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WHO would b<> a critic? When w
early springtime blossoms and
nature wmijh to Invite to genial a(
smiling who would risk blight- gc
the sunshine In a single ambitious
soul by pointing out even the possibility
of improvement In any enterprise Wi
cherished In the warmth of self-approval? %c
And anvhow. the season for critics Is go
ing out. '
Better to be & base ball umpire.
It Is a bit of unpublished comment by **
Wilton Lackaye that leads to these reflec- ,n
tlons. l^iokaye Is one of those ferocious
wags who think they can eat their friends ot
and have them too. He carries an epigram
constantly poised like a spear, and launches **
It Indiscriminately against tribesman or
stranger. It has often been observed by a
disappointed litterateurs that the. best writing
often goes to the waste basket Instead O'
of appearing in print. A search through M
that tear-hallowed receptacle turns up one ln
of those flimsy-sheeted carbon paper re- to
productions which are flaunted from week
to week under the eyes of the journaiislc co
slave whose duty It is to glorify actors. It vr.
disc usses Mr. Lackaye as a wit and epi- se
gramatlst and touches on the scanthness
of reward which has usually distinguished en
the careers of men with a gift for pungent co
phrase-making -A portion of the article W
sounds like a personal Interview with Mr.
J-ai'liay>- slenographically reproduced. It UI
reans as ionows; *v'
"Then there Is always danger that do- of
mestic pressure or some undeserved early in
misfortune may force n man of witty sense
Into the position of dramatic critic. In which
case he finds himself unable to All that
Judicial position, being constantly tempted ?'
rathtr to exploit than to enlighten his la
"As every one knows who reads the papers
now. the strangulation of effort and
the reliance upon the old things tried and
true is very largely due to the seTio-comIc ca
crltlcule. One may well imagine that the
artists who may have contributed to the
magnificent collection in the hall of sculptrue
on Chicago's beautiful lake front nl
would hesitate to add to their works If
they found the erstwhile analytical crltlU
n mm V? ^? W . . 1 f 1. ,1 - f 1T1
yuiLii lines I'mi BtnMisnru aiiu Liio irtBiv Ul
passing upon their works handed over to an so
adolescent person who has gained his 90
knowledge of art In the suburbs of Ken- ur
Why cite Kenosha? The fact that some of
Kenosha critic did not speak with proper re
appreciation of Mr. Lackaye's play can- he
not Justify a desire to annihilate the tribe, sn
It Kenosha Is overly smart and lacerating, fa
tJilnk of Scranton, Pa., or New Haven, oh
Conn. Mr. Lackaye surely ought to think lcl
with fond regard upon these two eminent dl
flrst-nlght centers which In all the years th
of their Judicial experience have never re- sn
ported a single failure. There Is nothing
more cheery than a telegram dated from
Scranton or New Haven. It always means
good news. With two such cities on the
yap as training schools for compliment the
little that Kenosiia, wherever It Is. can do
in Its sequestered bitterness of spirit might
have been overlooked. As an actor Mr.
Lackaye's sympathy with a man who may
be tempted rather-to exploit himself than
to enlighten his public comes with singular
grace and understanding. There has never
been a novel, however classically written,
prepared for the stage which did not make
the exploitation of the actor the flrst and
overwhelming purpose. The enlightenment
of an audience as to the literary beauties of
the original composition remains a secondary
consideration. In his own excellent
play "The Law and the Man" Mr. Lackaye
did not dare. It Is safe to assert, to Include
what his own tawte pointed out to him as
many of the worthiest portions of the novel.
He was forced, In order to satisfy th? popular
demand for accentuated Individuality,
to resort to much palpable melodrama of
the conventional sort. The dispensing of
popular Instruction, either by performers
in the theater or by persons whose function
It Is to record Impressions of plays. Is a
difficult and thankless task.
Analyti* al criticism Is what Polonius
would stigmatize a vile phrase. It sounds
forbidding. scholastic, and from the viewpoint
of the popular reader, generally reprehensible.
It Is something whk-h unless
performed with rare felicity but few people
would care to read, save the players them
selves. and they only when Its conclusions
were laudatory of their personal talents.
>n> one who enjoys "roastinn" as much as
Mr. I.ai kaye does would scarcely be expected
to attempt to deny Its joys to others.
