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Salt Lake Theatre "Tho College
Widow," matlneo today, perform
. Grand Theatre "On tho Bridgo at
Midnight," matinee today, perform
Lyric Theatre "The Utopians," one
week, with matinee, beginning to
day. Coming Attractions.
t Salt Lako Theatre "When Johnny
V Comes Marching Home," "Way
jl Down East."
In refreshing contrast to Clyde
Fitch's study In dramatic abnormali
ties Is George Ado's types of vigor
1 ous Western life In "Tho College
is- Widow." His football youths may be
more noisy and vehement than con
ventionally elegant, but their blood Is
red, and through tho play there runs
tho swift, strong current of American
life, freo from tho aping of foreign
manners or morals. That It has the
faults of American life, as well, Is
merely an argument that Mr. Ado's
work rings true. Of plot tho drama
has but little Mr. Ado's dramatic
weakness Is plot construction. His
strength Is characterization. In draw
ing his peoplo from a realistic world
and putting Into their mouths
speeches fitting to tho character, orig
inal and mirth Inspiring, Mr. Ado Is
some degrees In advance of most play
writers. Every college man, whether from
tho West, which tho author portrays,
or from the more famous schools of
tho East, will recognize tho types of
tho "College Widow" as faithful plc
tures, tho Incidents as plausible, and,
above all, the atmosphere of student
life reflected in a mirror which Is
neither cracked nor broken.
The football scene Is tho undeniable
element of strength to which tho play
owes Its successful rushes at tho box
office. That it has been carefully con
sidered In every phase of realism Is
fully attested by tho megaphonlc
shouting of tho galleries and tho no
less excited convulsions among the
plush seats of the parquet. And al
though stage necessities make the
scene. In a way. an Impossible one. It
is handled so deftly from tho dra
matic point of view that the audience
Is swept away In the uproar, which,
by skillful manipulation, becomes a
part of tho realism Itself.
Mr. Savago has again shown his di
plomacy as a manager by providing
a cast of youth and freshness, thus
adding to tho delusions tho piece
creates. With commendable freedom
ho has drafted his forces from fields
of his own choice and trained them In
his own fashion. If for no other rea
son wo should lift our hats to him.
9 Tho result shows that his choice has
been excellent, for throughout tho
performance there is tho rush and vim
which go with now blood. No partic
n ulnr member of tho company is great
'. In acting; there are no stars claiming
i individual lustro at tho expense of
.'? others, because there Is a well-bal-
iJJ anced and proportioned ensemble. In
deed, It would bo difficult to point to
a character, from the "Widow" her
self to tho least Important of tho
'rahlng college boys, who does not fit
into tho picture. Mr. Ado Is to be
congratulated on having given us two
such thoroughly American plays as
"Tho County Chairman" and "Tho Col-
lego Widow" In each ho has sqorod a
They may not be drama in its high
est form, and, no doubt, oven glvo
rise to disappointment among tho
classical minded; but that they aro
joyously diverting none will deny
upon his ticket conscience.
After all, part of the duty of play
writers is to tako tho spectator out of
himself and away from his cares and
troubles, if ho Is so afflicted. And
that "Tho Collcgo Widow" does this
Is ovldenccd by tho laughter and ap
plause which have greeted Mr. Ado's
diverting study of romping, studcn'
"There lived a knight, when knight
hood was In flow'r,
Who charmed allko tho tilt-yard and
Did you see him Charles Brandon
and his royal love, Mary Tudor? Oh!
tho ways and graces, tho artful devil
try, exclusive prerogatives, Inherited
and assumed, of those fiery Tudors,
of whom Charles Majors wrote and
Miss Knott tried to conjuro across the
footlights! If ever a book, or a play,
went to a certain and perfumed suc
cess, on account of a title, It is the
novel and the drama, "When Knight
hood Was In Flower." Tho very
weaving of tho words Is a bouquet
which makes you tako notice. But, as
for any particular substance, cither
literary or dramatic, I for one could
find neither beneath the elusive pet
als of this juggling of chivalry, clash
ing swords, peevish King and mad
cap Princess. "When Knighthood
Was In Flower" is an excellent ferti
lizer for romantic misses In boarding
A musical play which successfully
marched up and down Broadway last
season was "When Johnny monies
Marching Home." It deals with that
good old theme of American history
tho Civil war and abounds in
plenty of tuneful marches, military
evolutions, patriotic ' situations,
screaming eagles, waving flags -and
Star Spangled banners
If the patriotic heart of Greater
Salt Lake needs firing, there is said to
be a bovy of girls In tho show capablo
of applying the beauty match. In
deed, when Johnny comes marching
to the Salt Lako Theatre, every
Johnny in the town will, no doubt, be
marching up for a ticket where tho
beauty chorus assembles, there gath
ereth also the flcklo Johnny.
When Miss Parker wroto "Under
Southern Skies" sho must have been
In a hammock, swinging between two
Carnegie libraries full of Bertha M.
Clay and Laura Jean Llbboy. Else,
whence came tho rattling of tin
hearts In the noisy bowers of a too
willing Cupid? Else, whence came
If to repeat Is to emphasize tho halr
bralned loves of two mad youths for a
maid whoso apron strings were still
Whence, Indeed, camo thoy, If not
from tho fiery furnaces of Bertha M.
Clay and Laura Jean Llbbey? Now,
really, Miss Parker, how could you?
But If Lottlo Blair Parker went
wrong in "Under Southern Skies," her
feet were In tho straight and narrow
path when sho gavo us "Way Down
East." This delightful homespun
story of plain Now England peoplo
has justly charmed every audience to
whom its human story has been told.
If Miss Parker had nover written
inythlng else It alono would crown
her playwrlto brow with laurels
enough for one Httlo woman. "Way
Down East" Is always a welcome vis
'tor to this town.
Following "Way Down East" are
"Ben Hur," Louis James and Eflle
Ellsler In "Hazel Klrke."
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