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Growth in Year Extensive
By EARLE DORSEY.
It is really difficult for the average Washington theatergoer
calize the foil extent of Washington's theatrical growth within
past short year. The theater patrons of the city arc aware, of
se. that the war had something to do with it and that un
tedly Washington is well supplied with entertainment for a
of its size, but let us?look into the situation a little closer
!l observe the changes a single year has wrought.
This time last year, Washington had but two legitimate thea
s playing Broadway attractions?the National and the Belasco.
ut the first of last April the Shubert interests added Poli's
neater to their Washington holdings and the expansion began. It
as not until the New Year opened that the city's list of lcgiti
late houses was swelled to four, but last month the Shuberts added
third house to their Washington string by renovating the Casino
t Seventh and F streets northwest and renaming it the Garrick.
The Belasco, the Garrick and Poli's all play -attractions booked
by the Messrs. Shubert, while the National continues to purvey
amusement of the Klaw and Erlanger brand.
Great as this expansion was in the field of the legitimate theater,
it was marked by an even greater expansion in the field of motion
pictures. Washington today has three picture theaters?the Palace,
Rialto and the Metropolitan?which take equal rank with, if
lliey do not actually exceed in magnificence and size, any theater
of the kind in Manhattan.
The se three theaters were projected and brought to a conclusion
i the three groups of theater-owners which dominate the local
otion picture world. The first to be brought to completion was
the Palace?one of Marcus Locw's nation-wide chain?and the last
ts Tom Moore's magnificent Rialto. In the meantime, the Cran
lull interests had erected the Metropolitan midway between the
rocw and .\loorc territory.
The erection of the Palace gave Marcus Loew his second Wash-1
gtcn theater. For months prior to the erection of the Palace j
he Loew interests had been operating the Columbia, at Twelfth
d 1" streets, and the placing of another Loew theater, one block j
kest at Thirteenth and F streets, nearly gave the Loew interests]
onlrol of the F street district.
On \':nth street, Tom Moore is the theatrical king. His Gar
It n and Strand lliraters had long dominved the amusement busi-|
??.??.> pf Washington's 'Whit-: Way," but iioorc was rtat satisfied.
He believed that Washington would support still another theater
11 that territory, which he had lonjj failed his own?Ninth street,
rom G street to the AveJluc. The outcome of Moore's initiative
ind enterprise was the Rialto, a theater which will take equal rank
.vith anything of its kind not only in Washington but on the At
omic seaboard as well.
|| In other words, then, the year 1917 gave the city, practically
^LW'aking, five new theaters. Poli's had run down as a stock theater
was on the point of closing when the Shuberts took it. The
Jasino. now the Garrick, had actually closed. The list of five is
rompletcd by mentioning again the three new picture palaces the
>tar gave downtown Washington.
The outlook for the future is, of course, problematical. It is
>o*sible that the next year, may see Washington's legitimate houses
vduced to three instead of four, because the United States govern
nent is expected to tear down the Poli property at some time in
lie future to complete its Avenue beautification project. The Gar
-lck and the'Belasco, however, will probably continue as the city's
>?o Shubert houses.
With regard to the picture houses, the ouflook is encouraging.
I There may be a decrease in the city's population but every day
' sees a greater percentage of the city's population converted into
I inthusiastic patrons of the films. All one needs to do to be con
vinced that there will be plenty of patrons of picture houses for a
on? time to come is to drop past one of the city's big film houses
tbout 7-fO o'clock some evening and watch the house ushers handle
rowds that resemble Billy Sunday audiences.
Washington, incidentally, is noted over the country as a city
?here sane administration of Sunday laws has the upper hand. The
that Washington's theaters are permitted to run on Sunday
?as been a great factor in the upbuilding of the city's amusement
ndustry and so successful has this species of administration proved
;o date that one cannot conceive of a necessity ever arising here
o compel a Sunday closing.
