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THE SUN, SUNDAY, MARCH 3, 1918.
V "3 'W 1 1 I 1 ELMORE rwi i HE PLAYS FOR MARCH NIGHTS COBA WlTHEiaSPOON . "THE. KINO" By LAWRENCE REAMER. ipHE influence of good acting is still capable of touching the sen- I 7 1 sibilities of the New York theatregoer, rarely as he may have the I opportunity to witness anything more artistic than the smug ' .competency which is just now characteristic of most representations ' 'f iven under the auspices of the so-called leading managers. Much of tho'i j slipshod manner of presentation characteristic of live fo-callcd palmy ' days of the theatre has disappeared. Rarely is there completely lncom : petence or the altogether unsuitable person found in a contemporaneous ; east, but just as rarely is there anything about the representation which ; js not altogether the work of the author. In other words, half a dozen I J ther players selected at random would probably have been just as capa-1 ; ble as the half dozen actually engaged in the representation. It is, of . course, indispensable that the actors should look and be what the wise ' "producer" calls "the type" of the character. New York plays to-day .jtfiow so thoroughly the selection of nctors because they are types that j one need only read the list in a contemporaneous production to know Just what sort of men and women there are to be in the piece. ; T Of course Mr. Warricld comes r.long at times with one of his very short list of characterizations; Mr. Skinner finds a part that suits him in S Ihe eyes of New Yorkers as well of his devoted admirers on the road ; S George Arliss somewhere in a historical dictionary comes across a part 5 he will be able to look more or less like, and Mr. Ditrichstein finds a part - lor himself in Paris or Budapest. These arc important instances in the Z progress of dramatic art as it is understood in New York. Woe betide Z this unfortunate actor, however, if he happens to be provided with n play :that does not interest the public. Then the actor's art as it is shown by Z -these eminent players may go hang! " So to have tho. Great skill of Lionel his Ann nrtinir .letlnr of tho nnliln JJarrymoro make the deep Impression ( and most genuine type. In tho final r on theatregoers that Is now to be ob-, act of "The Copperhead." Z served In "The Copperhead" every night After jears of misunderstanding and ;at the Shubert Theatre Is a source of martyrdom for the sake of his country , immense n uucation to nu wno ...ve .ecause ne is suspected or pad nc lean- for t , ,. , h ,f myM(,Tyi A i Mss AnBlln a ; to keep the theatre In their list of tho ings or worse, the hero of Mr. I-andl.s's . , nf ,r!lth nnil fhl. u ,.. wf.rp KUnm nd not the character nnosp.t to renresent. Thru After all. It Is not the most that story and Mr. Thomas's play has the ,el out t( thenli lllt th).lv ls enowh Ull.j. promptly proceeded to put this arts. ; can be done in the theatre to have the chance to vindicate himself. He la men all of sufficient height and of ; not going to bo hurried about It. He bearing correct to their parts and will, in the presence of his friends and 2 fixe women comely and blond, although enemies, tell the story that lian been t Is to bo feared under existing con- j burning in his brain for years nearly ditions that the taste of tho theatre half a century. Mr. IJarrymore recites managers when It alone Is consulted J It, Imparting vitality to every word, - will always be for blond beauty. For Illuminating overy Incident with his - the occasional flash of stage genius facial change and vocal accent, living will ilamo up nt Intervals to make tlw theatre something more than the -fciero abode of adequacy, smooth und - cgreeablo to the eye. Mr. Barrymoro had years ngo given Indications of unusual talent both in 3-Slohn