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THE SUN, SUNDAY, AUGUST 22, 1915. Vm AUGUST HE PLAYHOUSES wS n ay J rv in m 'Hoii WASHINGTON SOUAR.E ' Pa r IC T k e a 1 1 a WITH the new theatrical season yet In Its very early Infancy there are plenty evidences of a most amhltlous year for the man Offers, if their preliminary announce ments are to he taken In good far.h and are to be lived up to to the letter and Spirit So far light mil' -cal comedy and farce have proved the rule rather than the exception. A close watch I being kept on the current war play In order to see what effect It will have on the public taste. There are no many conflicting; opinions a to the suitability of stag ing productions that have to do di rectly with the conflict in Kurope that the managers hope to get an accurate Idea of Just what the public wants In the way of war plays by watch Inn the present piece. William A. Brady Is one manager who Is against the war play unless the war element Is greatly eliminated or reduced to a minimum. He pro duced last season "The White Feather." and insisted on keeping ail reference to Its actual subject away from its billing. The play did well In New York, but did not meet with as great a success on the road. This Mr Brady attributes to the subject. A war play In time of war Is run the proper kind of subject to give the American public, Mr. Brady holds. People read about all the horrors of war In the newspapers and as a gen eral Idea do not like to see their mental images visualized on the stage. However, there are one or two so called war plays In process of preparation which are promised met ropolitan showing this season. It Is too early as yet to make prediction as to their recep'lon by the public and time alone will tell the tale ashether the theatregoer wants to see war plays or would rather stick to the old established forms of farce, musical comedy and the more serious forms of the drama. One of the new plays of the week will be the reappearance of May Ir win In a dramatization of the novel by Ieroy Scott. "No. 13 Washington Square," at the I'ark Theatre begin ning to-morrow evening. Miss Irwin has obtained the services of William Collier as her stage director. Con cerning the production the following announcement la made: "May Irwin, the comedy star, in a new laugh maker staged by William Collier, star comedian, is the cheer ful programme at the Park Theatre, opening to-morrow night. Thla new Fun Trust, Inc., Is designed to supply good humor to the New York public through the medium of a four act far cical comedy of little old New York, entitled No. 13 Washington Square.' " Leroy Scott, author of the novel of that name, became a playwright at the Instigation of May Irwin, who read his book and wanted a play made of It. Because May Irwin has become an American habit like the circus, the funny eheet and baseball--when May Irwin comes to town the news fact of chief Importance la May Irwin, whatever and whoever ahe brings with her. But this season the faot that Will lam Collier makes his debut a May Irwin's stBge director complicates the fun. Neither Mlag Irwin nor Mr. Col lier have ever been known to let a laugh In a line escape them, and their comedy effort will be reenforced by a cast that includes Ffolliott I'aget. Clara Blar.dlck Leonard Holllster, Charles Abbe, I.ark Tuylor, Julia Ralph, John Junior, Charlotte Carter, Oeorge Clurke, Marion Doyle, Joseph Wood Vwn, Itichard Collins and Max Meyer ''Av Irwin's last eonttrlhution to the Joy NSW York wan "Widow by frwar." which ran a yea at the Cohan Theatre, and Mr Collier was but re cently a source of merriment In "Hello Broadway." The new play. "No. IS Washington Square.'' will be produced under the management of Kurt Els- feldt Members of societies attached to en-', y Roman Catholic churohes and 9 t IS Florence Wallorv "HAciDS UP" i n Catholics generally throughout Brook-1 lyn snd the country districts of Long Island. It develops, have been re requested In an appeal recently pro mulgated by the Brooklyn Brancm ot the National Federation of Catholic Societies to cooperate with the Fed erationisrs In endeavors to bring about a higher standard of amusements In the theatres In this particular section. A campaign is being launched to "purify the movies." Already a "white list" has been Issued regarding plays which were seen' In New York last year and which were deemed proper. Now this same activity is to be ex tended to the moving pictures as well aa to the dramas of the legitimate stage. A pledge of support Is to be extended to the managers of theatres producing drama and comedies upon their