The fact that Washington does not open its theaters until 3
>. m. on Sunday afternoon, robs anyone of the contention that the
Minday opening of amusements here contributes to a godless Wash
ngton Sabbath. The churches are given a complete monopoly of
?ach Sabbath morning in the year.
GoMwyv Bayi Port Story.
Samuel Goldwyn has purchased the
'.asit King story. "The City of Com
ades." which recently ran in the
Saturday Evening f^ost. He intends
t for a starring vehicle for Tom
?loore, following "A Man and His
ioney." This is the second Basil
Cing story that Goldwyn has pur
Goldwyn Gets Another Moore.
Owen Moore. husband of Mary
Ptekford. who retired two years ago.
wilt be Veen in Alms again. Reports
from Los Angeles say he has been
signed by the Goldwyn Film and will
soon be featured in a Rex Beach pro
duction. Owen makes the third of the
Moore family to work for Goldwyn.
hased the motion picture rights to, Tom and Matt having already ap
he first being "The Spreading Dawn,
11 which Jane Cowl starred
BILLY VAN'S SIDELINE.
B f B Van. fading contrdian of
fe rainbow 'Jul." has * side line
?r an?i flcMbii a jMlter
rpHrmtor. His last app^a ranre in
uusical comedy wan in "Have a
MA" He id now the "Bwh in
The Rain*** Girl "
pea red in their productions.
Si(M Cosmo Hamilton.
Cosmo Hamilton, who wrote "Scan
dal" and "Who Cafes." produced by
Helsniek and featuring Constance
Talmadge. is now ono of the regular
scenario writers for Sclznick. Myron
SeUnick has signed contracts with
Hamilton that require three photo
plays for Olive Thomas, to be writtea
Here's the Palace
Menu Dished Up
In K. C. B. Fashion
Vti've all road
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The column like this
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Thnt "K. C. B.?
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(His real name is
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Kruno!h C. Beaton?
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Well, K. C. B.
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Ha? written the captions
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For the new photoplay
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"lloinancc and Kings,*'
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That Air. and Mrs.
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Have just finished
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It'a the first film
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The Drews have made
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Since their legitimate
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I And it's coming"
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j To Loew's I'alace
! Next week?
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Sunday to Wednesday.
When W. S. Hart's
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"Breed of Men"
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1% III also be shown
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Una Cavalier I and
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The Palace screen
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Tharaday to Saturday
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In "Two Brides'* and
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I thank you.
Kitty Gordon Picture
Remains Three Days
Kitty Gordon will hold the screen
of I^oew's Columbia Theater from
today until Saturday night, in
World's "Mandarin's Gold," a story
of American and Chinese life.
This picture will be supplemented
by a showing of Gaumont's tabloid.'
"The Real Roosevelt," depicting
some of the deeds and achievements
of the great American. From next
Sunday to Wednesday. Dorothy Dal
ton will be seen at the Columbia in
Artcraft's new production. "Hard
Boiled." while Bryant Washburn
will be the pictured star for the
latter half of next week in Wallace
Irwin's story. "Venus in the East."
VISIT ARBUCKLE STUDIO.
Accompanied by Douis Henry Junod.
Swiss Consul &t Xfew York. Charge
d'Affaires Fredericm Oederlin of
Washington, was a recent visitor at!
the Fatty Arbuckle studios in Ix>s
Angeles. The two Swiss dignitaries
called especially to sec fhe^ famous
comedian at work, and were deeply
interested in what they ??w. Mr.
Arbucjiie is at work on "lx?ve," a
new comedy *hich is calculated to
make anyone laugh.
Ninety-five Pounds of Pep
There are Jyst ninety-five pounds
of her, but they are ninety-five
pounds that are full of vivacity and
cleverness and unspoiled charm, tfnu
is Marie Carroll, who made such
a biff personal success as the Duch
ess in "The Kiss Burglar," which
comes to Poll's Theater next Mon
Miss Carroll is very domestic and
spends most of her time off stage
And If you think that her cap
tivating tinyness is too little and
too young?she's under twenty-one
?to have mastered the art of do
ing more things at one time, you're
mistaken for Marie Carroll never
reads without knitting at the same
"It took quite a long time to learn
to do both at the same time." she
admits, "but I wanted to be sure
that I was doing something, even
though it is so little, for the
relief of the soldiers and the ref
ugees. Besides knitting is soothing
to the nerves."