Ills obifrt-r as a player 1b still your.g. for
he has never appeured In a role of really
classic proportions. His h"its have been of
the current and perishable class, as his
r? ' ..r<i. pictorlally exposed on the dead walls
r?-i re?> ntli ? his Impersonations from SvenKuli
In "Trilby" to Curtis Jadwln in "The
i'll tc.-ttfles He is not vet in a position to ia
flout the world anil defy Its prejudices. HI* to
int'-ll- tuai keenii'-s* is In danger of ham- 't!
penng his rarnr us a plu>er. People who
watch hltn have their attention distracted
1>y tl. lights of him ?s a merry wit. while de
h who r< ad his witticisms think of him si
ss a player That he Is both In an eminent ' ;
<lefr*-e nuiv n<?t save him. for the present ga
fs an eia of specialisation. h,
Thi ?e observations cannot, nor are they ai
Intended t". controvert in the slightest de- te
gree the fapt that his play. "The l.aw an<l
ik mmu, n a apMnaia piece OI work, and
that his rntormamf In It ranks with the ?c
highest artls Ic attainments to which the w
present generation of play goers ian point,
lie lias approach?-<l h!? ta*k not a.? a port
pliraseologtst. hut a* a practical student of j(
Stan?1 ''rait with a thorough knowledge of
the mechanism by which popular emotion In m
reached. The dialogue he emploja is simple h
and direct, and his stage pictures are devised
with rare discernment In matters of ! w
dramatic contrast and noetic significance. I i.
That murli of the original bt-aut> of Hugo's
work should be sacrificed was Inevitable, e
Hut the play still preserves the central n
character as a figure of heroic mold and I]
surpassing moral dignity. No such line n
representalon ?>f voluntary expiation has 0
l-?en seen since the production of The p
Only Way." e
But pla\goers have tliefr own ideas as to e
what amuse* them, and in this free, uncen- ?'
?c..r..rI hr.l u ri?hf ti* fult.tiv thrm t*
Had. but true, a great many of tnezn ^
frankiy pilfer HouUini to Hugo. t]
PHII-ANOKR C. JOHNSON b
A VK.RFATILE WOM.\N.-OI?a Nether- ?
Mir, the 0i*tlnz*liihed Kr.giish artiste, iKit g
only produce* a'.l her own plays, but re- h
hearses the company even to the minutest -V
detail. deMgns the colors for scenes, selects"
her own stage furniture and altoge ther 11
Is the busiest person in the organisation.
While In Paris last summer she made a f,
Hudy for tho ana setting of her w
own version of Soribo's play. "Adrlenne
Ijecouvereum." In New York, Just pre- ^
vlous to the opening of the present season,
while rehearsing on the stag? <>t the I.y- t
i-eum Theater, Mi. Duoiel Frohman, the ?
ell-known manager, said to Miss Nether- I
le, aner waicmng ner conauci in one 01
e rehearsals: "When you get tired of
ting, come to me and I will give you a
od position to produce plays for me."
BDMt'ND BREE8E.?Edmund Breese,
ho has made himself a pronounced fa>rite
with the New York theatergoing
tblic through his characterization of
teady Money" Ryder in "The L.lon and
e Mouse," began hl? career as a memr
of the Castle Square Stock Company
Boston, with which organization he rose
om a minor .position until he became one
Its principal members.
He first came to the notice of Henry B.
arris through the latter's star, Robert
Jeson, who witnessed his performance of
principal role In "The Sacrament of Juis"
then being presented by James
Ne-111 In conjunction with "Monte Cristo."
r. Bdeson was so Impressed with the actg
of Mr. Breese that he asked Mr. Harris
begin negotiations for his appearance
ms company. ueiore mesc couia De
mpleted Wright Lorimer, who had also
itnessed "The Sacrament of Judas." had
cured Air. Breese for his production of
["he Shepherd King." Alter its New York
igagement Mr. Breese joined Mr. Edeson's
impany, then playing "Ranson's Folly,"
'hen Mr. Harris received the manuscript
"Strong Heart," he immediately fixed
jon Mr. Breese as the most desirable man
r the part of the coach. He hesitated to
ter it to the actor, as It was really a bit j
one act. Mr. Breese, realizing the op>rtunlties
It afforded, accepted it, and
hen the actor originally engaged to play
lack Eagle, the Indian messenger, In the
st act of the play failed to carry out the j
lthor's Intention, Mr. Breese stepped forard
Into the breach, with the result that
s two widely varying characterization beime
a highly admired feature of the proam.
