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Lure of Gay New York
In the Vacation Season
Greatest City, With Its Endless Attractions for
Sightseers, Is Likewise the Greatest Summer
Resort, Affording, as It Does, Metropolitan
Wonders, the Pleasures of the Theatre, Roof
Garden and Parks, and the Charms of River,
Bay and Ocean, the Breezes From Which
Keep It Cool.
lUMMERTIMH In New -fork has
The wlae man, and tho
scanning a map for vacation
vyi, in; uuw w wa traofa auu vcijr
Of the universe. And there Is a reason Just as there 1b a season.
New York Is not going to be, but already Is, tho Ideal and greatest aum
toer resort of the world, and It Is the Inspiration of "seeing America first."
It began to be this when Its unrivalled location for everything that
tempted opportunity caused a few courageous souls to turn their sea-tossed
Vroodcn ships Into tho Narrows and the Day and, pushing back the red man
Vln the days of savagery, mako a settlement with a spark of civilization that
how HlumlneB the world.
Geographically, Now York, as an
pare. The broad Atlantic throws Its
no rival. Old ocean's roar Is so close-
if activity heard throughout Manhattan.
' 1 To the northward aro tho hills and
VWestchester; on one side flows tho
Palisades, beyond which are seen tho misty mountains of Inland New Jeraoy
wjth their hidden lakes; while on tho other side courses the' East River,
"blending with tho waters of tho Sound, across which tho eyo travels to the
verdant stretches of that garden land, Long Island.
In all the wonder works of nature, could any situation be more Ideal
for summer days? Tho cooling breezes of tho ocean, tho fresh winds that
come from farm and rlvor, the Invigorating breath from distant moun
'tains all these aro In the air of New York. From the city's streets or the
topmost windows of steel and stono sky-scrapers one may view this glorious
All that Is good atmospherically the wind, the wave, the valley and
the mountain sends forth across rivers
air, tempering tho heat of tho day and lending enchantment to the night.
Tho wise stay-at-home- of "little old New York" has known this a long
time and has spent many a summer of dollght under his own roof. And,
Uke the knowledge of all tho good things of the world, the tidings have
one forth until tho world knows now what the native has known all the
Never In the history of the city has tho throng of summer visitors been
larger, more varied and so representative of every part of the world as It Is
to-day. It 1b an onward move to New York by every train and steamship
that wends Its way Manhattanward. Depots and docks aro now the centres
ot a great Incoming throng. There Is nothing to run away from In Now
York In the summer time. The "This Way Out" sign has given way to the
"Gome On In" cry. This is an invitation spoken and understood In every
language and responded to from every clime.
In all the world Is there suoh an alluring array ot things to do as In
Now York? Not In any othor place Is there so much going on, so many
and so varied opportunities for slght-eoelng, for pleasure and for learning;
nowhere so many charming aide-trips, so many satisfying answers to the
perplexing question, "What shall I do?" Nowhere In all the bright vision
of vacation time- Is thero so much that glitters and which, contrary to the
proverb, proves to be gold.
' New York Is the easiest place to readh, no matter whoro you oome from,
tad when you arrive, with purse large
la hotel and other living arrangements.
Everybody wants to see New York. One" education la not complete
until ho has aeen New York and known the brightness of Us Great White
No matter where you have spent
ing touch, the post-graduate course
Nowhere In all the world is such
'fered as here. Roof gardens, theatres, cabarets and a countless, unending,
ever-changing programme ot entertainments await the visitor. Hotel and
restaurant life is as gay and delightful as at any tlmo of the year. Tho
best plays of tho year still linger In the
present a dazzling list of. amusements.
A bus rldo on Fifth Avenue, a sight-seeing coach journey through tho
busy part of the city, or along broad avenues of palatial homos, or again
through tho plcturesquo cosmopolitan quarters, allvo with every color of
Continental life; a trip on Its rivers, or down ita bay; a Journey across
the bridges to green commuting territories; a sail on the Sound; a climb
to its Pallsndos; a view of tho ocean; a dash in tho most wonderful of
underground railways; a night on a roof garden with Its mualo and lights
and gayety theso are some of the things New York has in storo for you.
"TWIN BEDS" NEAR 400TH MARK.
"Twin Ucds," tho laugh festival by
Salisbury Fledd and Margaret Mayo
with which Solwln and Company have
broken the season's record for a long
run, will celebrate Its 400th perform
ance at tho Harris Thcatro next week.