Much of the literature with which
Marie Carroll occupies her mind
while knitting for the Bed Cross,
is poetry. Her favorite poets among
the contemporaries are Tagore and
Bupert Brooks. Then besides she oe
ctipies much of hep time with music,
and is an excellent horsewoman, ar
cher. gunner and in fact all round
athlete. Kvery ?ummer vacation she
spends or? the Carroll ranch in Colo
liuio, where she perfects all her out
Little Miss Carroll is accompanied
where she goes by her intimate
friend and constant, and incidently
one of her most entliusia; ic admir
ers?her mother, who in s] te of her
little daughter's big success, still
thinks of her as a child.
Eleanor Painter?"The Climax."
Announced for the Shubcrt-Garrick
Theater for the week comtnencing
next Sunday, is Edward Bocko's fa
mous comedy, "The Climax," with tb#
talented Miss Kleanor Painter in the
principal role. The production, which
Is being made by the Messrs. I^ee and
J. J. Shubert, is a revival of the play
which ten years ago was given its
initial presentation, and wthich for
nearly four years enjoyed unusual
Miss Painter will be supported by
a talented company that Includes Wal
ter Wilson. Roy Walling and Effing
"The Climax" is in three acts, with
incidental music by Joseph Carl Brlel.
It tells a story of a young girl who
aspires to fame as an opera singer.
There is a pretty love strain that
runs through the production, with
plenty of heart interest, bright comedy
Miss Painter will be seen in the role
of Adelina von Hagen, the operatic
aspirant. Miss Painter made her stage
debut in Germany in grand opera,
where she attracted the attention of
Andreas Dippel, who brought her to
"KISS BURGLAR" AT POLI'S.
(Jlen MeDonough, who provided the
book and lyrics, and Raymond Hub
bell, who supplied the music, for "The
Kiss Burglar." the musical comedy
which the Messrs. Lee and J. J. Shu
bert will present at Poll's Theater
next week, with matinees Thursday
and Saturday, are a combination ot
expert talent who might well be.
looked to to supply a delightful even
Mr. MeDonough has had a long list
of successes to his credit, for besides
"The Kiss Burglar,"' he wrote "The
Algerian," "The Wizard of Or."
"Babes in Tovland," "It Happened In
Nordland." "The Midnight Sons."
"The Jolly Bachelors." "The Summer
Widowers." and others.
? Raymond Hubbell's versatile muse
has supplied various musical complies
with delightfully lilting and melodious
tunes. Among the many soivgs that
CONTINUED ON PAGE SIX.
Those Rialto Canaries
The only really soft jobs In any I
way connected with the operation of
Moore's Rialto Theater are those
occupied by the. feathered Tetraz
xinis and winged Galli-Curcis who
occupy the wicker eagres in the
foyer of the playhouse. They have
a tough time of It, these birds.
Upon awakening in the morning
they breakfast heartily upon a wide
.variety of carefully prepared aviary'
delicacies, and fresh water, ^nd
then devote a considerable post
prandial period to vocal exercises,
preparatory to the day's recitals to
the accompaniment of the Rialto
The Rialto's canary chorus is in
reality a double quartet. There are
four of the brilliant songsters at
each end of the foyer. It may
never have occurred to the lay pub
lic that canary birds ne^d sunlight
and fresh outdoor air quite as much
as any other sort of living creature.
While the Rialto foyer is always as
bright as day, the illumination is
not furnished by the faithful and
w. k. old Sol, but by the cove light
ling concealed in the dome. Hencc
| the birds, indefatigablp workers
every one in flooding the entrance
to the theater with crystal-cleor
thrills and wonderful cadenzas, in
order to do Justice to their work,
necessarily have to appear before
the public in shifts.
