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MU r* SIC AND DRAMA ??ABT IT EIGHT PAGES 3>fttt> ttotfc Sribnnc ART ?MOTION PICTURES SUNDAY, DECEMBER 4, 1021 EIGHT PAGES ^^iW 11 s -?oP if Conchita Piquer, of "The Wild Cat"?Manuel Ben clla's colorful opreta at the Bark 77m??*?"?%r*Ti* tn meet us casually in Park Rote and sing her flower song she could sell us a withered dandelion. The Theaters By Percy Hammond AN OCCASIONAL protestant ag-ainst this column's views of the stage is an esthetic lady who proficient in the art of music, is impatient with that medium of happiness when it is not at its best. So tssiduous is her cultivation of music that, excepting the theater, she has little time for other diversion. This lady is not a servile idolatress. Her study and practice of the art have made her so fastidious that only the great things appease her, and not those when they contain flaws of inter? pretation. The old-fashioned operas are anathema to her. The cadences of "Thais," "The Tales of Hoffmann," "Madame Butterfly" and other melodic staples impel her to anguish. Victor Herbert is the hyssop and Jerome Kern the wormwood of her existence. In the course of a season ehe may hear a dozen concerts which approach her standard; at the others ?he sits in sullen disapproval. Few star? shine through her cypress trees. Even her own endeavors to translate the masters do not always delight her, and so the miseries of her musical life far exceed the joys. This acquaintance is a frequent patron of the theater. Of the drama she knows enough to find her favorite authors and actors, and to attend them when they exhibit in the neighborhood. Her taste in the theater, however, grades with that of one who in music would be moved by the wags and dances to be heard on Mr. Ziegfeld's roof at midnight. Last week she went to see "The Dream Maker," and having had there one of the times of her life, she wrote to this department resenting its inability to do likewise. Now, "The Dream Maker," despite its effectiveness as a show, is not a good play. Irving Berlin or Mr. Cohan, dredging the depths of sound, never dug up a product more hopeless musically than "The Dream Maker" is dramatically. Yet, one is told, one's correspondent sat throughout its progress entranced. She was as happy as the most tainted wether of the flock. Her childlike raptures at each discordant ?banrdity were delightful to behold. Vanished was her recital-look of ?Mabitterment, gone the discomfort and despair evoked by the musical Woedy scores. With no intelligent perceptions in the theater, she is made happy by the theater's conventional ministrations to her. An artist and a scholar ?a music, she is often distressed because its disappointments so greatly outnumber its fulfillments. The joys of mediocrity, being more available, " not so acute, therefore would seem to deserve some consideration. Per? haps all of us would be happier if our taste in music were as bad as it is to the drama. "Is there any use or merit in any kind of culture?" in? ured Viscount Haberton, some time ago, in "Th? English Review." "Is * m*n who knows a Botticelli from a Sassaferrato without a catalogue to any way superior to a man who knows a Rolls-Royce from, a Mercedes *> it passes without stopping it, and who is on nodding terms with a good Wal of the machinery? He is superior, no doubt, but that he is happier *? ? question." H Mr. Belasco and Mr. Gillette have the ideal equipment for happiness "to the theater. Their culture enables them to know a Peter Grimm from * Dear Brutus without tho aid of a catalogue, and their information per jwts them to find pleasure in such machineries as "Kiki" and "The Dream ?Waker." Their taste is liberal and comprehensive and they are as pleased ty the knowledge of the seraphs as they are by the art of man. Mr. fiasco's benign pride in "Kiki" the other evening, as he spoke of it to V^rst ttU<iience, inspired a withering envy in those of less spacious ?2ft8!fndi.n8, Mr- GUlctte's first night admiration for "The Dream **ker," while not so vast, likewise provoked covetousness among those of iSEU^ -Perc*Pt-on?'