AN HISTORIC FIRST NIGHT?On the
ght when "She Stoops to Conquer" was
'8t produced in London the knell of the
awklsh comedy of sentimentality which
long had held the English stage was
unded. A breeze of pure air rushed In
>on the mind of the public and swept
ray all tolerance of the silly love pieces
Kelly and Cumberland and the faction
word-mongers and smirkers their works
presented. Nothing could withstand the
artiness and the naturalness of Goldnith'fl
types and his dialogue. However
rclcal his plot was, there was reality and
iarm in his characters. Well might crltism
unite, as it did. In the following verct
on the larger and the permanent effect
at night wrought In public taste: "Goldnith
banished triumphantly those mawk
h monsters of fashion which were tending
make sentiment ridiculous by dissolving
3 ties with common incidents and thereby
ndering it somewhat independent of social
rtue by weakening its moral Interest."
r Johnson was in the theater that night,
termlned that his "Goldy's" play should
icceed, and the sprightly malevtjlent
jmberland, who was sorry it succeeded,
rote: "Ail eyes were upon Johnson, who
it in a front row in a side box. and when
} laughed everybody thought himself
arranted to roar." Johnson's verdict on
She Stoops to Conquer" lias been over
id over again confirmed by smiling posrity.
"I know of no play for many
?ars," he said, "that has answered so
uch the great end of comedy?making
i audience inerry." To the loyal John>n.
Goldsmith dictated the play, when it
as printed, and in so doing wrote words
lat for tender reticence have seldom been
latched in the utterance of friend to
lend. "By inscribing this slight per>rmance
to you. I do not mean so much
) compliment you as myself. It may do
le some honor to inform the public that I
ave lived many years in intimacy with
ou. It may serve the interests of manlnd
also to inform them that the greatest
it may be found In a character without
npairing the most unaffected piety."
Men whose names will live In English lit
rature and tingllsn art as long as me |
lost splendid productions of that lltenijre
and that art survive were present at
ovent Garden on that Monday evening of
lid-March, 1773-among them Kurke, the
ralor; Reynolds, the painter; Johnson, the
hllosopher?but the poor author, disheartneU
by the prediction of failure made by
oli-man, the manager, remained away till 1
tie evening had worn well on. Then, detring
his presence In the playhouse, they
ought him in many quarters and finally
?und him. wandering alone and sick with
oubt. in the mall of St. James Park. He
ntered the stag'1 door at the beginning of
lie fifth act and recoiled at that Instant
efore the only hiss emitted during the
vening?a hiss resenting Mrs. Hardcastle's
redenee that Tony could have borne her
orty miles away on that mad night ride
r>hen she was safe In her own garden,
heridan. by the way. once declared he
ad played the same kind of a trick on
(me. de Uenlia.
"What was that?" cried Go'.dsmitb,
earing the hiss.
"Pshaw, doctor,'' snapped Coleman,
eeming to resent the triumph of u play
Dr which he had predicted failure and
r'uo was standing at the author's elbow,
don't be afraid of a squib when wc have
een Hitting these two hours on a barrel
It is suspected that Cumberland, who
>eheld the jMwslng of his vogue that night,
n- mme o? hts factions, gave vent to liiat
hiss. It was the death gasp of excessive
sentimentalism In English comedy.
Few announcements made this season
have held forth more promise of artistic
entertainment than the one of the revival
SV# rUl/1nmUVi>o A/vn*A/lir "QVia Qtnnna tn
[ ui uuiuoiihiu 0 wmcu.r, utio ?v
I ConQuer," which is to be given at the Co!
lunibia Theater tomorrow night. In bringing
about the revival the formation of two
Beta of combination was necessary?that ol
Charles Frohman and Liebler & Co. and
that of William H. Crane and the English
actress. Miss Ellis Jeffreys. When the season
began these combinations seemed Impossible.