This amusing Uttlo furco Is now the
solo survivor of tho plays, serious or
otherwise, which began their seasons
In August of last year. It was one ot
four which made tho perilous stretoh
from August to June, and Is now one
of tho only two whloh havo passed
their 350th performances. "Twin
Beds" Is now In ita second set of
scenery as well as Its second summer.
An excellent cast ot comedians con
tinues to give the full humor to the
'UMuatlon and dialogue.
no terrors for tha stay-at-home who
equally well Informed young woman,
purposes,' Invariably looka and lingers
WVIDU VJ Uii bllilb IB UiU IIWI tVUUQ
Ideal summer city. Is beyond com
whlto surf line along a 'beach that has
that it forma part of the great chorus
romantic, fertile, flowered lands of
beautiful Hudson beneath the stately
and bay a flood of pure, refreshing
or small, there is nothing missing
your holidays In the past, the finish
of all 'Vacationing," la right here In
a variety ot summer amusement of-
theatres, whllo neighboring beaches
LOUIS MANN IN "THE BUBBLE."
One of tho most enjoyable ot tho
season's attractions to remain
throughout the summer months Is
"Tho Bubble," in which Louis Mann
Is appearing at the Booth Theatre,
Its delightful comedy and humorous
characterizations offer on evening of
thorough enjoyment. Mr. Mann's im
personation of Qustave Mutter, tho
old delicatessen dealer, is a bit ot
character acting that Is bound to
linger long in uie memory, in the
supporting cast are Mme. Augusta
Burmester, Laura Walkor, J. Archer
uuriis ana j-nsonara iae. Matinees
aro given on Wednesday and Batur.
day, with best seats on Wednesday at
Theatrical Season of 1915-16
Promises to Be Prosperous One,
Is Opinion of Most Managers
Some Are Doubtful, but Others
Believe War Scare Has
Done Its Worst.
ACTIVE ALL ALONG LINE.
Lee Shubert Sees Good Times
Ahead and "K. & E." Will
Carry Out Plans.
By Bide Dudley.
What has tho now theatrical sea
son In storo for the producer?
This Is the one big question at pres
ent being discussed along Broadway,
Even with the possibility ahead that
the United States will break off dtplo
mauo relations wun uermany, op
timism la to bo found on all Bides In
the Rlalto district. Most managers
and producers think tho 1915-1D16
season will bo a very profltablo ono.
A few shako their heads and fear tho
worst A third class declines to ex
press an opinion. "Nobody knows
what's ahead I " theso say.
Leo Shubert, who, with his brother,
has announced a long list of produc
tions for tho new season, Is confident
good times are ahead and doesn't
hesitate to say so.
"Tho people must have entertain
ment," ho said In reply to a query
concerning tho outlook. "The motion
pictures havo created thousands of
theatregoers; manufacturing Is going
on everywhere and tho farmers aro
all prosperous. Thero Is no rciuon
why tho coming Reason should not bo
a big ono for tho theatrical business.
We're going ahead on ncalo uwo
extensive than ever before."
"It's nlmost euro to be a big season
for tho burlesque Intorcsts," said Fred
McCloy of tho Columbia Theatre
Conditions are Improving all the
tlmo, I bollevo. ABldo from business
conditions generally, howovor, the
Columbia Amusomont Company has
another reason for expecting In
creasod returns from Its Investments.
A new twist Is to bo gtvon burlesque.
Kvery ono of the sevonty-odd Colum
bia shows Is to have a real llbrotto
not the old clap-trap stuff, but con
alstent books. It used to be that the
average burlesque show was built
around gags, afterpieces and songs.
The stage director threw a show to
gether and let It go at that. Begin
nlng next aoason, howover, regular
librettos will bo used. Of couiue, they
won't be deep, but there will bo
enough ot a story to give the action
of the show a continuity.
"We had to chango our shows," con
tlnued Mr. McCloy, "to satisfy tho
desire of our regular clientele for
Bomotblng now. Noxt season you
won't boar tho same song In show
after show and the featured Hebrew
or Irish comedians will be so routed
that the patrons of a house won't
have to stand for two or three ot tho
sumo style In succession. Burlesque
Is to be entitled to more serious con
sideration next season than ever bo
foro and wo expoct It to Increase In
Askod hlB opinion of the season
ahead, Maro Klaw of Klaw &
Erlanger smilingly repllod that ho
was not In the "prophet" business.