Henderson's "The Mummy and Ihe Humming Bird" and us the Irre sponsible young New York tough o! ;'The Other Girl." Then he was lost 2 to tho sight of New Yorkers for a - long time, acting occasionally In the n cinema and ut other times devoting S himself to tho art of painting. His Z appearance last spring in "I'eter Ib- betson" proved that absence from the X stage had not diminished ills capacity Z but increased his resources and ripened - the powers which he had revealed 3 years before. But there was scarcely ftromlse of the force, sincerity und Z artistic resource that he now reveals w& "Tho Copperhead." Z More than one commentator ob Z Iferved at the. first performance that 1 S(r. Barrymoro recalled tho late Jo Z erph Jefferson, although It was by none t oT them meant to Imply that he was t Attempting any sort of an imitation t Qf that actor. Tt was probably In his Z taturalness that he was most sug Zfcestlve of him. Mr. Barrymore luck I lly imitates nobody. Ho is not at tempting to reproduce tlio vocal pe culiarities of this famous person or Zthe gait of that ono nor is he trying S to copy the mannerism of any noted IJUayer. It Is his fine naturalness, his freedom from such tendency to copy "any actor, his complete absorption in ,3 the task of representing the soul of Zti man in certain conditions as he : thinks the man would have felt and "acted, that makes the simple greatness 5 of his art ho compelling that specta tors gather there Jn large numbers ; every night merely to feel the spell of PLAS THAT LAST. again, altnough in the sight of others, the scenes which have been so per- . I ihsr;:;4 vpolly with y -H INA CLAIRE. Ills 'POLL Y WITH A PACT" fvOTt V J. gtLtCltl J THE THEATRES THIS WEEK. MONDAY- Palace Theatre: First performance in vaudeville of "The Wenker One," war play in one act, by Ethclyn Brewer de Foe. TUESDAY Theatre du Vicux Colombicr: Jacques Copeau will pre sent two comedies "L'Amour Medicin," by Molicre, and "Ln Petite Marquise," by Meilhac and Halevy. THURSDAY Uooth Theatre: Stuart Walker will present "The Book of Job" at n matinee. Vandcrbilt Theatre: This new playhouse will be opened with "Oh, Look." by James Montague and Harry Carroll. Fulton Theatre: Frances White and William Rock will appear . in a war review called "Let's Go." to pique the curiosity, not to satisfy It. intellectual dictum into effect by com- Po the audience sits in growing curl- pelllng the actress to bj hei.-elf lirst. oslty to hear how. and under what cir- whatever she might be afterward. The cumstances the old man did or did not same course was followed in the case betray his country. When Lionel ' of popular actors, and "character" all Barrymore in the last act steps out to i but ceased to exist on the stage, tell them, therefore, what has happened I Just how necessary "character" may there Is the keenest attention to this bo to a play is shown In "The Off long deferred revelation, and the ac- , Chance" nt tho Kmiilro Theatre. Tho tor's triumph by the way he does what hero of Mr. Carton' work is a young ' the author has prepared for him. helps duke, evidently some such per.-onugn istent In his own life. It Is a re- i n,Bhtlly to bring New York Just now as the youthful iord ln Miscarriage" imiKuo.e ucmeei ieiu in iiisir.uiusui , 0 U)e Snui,crt Theatre with so much turn and simple, obedient to the finest ; t.nthuslasm tandnrds of the art and most dls- . ' ' ln?ui.ihcd probably in its deferenco to lature as its model. American audiences aro keen for "character," as it Is called on tho stage, unJ so incarnated would Increase greatly the Ixmdon humor of Mr. Car ton's Indestructible formula. Hut the managerial disapproval of "character" under such conditions made itself potently felt at this point. Po the duke supposed to bo a youth Is acted by a popular leading man now r.tpHly ap- f. No