opening a few weeks hence, pro vided the management declares that no offensive plays will he booked. The experiment will undoubtedly lie watched with some degree of Interest by both the public and the theatre manager. Whether it will succeed is a matter over which only the wildest speculation can now be Indulged. One of the many matters that an nually come to plague the theatrical managers this season will be the pres ent controversy with the American Kederat-on of Musicians. There Is reason to believe that a majority of the orchestras now employed for strictly dramatic performances will be done away with this year and Instead of carrying union men for their musi cal plays the managers will hereufter use their own orchestra whether the personnel be union or non-union. This' comes as a resuH of certain demands ' made by locaj unions throughout the I country that they be allowed to fix the ' number of men to play In each or-1 chestra. and in addition be allowed tO receive a season contract for their work lasting from August until June Of each year. The managers are said to contend that having suffered losses during last I season they are In no position this year to go on paying heavy rates fur I orchestras that are not needed. They ' are therefore about to e.lmlnate many Ot their orchestras, particularly from offerings which are this year to be SSnt "on the road " The question of the use of the cut rate theatre tloket Is again likely to come to their attention this year. No satisfactory solution of the question was obtained last season und whether the sume condition will prevail now depends altogether on whether the I managers can get together on a com mon understanding and with concerted action eliminate ttwt obnoxious form of ticket selling. AGAINST CUT KATE TICKETS. May Irwin has taken up the fight against the cut rate theatre ti.ket, a question which is again due to hob up before the public this season. She has sent a Isttsr to Ellhu Root, chair man of the Constitutions! Convention, 44lh St Tkeatr-e "MOTO jf) V I M A k MIL l. A- MAY IRWIN IN "No. 13 Washington Square" at the Park Theatre Julian Eltinge in "Cousin Lucy" at the Cohan. MONDAY Psrk Theatre May Irwin will return to the legitimate stage in "No. 13 Washington Square," a dramatization of the novel of the same name by Leroy Scott. William Collier is acting ss Miss Irwin's general stage director snd she is under the man agement of her husband, Kurt Eisfeldt. A capable cast has been procured to support her. She wss last seen in "Widow by Proxy" and lately on the vsriety stage. FRIDAY Cohan Theatre Julian Eltinge will be seen in "Cousin Lucy," a comedy with music by the late Charles Klein and Jerome Kern in three sets. In the supporting cast are Dallas Welford. Cleo Donnelly, Austin Webb, Marie Chambers, Mark Smith, James Budd, Clairborne Foster and others. suggesting the passage of an amend ment to the State Constitution which would make It unlawful for the man ager of any place of amusement to accept for admission any ticket for which a price is paid other than that printed on the ticket. Her letter to I Mr Root follows "I have the honor to suggest to your convention the passage of an amendment requiring the enactment of proper legislation dealing with the ticket speculation evil as it now ex ists In this State. I believe that the theatre manager and his employee are as much to blame for the present state of affairs as the speculator and the so-called 'scalper,' and I there fore suggest that the proposed amend ment involve the following general regulations: "Making it unlawful for the man ager of any place of amusement or I his employee to accept for admission tn his place of amusement any ticket for which a price has bePn paid other 1 than the price printed on the face of 1 the ticket. "Making It unlawful for Said man ager or employee tn accept any ticket Of admission of any sort which has not printed on the face of it the exact valuation of the ticket. "From my experience aa ths nun- .j Violet H "under, nm jvjd son' TKeitre -jt) r.r i m 0 lUtk All i i J en "OB ap rs rv 3Ti vji-l VI fj vjaiez iy i r.eatre A NEW PLAY. ngrr of my own companies I believe thai such an amendment, followed b the proper enactments by our legisla tive body, will bring about the much desired effect of removing this great Imposition on ths public, "Any ons familiar with the work ing of the theatre knows who the real culprit Is. and the only remedy it appears to me, is to place him under the regulation of the proper authority." Miss irwin Interrupted busy dress rehearsal of her new play. "No. 13 Washington Square," at the Park Theatre