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THE WESTERN WEEKLY 1
comedy portion is woefully lacking, but there arc a number of special
ties that are entertaining, there being a clever horizontal bar exhibi-.
tion, a slack wire act, a fairly good contortionist, a song and dance turn,
and a troupe of animal performers. Then there is a real live lion on
the stage, in a cage, of course, and a daring lion tamer who enters the
cage at each performance, the dear public being assured that his life
may pay for the attempt; at this writing, however, he is still alive.
Just why this melange of circus attractions should be labeled a musical
comedy is hard to understand. But it's a change for the patrons, who
seem to like it.
Press Agent Promises
" Salt Lake Theatre.
Messrs. Martin and Emery's company will present "Parsifal," the
festival play, at the Salt Lake Theatre, for three nights and Wednesday
matinee, starting Monday, November 9th. This engagement will be
marked by the unusual hour of commencement, which is promptly at
7:45. Auditors should be in their scats at that time, as the darkened
J- auditorium will prevent seating any one during the first act.
, An attraction of special interest is announced for November 12th,
13th and 14th, with Saturday matinee, at the Salt Lake Theatre, when
Rose Stahl will be seen here for tlie first time in "The Chorus Lady,"
x by James Forbes, author of "The Traveling Salesman." Miss Stahl
stirred up something of a sensation when she created the role of Fat
ricia O'Brien, member of the chorus in this play. It was an instanta
neous success in New York, and ran for an entire season.
"The Pianophiends" tops the Orpheum bill next week. The
young ladies and four gentlemen in the cast are all finished pianists
and singers, and were chosen. from the best musical circles of New
York and Boston. The quartette of stunning girls in "The Piano
phiends" are said to be the prettiest in vaudeville. Mr. Lasky has
not spared any expense in giving to vaudeville this most novel and
The Seven Yuilians are noted the world over. Europe held its
breath watching them three years ago, and New York is still talking
about their appearance in the metropolis. Their offering combines
ground and lofty tumbling and risky work of exceptional order and
Mr. and Mrs. Gene Hughes present a comedy playlet by Fred J.
Beaman called "Suppressing the Press," which has an interesting
history. Mr. Hughes is ambitious and last year when he required a
new vehicle for vaudeville he announced in the New York dramatic
papers that he would award a prize of $1,000 for the best sketch
submitted, for three persons, by an American author. Over 400 manu
scripts were submitted. From this collection Mr. and Mrs. Hughes
selected Mr. Beaman's "Suppressing the Press."
"General" Edward LaVine, coming to the Orpheum, with his
unique comedy juggling act, is styled "The Man Who Has Soldiered
All His Life," and originality is a potent part of his performance,
v. "ITJu&pirl Behind the Drum," Miss Ethel MacDonough, is un
doubtedly America's greatest drummer girl. She was the original in.
the position with the famous "Boston Fadettes," and now she is ap
pearing alone with a musical offering that is most attractive.
! Toe LaFlour, assisted by a prize Mexican Chihuahua dog, pre
sents an interesting combination of daring gymnastics and skillful
feats of strength.
Cook and Sylvia are a duo of pleasing and entertaining dancers
and singers who offer a most satisfying diversion in that particular
r Then there is the Orchestra, also the Kinodrome.
' -- Music.
Arthur Hartman, the celebrated Hungarian violinist, will be
' heard here this month. He was a warm personal friend of Edvard
Greig. Hartmann's meeting with Greig was a memorable and char
acteristic one. The violinist was giving a concert in Christiania and
had just finished playing the Greig Sonata in F. During the intermis
sion he retired to his dressing-room, on the door of which some one
rapped softly. Hartmann opened, and gazed into the face of an old
man with wondrously blue eyes and long, silken blonde hair slightly
streaked with gray. The violinist recognized his visitor from the
pictures he had often seen of him. "Edvard Grieg," exclaimed Hart
mann. Without a word the great composer stepped into the room,
y embraced the artist warmly and said : "Yes, I am Grieg, and I have
come here to tell you that I never before heard my sonata played as
you did it tonight. I am deeply grateful to you." "It was the genius
of the work that inspired me," answered Hartmann. The aged com
poser and the young violinist struck up an ardent friendship which
dated from that moment, and during the balance of his stay in Nor-
way Hartmann was the guest of Grieg.
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Ethel MacDonough, "The Girl Behind the Drum" at the Orpheum. I
Stage Folk. I
Both Clyde Fitch and Jerome K. Jerome are writing plays for I
Grace George. jfl
Wallace Eddington has been engaged for Charles Klein's new H
play, "The Third Degree." H
Pauline Chase has made a success in Paris with Charles Froh- 'H
man's production of "Pantaloon." H
James T. Powers is to appear in "Havana," a musical comedy, H
which is running in London. H
"Fun in a Boarding House" has been made over into an up-to- H
date farce by Pat Rooney and Lee Curley.
"Sham," by Elmer Blaney Harris and Geraldinc Bonner, is to be H
produced by Henry B. Harris in December. H
Blanche Ring is to appear with Joseph Weber's company in ;H
burlesques both of "The Merry Widow" and "The Devil." '
Leslie Stuart and Cosmo Hamilton have written a musical play H
called "The Pierrot Girl," in which Elsie Janis is to star. fl
Mrs. Hilary Bell, widow of the well known dramatic critic, has H
gone on the stage and will appear in one of "The Thief" companies. SJ
Augustus Thomas has been elected president of the American
Dramatists' club, to fill the vacancy caused by the death of Bronson H
Benjamin Chapin is presenting in vaudeville "Lincoln at the 'H
White House," which is said to be a faithful pcture of Washngton
in war times. jH
Helen Hale has returned from Paris, where she has been study- ,H
ing music for the past six months. She will be leading woman for H
William Collier in "The Patriot."
Upton Sinclair has dramatized one of his earlier stories, "Prince jfl
Hagan," and it is to have a trial production in Los Angeles. If it H
pleases the Calofrnians it will be sent out on the road. jH
Mme. Schumann-Heink has gone for a concert tour in Europe, fl
which will last the best part of a year. Her third son, Hans, is going fl
to Dresden to study for the operatic stage. H
Elsie Ryan and Lawrence Wheat, who are now appearing in M
"Marcelle," are to become Shubert stars in a new musical comedy !
by Pixley and Louders, the authors of "Marcelle." H
Charles Frohman has received the complete play of "Israel," by M
Henri-Bernstein, author of "The Thief." The play will be produced
in Paris by Mme. Rejane. Mr. Frohman will make the American I
production of the play. H