classical examples for the
modern dramatist who is preaching the
lnexorableness of ' fate, so long as he
does not 'dwell upon sickening details
of sensuality or the foul physical conse
quences and concomitants of hereditary
physical disease, ' but Just how much
good .'the relation of these' horrors,
whether -by the ancients or the mod.
"ems, .has done for the world . is still
an open - question. ■
The: Drama at Venice
The ' Venice Dramatic ' company,
which has been putting on better and
better * plays , ever since the Venice
assembly began,', produced Its most
'difficult.an d successful play last ev
ening; when Garnet Holme staged
Plhero's "The Weaker Sex."
; ..The .well known, story of the play
deals with a woman's wrongs and the
added ? burden of . trying to better her
condition by means of the woman's
rights : platform. '
'/' ; The real interest last night, however,
waii not': In the play but was In the
] fact ; that Mrs. O. Harry "Wright, had
returned to the stage after an absence
of '■ some !■ years; Since leaving* the Joe
Jefferson • company, Mra Wright has
been"].' In "'retirement at Portland. ■' and
until ' the l: present pleasure trip south
has. 'steadily .refused to, appear even
in "amateur theatricals, in the per
formance ; last evening Mrs. Wright
gave ample proof of her early, training
and 'threw i herself into her part in a
way,; which merited a far better sup
porting company.
"The rest of. the company, however, is
good*.! Little Ethel Taylor played an
exceptional daughter of the household
and ' was : both - domestic and winsome
in 'her' scenes with the mother (Mrs.
Wright).
.Among the subsidiary parts that of
the reformer, Mrs.'. ' Boyle Chewton,
stands first and Katherlne Page played
the j part' well. There was none of the
farcical element in her, interpretation
of 'the president of the Reform league
and she avoided the llfelessness of the
average amateur.
' ■ Garnet \ Holme took hi* old part,
brother to Mrs. Chewton. It is not a
Dart which stands out from - the other
HARRY SPEAR, GRAND
characters, but Is rather one around
which they revolve.
Incidental music ' was , furnished by
Arend's band and with the careful
staging and costuming of . the piece
the performance was an artistic and
dramatic success.
Mrs. Flske's Vacation
Mrs. Flske closed , her. remarkably
long season and her western tour, with
the Manhattan company at Winnipeg.
Manitoba, on July 10, having playeii
continuously for forty-three weeks. The
Manhattan company has returned to
New York.
Mrs. Flske will return to California
for a few weeks. She has never visited
this country except In the course of
her tours, which' so involved her time
that she had no opportunity for. desired
leisure, and her brief sojourn is | for a
rest and sightseeing that she long has
looked forward to. She '..will; spend at
least a month "in a delightful: retreat,
devoting some time to study of the new
parts In which she will be seen at' the
Manhattan theater, next season. She
will spend a brief time in Los Angeles.
Returning east she will spend a week
In the Arizona canyon and neighboring
places, and when she reaches New York
she will go at once to her favorite
camp in the Adlrondacks, a remote and
quiet place, where she will continue to
study until the beginning of rehearsals
for her season, which will open • early
in October. . • -
i Mrs. Fiske and the Manhattan com
pany will devote a part of the early
seasons in "Leah Kleschna" to cities In
which that play has not been seen be
fore, opening her engagement at the
Manhattan theater," where they will re
main indefinitely; or during the rest of
the theatrical year. The first produc
tion In which Mrs. Flske and the Man
hattan company will be seen at the
Manhattan will be that of Rupert
Hughes' new comedy, "What Will
People Say?"
A City Censorship
The supervisors of the county in
which Denver, Colo., is situated some
time ago passed an ordinance provid
ing for a censorship in that . place of
all plays and performances sought to
be given before its inhabitants, and
the aldermen of the city, whose action
was necessary to make the ordinance
valid, have affirmed the measure.
It is not clear at this writing just
how this plan of censorship la to be
carried out. but from what the Mirror
can learn, authority is to be vested in
a body of citizens, of whom it Is rea
sonable to assume at least one member
will be selected from each of the
boards that have passed the law, to be
appointed by the mayor, as he would
name any other body to perform local
duties. ' In. an editorial on the matter
the Denver Times 'assumes an air of
pleasantry— save for a caustic sugges
tion that wicked persons declare | that
the ordinance is what is known in po
litical parlance of a "graft measure"—
and says: , ..".. ,
"Down with' the noxious drama, de
clare our official protectors of ' virtue
and suppressors ■of vice. The stage
must be cleansed and. the city ball of
Denver is the municipal laundry where
Is shall be washed white as enow and
the stains of the tainted play removed.