the other afternoon to discuss her proposed amendment In detail "There are two great evils beset ting the theatre to-day." she said. "particularly la New York city, and the opportunity of the present Con stitutional Convention to remedy at least OM of these should not be over-loc'-ed by those who honestly wish for the prosperity Of the stage and the preservation of its popularity with the American public. "One evil is the irice question, This e&nnot ba reach sd by legislation ba uauas a man has the Inherent tight In prlVtita enterprises to .barge is high a sum for his wares as lie is fool enough u charge. Years ago when the high price was U.bu and It becomse nauwjssu- e naas sals to $Z 1 v m n0'0 () 'SMS t NlWIi 3 Ltk THE lOO)AlYAm" belaaco Tkeatre the -inly sensible reason for the Changs In the mind of the sane dealer in theatrical wares was the fact that .1 certain section of the public was willing to pay this price. But that did not Justify the thsatrs manager In hogging things and making the pleas ure of attending the pkty so great a luxury that the pernon of ordinary means could not afford 10 Indulge In It. It's a long and threadbare story and I w ill dismiss It with the announce ment that I have provided for my com ,111; sngaeTSme&t at the I'ark Theatre a goal 'f prices in the orchestra of the house whi"h will enable any one to see the play at $1 alongside of his neigh bor who pays 12 I lielleve that In tills I am not only showing good btisl- BYRON AND Superstition has played a remark 1 hie part in the career of Arthur Byron, playing one of tllil leading rob s in David Belaaco'i production of "Ths Boomerang," the nee Wlnehell smith und Victor Mapes oomedy now playing in the Be la SCO Theatre. Hav ing set hisi hear: upon going n the stage when B boy of 16, his father, olivet- Doud Byron, a famous melo dramatic star of former days and a great believer in SUpsrstltlOItt put Ar thur in u play he had had much suc cess with, "Across the Continent" this was at the (irund Opera House 111 New York city In 1K90. In this old play. "Across the Con tlnent," which Oliver Doud Hyron had been presenting for a number of ye.-rs, superstition M regards stae cureers had played an unusual par. It was in this pluy that the eldir Hyron Started Ada Kehan on he.' profes sional career, Miss Kenan, by the way, was the younge.-t Sister of Au- thur Byron's mother, it t interest uik to nots that Arthur Hvron's hls trlonlc family connectUna ex'.snd way back to the famous Mrs. l'arieii. one ol the most celebrated of Kngllsh actresses of other days. Ii) addition to Ada Kehan having mods tier Aral appearance on any stage under Arthur Myron's father In his great old play "Across the Con tinent," William Clllctte also made his llrst appearance in the same play on the stage. QlllettS played an Indian, a character part Arthur Hvron's first part, however, was a comedy one. Superstition runs all the way through Arthur Myron's caroer In l is first part ho had one line to speak In the first scene. It was "No, thanks, i don't drink." "When I got off the stage after this scene the stage manager said 'Why didn't you apeak your line?' " Mr. Francine Larri morc i ri "SOME bABY" FvJton TWt VAUDEVILLE AND BURLESQUE. PALACE THEATRE Gertrude Hoffmann in the wordless play "Sumurun," with Richard Ordynski playing the part of the hunchback. Others will be Mercedes, aided by Mile. Stantone; Belle Baker, Dooley and Sales, Moran and Wiser, boomerang hat throwers: Borden, Haydn and Haydn in "Bits of Vaudeville" and Bradley Norris. COLUMBIA THEATRE "The Golden Crook," a burlesque attrac tion, will open to-morrow as the beginning of the regular fall and winter sesson. Among the principals are Billy Arlington, Frank Dobson, Eleanor Cochran and Alva McGill. The Pall Mall Trio and Hite and Reflow head the vaudeville portion of the pro gramme. YORKVILLE THEATRE Two one-act burlesques called "Fun in the Rounders Club," and "At the Panama Exposition." It is given by the Cherry Blossoms organization. The principals are Harry Sheppell, Al Raycob, James Masie. Belle Costello, Charles Relyea, Babe Burnett, Helen Relyea and Al Turpie. LEXINGTON THEATRE Formerly Hammerstein's Lexington Avenue Opera House, now controlled by John Cort, will open Saturday as a combination house playing stock productions. The first offering will be "Potash 4 Perlmutter." r.ess Judgment but am setting a good exutn pie. ' As for the oilier evil, that of ticket speculation and 'scalping,' my letter to Mr. Root teJIS the story in general terms True the ticket speculator and 'gcalper1 baa been forced off the stris t In most instances, but he is yet holding