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Goodwin's weekly : a thinking paper for thinking people. [volume] (Salt Lake City, Utah) 1902-1929, August 14, 1909, Image 8

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8 GOODWIN'S WEEKLY
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i "The Merry Widow," with all its color and
Ht life and beautiful music, has been seen here for a
K week by record-breaking houses, and has met with
B a reception similar to that which usually greets
Ht any Savage production. The people 'who saw it
Bj early in tho engagement have made a point of
B going again, for it has made tho biggest kind, of
B a hit with everyone. While tho voice of Frances
B Cameron, who played Sonia, could easily be im-
B proved upon, thoro is nothing in the production
B that calls for anything but complimentary com-
B ment. George Dameral, as Prince Danilo, is tho
B center of attraction, and he is ably assisted by
B everyone else in the clever company.
B Following the "Merry Widow" comes Dustin
B Farnum, in "Cameo Kirby;" Blanche Bates, in
H; 'The Fighting Hope;" Billie Burke and "The Third
Bi Degree." If Manager Pyper continues the season
B as he has begun, it should be the most successful
B in tho history of the Salt Lake Theatre. With
B six first-class productions to open with and the
fl dog days hardly over, it is diflicult to conjecture
B what may be expected when the season it as its
H height.
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B The stay-at-homes may not know it even at
B this late date, but Salt Lake for four days has
B had one of the host and biggest and most real-
B istic wild west shows ever held anywhere, and
B the finost exhibition of its kind the inter-moun-
B tain states have known in a good many years.
B Jim Leary has succeeded in getting together
B a real bunch of bronco busters, lasso tossers, and
B cow men, who represent the best that is left ot
B the old-time cattle days.
B Thirty-five thousand people have seen cham-
B pionship roping and riding feats at the Fair
B Grounds since the first afternoon of the show.
B All credit is due Mr. Leavy for the success of
B the exhibition, for it has been one of the big
B features of the encampment.
Alfred Swenson, Blanoho Kendall, and the
others in the cast of "Corianton," which has had a
most successful week at the Colonial, have given
a very preditable performance, Mr. Swenson in
particular being very pleasing in his interpreta
tion of the leading role. Mr. Swenson studied the
character very carefully when the play was first
produced, with tho late Mr. Haworth in the lead
ing part, and he has more than fulfilled the ex
pectations of his many friends in giving a very
finished performance. "Corianton" was seen here
tho second time with Alfonse Ethier in the part,
and Mr. Swenson's portrayal is far superior to
that given by the. other Utah actor.
Owing to the illness of his wife, it will be im
possible for Mr. Swenson to accept a position with
a road comapuy this season, and there is a pos
sibility of his lemaining here and forming a high
class stock company.
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In point of attendance, the Orpheum has prob
ably had the greatest week in its history. Man
ager Sonnenberg has turned the crowds away
at every performance. The Grand Army men
and their friends have found the theatre very
attractive, though the bill is scarcely up to the
Orpheum standard.
A sketch entitled "The Futurity Winner" heads
the program, though the winner is somewhat of a
selling plater.
Gladys Clark and Harry Bergman dance and
sing their way through a sketch called "The Chauf
fer and tho Maid." It is rather pretty, but not
particularly entertaining. Martini and Maxlmil
lian have a comedy slight of hand turn that is
fairly good, and Mr. and Mrs. Worthly offer "On
the Beach,'' a singing and dancing act with sev
eral stage settings that are attractive.
Tho Kemps have a hilarious act. James
Thornton is clever with his sayings and jokes,
and the Camille Trio, the comedy acrobats, have
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work. The kinodrome winds up the bill with
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James Thornton at the Orpheum Next Week.
"Cameo Kirby," the comedy drama from the
pens of Booth Tarldngton and Harry Leon Wil
son, in whio Austin Farnum is scheduled to ap
pear at the Salt Lake Theatre next Thursday,
Friday and Saturday and Saturday matinee, is the
first new vehicle supplied this excellent young ro
mantic actor by his managers, Liebler & Co. In
it Mr. Farnum has the picturesque role of a Mis
sissippi rivr gambler of the early thirties. His
fondness for cameos, subsequent to the deflecting
of a blow from a stilletto by one of these little
stones, has won for him his nickname. He Is of
a peculiar type, a man ruled by a strange mixture I
of human instincts, by superstition, and by a deep I
regard for the "honor" of his profession. At the i
opening of the play he takes refuge in the home
of a Mme. Davezac, while escaping from a mob
that pursues him, where Adele Randall, knowing
him only as a man who needs assistance, gives
him shelter and protection. She later finds out
his identity and learns that he is the supposed
gambler who won her father's plantation at cards,
the loss of which caused him to commit suicide.
The scenes that follow are of a tense dramatic
nature. It is said the authors have succeeded in
preserving the element of suspense without a let
up throughout tho play. The technically so-called
"question-mark" is skillfully hung up at each fall
of the curtain, and throughout the piece runs a
strong love interest, while genuine comedy is fre
quently called into play.
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Adelaide Thuiston, under the management
of Francis Hope, is to be seen next season in
a new play by Edith Ellis Baker, entitled, "Mary,
Mary, julte Contrary." She will begin her tour
early In September at Plalnileld, N. J.
& & at
Norman Placket sailed a week ago on the Min
neapolis for Em ope, partly for recreation
and partly to further his plans for the production
of Richard Mansfield's "Beau Brummel," Mr.
Hackett's vehicle tor the coming season. Jules
Murry is arranging for an elaborate revival of
the play.
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