Mr. Frohman had secured a play
by Alfred Sutro called "The Price of
Money" for Mr. Crane, and Liebler & Co.
had brought Miss Jeffreys to this country
to be seen in "The Dear Unfair Sex." Both
II ea* '
111 If -1 i
' 4 \ ?Wi^?????wp??i^?
plays proved unexpectedly deficient In
Ever since "She Stoops to Conquer" had
been revived with much success In London,
sAVArn 1 RPOBnna nam T,leHl*?r & C^O. enter
talned the Idea of reviving It here on a grand
scale. But It was the most difficult thing
In the world to cast it. George C. Tyler of
I,lebler & Co. saw the walls crumbling
around "Tho Price of Money," saw the
wreck of "The Dear Unfair Sex" and then
worked out a sum In literary arithmetic.
"One failure plus another failure," said he,
"and the result Is 'She Stoops to Conquer.' "
In th? English revival Miss Jeffreys had
Vato T-7 o oooiln- (ianro-a fl i H A n a
Tony Pumpkin, and Fred Thorne, Dlggory.
He already controlled these players. Mr.
Crane had played Squire Hardcastle In the
revival which he and Stuart Robson had
made of the comedy twenty-three years
ago. He secured Mr. Crane, and In doing
so Charles Frohman was brought Into the
combination. The revival has proved most
attractive and satisfying.
The history of the old play is exceedingly
interesting. Goldsmith had the greatest
difficulty to obtain a hearing for the
comedy. Dr. Johnson thought so well of it
that he Importuned George Colman, the
manager of Covent Garden Theater, to produce
it. David Garriek also lent his ef
forts In the same direction, uolman tlnally
agreed to stage the play, but before doing
so declared It to be drivel. "It is a barrel
of gunpowder." said "and will blow
every one connected with It to perdition."
He refused to spend one farthing In staging
the comedy. Some of the actors, taking
their cue from the manager threw down
their parts, and Goldsmith, who wai In sore
financial difficulties at the time, was nearly
ilrlifan . r\ A!ulrii ntlAii ITImallif UfaroVi
\ii iv uioviBt-tiuii. jl (iiaitj , vii *uut v i|
15, 1778, the comedy was produced. The
theater was filled with people who came to
see the fun and be In at tt)6 death. Instead
of booing they remained to chcer, and th?
comedy made a hit that has runf through
many generations down to the present time
The old play has always been popular
with actors on account of the very tuu
character* that it containa. ah or its parti
are strong In the old days It was the am
bltion of all of the comedians to essaj
Tony Lumpkin. William Burton played thi
part, and so did John Sleeper Clarke, Wll
flam Warren. John E. Owens'and Josepl
Jefferson. In one production of the pla;
i the latter played Diggorv, while his father
played Stingo, the landlord of the "Three
Pigeons." Stuart Robson also played Lumpkin
many times. Mr. George Glddens, who
plays Lumpkin in the present revival. Is the
best character comedian that has ever
come from the other side, and is a star of
high standing In London.
The Young Marlow of the revival Is played
by Walter Hale, a prominent leading
1 man: the Sir Charles Marlow is In the hands
i of Leslie Kenyon, and Stingo is played by
Harry Llllford. That fine old actress, Fanny
t iIiIIbah T>lff 4a > Vi Mra TT a rH nactlp Her.
bert Sleath Is the Hastings, and Miss Margaret
Dale, who will be remembered as
John Drew's leading woman, Is the Miss
Tomdrrow night at the New National
Theater George M. Cohan will begin an engagement
of one week In his musical com
eay, ""ueorge v\aEmngion, jr. wun me
exception of the last week of the current
Beason, which will usher In the engagement ,
of Harry Bulger In his new play, "Noah's
f ^flK I
Ark," this will be the only musical comedy 1
of the remaining season at this playhouse, s
"George Washington, Jr., comes almost C
direct to Washington after a season on
Broadway. It appeared for twelve consecutive
weeks this season in Chicago. Like
all Cohan plays, it Is thickly interspersed
with musical and concerted numbers, many r
of which have proved genuine hits In other _
cities. The cast which -will support Mr. ?
Cohan Includes his father and mother, Jerry ?
J. and Helen F. Cohan; Willis P. Sweatman, t
Vinie Daly, Dorothy Hunting, Lola Hoff- -j
man Tnaanh T.aalla PaqaITo Phnorloa cinH
John A. Boone. As usual with all Cohan
productions, there will be a large chorus. c
A special professional matinee will be I
offered Thursday lor the benefit of the ^
tar's fellow-players who may wish to at- <
tend the performance. They will be the special
guests of Mr. Cohan. This will be In
addition to the regular matinee of Saturday.