I This is not idle chatter. The
Rialto maintains a corps of sixteen
(canaries, all perfect singers, only
(eight of whom occupy the lobby
cages at a time. The other half of
the total force luxuriates in a wire
cage ten-feet long, four feet wide
and' five feet ^llgh. which stands in
I the bip doiijile window on the sec
ond floor Ninth street front of the
^heater. This cage is large enough
to permit the birds really to fly and
is equipped ^gth perches, swings.
Roman baths ana a. m. i. Best of
all. the nun shines upon the cage
during the entire afternoon.
Much curiosity has been express
ed by the public as to the method
by which the Rialto canaries are
induced to sing from morning: 'til
night every day in the week. The
answer is simple: The management
keeps them happy.
Moore*? Itinllo?"The Border
The remaining days of the current)
week at Moore's Rialto Theater will
be devoted to further screening of
"The Border legion," the superb pic
turiiation of Zane Grey's best-known
novel of the old "West, in which
Blanche Bates makes her debut, sap
ported by Hobart Bosworth* A wide
variety of camera subjects supple
ment a bill which is completed by
an elaborate musical program, in
cluding the "Light Cavalry" overture
by the Rialto Symphony of twenty
seven soloists, and "My Little Birch
Canoe and You," rendered as a violin
solo by Mr. Breeskin.
Next week at the Rialto will be
featured by the first Washington pre
sentations of "The Divorcee." the
film version of "Lady Frederick," W.
Somerset Maugham's brilliant comedy
jof smart society, in which the prin
i cipal role is taken by Ethel Barry
As an extra added attraction next
week, the Rialto will present Mar
tin Johnson's epochal pictures taken
during a cruise of two years and of
fered the public under the title of
"Cannibals of the South Seas."
This exceptional double bill will
be further supplemented by short
reel camera subjects and unparallel
ed musical features.
Moore'* St mud-?"The Klr^mth
(omn a it <1 men t.**
For the last three days, of this week,
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Mmc. Olga Petrova. In all the beauty
and chann of her own radiant per
sonality, and "not a motion picture"
star, .is such announcements occur
nowadays, will be the conspicuous
attraction at B. F. Keiths Theater
next week, the occasion marking the
fourth year's passing since she made
her premiere here in Keith vaude
Mme. Petrova is making a vtrv lim
ited tour of the Keith-Albee circuit
and only the major-sire houses will
be honored. Her offering will con
sist of a series of recitations, poems
and other compositions revealing the
Principal phases of many-faceted gen
ius. The extra added feature, filled
with comic contrast, will be the Avon I
Ruby Norton and Sammy I >ee will
ran.t high in the laughter scale with
their compound in which Miss Norton
sings one of Trentinls songs with!
seemingly as much power and tone I
'?s 'h? ?reat donna. Princes,
Tiadjah, the real Kgyptlan artiste, it
is asserted, will be another special
Her presentation will include "Cleo
patra dance" and marvelous "Ara
bian Chair dance." in both of which
she is a sensational figure. Others
Will he Owen McUivene.v as "^.li
i- ?? . Val and I:rn'*" Stanton, "the I
.f r i'0'VS from America:" Bernard
and Duffy in "Have a Smile:" Ladv
Alices pets, tots in cute tricks; and
the I athe news pictorial.
Next Sunday, 3 to 8:1.",. at B f <
Keith's the bill will include Jack Nor-!
"?rth; 'he Mannein SIsteVs ?j,d David I
f-chopler. Josie Heather, and tho bal- |
ancc of the current bill.
AT NATIONAL THEATER.
Cyril Maude and hi* supporting!
company under the direction of
< harles Frohman. will begin next
Monday evening at the National Thea
.? a "e?ks engagement, presenting
o 1 ?Chan^e,'!'' ncw corned v.
