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The latest play to be divud by
Gras Geerge's company at the Play
homee is "The azrth," by Jams Des
nard Pagan, and though it is to be
said that Mis George is still living up
nicely to her prefactory promise to
found a repertoire theater, not so much
may be said for the species of play
with which she is attempting to per
petuate that theater's career. For this
manuscript of Mr. Fagan's Is. from
whatever elevation one looks upon it,
of poor countenance. It may be that
the play, as it is here given us. has
been altered and that it therefore is
not precisely as originally written
there are signs indicating that this
may be true-but there is no means at
hand of discovering, and so one must
appraise the manuscript as It is re
Briefly, the evening -concerns the
character of one Jannion. owner of a
chain of British public journals and
in whose hands are the reins of Brit
ish public opinions. Unscrupulous, vain.
mighty, this Jannion-so is the imme
diate motif-takes a gross dislike to
the wages bill propaganda of a young
member of parliament and, facing the
latter. tells him that unless he aban
dons his enterprises in favor of the
bill's passage, he (Jannion) will com
pel him to withdraw the measure
against his will. The young member of
parliament defies the journalist and the
combat is on. Jannion, through his spy
system, learns of the attachment of
the member of parliament for a mar
ried woman and prepares to blackmail the
member of parliament with the Inf
mation. The member of parliament is
prepared to surrender, to abandon the
wages bill, when the heroine of the
play manuscript rushes in, faces the
villain with magnificent contempt and
licks him to a frazzle in three minutes
by the clock.
Although this narration of the play's
ingredients appears to the reader to
be deficient in a certain consecutive
ness and reasonableness, it is less the
fault of the present nartator than the
fault of the playwright. Fagan assigns
no intelligible motive for Jannion's op
position to the member of parliament's
bill and, as a consequence, much of
the stage excitement is cryptic. The
love story of the young member of par
liament and the married lady bears all
the imprints of Henry Arthur Jones.
The character sketching, save in the
instance of Jannion, is weak; and even
in the case of Jannion not especially
adroit. The performance by the Play
house company is superior to the play.
Miss George handles the role of the
philandering lady-a role that calls for
I.ttle exertion-deftly. Louis Calvert
is picturesque in the make-up of Jan
nion. though this actor still possesses
the habit of learning everything con
nected with the role he is playing ex
cept the lines. Conway Tearle is mis
cast as the member of parliament, but
tries hard to project the creature over
the footlight trough and succeeds in
the business to a certain degree. The
remainder of the cabotinage is satis
"melody ef Yeuth."
At the Fulton Theater, we attend
"The Melody of Youth." a romantic
Irish comedy by Brandon Tynan. who
also interprets the hero of the manu
script. Laid in the Emerald Isle in
1830. the play reveals itself to be a
painfully sweetish concoction brewed
New York Philharmonie Orchestra.
A novelty for Washington concert
goers and the feature of the pro
gram of the New York Philharmonic
Orchsftra In the New National The
ater. Tuesday afternoon of this week
at 4:30. will be the two Symphonic
songs, "Moonrise,' and 'Requiem."
by Josef Stransky, which will be sung
by Mme. Julia Culp, the famous Dutch
beder singer.
This will be the third and final
Philharmonic concert of the season
and the program has been selected
with unusual care. Besides the two
symphonic songs by Conductor Stran
sky, it will contain the Bach "Suite
in D Major," Dvorak's "Scherzo Cap
riccioso," and Tchaikovsky's Symph
ony No. 4, in F Minor, for the or
chestra numbers.
Mine Culp. who will be the soloist
for this last concert, has chosen for
her second number a group of songs
by Brahms with piano accompaniment.
She will render the following: "Im
nier leiser wird mein Schlummer,"
"Botachaft," "Wenn du nur zuweilen
lachelst," "Der Schmied,' and "Sand
Fritis Keisler Friday.
Fritz Kreisler will be heard for the
last time this season at the National
Theater next Friday afternoon, March
I-. at 4:30 under the management sof
Mrs. Wilson-Greene. Today Mr. Kreis
ler stands absolutely without rival in
purity of style, beauty of tone and
soundness of artistry. Other violinists
there are who may rejoice more in the
technical fireworks of violin playing
and thus make quicker appeal to the
general public, but there is none to
day who so combines the classic pose
w ith the fire of romanticism.
His program will include.
1. (a) "Suite in E Minor" (Bach),
prelude, "Adagio," "Allemande," "Ci
tue." (b) "Sarabande and Allegretto"
(Corelli), (c) "Prelude and Allegro"
Pugnani). 2. "Concerto No. 2, F
Sharp Minor" (Vieuxtemps'. allegr
moderato, andante, allegro con spirito.