? Theirs seems to be tha only comfortabla way to ^ in advantare* with th? arts. Stage Gossip REVIVALS of plays -which had suc? cessful runs a decade ago aro now the order of the day; two are listed for presentation this week, "Alias Jimmy Valentine" and "Bought and Paid For." "The Chocolate Soldier," "Salomy Jane" and others are in the offing. It is not surprising to learn that William Faversham is engaging the company to support him in a now production of "The Squaw Man," which ran in 1910 for the entire sea? son at Wallack's Theater. Two mem? bers of the original cast, Bertram Marburg and Emmett Shackleford, form the nucleus of the company for the new presentation, and C. Cooper Cliffe, who as Nobody was an outstand? ing figure in the production of "Every woman," will have the role of Fetrie, the solicitor. | The Italian actor Giovanni Grasso will give a performance of "Othello" at the Brooklyn Academy of Music Friday evening, December 9. He will be supported by Emanuele Gatti, N. Ruggero, Mme. Bragaglia and Mme. Arcidiacono. Ada Sterling, who has been giving weekly illustrated lectures on "The Plays of the Hour" at the auditorium of the Museum of Natural History, on Wednesday evening, December 7, will discuss "The Great Broxopp," which is now playing at the Punch and Judy Theater. The Actor Friends will inaugurate its second season on December 11, at the Garrick Theater, with a program consisting of three one-act plays? "Casualties," by Martin Flavin, di? rected by Eva Le Gallienne; "Enter the Hero," by Theresa Helburn, directed by Frank Reicher; "Too Holy for God," by Lawrence Langer, -directed by Jacob Weiser?and a pantomime, "The Beg?ar," by Martin Flavin, under the direction of Alexander Miller. Unless there is a strike in. the Keuf fel & Esser plant, Hoboken, Roy Jones, the drummer with Ed Wynn, "The Perfect Fool" at the George M. Cohan Theatre, will have bis patience re? warded and his wrath appeased by Mon? day night, for Ed Wynn has promised his musical director to have Installed a brand new, especially constructed peri? scope for Mr. Jones's special use. Ow? ing to the large patronage of the Ed Wynn engagement it has been found necessary to place the orchestra of twenty-two men under the stage, thus replacing the two rows of orchestra seats taken out at "The Perfect Fool's" opening four weeks ago. Along with the hiding procedure want Drummer Jones, and tans were his talented ma? nipulations hidden ander considerably more than a bash?!, as it were. Kot Marjorie ?Tambeau teases friend husband?it really is "friend husband'" u)ith her borroiced jewels in "Daddy's Gone A-Hunting" New Theatrical Offerings ! MONDAY?At the Hudson Theater Sam H. Harris will present Elsie Fer- j guson In "The Varying Shore" by Zoe Aklns. The supporting cast; j Charles Francis, James Crane, Paul Everton, Rollo Peters, G?raldine ! O'Brien, Blythe Daly, Maidel Turner, Wright Kramer and others. ! At their Macdougal Street playhouse the Provincetown Players j will offer "The Hand of the Potter," by Theodore Dreiser. The cast' i J. Paul Jones, Nathaniel Freyer, Dosha Rubenstein, Esther Stockton, Dorothy Sawyer, Lutha J. Adler and others. j TUESDAY?At the Republic Theater Al H. Woods will offer "The Fair j Circassian," by Gladys Unger. The cast: Claude King, John H. j Brewer, Margaret Mower, Ethel Dane, Eichlin Gayer, Robert Fischer, Dennis King, Helene Sinnott, Louis Wolhcim and others. WEDNESDAY?At the Playhouse William A. Brady will offer a revival of "Bought and Paid For," by George Broadhurst. The cast: Charles Richman, Helen MacKellar, Marie Nordstrom, Captain William Har rigan and others. THURSDAY?At the Gaiety Theater George C. Tyler will present Otto Kruger, Emmett Corrigan and Marg?lo Gilmore in a revival of "Alias Jimmy Valentine," by Paul Armstrong. The supporting cast: Mary jj Boland, William Ingcrsoll, Earle Brown, Edmund Elton, Harold ?j Hartzeil, Andrew Lawlor, Leona Volare, Grace Henderson, George \ Farron, Harry Shutan, Archie Curtiss, J. J. Hylan and Edward Wonn. being able to see the antics of Wynn to give the proper effects at the proper time, Jones appealed to the management and his case was the cause of a hurry order for the periscope. A new shell sunken orchestra pit will be construct? ed to throw the sound upward and out to the audience. The Keith organization opened a new theater last Thursday evening. This newest addition to the Keith chain is situated in St. John's Place, near King? ston Avenue, Brooklyn, and will be known as the Riviera. It is a Keith Moss house, and will maintain the pol? icy of six acts of Koith vaudeville twice daily, photo-drama and movie features, with a complete change of bill on Mondays and Thursdays. E. H. Sothern and Julia Marlowe be? gin the last week of their New York season at the Century Theater to? morrow night. For