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Salt Lake Theatre University
1 Students in " Neo Bob," matinee to
day, performance tonight.
y- , Orphcum High class vaudeville;
. ' ' today and tonight.
' Lyric Vaudevlillc, today and to-
1 Salt Lake Theatre Elks' Carnival,
! April ioth and nth. Lillian Russell
! in "The Butterfly," April 12th and
(Gentlest, most icxquisite, most gen
ial of satirists is James M'. Barrie.
Few, indeed, of our .modern play
writers, know so well as he what is
in tire heart and mind of youth
"" probably no other dramatist could
r . (effectively attack the " problem play'"
' so benignly joyous, or so humanly
, interesting, asf Barrie in his "Alice-
I Sit-by-thc Fire" a twentieth-cent
ury fairy story.
The charm of it is that it reveals
life from a new view-point and ar
ranges familiar persons in a new per
spective. These persons arc the men
and women of the " problem play."
c The point of view is that of a school
1 . girl of sixteen the mystic age when
romance is in fairest flower and all
the world is sweet with the perfume
1 of what might be. And what could
be more delightful than Barrio's cri
ticism of the "problem play" than
letting us sec it through the tinsu-
rT specting eyes of SWEET SIX
I , . This girl, Amy Gray, is the hcro-
'i ' inc of ."jAlice-Sit-by-thc-Firc. She
is quite sure that her mother and
father, just returned from India, be
long to this problem play world, and,
when she hears her mother make an
appointment that confirms her im
, prcssion, the girl has a holy joy, in
I her resolve to save her mother by
t sacrificing hersolf to the wicked man.
I' Amy in carrying out her idea is
f the innocent cause of complications
, which arc the moving springs of the
, comedy. Of course the girl hasn't
the faintest conception what a " prob-
V lem play" really means. It is her
ignorance of the ugly things that
f , stand out in such bold relief in the
V minds of grown-ups, that gives hu
"' nior to her self-sacrifice and provides
I the undercurrent of pathos that runs
through her romancing. As fine as
the girl's attitude is that of the moth-
'cr. Blessed with an imagination
F which enables her to sec the whole
I situation from the daughter's view
f point, she permits Amy to believe
j that she has saved her mother from
I . an awful fate. It is a lliant play,
F masterly in construction, its charac-
tcr drawing, so full of vaporous and
subtle humor, as to quite defy the
coarseness of analysis in the deli
cacy of threats so firmly woven.
A play like "Alicc-Sit-by-thc-!
Fire," is such a happy, intellectual
I departure from the usual slapstick,
horseplay comedy as to be in a class
beyond ordinary comparison. MT.
Barrie is so good naturedly imperson
al, so strictly unbiased, that when he
holds the gentle sex up to ridicule
as he docs here not even the fair
est of the fair would place upon his
Scotch shoulders any semblance of
responsibility. His attitude is that of
one who simply points out in a spir
it of pure benovelcnce apparent re
alities that make the little world of
youth m'ch bigger than it really is,
Those who failed to warm their chilly
sens'c of humor in " Alice-Sit-by-the-Fire,"
certainly missed one of the
dramatic treats of the season.
One of the prettiest dances ever
seen on any stage is the mirror dance
of Papinta, at the Orphem this week.
This little lady is not only the per
fect rhythm of poetic movement, but
there is so much that is delightfully
surprising that I wondered to what
lengths stage ingenuity may not go
when it sets out to startle and be
wilder the unoffending spectator.
By a clever arrangement of mirrors
dark curtains, optical devices and
playful lights, Papinta multiplies her
little self into a dancing army of Fa
pintas. What with the changing colors of
the lights, whirling rainbows, shoot
ing stars that burst in myriad bril
lancy, Papinta turned into an electric
mermaid and swimming in cor
uscated flame it is enough to make
one's eyes grow beauty tired and feel
the need of smoked glasses set in an
Charlotte Ravenscroft, the singing
violinist, does a pleasing turn with
her singing and playing.
The Rialto Four arc a splendid
singing quartette and, every night,
the audience is reluctant to let them
leave the stage. Such voices are
worth the money.
William Morrow and Miss Sclrell
berg sing the cow-boy song "Idaho"
with a pocatello snap and dash that
is quite taking.
Dorothy Kenton in a spangled ward
robe that looks like the free coinage
of silver, toys with banjo in an en
tirely winsome manner. The music
however, did not effect me half so
much as Dorothy's beg pardon,
Miss Kenton glorious regalia of
dress and spanjlcs.
Those who doubt the enterprise of
the Lyric management have not seen
the show this week. It is a sur
prise on ten, twenty and thirty cents.
How is it done? I don't know no
body knows. And I doubt if Sullivan
and Considine themselves arc fully in
the secret. Anyhow, the big quan
tity of ..w and the small quantity
of adnii.aion have set theatre goers
not only talking but running down
Armstrong and Holly in a clever
sketch, "The Expressman," not the
kind seen in Zion have kept the
Lyric noisy with laughter, all through
Cheveral, the trick violinist, has
been on hand with " fiddle " funny
isms much to the delight of the au
dience. And then Leon in a crisp
Indian song, Anna Wanna, has start
ed a new tunc for the boys to whistle.