player rises' chances to admin, this kind of acting. , the usual age which we 1 ' Iauretto Taylor, who seems Just now , ,'... . V, . . ., ... , .,, , sltion in which the to be the most popular of the players ' know,to be nllJdle ap' of cuu,r"'! j i .. T, ... I .Z . .. . I- . . , I '"nerB comedy surfers. But managerial wls- Inevltably the share of the play- I although, thanks to the opinion of the vrleht In this trlnmnh of tho actor managers, they get precious few nust suggest Itself. mperior to the pos pportunity Is Inevitably the creation ' actress if ever there was one. It Is' ,f the playwright, and there Is much ff" In 1 NEW FLAYS IN THE THEATRES, if the same divided resjionslblllty in -om n. m-mlfeMntlon that is lust ns , he triumph of tno last act oi "opperhead." The scene, with was given over i-uvuniy-ttvu times dur lni Its tlr-it i-nason. lVtlte Marquise." bv Meilhac and Halevy. is a thre-o act light mod err comedy which, originally produced in 1'arN in ISTt, has since lemained one of the mo-t popular of I'rench plays. The play touches on the sub ject of marriage In a light and grate ful manner. I'aulette XoU-eaut and M. Cassa take the leading role. tcr of fact .Vcrf .tnrlrrir brings down tho curtain of the reennd act. I As originally planned by Kobcri Housum the second net curtnln dis satisfied both the author and Arthur I Hopkins. It will be remembered that til IIIU Villi 'L tut- .,. ... ............. Michnrl panic stricken by the thought that his love affair threatens all the vagabond Jov that hit llfo has held hitherto, bolts from the girl to whom he has Just ronfesfd his love. Xrtl and his grandmother. Mrs, tnrf('lrnorc. endeavor to comfort the puzzled and suffering I'ramr.i. After several conferences dining thn rehearsals of the comedv Mr. Hop kins and Mr. Housum both becan to j despair of the suggested endings l;iinor ana .uf.v. i'nnmii nm-. seem callous to the very real disap pointment of rrnnvx In the man with whom .-he had fallen In love, or else the pathetic sight of rninc gazing yearnincly out Into the night after her vanished lover would .'itrlko a false note. At last the present solution occurred Mr Housum, hapnlly ending the act upon a bit of delicious caricature. The proposed speech saved tho situation and rang down the curtain upon a fi antic effort bv .Y'i to live up to the romanticism of his recreant rival. I'n fortunately the elY.-ct of the ending however, causes the curtain to cut short the speech of which but the tltst two words ever reach the amll- ment and they're only $2 nnvhrm And Just as I hooked a fish I looked up. and there wa the Government . spector watch'ng me. Well of courvi 1 lost the tlsh. It was very awknar for me, not having a license. And there was the Inspector looking at very fiercely; and I suppose he tii.1 . cun about him wmewhore. Po he mi i to me, "Have you a license?" Ar.d course I had to confess I didn't , was the only thing to do, and ho sa.o I'd better buy one of him. Aid ! I I did and then I'd really Intended l ! ;:et one all tho time. Hut lie ovr charged me, having me, so to pp. i, lr. a hole " ' And right there on the manner ' Hubert Houaum's stac directions '"!! , "Curtain," but all the past, presei.t i. I future renders before mentioned l.n.iv better: for tho curtain reallv f.' on "Georgian Hay!" 