"What effort could be more ' noble
than that? .
"Why should the apostles of propri
ety, be maligned and charged with
ulterior motives?
"Rather they should be honored of
men and crowned with laurels.
"Let us all Join with, the upright Mr.
Stoddard, author of the righteous
measure, and his noble colleagues of
the city council, who have dared to
be Daniels, and lend them our, earnest
support In' their endeavor to fumigate
the" ; stage and - prevent the spread of
contagion. Just as the state quaran
tines against , infectious diseases '-. that
threaten tbe health of roan and beast,
so should we par the doom of pur city.
LOS; ANGELES HERALIV SUNDAY, SUPPLEMENT.
JOSEPH GALBRAITH, BELASCO
against the entrance of the j yellow
fever play" and the smallpox vaudeville
act, to say nothing: of the 1 mangy per
formances of one kind or another.
"Denver has set an example. for the
nation. We | have led . In reform. We
will show- the country that at' least
this beauty spot Is no longer, of the
old wild and woolly west, j where the
lid Is off and everything goes."
It would be interesting to learn just
hdw this censorship in Denver is to pro
ceed. -,- As to some examples ' of j melo
drama that | recent seasons have de
veloped under commercial rule of the
theater the "printing" might be a guide
as to .'action by this Denver' board, . in
view of the fact that such' printing has
been tabooed, by city authorities In
several eastern places. '...V .'■'■*".
As the drama of the better class
plays that, set standards as to the
theater from year to year— does not
employ a ' billboard | propaganda that
local j officials could I object to on any
ground, however, , it is . difficult to see
just how this Denver censorship is to
act In the matter of- the regular sue*
cession of plays of the better clafes. It
cannot be expected that ' managers of
plays shall either give out tor reading
ooples of their offerings to this board of
censors In advance of representation or
that they can afford to give advance
rehearsals of the plays for the benefit
of the board in order that the censors
may determine whether they are proper
entertainment for the Denver; public.
In order that this Denver censorship
may challenge the respect and attention
not only of the citizens in whose behalf
it has been projected, but of the country
at large— which ought to regard the
scheme with concern— lt might be well
for the ' press of Denver ; to ■ name the
censor*, picture them and give in detail
the various qualifications for the task
they are about to undertake. Of course
those qualifications must be various: No
two men anywhere could be
to have exactly the same 'Ideas as to
a , variety of dramatlq or ■ amusement
offerings nor could their knowledge of
and experience with 'the drama. In its
various forms be on a par. Thus, for
Instance, an alderman, a supervisor,' a
City marshal, an officer Of the fire de
partment, a member of the police board,
a leading ■■ phyalclan, 'a.i merchant, a
prominent ; mechanic, » a , clergyman of
some denomination - willing., to serve— 1
and liberal enough to do exact justice
according to his lights— with perhaps
an editor ; or two, If all or several of
these be. nominated ln'thl* censorship
proceeding In Penver, ought to furnish
matter of great Interest Via executl ve
, session," ,'• 7bo '■ possible ' upaaot et the
MISS BERIIE FOWLER, ORPHEUM
scheme may be that Denver -will have
no amusement whatever as long as the
censorship shall survlve.T-Dramatlc
Mirror. \ ■ < - ■■■' i ■-
Dr. Mclvor-Tyndall's Lecture
"An Interesting demonstration of thJ
wonder and power of the psychli
faculties will be a feature of the. Me-
Ivor-Tyndall lecture at Blanchard hall
this evening. Dr. Alexander' J.' . Ml •
Ivor-Tyndall will talk; on the -theme
"After Death," and the . event , in . all
probability will be . the : closing :. one oC
the season's Sunday " evening • lectures.
During the coming month meetings wi'l
be held at the Mclvor-Tyndall instltuto,
1501 South Grand avenue, 'on Sunday
evenings, to which only members of tha
Fsychlo Science alliance 'and their
friends will be admit teS. During the
week class instruction wilt be continued
as usual, both afternoon and: evening
classes being held . trl-weekly. .. This
evening's lecture will be preceded ly
selections by Jean de Chauvenet.- the
brilliant pianist, who has become popu
lar with Los Angeles audiences. "
Greenroom Gossip
Marie Doro will be In William Gil
lette's company next season. She Is
now playing with William Collier in
London. . j ,
So successful has William Collier 1 s
engagement In" London proved that
Charles Frohman will keep him
at the Comedy theater all the summer.
He is still appearing in Richard Hard
ing Davla' amusing farce, "Tha Dicta
tor," In ■ which he triumphed •In /this
country last season.