Local Entertainments at the Belasco 1
This week will be devoted to local enter- J
talnments at the Belaeco Theater and a
series of very Interesting performances Is
announced. For the first three nights of
the week well-known people will present a j
musical offering entitled "We Are In So- ,
clety" for the benefit of the National Ju- ,
nior Republic. On Thursday nlgnt Mr. i
Oeorge A. Bentley and his clever asso- j
. elates will present a varied program, which
: will Include a travesty on David Warfteld's ;
"The Music Master." On Saturday night
. the Paint and Powder Club will give its .
annnal ' ontorialnm<tnt In aid ftf ftlA Phrlot
Chase's Easter polite vaudeville bill this
week will disclose George Evans ("The ,
. Honey Boy"), Harry L. Ttghe's Collegians.
the Four Bards, Donohue & Nichols, Flake
! A- MoDnnourh. Johnson A Hartv. RelS
. Brothers and "The Country Schoolmaster"
r comic motion pictures. Mr. Evans ranks as
5 vaudeville's best blackface comedian. He la
- the composer of "The Honey Boy" and
l "The Good Old Summertime." Until ret
cently he starred In a musical comedy.. He
has the distinction of appearing five consecutive
weeks In each of the big continuous
theaters In New York and Boston.
Mr. i igne s college aggregation will oner
"Those Happy College Days."
The Broadhurst and Currle production of
"Texas," this week's attraction at the Majestic
Theater, met with a marked success
In New York, where It has played at different
houses for many weeks. This is Its
third season on the road.
The scenes of the play are laid in one of
the most picturesque and now most prosperous
parts of Texas, namely, Valdere
countv. The srenerv la a renroduction of
Buckhead ranch, where the action of the
play is laid, while the characters are drawn
from ^al life, as the authoress, J. Mauldln
Feigl, saw them there during her residence 1
of some years on the ranch. The everyday
life of the cowboy Is depicted, both In action
and thought; his pastimes, his pleas- ,
ures, his sentiments, his love of home and
of nature; his likes, his dislikes and his
loyalty to a friend. Through the action of
the play runs a story of pathos and realism.
At the New Lyceum this week, commenc- j
Ing with the usual matinee, the "Rialto
Rounders" will present two big burlesques
md an olio of novelties that cannot be sur- j
passed. The opening, entitled "A Day at
Niagara Falls," shows the various adventures
that befell Sam Howe in the char- ]
icter of Prof. "Bunk," In an attempt to 1
jo over the falls In a barrel. The bill Includes
a series of living pictures. The j
closing burlesque, "A Day at Sheepshead ! t
Bay," enlists the services of tha entire
company and three horses.
flrmofirt nf MaIprHp Trmitrht
The concert at the Majestic this evening;
will be diversified by an entirely new series '
)f life motion pictures. Three vaudeville '
lets will appear.
Symonds Concert Tonight.
The usual Symonds' concert will be
jiven at the Belasco Theater tonight. One
Df the special features will be a Hungarian
srehestra. Mr. Spencer will render several
new illustrated songs and special
t-lews have been secured for the popular
"Little Johnny Jones."
Though musical comedies come and go,
but few of them obtain the vogue of "I,lttle
Tohnnv .Tnnpn " nnw in thp thiH voor /->f Ua
highly successful career. The piece comes
to the Columbia Tiheater for the week beginning
Monday evening. April 8. The seat
sale begins at the box office of the Columbia
Theater on Thursday. Matinees will be i
given on Thursday and Saturday.
"The Lion and the Mouse."
Charles Klein's play, "The Lion and the
Mouse," will bo presented at the New National
Theater on Monday evening. April 8, ,
remaining for one week. This play has to
its credit a record of more than COO con- 1
secutive periormances at the J^yceum Theater,
New York. The story of "The Lion
and the Mouse" concerns the efforts of j
Shirley Rossmore to free from disgrace the i
name of her father. Judge Rossmore, who,
because of a ruling adverse to certain financial
interests of which John Burkett Ryder J
is the head, is removed from offlce. A
theme so very close to current Interest
could not fail to have a very wide appeal.