a gun to 'he heads oif the public from his store. He is not the man to be reached In order to remedy the evil. It Is the man who sella him the ticket and t.ms la-rmits him to trade w ho is the real culprit. And the ooner tin misk of hypocrisy is pulled from the face of the real offender the better for all concerned." SUPERSTITION Myron said at the Belasco Theatre the other day. " I did speak It,' I answered, but I was so netVOUa thut I had Just made the motion of speuklng the line with my lips, and no sound came out. And that is Interesting, too. In con nection with 'The Boomerang,1 it shows another thing that nervousness will do to a man. "During the past spring I was star I ring In 'To-day' out In California. when I received an offer to appear In The Boomerang.' It Is a curious thing, but for a number of years sev- era! doctor friends of mine have urged ' me to get some one to write a play about a doctor r me and to have the j scene laid In a doctor's office, telling , me that sUOh a play would be n great Uroees 1 have always told a lot of 1 doctor stories, and at last my friends' everlasting suggestions about play- Ing a doctor's part had begun to wot k DO nie, and before the word had come , asking me to play the part in 'The Boomerang' 1 ha I started working on 1 a scenario of a play alsmt a doctor. Then the telegram from Mr Belgsco, ; asking If 1 would play the part of Dr. gnawer in 'The Boomerang1 came, and I said 'Ahem!' Then 1 thouvht 'ami concluded! David Melasco, Win- chell Smith and .1 play alsiut a doctor!' This couldn't possibly fail. Again superstition had me. This doctor 1 thing had been dogging my footsteps for years, und at lust it came along. I "During rehearsals of 'The I loom -lerang' I went down to Long Mranch i to visit my father und mother one day nnd they asked me how the re hearsals were going. I replied. 'Oh, they're terrlhle. Kverybody's sick at heart and discouraged, and all think It's rotten' "My father laughed and said 'Klne; that's a sure sign of success!' "One of the men in the company came to me on the opening night at the Belasco Theatre and said: 'Have you noticed that none of the company has any predictions of success for this piece? That's a sure sign It s u winner.' "80. you see. superstition does play an important part on the stage, " con cluded Arthur Byron. , nnd It certainly has In his his unusual career. Like "The FtiHimerang." It seems to re bound and rebound. MISS LEIGH TELLS A SECRET. Something A boat "The Btri Who Smiles" Plays rinyers. Kverlasting youth is a system, not a secret, says Grace Lelgti, who has the part of the girl who smiles In the production of that name at the Lyric Theatre. Asked If the smile she wore was acquired to carry on the plot of the play, she replied! "In deed not. I was the possessor of that broad smile long before "The (Jirl Who Smiles" Wis ever written. "The smile." said Miss Leigh, "Is the secret of youth, therefore I am sure age will never Isither me. I arise with a smile and retire with It. It has made me happy and kept me in good cheer. If people would smile mors there would be less sor row in the world. "But." continued Miss Leigh. "I want to let you In on another sis-ret When not at work 1 retire every night be fore 10 and am up at 7 A M , then I do a four or five mile wa'k I eat with regularity and only nutritious foods, 'The general pnbll feels that work on the stage Is synonymous with night ife, wine, 4c. In nine eases ,,llt of tt,n you will find the successful ,,f the profession a sane and healthful lly. ing class with but one object In view, and that is success. The suci-essful ones treut their milling the same as a merchant does his vocation. To me the stage Is my business, and It is up to me to further my Interest in anything I can do and to work constantly f-'- greater suc cess.' That an actor may also make a siage director is proved py the ex periences of Benrimo and Paul Dlekey, both of whom have plays running on Mroudway. Henrimo. who used to be an actor under the management of David Belasco, staged "The Mine l'ara dise." whl'.S The Last Laugh," Just across the street, was produced and written by Mr Dickey, whose experi ence as an actor daies hack to quite recent time. In fact before Dl. key wrote this farce he was a vaudeville headllner. having come to the varieties from the legitimate fold. He was Hen. rletta Oroeman'a leading man for a wwiti or two, and when "The U , leading Lady" win m need ,,f ,r actor for the principal roll Diekt, stepped In and saved t;.