3. (a) "Romance In A Major" (Schu
mann), (b) "Larghetto" (Weber), (c)
"Moment Musical" (Schubert), (d)
"Rondo in G Major" (Mozart). 4. (a)
"Wienerisch" (Godowsky), (b) "Ron
dino," on a theme by Beethoven (Kreis
Ier : by request I c) "Wiegenlied"
Kreisier), (d) "Slavonic Fantasy"
Elmendert in 9witserland.
A- new travel tal1k on Switzerland
will be presented by Dwight Elmen
dorff, the traveler and artist, at. the
New National Theater Thursday after
noon of this week at 4:30.
This Eldorado of the tourist will be
pictured and described from a new
point of view. Particular attention
wili be shown to St. Morits and the
Valley of the U'pper Engadine. with
their winier sports of tobogganing and
.kiing. The tour will start at the cap
ital city of Bern and end at the top
of the Simplon Pass. Between these
two pointz there will be visits to Lu
cerne. Interlaken, and the picturesque
villages of the Bernese Oberland; to
Murren, Lauterbrunnen, the Valley of
the Rhone and Zermatt. In the course
of the journey the Alps will be cross
ed seven times, and many of the high
er peaks will be climbed by means of
the motion picture camera,
Thursday afternoon. March 16, "North
ern Italy" will he pictured and described.
Grace La R..e in Concert.
Grace La Rue, another American girl
who has abandoned musical comedy
for the concert stage. has been taken
under the managerial wing of An
dreas Dippel. She will appear under
his direction at the National Theater,
an Friday afternoon. March 17. in that
unique costume recital of songs in
liiglish which she gave with success
earlier in the season in Philadelphia
low Nathe
love-with-Ms-ward whimsy. The stWge
owag under the insistent mIelses
drippings %f the text, Very probably,
=h r vastly pleasng
the ty ofnative theatergee
so far as I an eoncerned they seem te
work In exactly the opposite mannae
to that which their creators intead for
them. And, an one of the consequences
the villain of such manuseripts is to
me the real hero. This is partioularly
true in the case of Mr. Tynan's piece
-a piece wherein the platform is sedn
lously burdened with cherry trees Tn
bloom. soft golden suns and cloudless
blue skies, harps played on the greens
ward, the sound of birds singing and
a general and protracted explosion of
honeyed phrases and saccharine sigh
Mr. Tynan's talk is of "the toast of
Dublin" who, at the height of court
ship by a dozen swains, lays eyes on
her bashful guardian, a divinity stu
dent, and of the amours of the twain:
ending, of course, with the hussy's
marrying the wrong man-which is to
say, the hero. Lily Cahill is il suited
to the central female role and her per
formance goes a long way toward de
leting Mr. Tynan's play of popular
qualities. W. J. Kelly is an heroic vil
lain. Among the other actors are
George Giddens, William Harrigan, and
Florine Arnold. The scenic investiture
of the play is highly attractive.
Rebiasen Crusee, Jr."
"Robinson Crusoe, Jr.." is what they
call the newest Winter Garden show.
The masque has at the head of it the
jocose Al Jolson and Is successful in
providing extremely good entertain
ment. This Jolson is a catchy zany, one
of the best, indeed, in the native mu
sical shows. Possessed of an electric
vitality, the fellow literally drives his
lines and songs over the orchestra pit
and yet, at the same time, deftly con
ceals the fact of his excessive striv
ing in an innate and contagious humor.
Although Jolson is the only pantaloon
of talent in the show, his co-workers
have been sufficiently well trained to
assist him in getting the best effects
out of the material. The scenery is
not so opulent as that disclosed in for
mer Winter Garden shows, but is de
cidedly attractive, probably more so
by virtue of this very reticence. The
dances have been picturesquely ar
ranged and the hitherto unlovely knees
and limbs of the chorus misses have,
on this occasion, been tastefully en
The libretto follows the familiar
dream idea and outlines the episodes
of a gentleman's nightmare, wherein
said gentleman imagines himself upon
Robinson Crusoe's island with Mr. Jol
son as his man Friday. In the latter
role, with a goat yclept Morris am his
companion, the Jolson Is exceeding
droll. And this comedian's song, "Where
Did Robinson Crusoe Go with Friday
on Saturday Night?" Is the one funny
lyric of the evening. The balance of
the tunes and lyrics are less insin
Assisting Mr. Jolson are Lawrence
D'Orsay. Helen Shipman. Kitty Doner,
Claude Fleming. and Harry Lupino. A
passionate Spanish damsel named Rod
riguez provides an attractive dance
specialty consisting of wiggles big,
little, and medium. All In all, a very
good harlequinade. very much better.
by all odds, than the shows of its sort
one used to see in England and on
the continent,
Miss La Rue's first concert stage ex
periment was made at the suggestion
of the famous music publishing house
of Ricordi. The concert at the Na
tional will be the first of those under
Dippel's direction. It will be repeated
In all the large cities of the East
Last Voseert ef Boston Symphony.