"Thero will bo no ohauge In our
plans," he said.
While B. H. Moes Isn't by nature a
pessimist, ho Is anything but opti
mistic concerning the prospects for
the coming season. Perhaps It would
be right to call him ultra-consorva-tlvo.
"Of oourso," said Mr. Moss, "I hopo
for the best. But I think some of
theso managers aro wnistllng a bit to
keen up their courage. I cannot boo.
any real reason for their optimism,
and yet they may be right. I fall to
understand why ahow conditions
anould change, for the, better. With
NEW YORK, WEDNESDAY, JULY 14,
this war crlnln t hnnri lt' hard to
see Just whoro wo get off."
iui is ai-crn io indicate tnai win
country at largo Is In pretty fair
condition," was suggested.
"Truo enough," replied Mr. Moss,
out tho pcoplo aro approhcnslve.
They aren't spending their money.
Wo havo seven theatres In Now York
and book about thirty othors In and
out of tho cltv. Our rnnnrtu ulinw
that business for tho popular-priced
amusements fell off from 25 to 40
per cent lost deason. Tho publlo
mind Is In a state ot apprehension.
If tho war ceases confidence will In
crease und things will pick up won
derfully. But a continuation of tho
war means a dubious outlook for tho
theatrical business. At least, that's
how It appears to mo."
"Tho 10-ccnt moving picture Is go
ing," said Joe Harris of Chicago, as
he stood In front of tho Qcorgo M.
Cohan Theatre. Mr. Harris apends
his week-ends In Now York. When
ho Isn't on Broadway or the fast
trains, ho pursues tho motion picture
business In the city on the Chicago
"What'a taking its place?", asked
Jamea Jay Brady, referring to the
"Tho S3 motion Dictum nhow."
plied Mr. Harris. "The high-priced
feature film wilt bo all tho go from
now on. rnis cinB.i or entertainment
Is Kolng to bo blK opposition for tho
legitimate attractions. Why, The
Birth of a Nation' did $8,500 the first
week In Mllwaukco and moro than
J9.000 tho second there. And for
legitimate attractions Milwaukee in
seldom anything moro than a three-
'How will tho now season be tor
the featuro films?"
Ulg, there's no doubt of It."
I presume." said Mr. Brndv. "that
tho plcturo business is"
In Its infancy." camo from Mr.
'Guessed It tho first time." said Mr.
Oeorgo Vivian, who holds the tltlo
of gcnoral manager for and brother-in-law
to Charles Hopkins, proprietor
of tho Punch nnd Judy Theatre, Is an
optimist rogardlng the outlook for the
I think tho effects of the war
scare have worn off," aald Mr.
Vivian. "A year ago tho war made
people very cautious about spending
money, but they re becoming boldor
dally. I look for an excellent soason."
Mr. Vivian Is Vlco Prcsldont of tho
company which controls the Ben
Greet Playors. This concern has five
open ulr uctlng organizations touring
America. Mr. Vivian thinks their
business should be a barometer for
"Four of our companies have boen
doing very well," he sold. "The othor
Is the one In which Ben Oreet him
self was to have appoared. He re
mained In London and therefore
business witn tma company has not
been as good as It might be. The
absence of Mr. a root has been a dis
appointment to patrons of this troupo
and has affected Its business materi
ally. Taken as a whole, the Ben
Greet open air proposition Is a win
ner this season. Tho war Bcaro has
not affected it In tho least."
Josepn urooKa isn't making any
predictions about the coming seasoa
Just at this time.
"Aro you an optimist" he was
"Can't say that I am," he replied.
"My wife's a Presbyterian, and the
wlfo usually sots the religious pace
for tho whole family."
"Is tho show business going to got
better?" perHlstod his Intcrvlower.
"I didn't oven know It wun sick."
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roiurnou ,ur. uruuna wiiu u Hmiio.
Tommy Gray, author of "Sho'a In
Again" and designer of much other
stage material, was askod to express
an opinion as to the outlook.
"Hully chcet" replied Author Grav.
"I think the season will be all O. K.
Get me? Of course. If wo co to war
with the Germans It's aure to ruin
tho Llmburgor cheoso trade. But
what or ltf rm same. I won't com
Plain. Now, it looks as though Frank
"But tho season the theatrical
"All right what about it? I'll
bite." replied Mr. Oray.