The same company that presented the
play at the Lyceum Theater, New York,
'or nineteen consecutive months will be
leen here, headed by Edmund Breeze and
The attraction at the Belasco Theater
lext week will be "On Parole," a military
ilay by Louis Evan Shipman, under the
lirection of Henry Miller, who has added
nis proaucnon 10 mis use 01 presentations,
rhe cast will be practically the same as
vhen seen here earlier In the season, illiludlng
Charlotte Walker, Vincent Serrano,
lobert Cummings, Frank E. Aiken, Fay
IVhceler, Alethea Luce and Francis X.
Vaudeville Next Week.
Eight sterling polite vaudeville features
vlll come to Chase's next week, the list In- 1
:luding Emma Carus, Paul Spadoni, the
uggiing Hercules, Pat Rooney and Marion 1
3ent, in "The Busy Bell Boy," and others. i
"Woman Against Woman."
Kathryn Purnell and her company will '
-eturn to the Majestic Theater April 8 to <
remain for the rest of the season. Miss Pur- J
lell is described as possessing rare emo- :
:ional ability. "Woman Against Woman"
s announced for the opening week.
Playhouse Paragraphs* !
Edith Wynne Mattheweea baa revived '
"Everyman" In London.
Next season Sarah Truax la to star In a I
play called "The Alaskan." |
Richard Mansfield, by order of his physicians,
has canceled all engagements for the
remainder of the season and will take a
George M. Cohan will make a flying trip
from Washington to Springfield Thursday
night of this week to witness a special
Friday afternoon performance of "Fifty
Miles from Boston." his new musical play
that opens there this week.
Cecil Spooner Is to tour In repertory under
the management of Charles E. Blaney.
J nomas W. seabrooke has fucceenra Henry
E. Dixey as the star In "The Man on the
Mrs. Patrick Campbell has naturally
scored a fine success with "Hedda Gabler"
Elsie Jan Is Is to play for several weeks In
vaudeville after the close of the four of
"The Vanderbilt Cup."
On May 8. In Denver, Valerie Bergere -will
produce a new play by Willis Steel entitled
"The Morning After."
It Is rufnored In England tJiat Pauline
Chase Is to appear in a new comedy by J.
M. Barrie next fall.
The one hundredth performance of William
Collier's play. "Caught in the Rain,"
is to take place this week.
Charles B. Han ford reports the rfiost
prosperous season he has known In Ills long
career as a star.
"The Honeymooners" has been selected
is the title of George M. Cohan's new musical
I'AUl Armstrong and Rex Beach have
t>een commissioned to write western plays
for Charles Frohman.
Louis Evan Shipman, the author of "On
Parole," has under consideration a nev?
play for Henry Miller.
Verner Clarges, now with Arnold Daly,
ias supported nearly every star of note
luring the last twenty-five years.
iviurie lempext win produce x ne l rum, i
he Clyde Fitch comedy, which failed In
( few York, in London on Easter Monday.
It has been decided that Montgomery and
Stone in "The Red Mill" will remain at
he Knickerbocker Theater all summer.
Edna Fassett, who was formerly with
Fritzi Scheff's company, has replaced Sallie
Fisher in the support of Frank Daniels.
Belasco's play, "The Girl of the Golden
SVest," may be adapted for the operatic
nage ny I'uccini, tne composer or Alauam
William Norris has been engaged to play
lis original role with Ethel Barrymore in
the revival of "His Excellency the Governor."
It is said that Charles A. Stevenson, who
for some seasons has been Mrs. Leslie
Carter's leading man, has resigned from
Eugene Presbrey has completed the stage
version of Gilbert Parker's novel "The
Right of Way." The play will be one of
next season's offerings.
Joseph E. Howard and Mabel Barrison
are to be starred next season by Harry
Askin in a new musical play entitled "The
Flower of the Ranch."
*'Ben-Hur" Is to be one of the principal
attractions at the Jamestown exposition,
[t will be produced there under the direction
of Messrs. Klaw and Erlanger.
Lina Abarbanell. the German light opera
dnger, has left the cast of "The White
Chrysanthemum," the new lyric comedy,
ivhich had its premiere last week.
"General Faulkner's Daughter" is the
title of the new military play by Anthony
E. Willis. The play is to be tried by the
stock company at the Bijou Theater in
H. Reeves Smith will produce "The Redskin"
under the title of "The Last of His
Race," at the Shakespeare Theater, Liverpool,
England, on April 15. Tihe play was
i failure In America last spring.