- play frorr dosing. Benrimo has hud n Varied exj rlence, not only as an m . a very much travelled man He is Moor by birth and speak- si wpi ,ir" guages. He has staged plays in in don, Iaris. Merlin, Vienna. Madrid Moscow, I'etrogracl and Constantino, pie. He regards "The fellow r produced some two Season I ago .,, ,. Fulton Thentre, as his moai achievement. After the plei e hid I here Benrimo staged it In London Berlin and Moscow. In Russia i,. enme known as "The Yellow u, This play was practically written hi Benrimo, who also had a hand m tu construction of "Tnkirm Chances" h. which Lou-Tellegen played last Kprttu "Being able to Hct or having d, ., at one time or other Isn't nrrinni for every director," snvs Banrlmo, "faj moat of our producing managers ,1r. able to direct, suggest and Rl portant and radical Changes In pit and few of them have ever trnd the board. " "So much trash Is found n the shelves of the song shops noatulsyi that one begins to wonder whethfl we us a nation have entlreh Immi our appreciation of good musii snd 0 11 understanding of rhyme, says Mia Franklin of "Hands Lp." ' h mid nay the ratio of meritorious songs of th number offered for sale Is mis In People who have no concept ios of what words mean an t v . and others who do no) know th" fir' principle of hannon) .ire composing scores. "There are still others Who i"-;"iiit to the charlatan class I think it you were able to trace their ances r . would find they are descend 1 fron Capt. Kldd or some other gre t plrsti or highwayman. They heal a Sflni successfully sung or played bj 1st. then they say In themse - . tentlously. 'That s ,1 good Mini 1 think I'll compose it snd Ihej (1 work and soon WS have the mi' theme with not enough van tint disguise the theft You 111 isl tired It how songs run in cycles 1 back as far as Hiawatha and t all the lineal descendants tl H from thut song. Look Into 1 musical show and see how Ihi stolen the old BMlodiM Listei I 1 words of the book and r.i 1 memory to find where you heal selfsame thing before "Almost everything Is remll nowadays. That's bec ause 1 pie lr) to write without Inspiration ll ulti ply can't be done It i.-n I In nature to do that sort of thil That's why 1 keep 1 . my - IMS' to: my exclusive use I know if 1 run out of Ideas It's going to rs . fully hard to find a Ivrirtst and com poser who can write for me "SUMURUN" AT THE PALACE Mr. Ordrnskl Tells tblsa t litis t the rrniiil.llon. To set "Sumurun" on thi -America Richard Ordynskl young men whom Max It) Berlin hae filled with hi- : trained with his methods rami V York a few year- im - Deutochea Theatre Compan; gagement at the Cash Tl company came dlrei 1 fi tt. direction of Keinhardt alms, now Ordvnskl has DUI on ' independently for (ier r ide M " at the Palace Theatre, when appear as th- beautiful Sfcll'i ' Tacaantssenl this week M maun and Mr 1 Irdyn Keinhardt in the main, '"i details they consider ihei production outdoes t!"- on ordynskl will le the Hunchbi -Palace and will direct -the , n ance. "Relnhsrdt." said Mr 1 irdj 1 terday. "conceived the Ides ol pi ing in his theatre a play w- because he wished acting simple to have full sway to a wid.r field for the artist'' allty. He took from 'he R ' chief means of expression and fined him to ths art , f tn n. i gesture; at the same t ine hi , him from the often shackles of the text and revi led In ths actor's nrt ,s common times snd all countries I untrammelled native qualitj purest form "The master's motive for pi plays without words .'. plain wherein he d.ffers fr in Italian school of nan torn Italian pantomlmist used n 1 mimicry to supply the place In lteinhar.1t . play without artist expressed through his allty, his bearing, his eyi s. ! -hjt wllaile be.r.g. feelings otherwise need expression -fui and pregnant as to 1 ,- reacili of only the great poets NOTES OF MUSIC Mlscha IClman. the youi violinist, haj locked his s flddie in a safe deposit .i . Is summering at Avon-b) thi shortly after his arrla thi covered that the damp atm was affecting the valuable :i so on the ndvice of a lead dealer the "Strad" was t in a Strongbox, where :t a vacation of Its own until 1 Morlx Rosenthal, the I: pianist who came to Aunt. I years ago in concert perfi rn has cabled to ins managers side that he will not have to tary duty. Contracts lor his can tour were signed over I and It Is now definitely know i he Will be here for the con son. John MeOormack, the trtefi '' will give another concert in tortum, 'cean drove, on the n September f Special trains run from New York. Jl rsev I Newark in connection v. event. It will !c Mr M- ' second appearance ih s i New' Jersey summer r--sung to 10,000 people ihen 7 This w ill be h i- oi until the opening of the : -on Ic November.