Mr. Gray, besides being an author,
dances a little now nnd then and does
an Imitation of Frank Tlnnoy.
. mnPirsN atarr rniuiiMn urnr
'FOREIGN STARS COMING HERE,
I "There'll be more foreign vaudeville
atari over hero than ever before, next
fall," said Walter Klngsley of the
"Why?" askod somebody,
"On account ot longth ot the war.
Hundreds of these performora wouldn't
come last fall because they thought
the war's duration would bo brief, and
thoy always have plenty ot work at
homo undor-normal conditions. Now,
howovor, they aro convinced that the
war Is to last a long time, so they're
willing, and even eager, to come to
America. They want big salaries,
Just the same, but they also want
Of 'Twin Beds' and 'Baby Mine, 9
Tells Why Sh&Writes CleanFarce
Experience Has Taught Her
That Most People Like
GOOD BUSINESS WOMAN
But the Real Truth of It Is
She Hates "Messy Little
-I write clean farce because rm a
irood business woman, and because I
like long runs, and big audiences,"
-v. Mnrmret Mayo, author, with
Salisbury Field, of "Twin ueaa, wiui
which Belwyn and company navo
mado the record run of tho season at
tho Harris Theatre. "And I know
that tho only way to reach tho largo
publlo Is by giving them something
that amuses them, wltnout at mo
same tlmo making them ashamed of
themselves for bolng amused by H.
"When I followed the succes of
nnhv Mlno' with Twin Beds,' both of
whloh the crltlca wero good enough to
call clean and wholesome In spite or.
the faot that they were built around
more or less Intimate things, I was at
once nssallod with questions from all
manner and kinds of people. Almost
the first question was, 'If you can
make such a huge success with these,
why, don't you try your nunu m
something a shade more wen can
"French" and havo a farco mat win
run for forty years?' Almost every
where I have found people holding the
theory that wholesomeness in a farce
la a handicap.
The trouble with these people is
that they deceive themselves. They
theorize cynically, but In practice they
jave the same baslo love of cieanMns
that all the reat of ua have.
"Naturally enough, I have watched
audiences sometimes with my heart
in my mouth, but alwaya as closely aa
I could. I was an aotress before I
turned to writing plays, and when
you're behind the footllghta trying
to please them you're oven more agi
tated about It than when you're 'out
"And during these observation ex
periments of mine, I have Invariably
como to tho conclusion about people
gathered together In the thoatre
they lovo to laugh bo much they'll
laugh at anything that glvca them
half a chance, but t0 laugh more,
and longer, and come back oftener,
nnd rtcommend moro whole-hearted
ly. It what they havo laughed at has
if fTi rii mint
Yfrffc JuIt IS, "Th Mxht of th VitiMog" nd Chapter XT. The Goddex.
"A novol act we'll have at the Pal
ace will be a German parrot tbat will
como right out on the stage, nod to
tho orchestra leader and sing a whole
song. We've boen trying to get this
act for a long time, but. the parrot's
owner preforred to stay In Germany
until this summer. Now ho wants to
get away from the effects of the war.'
Mr. Klngsley aald other songbirds
to be hoard In Amorlcan vaudeville
noxt season are Mary Gardon and
Bchumann-Hclnk. Gabrllowltscb, tho
pianist, la to entor the two-a-day,
also, It Is reported.
"Of course, any playwright knowa
that tha world la dlvldod'lnto cor
tain warring groups, not all of whom
can he hope to ploaso. There la a
publlo for off-color farce we can't
deny It That particular publlo
would have liked "Twin Beds' muoh
better It I had, aa they put It, made
the moat of my opportunities.
"That aame publlo la the on which
has given most of the besmirched
plays of the post ten years their
fugitive vogue. I should Imagine that
with a thoroughly Insinuating and
suggestive farce a playwright could
count on enthuslastlo audlencea for
at leaat six or eight weeks. During
those alx or eight weeka you wouldn't
be able to get your little finger Into
the theatre, because whatever else
that publlo Is or isn't, it Is at leaat
eager to gat at Ita favorite entertain
ment. 'Then the naughty farce la
through. It baa ahot Ita bolt?"