their final appear? ances the following program has been j arranged: "Tho Taming of the Shrew," Monday and Thursday nights; "The Merchant of Venice," Tuesday and Fri ; day nights; "Hamlet," Wednesday night and Saturday matinee; "Twelfth Night," Saturday night. The present engagement of the co-stars at the Cen? tury ?arks their only apearanee in New "flstk this a*t?o*t as they will not play in Brooklyn nor In any of the so called "subway circuit" theaters. Robert Edmond Jones has designed the stage settings for the new Clare Kummer play, "The Mountain Man," which Charles L. Wagner will produce at Maxine Elliott's Theater on Decem? ber 12. Only two out-of-town openings were made in the last week. "Red Pepper," book by Edgar Smith and Emily M. ? Young, lyrics by Howard Rogers and Owen Murphy, and music by Albert Gumble and Owen Murphy, Was pro? duced by the Shuberts at the Auditori? um Theater, Baltimore, November 23. The cast includes James Mclntyre, Thomas K. Heath, Mabel Elaine, Dan Quinlan, Ruth Urban, Bert Gardner, Letta Corder, Charles Brown, Johnny Cantwell, Gladys Fooshee, Sybil Foo shee and Bee Ho Grey and others. "Little Miss Raffles," a musical com? edy with book and lyrics by Guy Bol ton and Clifford Grey, and music by Ivan Caryll, was .produced by the Shu? berts at the Stamford Theater, Stam? ford, Conn., December 1. In the cast are Vivienne Segal and Lawrence Gros smith featured, and supported by Henry E. Dixey, Fay Marbe, Frank Green, Bar ! nett Parker, David Quixano and the I Glorias* The piece is staged by W. H. Gllmore. Center?William Gillette, Inc., Manufactu rer of Dreams?Factory, Empire Theater. At tlus right?A group of thumbnail sketches from "The Wild Cat.** From left to right they are: Dorothy South as Solea, W. H. Thompson as Father Anton, Manion Green as the "Wild Cat"?he makes a lucky strike with us because he smokes our brand of cigarette?and at lower right the keeper of Rafael's awful bulUfighU ing weapon. The New Plays FOUR openings and four depart? ures are the features of to-day's trial balance in the theatrical account. The closing attractions are "Mario Antoinette" at the Playhouse, "The Man's Name" at the Republic Theater, "Golden Days" at tho Gaiety and "We Girls" at the Forty-eighth Street. Elsie Ferguson will be presented by Sam Harris at the Hudson Theater to? morrow night in "The Varying Shore," by Zoe Akins. In this play Miss Fer? guson returns to the stage in a char? acter that Is in many ways unusual and that is a very different type from any other she has portrayed. Miss Akins, whose "D?class?e" and "Daddy's Gone a-Hunting" are among the es? tablished successes, has in "The Vary? ing Shore" created a woman who was a sort of a disreputable old angel?"the sinner's saint" she was called in Monte Carlo. Theodore Dreiser's "The Hand of the Potter," a four-act play, will be pre? sented by the Provincetown Players to? morrow evening as the second bill of their season. The production, which, with the exception of "The Athenian Women," is the largest ever attempted by this Little Theater group, has been directed by Charles O'Brien Kennedy, and the settings designed by Cleon Throckmorton. On Tuesday evening "The Fair Cir? cassian" will be presented at the Re? public Theater. The production of this play, written by Gladys Unger and listed as "a romance of the East in the West," has been made under the direc? tion of Gertrude Newell. "Bought and Paid For," George Broadhurst's successful drama of ten years ago, will be revived by William A. Brady Wednesday ni^ht at the Play? house, where it was first presented. Two members of the original cast, Charles Richman and Marie Nordstrom, will be seen in their old parts. Helen MacKellar will have the role of Vir? ginia Blaine, the working girl who marries Robert Stafford, the million? aire. This part was played in the original Broadway production by Julia Dean. William Harrigan will appear in Frank Craven's famous comedy part, Jimmie Gilley, the fourteen-dollar-a week shipping clerk. Thursday evening brings another re? vival. George C. Taylor will present at the Gaiety Theater a new production of Paul Armstrong's "Alias Jimmy Val?? entine," which he first presented ig. New York at Wallack's Theater in 1910, On London Boards From Ths Tribune's European Bureau LONDON, November 18. LONDON has had an unusually busy theatrical week, with a first performance every night. This is the turning point of the season, when successes may be taken