The Lyric habit is growing with
The grand "Purple Minstrel and
Extravaganza " burlesque show is
rapidly reaching the last stages of a
finish rehearsal. Lew Dockstader
Dunbar is quietly gathering in a mag
azine of jokes which will be explod
ed without danger to himself or any
body else. Long John Critchlow
lie of the altitudiuous elevation con
fidently expects to " make good " and
sign a contract with George Prim
rose for next season. Lester Freed
is working overtime learning some
funny things. Lester, whose "credit
is always good," is going to give
some installment plan stunts that will
insure money down at the box office.
I .have not yet learned whether Dan
Loftus will give his celebrated ser
pentine dance, but if he docs, his
friends will pelt him to death with
flying boquets. That prince of ver
bal jugglers, M. E. Mulvey, will
perhaps be heard in an avoirdupois
monologue. If the Elks can secure
him tine house will be jammed and
so will the stage.
New scenery is being painted for an
oriental farce entitled, "A Trip to
Saltair" although this feature may
be postponed until the pop-corn sea
son in mid-summer.
If anybody thinks there won't be
anything doing with the "Purple"
let the aforesaid go to the plumber
his pipes leak.
HARRY LE GRANDE.
LILLIAN RUSSELL AT THE
SALT LAKE THEATRE.
Lillian Russtell will play a special
engagement at the Salt Lake Theatre
April 12th and 13th, in a' new comedy
written especially for her by Kellett
Chambers, entitled "The Butterfly."
Not only -will the coming of Miss
Russell be the theatrical event of the
week from a social view point, but it
marks also the first appearance in
this city of Miss Russell as a com
edienne. Best known as a singer of
the lighter rolls in comic opera, in
her present play she makes a wide
departufc from all previous parts,
appearing as a facinating widow with
millions to spend and an eagerness
to gain a title which only her love
for a young American and a true
heart can overcome.
The play is a clever satire of the
eagerness of American girls to win
a coronet with a husband incidently
as a necessary adjunct. Betsy Killi
grcw, widow of Peter, who stole rail
roads and soothed his conscience giv
ing to the church is keen to wear
a title to help her spend the millions
! .'- ft,
her husband could not take witli him.
The play opens a year and a day after
tlvc old millionaire has ceased to pile
up more dollars. Betsy has emergen
from the period of mourning and
plans to enjoy life as only a pretty
widow can. Her four-in-hand and
the Duke arc at tire door when a new
will is found which provides that if
she does not marry an American she
forfeits the estates and a priggisji
young nephew becomes the heir.
Naturally Betsey is annoyed. With
womanly wit she observes that noth
ing is said about a third husband.
A young musician appears at the op
portune moment. He is a genius -
adopting a strange disguise to gain
not recognition but notice. The wi
dow promises to produce his opera
provided he leaves her at the church
door. She plans to get a quick di
vorce, marry ythe Earl and hold the
fortune. The genius accepts the pro
posal. After a ceremony Betsy does not
find the title as alluring as it was.
The genius has made a great success
of his opera. He returns to America
to visit his chum, who also has as a
guest, Madame Abaloni, an Italian
prima donna of Irish decent. The
widow objects to the devotion of the
prima donna to her husband. A
paragraph in a society weekly drives
her from Saratoga, where the Duke
has followed her. She takes refuge
with her old friend Teddy Bacon.
Here she finds her husband. With
womans reason "of just because,"
she throws over the Duke and the
play ends happily for all concerned.
Mr. Jos. Brooks has surrounded
Miss Russell with an excellent com
pany. In the cast arc Eugene Or
monde, John Flood, Fred Tyler, Fred
L. Tidcn, Rosali Dc Vaux and Isabel
Before the Conference, visitors go
home they will have another chance
to see another corking good bill at
the Orphcum which will contain plen
ty of lively music, good dancing, a lot
of comedy and the first good per
forming bird show to come to town. -A
By way of the hcadlincr Ned Way
burn's Dancing Daisies, accompany
ing pretty Louise Mink, will be the
attraction. Ned Wayburn of New
ork, who puts on some of the big
gest attractions this country has seen, I
has turned his attention to vaudeville
and is now staging some minaturc
spectacles. The production is in
three scenes. A Daisy Field, A Jap
anese Village, and An Encampment,
lire girls not only dance, but they
sing and incidentally trill "Daisy L
Mine," "Lady Of Japan," "Fandango ?
Fanny" and Yankee Boys In Blue." !
The musical numbers arc good, the t
girls are pretty and the costumes at- ft f
Elizabeth Murray, singing conic-
drenne, has coon songs and Irish ,
stones that .have made her a strong i
favorite on the Orphcum circuit for
two years past. She is well dressed, ;
too, and this is something that will ;
interest the ladies, hut she docs not
allow her costume to eclipse her tal- 1
Quigg, Mackey and Nickerson
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