Ossinn Gabrilowitsch. the very die
tinguished and gifted Russian pianist,
will be soloist at the last concert of
the season by the Boston Symphony
Orchestra in the New National -te
ater Tuesday afternoon, March 14. at
4:30 o'clock. Mr. Gabrtlowltsch will
play twice. His first number will be
Mozart's "Concerto in D Minor" and
his second Weber's "Cotcertstuck" for
"Experience" Breaking More
"Experience." aptly described by its
producers as "the most wonderful
play in America," continues to shat
ter theatrical records. In Chicago last
week. at the Garrick Theater, "Ex
perience" was given thirteen times in
seven days (including three perform
ances on Washington's Birthday) and
the gross receipts were slightly in ex
cess of $20,000. In Springfield, Mass..
the same week, the Eastern "Exper
lence" company, playing a return en
gagement of a second week in a city
which is usually played only one
night, took in over $14,000. Inasmuch
as George V. Hobart, author of "Ex
perience," draws a straight royalty of
10 per cent of the gross receipts, it
can easily be seen that he was paid
approximately 93.400 for his play in
one week. It has been estimated that
Mr. Hobart will take in more than
8150,000 in royalties on "Experience"
during the next twelve months, and
that William Elliott. F. Ray Comstock
and Morris Gest. who produced and
own the play, will make half a mil
1ion ' dollars' profit during the next
two seasons. The play has already
earned more than .100,000 profit for
thIs enterprising firm, which stuck by
"Experience" and kept it going when
S. L.
ATIUEE ILT (ii) 260s
Marilyan Miller, the vivacious young
dancer in "The Passing Show of 1916"
which comes to the Belasco Theater
March 20. has arranged a series of ex
hibition and classical dances to be
given at various public schools and
recreation piers in New York. during
the warm months. for the sole benefit
of East Side children. Miss Miller has
consented to donate her services and
a six-piece orchestra has been engaged
to furnish the dance music.
"Such exhibitions as I have arranged
are the only possible means whereby
the poor children of New York will
have the opportunity of seeing or
learning classical steps." says Miss
Miller. "They hear so much about
dancing and yet the noisy tune of a
hurdy-gurdy on some street corner is
the only encouragement to set their
feet and bodies swaying."
"These East Side youngsters are al
ways eager to learn. and they are very
interesting pupils. Their conception of
dancing is rather vague, but If they
are shown the true rhythm and poetic
motion they will remember for all
"During the warm months I expect
to enroll at least three hundred chil
dren in classes for aesthttic and clas
sical dancing. I will visit the recrea
tion piers Monday and Thursday
mornings and direct activities.
it was a financial failure during the
first few weeks of its run in New York
a year ago.
Garvsigia-F4vris.e Recital.
Felix Garsiglia. pianist, and (lr
mine Fabrizio. violinist, will give a
joint recital at the New Willard on
March 16 when a most interesting
program will be given. Two sonatas
for piano and violin and groups of
solos by each artist will be played.
Washington needs no introduction to
Mr. Garmiglia having heard him in re
cital a number of times.
Mr. Fabrizio who recently gave a
recital at the White House was for
merly a member of the Boston Sym
phony Orchestra and has played in
most of the large cities of this coun
try. He has studied with the famous
'violin teacher Loeffler.
And London Swallowed It!
The newest actor arrived from America
is Raymond Hitchcock. In a little confab
with this comedian an Era man elicited
some rather interesting data. For ex
ample: It would seem that such is Mr,
Hitchcock's popularity in his native land
that the local mangers seldom trouble
as to announcing the plav in which he
appears. "Raymond Hitchcock here to
night " seems to be the usual placard.
London Era.
To Change Opinion.
Mme. Strindberg. widow of the
Swedish dramatist, has come to New
York to devote herself to the task
of changing the whole trend of Ameri
can opinion regarding her husband's
dramatic writings. "The next play of
Strindberg's I will present after
Easter will be 'Comrades,'" said Mme.