as established and failures are due to be replaced. That there have been several of the latter has led casual commentators to talk of a slump, but there has been no slump. London steadily spends, say, $120,000 a week on the West End theaters. None of the plays withdrawn for replacement deserves a better fate, with the possible exception of Bernard Shaw's "Heartbreak House." Whether it has been found too good or too long is not ynt explained. But probably the explanation is to be found in the sympathetic cheers which, on the first night, greeted the exclamation of one of the characters, "Is this ever eoine to end?" - "Quality Street," J. M. Barrie's play* at the Haymarket, will run a year if the faith of Frederick Harrison proves well founded. "Paddy the Next Best Thing" has just broken a monument at the Savoy, because it has broken a record. There are theatrical as well as political diehards in England. Among newcomers, Oscar Asche's "Cairo" looks like beating its predecessor, "Chu Chin Chow," at His Majesty's, and Beveral other recent productions report goofi business. The most notable feature of this week's new productions is the number whose subjects are biographical. There are no less than three of thi3 variety. Of these the most interesting and im? portant is "Will Shakespeare," by Cl?mence Dane, author of the still suc? cessful "A Bill of Divorcement," pro? duced last night at the Shaftesbury. She disarms much criticism of "Will Shakespeare" by labeling it "an inven? tion." "This play does not claim to be true to history. It is no more than an attempt to suggest the nature of the experiences which went to the develop? ment of Shakespeare's genius," says ! her note on the program. Shakespeare has sent a play from Stratford to London and Henslow comes down to claim him for the Court He goes, breaking Anne Hathaway'a heart. At the Court he meets and loves Mary Fitton?accepted as the "Darli Lady" of the sonnets?and she play? Juliet when a boy fails. But Mary Fit ton has an affair with Marlowe anc Shakespeare pursues her to her meet ing with him at Deptford and it a fight between the two poets Marlowi is stabbed. The Queen hears of th< scandal, banishes Mary from Court ant Mary goes out?-there are other mei and she has heard of Shakespeare': wife. Then Shakespeare is left witl his remorse, his burned-oat embers o passion and his devouring pessimism The Queen prescribas a remedy. Le him work, The play ts t beautiful yvotfaetfos 'and well acted, and it contains some admirable blank verse. It was well re? ceived by the audience, but its recep? tion by the critics is mixed. One hails it as one of the greatest plays of the time, but this view is as extreme as that which protests against the spec? tacle of "England's national poet as a murderer." The consensus appears??*; be that the piece would very lilsW' read better than it played, and that it is to be reckoned an interesting play rather than a superlatively good one. Another literary figure who appeared this week on the 6tage is Lord Byron, around whom is written "The Pilgrim of Eternity," the work of a Persian poet K. K. Ardaschir, produced at th? Duke of York's. In this case it is evident that the playwright has aimed as near as a playwright can at authen? ticity. But his Byron is an idealized Byron, thinking more of European lib? erty than of love, and thinking of lov? in a highly sentimental manner, which justifies one critic's thrust that "if the shade of Byron saw it there must hav?. been some naughty language heard in th? Elysian Fields." The third biographical play of th? week, by Halkett Glover, is called "Wat Tyler," and has for its theme the peasant rising under that leader in the Middle Ages. It was produced at per? haps the most remarkable theater in. London, whose peculiar character may best be explained by the fact that it has no name but its nickname?"the Old Vic." It stands south of the | Thames in Southwark, in a district 1 where the Middle Ages jostle the in?? I dustrial revolution, and it is in th? lineage of the older playhouses. Here, at prices well within the reach of th? new as well M the old poor, uncM Shakespeare, interspersed with night?; of orwra, is offered to appreciative au?j diences drawn not only from the dis?} trict, but from pilgrims from furthe*! afield. "The Old Vic" is at the momeuf compelled to ask the public for assis? anee, sot by way of subsidy for its perfownane? bat te fraanc? ?a vrgsoj building reeonstrtsstten?