The Saving Grac>- wh'lch has won
great success In Ixmdon and New
*'r AllJ"<Je iJ no stranger to
Washington playgoers, and liis ap
pearances here two seasons ago in
Grumpy ; established him flrmlv in
tho affections an.l esteem of our thea
Aimost ** known
.lr. Chambers, the dramatist, who
oni^r1; l? thc staKC a host of most
entertaining comedies, including "The
1111 >' of Tears" and "Passers-By.**
?Jmc*" ls ,h* """< work
to come from his pen. and it is a very
FnIiiri,^.VlnR' Pictures a smail
English household during thc earlv
tho ?rreat war. It is in no re
fill a War, play' and yct thc situs
?"?P 'c?tions and charac
I,Jln ."J0 " ar" ">fluenced 1-y the
'Klk world tr?sedj-. It is a
jhigh comedy with a background of
,hlJI"a" emotion. Blinn
corbett, the hero, is a former arrnv
[ officer, who is wearing his heart out
r'? an?let>' *o' get back into the
service, from which he was dismissed
because he chivalrously saved his col
onel s wife from her brute of a nus
nil? eloping with her.
The idyllic love between the two ex
cuses their early fault Corbett. now
reduced to genteel poverty, by reason
of his amiability and total lack of
skill in ousiness. hides his sickness of
soul over his failure to re-enter the
service in time of war by embarking
"P?" a light-hearted scheme to marry
|off his charming niece. Susan Blaine
I to ail enormously rich young gentle
man, Riply Guildford by name.
His boundless good nature and tact
overwhelm the objections of the
young man's aristocratic mother, and
In tho end Blinn himself is restored
lo rank in his old regiment, through
the secret efforts of the sentimental
and devoted wife.
Miss IySiira llope Crews plavs the
delightfully sympathetic role of Mrs.
Corhctt. Other members of the Organ
ization well known here are Miss
Betty Murray. Miss Annie Hughes.
Mis* Charlotte Granville, ?l?*ard
Douglas and Stanley Harrison.
Thomas H. Incc has installed a local weather forecasting bureai
If the day is to be cloudy or develop rain the directors have plent'
cf time to notify all extra people not to report to work.
Mr. Clark Thomas, who has beer, associated in the exploitatio
of the Houdini serial has been iclaincd by Thomas H. Ince cs super
intendent of productions and efficiency expert.
Dju^las Mac Lean, who is supporting Dorothy Dalton in he
picture now in the making has been loaned to the Laskv Compan
to support Lila Lee.
Edwin Stevens has been assigned a difficult task i'i the Dorothy
Dalton picture. He is required to appear as an old ;nin and danci
awkwardly. He has been practicing two weeks trying to be awkwari
on his feet while an orchestra is playing jazz music.
C. Gardner Sullivan, famous screen writer, has just written a grea"
newspaper story with a girl reporter as the heroine. The lead ha
been assigned to Enid Bennett. The production is now being mad<
under the direction of Fred N'iblo and the supervision of Thoma
Dorothy Dalton and her company of players spent two days las
week on an ocean-going yacht takfng pictures for a new photoplay
now being made under the direction of Victor L. Schcrtzinger.
Lois Zellner, who wrote the scenario for Enid Bennett's "Hapr>
Though Married," has been retained by Thomas H. Incc to furnish
stories for liis stars.
Dorothy Dalton's latest picture released to the public is 'caller
"Extravagance," and in this she plays the part of a wife whose desir<
for fine raiment far exceeded the income of her husbSnd. The pic
ture was directed by Victor L. Schertzinger.
"The Girl Dodger" is the title of the latest picture released l>\
Thomas H. Ince, featuring his wonder boy, Charles Ray. In this Mr
Ray plays the part of a college student who shunned petticoats, an<
was forced into their society by a fellow student who had hired hin
as a grind.
Pearl White is taking a two weeks' vleation at Palm Bcach prio
to starting work on her new serial "In Secret," said to be the tir>
appearance of Robert \V. Chamber's fiction on the serial screcn.
Ruth Roland, having successfully weathered an attack of influcnz.;
is now hard at work on her new Pathe serial which is being made b;
the Astra Company at Glendale, Cal.