Charles Klein, author of "The Lion and
V, ^ Hf/Mian ?' "T*l> Afnol/I Afn ntnW ' ,1 ?-. /i o rt tr
.lie ??iuuoc, i ur iuuoiv. i?iaaici nnu mail ?
!ormer successes, is an active ir,ember of
:he American Dramatists' Club. It was
ilso Mr. Klein who was delegated to speak
before the United States Senate to obtain
l copyrighted amendment which made the
pirating of plays a penal offense.
Frltil Scheff has safely passed the crl.?is
of her Illness in New York, but It will be
several months before she will entirely regain
The benefit performance in Boston last
ruesday afternoon for the benefit of Henry
Ulay Barnabee netted about f'i.MO, and
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X)IIIeL111IJU 11AQ fiv,vw n a.i laiscu ujr (JUIJicriptlon.
A report from New York says that Irene
Bentley has dropped out of "The Belle of
Hayfalr." Annabelle Whitford having taken
ler place as Lady Violet Guesop last Wednesday
Harold Blake and VJvian Brewster, two
well-known singers, are to be members of
the cast presenting light opera at the New
National Theater this Bummer. The engagement
will open with "Robin Hood"
Monday night, May 20. The company will
lumber over sixty singers.
When the advance agent of "The Lion
und the Moose" reached Scranton one day
last month he asked the house manager
(low business had been. "Oh, pretty good,"
was the reply. "But you people had better
Bring what you advertise. Howard Hall
had a real lion here with his show, but
unlesa you people produce tht lion and the j
mouse you're talking about you won't do
business at this house."
A revival of "When Knighthood Was In
Flower." with Orace Merrltt in the rola
created by Julia Marlowe, is being arranged
by Ernest Shipman. The play is to
be presented In New York the latter part ot
In "The Great Conspiracy." adapted by
Madeline I,ucette Ryley from Pierre Berton's
"La Belle Marseillaise." John Hare,
at the Duke of York's Theater, London,
plays the part of Napoleon.
At the conclusion of the regular season
in the Bast Mrs. Flske and the Manhattan
I rrtmnativ u?111 molrn < ~
"Ml maivr a mui \j i nic ini Hrm
in "The New York Idea." Her tour will
last about two months and will extend as
far as San Francisco.
, Katherlne Grey, who is now playing at
the Berkeley Lyceum Theater, New York,
In Arthur Schnitzler's "The Reckoning,"
will tour the country next season with that
play, and as the star oi another play now
April 8 will mark the 2,000th performance
of Rose Stalil in "The Chorus Lady." This
record at the Ilackett Theater is obtained
by counting Miss StaH's appearances both ,
In the vaudeville sketch here and abroad
and also in the present comedy.
"The Lily of France" Is to be the title of
Louis N. Parker's row play relating to
Joan of Arc. which Beerbohm Tree will
produce at His Majesty's Theatre, London,
on his return from Berlin. The character of
the heroine will be sustained by Viola
The opening night of the engagement of
"The Lion and the Mouse" at the New National
Theater will witness the benefit for r
i T-iolrln<r P.. n nn
Society. The ladles of the committee report
uplendid progress in the sale of re?
Ramsay Morris' latest play. "The Oirl
in White." will be produced by James Iv.
Hackett in Rochester next Monday night
with Pauline Frederick in the title role.
Mr. Morris has also contracted to supply a
melodrama to James D. Barton. The latter
Is to be entitled "Under Suspicion.
Marguerite Saxton. a former resident of
this city, is now a member of a theatrical
company In the middle wes' under the man
agement of Mr. Harry L. Dixon. The repertory
embraces "Romeo and Juliet," in
which play Miss Saxton is reported a^ doing
exceptionally good work as the nurse.
Arnold Daly began his season in "The
Boys of Company B," the new militia play,
by Klda Young Johnson, in Philadelphia,
and was enthusiastically received. The play
is a bright little comedy and the plot
revolves around a militia summer encampment,
including in its course a pretty love
Victor Moore, the leading comedian of
"Forty-five Minutes from Broadway," la
to be a star next season under the manI
agement of Cohan & Harris. George Cohan
j has written a musical comedy for him entl!
tied "The Talk of the Town," which deals
I with the life of an actor around New York.