'The attractive to the public as Its prede- ' I Its j ccssor. It Is only impossible for her I is of I to play any iwrt which requires the , X Illusion of breeding, since she is rather essentially gamine always. Hut In Barrymore's own "Happiness" she gives the Impression I of a dressmaker. Just as In "Out There'1 WO new plays will be added to the repertoire of the Theatre du Vleux Colombler on Tues day evening, March .". On that date "L'Amour Medicin" (Tho I.ovo Doc tor), by Mollere, und "La l'etlte Mar- ouching references to Lincoln, was of course devised by Mr. Thomas from Mr. Landls's story, although Its tender xecution is Mr. achievement. But the playwright has done one sho was tho transplanted London qulse." (Tho Little Marquisn) will havo wonderful service to the actor. Kvery slavey. There Is always the strong . their first presentation here, word that Is spoken ln "Tho Copper- , suggestion of the sort of a iierson .Miss ' "L'Amour Medeciu" is one of the1 head" from the tlrst time tho curtain i Taylor Is supposed to 1 playing. best known of Mollere's comedies, ln , rises adds to the Interest of the old ; American audiences used to be able I this play the great Kren'ii playwright t nan's recital. Kvery act that In- to see actors representing characters fot the second time in his dramas at-1 creases the. suspicion of his guilt I until the wisdom of the magnates a j tacks and ridicules the medical profes- 1 makes the spectator await the final . few years ngo powerfully announced slon. "L'Amour Medrcln" was on the j xplanation that will clear the air In ' that the public came to the theatre to. tlrst programme of tho .Theatre du The spectators fee Miss Adams or Miss Barrymore or itux Colombler In rarls in I'.'l.i, nnil one way or another. On Thursday afternoon at the Booth Theatre Stuart Walker will present, tlii- first special matinee of "The Hook of Job." This is not an adaptation t or dramatization of the Bible stoiy, , but a presentation of tho actual old Testament dialogue. It Is thought to be the first time that the text of the Old Testament story has been pre sented In literal form 'In the theatre. Two Narrators, plaid by Margaret Mower ami Judith l.owry, will tell such iatts of tho dram i as are not in dlaloguo form, namely the pro.ogno and epilogue. Jo( will 'bo played by George Gaul, and his three fr.ends by Kdgar Stehll, Harry Hncklnr and Ku Keiie Stockdalc. Walter Hampden will play the young man, I'.Uhn, and tho Voice Out of the Whirlwind will be spoken by David Bispham. Tho opening of the Xew Vanderhilt Then t r has been postponed until Th'irs lay. when Harry Carroll and William Sheer's inu-lcul comedy "Oh Lo. W" with Harry Kox as the star vlll 1..' t la attraction. This new com edy was written by James Montgom ery. The music was composed by Mr ";.nv!l the well known composer, und Joseph McCarthy wrote tho lyrics. -IM... ...... 1 w... ...... i lie case uiitL eui.'ui in ..ii. i iwo- .,.....,i,,, it i. .., r-n nm. U-..IU. i dice. Hence the opportunity Is here. George Sidney, Alexander I'. Krnnk, , Ted Wing, Kn'denek Burton, Alfred' Knppeler, Clarence N'onKtrom, Chalks , Mit.-si-tt, Genevieve Tobln, Amelia.' and 1 I didn't irnllj care for him. was Just swept oft my feet." .Y( (, with a trace of wounded pride, wonders. "You wouldn't think tint , just a few stories of adventure would ninuo sucli a uinerence to a gin. HOW THEY GET THEM. by presented for audiences of 1 he Gipsy Trail." past, present and future, to learn what Xnl actually does say. J'rnnrrs. almost sobbing, confesses: i.ir. n ... .1.1 1, ...... .-,.1 f,A, n-... ... t....... 11....A I"' HI'.'! ..".I" .Id..- ....-I. .". .... .'. . ..'.. . . ... and 1I didn't rrU care for him. 1 lia.c. .Minn eci ninciair. ueny ii.iiiiu tmi. I'mlly Morrison, Francis Grant, Klsie Goiilon and Lisa Thomas. Frances White and William Hock nir to provide most of the entertain ment in a new "Intlmato revue" which It tyinond Hitchcock will present at the- Fulton Theatre on Thursday. H will Ih' called "loot's Go." SPEECH THAT IS HEARD. NEVEIt One of the laughable bits of "Tho Gipsy Trail" is a spee.ii that is al ways Inaudible.. It is tho llsh story with whie.il Itol.ind Young as the mat- (I wun't trying Then there Is a pause one of those Inimitable pauses during which Itoland Young as .Veil gets an idea. He looks nt t'rnnccx, venders, shifts