During the filming of the new Didando serial, "The Terror of tli
Range," eii'lit out of a band of fifteen cowboys employed in the pro
duction, proposed marriage to Betty Conipson, .the charming heroine
Those wealthy picture actors are at it again. Both Pearl Whit<
and W arner Oland have purchased farms within the last month. Mi>*
White parted with $100,000 for the estate she bought at Bayside
Long Island, while Mr. Oland contcntcd himself with a mere ?50,00'
place in Western Connecticut.
George Larkin, the famous "thrill actor," who has been seen in *?.
many serials, will do some 01" his most spectacular "stunts'* in thr
new Ruth Roland serial now being made at Glendale, Cal.
Baby Marie Osborne, the winsome star, has been kissed by mor<
appreciative mayors of big cities than any other actress of the screen
This "Welcome-to-our-city" custom has fascinating maturer ?o^'i
Baby Marie Osborne, Pathe screen star, is only seven years old, bin
her average earnings are said to be about $1,000 weekly. Most. 01
it goes into government bonds to be held in trust till Marie is of age
She Loves Being in Love
Without fuss or feathers, whine or
hbuty airs, Mists l?lcanor Painter,
featured player in tho Shuberts'
revival of Kdward Locke's corned}-,
"The Climax,'' at the Shubert
Belasco next week, appears off the
stage as just a wholesome, likeable
girl. She is one of the kind of girls
who would not attract attention to
themselves on the street, save for
her pretty features and her win
And when it comes to giving an
interview she pleadingly si^hs:
"You qo it lor me. I never know
what to talk about or how to talk
about it"?which remark was
promptly disproven by her admis
sion within a space of a few min
utes lor, as she admits, she is:
In love with being: in love;
Fond of motorcycling::
hnamored of classic dancing;
Wild about horses and riding;
A believer in the simple life for
prima donna or other stage cele
There you hove the catalog of her
topics about which she chatted unaf
fectedly In her drcastng room, freely,
but briefly, and she had only two re
quests to make:
"Please don't rate me as a prima
donna or a star, for I'm not, or any
thing near them?yet; and please don't
put into print the story of how some
people heard me sing in the moun
tains of Colorado, brought me to New
York to study, and launched ine in
grand opera in JLterlin. It has Iwen
told t*o many times that it gi\c*< me
the creeps to ?ee it in print."
As a matter of fact she was a grand
opera singer at the Charlottenburs
Opera House. Berlin, and her best
role was "Madame Butterfly," when
Andreas Dippel hoard her and brougfi:
her to thin country, just at the out
break of the war, as *<Uir of hia "Th
"It was very interest ins work,
lea pin? from grand opera to operet
ta." she said, "for it was so differ
ent. and then again from operetta tc
musical comedy and now to straight
comedy. In grand opera everything i*
broad?gestures. stride; and even th?
prima donnas are broad! While tti
operetta or musical comedy It is all
so intimate that you feel almost n>
thougli you were singing in the bosom
of your own family. When I first ap
peared in musical comedy I wanted to
take everybody in the audience right
Iinto my contidence. but then my bet
ters told me that a little bit more re
: serve would be more effective."
} "And do you, like some others ot
' your rank, believe that It is a con
descension to appear in light opera
or musical comedy after grand opera
experience?" the interviewer asked.
"Glory, no. I think the kind of
work in musical comedy is an infi
nitely highert mission?if one regard.'
! one's singing career as a mission. Out
i there tihose good people who hear the
performance, appear to enjoy them
selves so readily and easily, but In
grand opera the audience has to work
so hard for its pleasure, for grand
opera is not easy to comprehend or
"Are you in love with anything ex
cept your career?"
"Most assuredly." she beamed. "I'm
In love with being in lov??. I might
say that I am perpetually in lirve with
> Home awe?but that would sound scan
dalous. So let's say that I'm forever
in love with the thought that I am In
love, although up to the present I
fear I have not yet been really ic lov?
with til* rttfit man ' |
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