Robert Edeson Is to close his third year
in "Strongheart" about the middle of May,
and will start for Europe Immediately
after. He Is unusually fortunate In a
plentiful supply of authors, for li s manager
announces that he will consider for
his use next season plays by William G.
He Mllle, George Broadhurst, Gilbert Parker
and Martha Morton.
Gus Kammerlee. alone of all of the original
members of "The Old Homestead"
east. Is still playing the role which he
created In that fine old New England ~
drama. Mr. Kainmerlee is a Bostonian and
was at one time a member of the Boston
Ideal Opera Company. As far ha< k ns December
11, 1882, he played the part of sentinel
in "Iolanthe" at the old Bijou Theater
In that city.
A special from London says that Oharlea
Frohman has arranged for Maude Adams
a translation of Miguel Zamaeals' "I.es
Bouffons" as soon as she finishes her season
in "Peter Pan." The translation was made
by John Raphael, and the part which Miss
Adams will assume Is one played by Sarah
Bernhardt with great success in Paris,
where It was one of the most popular roles,.
Ruth Vincent has been secured for the
I heroine of "Tom Jones," the musical com|
edy based on Fielding's novel, which Is to
be produced in London in April, and no
happier choice could have been made.
"Tom Jones," which Is by A. M. Thompson,
with lyrics by Charles Taylor and
music by EM ward German, will have a preliminary
performance at the Prince's Manchester
on March 30.
The n(?xt novelty at the Hnymnrket
Theater, !>>ndon, will be a comedy by William
John Locke, tihe author of "The Morula
of Marcus." This will he called "The Palace
I of Puck," a dramatization of "The Beloved
Vagabond," and it will be produced probably
in April, with Marion Terry, Charles
Hawtrey and H. V. Ksniona in tne principal
parts, the last mentioned representing ?
the young; man whose love affairs are dealt
with in a fantastic manner by the author.
"The Palace of Puck" Is in three acts.
The Foreign Stage*
Special CorreR|?oii?lence of The Star.
LONDON, March 22, 1907.
Alfred Sutro's new play, "John Glayde's
Honor." may not make as much money as
"The Walls of Jericho," which brought the
Into xuiMen fame after Ioiik wait
lng, but it is spoken of as a stronger, abler %
and mine convincing drama.
Sutro's treatment of liis millionaire hero,
although 11 small point in itself, is significant
of his defiant attitude in this play
toward other dramatic conventions. The
traditional American millionaire of the
British stage is an ill-mannered, self-assertive.
unscrupulous and loud-voiced person,
and sIkiis have not been wanting that
Geoge Alexander is considered by some of
his critics to have been inefficient In presenting
John Glayde as a quiet gentleman,
without accent or any oilier supposedly
American characteristic. Time was when
an American audience would have scored
any other portrayal of an Englishman thau
the conventional dense, stubborn Individual
in a fore-and-aft cap, single eyeglass and
loud-checked suit, but that day has guiio
by In all of the larger American cities? ?
| wherein we are ahead of the British cousin
j who still insists as a rule that the *tag?
American shall say "w-a-a-1" frequently
and shall be quite unaccustomed to social
| Another stage tradition flouted by Mr.
Sutno is that the audience must never ba
deceived. Yet two of the strongest incidents
in this play arise from the deception
of the audience. And the end Is so subversive
of stage custom that if Mr. Sutro
had been unknown one ventures to say tie
never would have got an acceptance for *
"John Glayde's Honor" In Its present form.
The first half hour of the play Is its
worst. The curtain rises on a little dinner
party In Mrs. Glayde's Paris flat. The
ooffee-and-clgarette stage has been reached
and we liave to glean ax best we may from
the elalK>rate scintillations of the guests
that thf rharmlni young Mrs. Glayde has
scarcely seen her husband for two years.
He lias been?too busy In America manipulating
trusts and smashing competitors to
pay any attention to her of late, although
they married for love. But they have hati
no children, and she has been amusing herself
In Paris. She has <been having a flirta
tloo with Tn-vor i^erooe, me aecent-ioonIns
young' artist who Iwae been painting her ?
portrait. Suddenly. tilayde himself turns
up without warning. Borne one haa cabled
hfin a domestic tip.
With Gla>d?'? appearance there la ft