E Charles Frohman will inaugurate the
season at hla : Criterion theater,', New
York, with the appearance of Maxln'e
Elliott in a new comedy by Clyde
Sam Bernard. , whose great . auocess
I 'The Rollicking Girl" has made It
an all summer attraction at the Herald
Square' theater, . New York, will cele
brate , his one' hundredth performance
of, the musical play on Monday, Aug
ust 7.£-? .".- \ ''• '.' , ■
Augustus Thomas has arrived in
New York from j Paris and is now at
East . Hampton, . L. 1., completing the
new k comedy in which Charles Frohman
wlir present John Drew. Mr. DreWs
season opens' at the. Empire theater.
New' York, 'early ' In ' September.
| /'Mrs.; Lefflng well's Boots." Augustus
Thomas' great' comedy, which ran
nearly all laßt "season In New York,
will open the season 'at the Lyceum,
New York, with the original cast. The
engagement Is for two weeks only,
after I which the. company^ goes on a
tQur.
N..C. Goodwin opens his New York
season at the .Lyceum theater in Sep
teihbw In "The Beauty and the Barge,"
In i] which he ' will play the part .of a
merry, whole-souled old captain 'of a
Thames barge/ The play Is by W. W.
Jacobs and Louis N. Parker.
Edna May. has returned to. this coun
try .from . London and will spend . the
month of July at Falrhaven on Lakfi
Ontario. Her season opens at | Daly's
theater, New York, In September, when
she will be seen In the English musical
comedy, "The Catch ' of the Season."
The play, will be staged by Ben' Teal.
\ In' connection with hU'many!'depart
ineuta In the Empire theater building,
New York. Charles Frohman has just'
established a.play bureau for the leas-
Ing" of playsj. Having an extensive list
of popular successes Mr. Frohman'*
plays are always in great demand , by
the stock organisations throughout the
country. AH of the business pertaining
to ; the«e lenses Is . conducted through
this bureau, which li in charge. Of, 84-'
ward K. Ro*e, whq U well known. as a
dramatist. l; ;.; . .
' Reginald <le Koven , and Frederick
GARNET HOLME
Ranken's new opera, "Elysla," in, which
De Wolf Hopper Is to appear in Sep
tember, is now being rehearsed in New
York. . The 'piece Is In two acts, the
first showing the courtyard of : the Im
perial palace of Elysla and the second
revealing the Elyslan fields. There will
be twenty-four musical numbers In the
work, many of them unusually pre
tentious for an offering of that class.
Mr.' Hopper will be seen as Ecstatlcus,
king of Elysia; ' and Marguerite Clarke
as his daughter, Sylvia. The production
Is to be elaborate and the performance
will enlist the services of a complete
symphony orchestra; ,:
Charles Eugene Banks ■ and Charles
Ullch are collaborating on a musical
comedy which is scheduled for produo-
I tlon at the LaSalle theater, Chicago,
• I early next . season. The scene of the
forthcoming: comedy is laid in | Hawaii.
The plot revolves around a poker-play
ing king who impoverishes himself an I
his country and who finds It necessary
to look for a rich bride. The law of the
country forbids him marrying any one
not of his own blood, and it is this cir
cumstance which brings about many
amusing complications. The muslo wx'l
be written by. a well known composer.
Emmet Corrigan will appear next sea
son at a dramatic sketch of I the. war
written by Charles Ulrlch,' a Chicago
newspaper man, author of "The Man
from j and other plays which
made good in Chicago last season.
Madame Bernhardt's American j en
gagement will begin early in November
at the Grand opera house, Chicago.
The tour not only will Include the
eastern states and an engagement at
the Lyric theater . in New York, but
also a trip' to the Pacific coast and
Mexico. She will present Hugo's "An
gelo," Sardou,'B ; "La Tbsca," and "The
Sorceress," Dumas' "Camille" ' and her
own version 'of "Adrlenne," ' ;'; '
Coming Attractions
BELASCO— "NIobe," which wl'.l be
presented at the Belasco theater this
week, is not so classical as the name
sounds but Is a farce of conslderab'e
fame and based us most farces nra on
mistaken Identity. It will require ths
entire cast of the Belasco' theater and
ought to prove' funny enough to bia
box office winner. Miss Eveason tuk<M
the role of Nlobe, the statue who cones
to life, ' and George Baniuin takes me
leading/ man's part , of the play. His
ability In ' the - farce is recognize.!.
Matinees Thursday and ' Saturday.