Strindberg. "The third performance
will consist of three one-act plays.
"Simoun.' 'Creditors and 'Swanwhite.'
Brazen Plays Fail.
An openly risque play will fail to at
tract at least half a million people
right here in New York. If you don't
believe the play without the brazen
sex element is the one that makes the
big money, ask somebody who knows
how to tell you what "Peg 0' My
Heart" and "Within the Law" cleared.
New York World.
Paramount Pictures.
Next Sunday Fannie Ward will be
seen at Loew's Columbia Theater in
"For the Defense " written by Hector
Turnbull and produced by the Jesse L.
Lasky company for the Paramount Pro
gram. Thursday, Fridav, and Saturday
of the same week Constance Collier,
the celebrated English star, will he
seen in '"The Code of Marcia Gray." a
drama of fashionable life and frenzied
Among the members of Ethel Barry
more's company is a young composer of
no small reputation. He is James H.
One ContinuousSeiso
Laughs, Comical Situa
tions and Bright, Whole
some Comedy.
as "Maverick Brander"
Large Cast of Comedians
EVEHIUSS, 25., 60k, 15.
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"Pra?eae T.-a--," Andreas Dip
et' latest eetta. will he the StW.C.
tion at the National next W1.
"Princess Tra-la-la' was prodned
more tham two years Age 1 VienaM,
where it ran for more then Se nights.
and although it has been performed
for 0 mights in Berlin, it is still at
treating large audienoge in the Ger
ma capital. It also wen. the hearts
of the Parisian public before the war.
The musk. is by Lee Aseber. and Ju
flne Branmner and Alfred Greuswald
are responsible for the book Ad lyries
the Degish adaptation having been
made b34 Matthew Woodward.
Phylis Partington, who wilt be remen
bered as the charming heroine in "Gyp
ay Love," several years ago. will play
the title pat, while Geofe Baldwin.
Henry Vogel, Yolande Presberg and
Emamy Nicklase, wilt have prominent
parts. A chorus of seventP will give
full vocal value to the ensemble num
'Om Teall."
The most elaborate production an
nounced by the Poll Players in the last
twelve months. is that (or neat week.
when "On Trial" will be presented.
"On Tial" is the sensational suc
cew of both this season and last. It
ran for an entire year at the Candler
Theater. New York, and has been at
tracting capacity audiences in all of
the high price theaters this season..
The play tells a gripping story in a
most unusual way, combining the ef
fectiveness of ordinary melodrama
with the thrills and novelty of a mov
ing picture scenario. The story of the
play begins in a courtroom, where a
man is on trial for murder. and as the
various witnesses begin to tell their
story of the crime, the scene flashes
back, and what they describe Is en
acted before the eyes of the audience.
The presentation of 'On Trial", will
require an 4laborate scene production
at Poll's and necessitate the doubling
of the stage crew of the stock play
Sam Bernard. last here in '"he Belle
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Ifyers'. the Brightons; Mriaa's dg0
the organ recital, and the Pathe pic
"Hastings' Big Show" comes to the
layety next week. No organization s
the Columbia circuit shows such ma"rk
0d advance as is claimed for the com
bination controlled by Harry Hastings.
Dan Coleman. long popular In valds
villa and musical comedy, appeas in
the two burlesques. He ja supported
by the feminine continget, wkhi in
.lude Florence Darley. Anna Mpe Bell.
Alma Baure, and a large chorts.
Pesture Fi*lms.
Douglas Fairbanks will head the double
feature program at Moore's Strand The
ater Sunday. Monday and Tuesday of
bext week in "His Pictures in the Pa
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Bennett's "His Auto Ruination." On
Wednesday and Thursday Hamilton Re
volla will head the bill in "The Price of
Malice." On Friday and Saturday L1
Ilan and Dorothy Gish will he san in D.
W. Griflith's "Betty the Homeless." The
auxiliary attraction will be Roscoe Ar
buckle and Mabel Normand in "The
Bright IAghts.'
Feature Films.
At Moore's Garden Theater on Sun
fay, Monday and Tuesday of next week
Bessie Barriscale will -be seen in a
Thomas Ince production entitled "Hon
r's Altar." The supplementary comedy
feature will be "His ride and His
hame." On Wedneaday and Thursday
the program will include Miriam Nesbitt
in "The Cat's Paw" and the fourth epi
side of "The Strange Cas of Mary
Page." On Friday and Saturday 1I
[tan Drew and E. H. Calvert will be pre
sented in "The Vultures of Society."
William Colier will be seen in "fltter
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