"It has, In passing, dono this much
damage: It baa convinced the super
ficially mlndod onlookers that a 'big
hit' Is synonymous with a 'double
moaning.' You'll hear them say sar
donically: 'Such-and-Suoh Thoatre la
Jammed to the doora every night
that'a the way to make money. So-and-So
knowa the publlo I ' And ao
forUi. They quote the placard of, the
King and the Duke In 'Huckleberry
Finn' 'Great entertainment to-night
women and children not allowed to
enter,' and append the Duke's, 'If
that don't fotch 'em, then I don't
"I don't know whether to laugh at
them or cry over them. They are so
pitifully deluded. They are ao un
aware of the deadly 'special public,'
which baa wrecked more playwrights
than anything else alnce the world
"They never dream of that great,
unpretentious, wide-spreading public
that atays out of 'clique,' Uvea aad
lovaa normally, laughs Joyously and
at clean things and makes a long
"The psychology of all thta la very
simple people resent being made un
comfortable In the theatre, and they
always are made uncomfortable by
a glib, farcical treatment of things
they have alwaya held to be personal,
private, and you might say sacred.
"It's a pretty safe rule, In writ
ing farco or comedy, never to try to
make people laugh In the theatre at
something tbat they wouldn't laugh
at out ot it.
"Take the average, wholesome,
aane-thlnking man or woman, who
encounters In real life, a situation
such na many ot the unclean farces
aro built on what does be do? He
takes his embarrassment and bis
genuine distress, and goes oft with
them to a loss troublesomo spot, and
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gets them off his mind as soon as
possible. Certainly be wouldn't
"Well it Is true that If ho saw the
same situation In the theatre, clever
ly done, by expert farcours, and
pointed with witty lines, 'he would
laugh. But down underneath, he
would be ashamed aboshod, I sup
poso, Is the bettor word. He wouldn't
like It very much that his wlfo, or
his alster, was getting Initiated Into
that point ot view on such mattera.
He wouldn't be tlcklod to death to
find he had It In him to laugh him
self. "So the wise playwright always
keeps that sub-oonsoloua viewpoint
"There's one other thing a man
will not mind laughing at something,
even If lt'a strictly speaking a little
vulgar, which he has beon In tho
habit of laughing at. There are even
national habits of laughing, ao that
what Is offensive In America Is not
ao in Franoe, and the other way
"Aa an example, we, In America, do
not object to laughing at drunken
noaa. I suppose It Is truo that a
'drunk' is pltlablo, Instead of laugh
ablebut It does not strike us that
way, as a people.
"If It la true, aa aome very wise
man, whose name I now forgot, haa
aald, that the supreme essence of
comedy la the frustration of human
endeavor, thon a poor, befuddled
drunkard haa every right to be con
sidered funny. I frankly confess that
A REC ORD RUN!
A Laughing Treat Kills the Summer Heat
THE LAUDING FESTIVAL
A Fountain of Fun Beats the Summer Sua
I find amusement In their utter Idloof,
If, at tho same time, other emotloas)
aro not stirred and the sum total of
emotions not complicated. I belleva
that my tipsy tenor In Twin Bda
la amusing, bocause he haa let hlmeeK
got to a point of absolute Ineptttttio.
His colossal clumsiness m, to me, Mt
unlike that ot a very young a4
ambitions puppy. If ho were, on tfct
othor hand, ruining his career, or VU
tally Injuring somo otner person r
persona dependent on him, I SBOMtf
llnd him anything but funny.
would never have got into my Piajfi
"I believe that thta same poln-n
vlow prevails In the great Amerlaam
"This brings me to what was la Uif
back ot my head a fow mlnutea aga
when wo montloned French fare.
Just aa we do not object to Intoxlea
tlon on tno singe, ina franca peopi
!n not obicct to the sex sltuatlow
which glvo them such a bad nam oa
this side ot the wator. The national
habit Is to laugh at tho sex fare.
You can reach the largo French pub
lic with It and It Isn't unwholeaoaaa,
because you are not blunting sobm
thlng that they want to keep Saa.
I do not nay that their point ot view
Is either hotter or worao.than ours. X
morely maintain that It la dlffaraat
nnd that wo should only Judge It
after we know the French publlo woH
enough to see It In Ita relation to
their wholo outlook on life.
"Now, I have told you a lot ot gee4
reasons for writing clean farce. I
have ahown myself aa a good bvai
nosa woman, aa Z proaalaaaV
"Well, here la my deepeat,
reason for setting my face aa
the naughty farce: I don't like U
messy little things myself, and I Ilk
to think I have conscience enough aet
to try to foist them on other people."
SELWYN A CO.
Mat. Wed. & Sat,