his fivt, dears his throat and begins In a most didactic and dutiful tone: "It was in tin- August of nlnetecn-t'.velve that 1 was fishing in Canada on Sp dor Lake, up near Muskoka no, It wasn't Muslioka either; it was Georgian Hay. I had forgotten to provide myself with one of those fishing licenses- you know? litre carelessness. Of -ourse to cheat the (invent Astor, "Why Marry?"; Be lasco, "Polly With a Past"; Bi jou, "Oirl o' Mine"; Booth, "Seventeen"; Broadhurst, "The Madonna of the Future" ; Casino, "Oh, Boy"; Century, "Chu Chin Chow"; Cohan, "The King"; Cort, "Flo-Flo"; Cohan & Har ris, "A Tailor Made Man"; Comedy, "Youth"; Criterion, "Happiness"; Eltinge, "Business Before Pleasure"; Empire, "The Off Chance"; Forty-eighth, "The Love Mill"; Forty-fourth, "May time"; Fulton, "Let's Go"; Har ris, "Success"; Hippodrome, "Cheer Up!"; Hudson, "The Master"; Gaiety, "Sick-a-Bed"; Globe, "Jack o' Lantern"; Green wich Village Theatre, "Karen"; Liberty, "Going Up"; Longacre, "Yes or No?"; Lyceum. "Tiger Rose"; Maxine Elliott, "Eyes of Youth"; Morosco, "Lombard!, Ltd."; New Amsterdam, "The Cohan Revue, 1918"; Norworth, "Under Pressure"; Park, "Seven Days Leave"; Playhouse, "The Little Teacher"; Plymouth, "The Gipsy Trail"; Princess, "Oh, Lady I Lady!!"; Renublic, "Parlor, Bedroom and Bath"; Thirty-nlnth. "A Cure for, t,urames ; winter uaraen, "Sin bad," and Vanderbilt, "Oh, LOOK Tim Mnnnrra I'liiiilly In i: i-i- Icl Innt. Lnurette Taylor once likened , . .1 ind her playwright husband, J. II 'ey Manners, to the men who nr iloyed to pick iqi waste paper ." iilbllc patks with the aid of lo.nted sticks. "We'ro always on tho look . .t ittles Incidents or sidelights on -icter which wo can gather 1, ttoro away In our memories," 1 . and dNcuss afterward with t' if utilizing theni In one of Mr " tiers 8 p.ays. ott d be Mtrpi-is . knew how many little in ..1. sumo of the plays are actua. scripts from life and how mam ehnracteiK In thcrn hae I.. gested by actual persons i-. .. have met." It is generally known "mt nv the incident in the wid'iv second act of "Out T!i-re" w i lutely veracious, and now com. Taylor with the annoiinri-iu. at least one of the characters nlness," the play in whlrh s'-e-appenring at the Criterion, is ful and unexaggi'iatcd portra ' actual person. This is the c '. . of Jt i'rrklni, the. cxtrcmii tlve and empty he'.iiled socu 1 played by the- versatile Lynn 1'- "Hartley has succeeded I , . an aecurate sketch of thli sain .nss tayior ine oinir n u only illffcrenco letwceii t" character nnd the stage . .j . ' la that the lady herself is .1 and not a young woman woman of quite Rome dlslu London i-ociet- whom wc 1 ' socially. He-r husband 1- r. ' an Important llguro ,ind 1.1 well known :ti lh: rountrv N all mv llfo havo I heard nnv . talked so Inc-essanily as she .1 seems to never stop. It's J.i-' crnliMn f-iilihln frnm tile lein meet her intil j on nian ige vnurelf away. She has the r mnrkablo habit of currying o . versatinn bv asking questln- . she. never means to have nns. wh ch she answers herself U' have time to elo so " f A PLAY A WEEK. Guy Bites Post in "The M -querader" will bepin tue w ' " "-morrow night at the St.v"l ' Theatre. He will be surrou- i by the original cast, which tbe play a long run at the L and Booth theatres. An i mat'nee will be Riven Kr Hale Hamilton heads the " n-ny, which goes to the U Opera House to-morrow n ' direct from the Thirty-n Street Theatre, to pre-.---"What's Your Husband D01-. Associated with Mr. Ham ''" will be Robert Ober, Gr f Hayles, Jnne Cooper. Grrt " Yates, Carol Llovd. W.i Lc'is and George Vivian. "The Country Cousin. ' Booth Tarkington and J'i Street, will be the week's ' it Loew's Seventh Avenue 1 ' tre. Alexandria Carlisle, carried the principal role for c cnur months it had at the Gac y Theatre, remains with the plav I