BURBANK THEATER— For the week
beginning this ' afternoon , the Burbauk
stock company will ; offer. "At Pli:ey
Ridge," a story of the Tennessee n>oun
tains,' The play Is In four acts.' dosplotu
typical southern scenery and , was wiit-'
ten by. David Hlgglm. It was Manager
Marasco's intention to present "la Bight
of St. Paul's" for tbe coming w«eV« at
traction but owing :to the fait that
'contracts called for an earlier produo-J
MISS ZORAH IRWIN, FIBCHER'B
tion of "At 'Piney Ridge" the.; latter
play was chosen.' Every membor of the
organization will have an excellent op
portunity ;In ; "At Piney Ridge." Mat
inees today and next Saturday.
MASON OPERA HOUSE— The next
attraction at the' Mason ', opera house
will come the latter part , of August, 1
when Ezra. Kendall will present a new
comedy. • Mr. , Kendall's \ work of , last
season in "The Vinegar. Buyer" proved
to be one of the hits of the season and
undoubtedly ha ;' wi11 ... receive an '"jsn^
thuslastlc reception -when he comes
again. One of the early September at
tractions will be May Irwin In her latest
comedy : hit, "Mrs. Black ' Is Back."/; la
the middle of September Eleanor Rob
son will come in the , London ! and New
York success, "Merely Mary Ann." • "
CHUTES-r-On. next Tuesday" evening ;
a , new . theatrical ' stock company , will *
come into being at Chutes park
theater. It Is to be headed by Richard
Sloane, and new dramas will be j pref!
sented every week. '. The first play, 1 -toj
go . on ■'. Tuesday night, • is . McCarthy's '
comedy, "The -Judge • /Accordln' .'v-to
Statoot," a satire said to be one of the
author's . brightest . works. /. Mr.:' Sloaha ,
and Miss Vivian ' Blygh ; will ■ head'the"
company, j which, will : also include : Eva I
Purcell, , Grace Kramer, ; Miss . Coats-;
worth, O. ; W. : Llvesey, 'Arthur G. • Less v
and E. J. LeNlece. ' Tonight Shaw and
Clifton's large minstrel company,' nura-"'.
berlng twenty-six people,' will give" an; 1
entertainment in Chutes theater. .This
Is the largest minstrel company of any t ;
character which has visited • Los An-;
geles during the past year.' 1 Donatelli'sr'
program for today contains some very }
exceptional music.
FISCHER'S THEATER— "The Silly
Dinner," the latest musical farce .writ
ten by the versatile musical director,
Harry James, for the Fischer stock com;'
pany, ' will receive its initial; presenta-'
tlon Monday night and j gives promise
of being the best thing yet offered ct
this popular theater.' The J piece Jls »
burlesque on the , famous ' Seely dinner
that created such a furore in New York
society some years ago. The farce, la
replete with funny situations,' ludicrous
climaxes, novel special features j and
pretty ' chorus numbers. The. olio . for
the current week will include some
strong vaudeville acts, four headllnera
being features of the bill.
ORPHEUM— The Henrlette de Ser
rls living statuary, comprising repro-'
ductlons in poses of some of , the most
famous marble and . bronze groups* in
the world, will be the headline attract
tlon. Talbot and Rogers, "The . Legit
and His Friend," Iwlll ; bring comedy^
dialogue. De Koe trio of European ac
robats promise new feats, notably 'In
balancing. ' Bertie : Fowler, monologue
maid, has been here before and Is pop
ular; The Max Flgman-Adelalde Man*
ola company, Harry Earle Godfrey and
Vetii Henderson, the sensational "Haz
ardous Globe," Harper Desmond ; arid
Bailey, .colored entertainers, and new
motion pictures ' completo . the show. 'V
I GRAND OPERA ■HOUSE— "Queen ot V
the White Slaves," a new ' melodrama.",;:
which has been running for. some time.
In the' eastern' cities,, will be seen; in .
Los Angeles for the first time on Sun- .
day afternoon at the Grand. This piece '
Is entirely up-to-date and hasVrns,n"y^,«
novel features.- It deals with the secret'
workings of a' mysterious body of men
who guide the drug markets; but Is tiW r '
In 'any* way similar to the ; numerout-' 3
other plays which haveUouched upon *
the sußject^ '■■ ■
ANGKLUS— A play .which has , been ■ V
favorably .compared with George Ada's
famous < "County Chairman." ; Is Edgar
Smith's four-act drama, , ; entitled {'
"Home. ■, Sweet : Home,".- which will b«
seen at the Angelus theater for all oi
the -v week . begtunlng July ■ Brt, .. Bund*>' : '•.
matlue« and . evening. : Uke t he ' pUyi )
made famous • by ,- Denman I Thompson, ;
Nell Burgass and Pick Golden. "Home, -
Bwo*t Home" 111 comedy drama ol
lural Ufa,

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