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IX spite of the element of war romance
that distinguishes "Her
Soldier Boy," the music and dance
held full sway over the theatric
week. In this new musical comedietta,
presenting Clifton Crawford in
more nearly the lines of the real comic
opera comedian than any piece seen in
some time, are two separate and distinct
trains of thought. One is quite
serious and gives opportunity for firstrate
vocal display. Running parallel
with this theme is a little comedy all
to itself, in which Crawford has ad
mirable assistance by Adele Rowland,
who has with the snappy personality of
the soubrette a certain quiet poise of
mentality that lends the dignity of true
comedy. The play was new. There
were moments when the performance
would have betrayed that fact independently
of the announcement. Some
of the ensemble numbers which intro
cluco dancing: by no means rivaled tne
elegant precision of the Ballet Russe,
which had held the same stage for the
preceding half of the week. Yet the
comedy was irresistible, the songs al- i
. luring and the sentimental drama so j
- pretty in its own way that it was welcome.
even at moments when it ap- I
peared almost with the abruptness of I
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The Diaghileff Ballet, which came as
a splendid surprise when first brought
to this country as the plav-toy of a
group of wealthy art connoisseurs, has
drifted slightly toward the conventionality
of the usual touring theatrical at.
traction, though still too large a proposition
to play out a week stand as a
matter of perfunctory custom. It has
taken the star system which has of late
been reflected so conspicuously in the
drama and transferred it to the dance.
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inent that it overwhelms attention. It
may be doubted whether American
taste is sufficiently discerning in matters
of dancing to understand the fine
points of expression which would elevate
a single interpreter beyond the
merits of the picturesque and poetic atmosphere
with which he is surrounded
in such graceful and proficient coordination.
The male dancer is still an
exception in American attention, save
when he appears as the dancing partner
of a feminine star.
So long as the auditor regards the
dance as a superficial display an appeal
to the eye. more than an expression
of idea, the male dancing star,
however graceful his poses and delicate
his shadings in pantomime, is likely to
be regarded more as a curiosity than as
the artistic marvel which Xijinsky is
conceded to be.
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The legitimate drama found its most
ambitious expression during the week
behind footlights to which it had been
unfamiliar. The most serious play was
"Your Daughter" at the Cosmos
Theater, compact in form, but bold and J
interesting in grappling with themes
which have been exploited with less interest
bv dramatists who demanded a
far greater share of the auditor's time
and attention.
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Xobody missed "Chin Chin." The melodies
have been sung, danced, phonographed
and whis led Fred Stone has
a hunch of tricks that are new to
Washington, although they arc old to )
New York, where the piece had a long
run before it took to the road. It i
shows no traces of its lengthy career, ,
being snappy in its style and fresh in
costuming and scenery. The saxophone
sextet comes right along with '
the more elaborate devices for enter- ;
taining and could take more encores j
uiau <tii\ uiner numoer in me piece.
It appeals to all taste?. We have no
crowned heads, but Monday it received
the unmistakable indorsement of the
presidential smile Children cry for
it. The old story of "Aladdin and
His I^amp" makes a jolly fairy spectacle
that is all that could be asked
in the way of a Christmas pantomime,
if. in the course of its construction
the dialogue had happened to be inadvertently
omitted. "Chin Chin" is exceptional
in two respects: One of the
biggest of big musical shows, it does
not depend upon a blackface comedian
for its main element of comedy, nor
is there a moment of suggestion that
could be open to the slightest apprehension
on the score of propriety.
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Of course. "Chin Chin" does not represent
drama. Palmy day yearnings
find no balm in its rippling cadences,
yet its presentation may be regarded
as a realization of the reform desired
by no less distinguished a dramatic
critic than Washington Irving, who ,
wrote when palmy days were at their
palmiest. Irving said: "I would recommend
to the actors?less etiquette, less
fustian, less buckram; to the or- '
chestra?new music and more of it; to
the pit?patience, clean benches and
umoreuas; 10 me ooxes?iess anecia- \
tlon, less noise, less coxcombs; to the
gallery?less grog and better constables,
and (it is not until his last item!1
that Irving falls into line with the | ,
eternal cry of the true critic) to the I
house, inside and out?a total reforma- i '
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In the big music show, the supremely
dominant attraction in current taste.!'
there can be no complaint of super- j '
abundant etiquette among the actors,
nor of absence of new music. The music
flows in ever-augmenting abundance;
the pit has grown patient as it ;
reads the hints on the program for i
proper behavior on entering and leaving
a theater, where, instead of
benches, will be found comfortable upholstery.
with absolutely no fear of care- ;
I less marksmanship in connection with
the banana skin or peanut shell. There .
is no need of umbrellas. We no longer ;
take luncheon to the theater, and even i
the adjacent refreshments which used ?
to spread an odor of <-loves or coffee
beans along the row of people forced
to accommodate a peripatetic thirst.
are now remote and soon, perhaps, to : <
be banished forever. To hint at af- j
fectation or noise in the boxes would i
be a preposterous thing. Your actor of',
today is a self-possessed person, thor- J
oughly In command of the situation, I
which permits an audience to behold ,
him only with the understanding that i
a ticket of admission is an individual
license revocable at the will of the
management. An inattentive box party
might look for reproof, speedy and expert.
The gallery has no need of less
grog. There is none at all. And the constabulary
service is more than sufficient
to restrain any disorder among an assemblage
warm with the spirit of gratitude
for being permitted to be among
those present. Yet amid all this serene
idealism the modern critic clamors
again for "total reformation." It is the
discontent of humanity. He wants to
go back to those crude inelegant days,
when the player solicited the audiences
kind applause in terms of deferential
grace and when the rugged tempests or
virile emotion roused the energies and
often called forth response from the
auditorium In the spirit of man to
man. The critical sense simply will
not be satisfied.
The appearance of Otis Skinner is
always an interesting: event. Few
actors so thoroughly possess the esteem
and confidence of the theatergoing
public as this accomplished and
magnetic player, who will be seen at
the New National Theater this week,
with special matinee Thanksgiving
Mr. Skinner's new play is called
"Mister Antonio." it was written expressly
for him by Booth Tarkington.
who has allotted the engaging personality
of the star to the role of an itinerant
knight errant of the present day
?a prosaic Italian organ grinder with
the heart of a poet and the cheerful
optimism of a lover of mankind.
"Mister Antonio" extols charity and
tolerance as among the most desirable
but too seldom practiced virtues of the
typical small town of the middle west,
and is always vivaciously amusing and
shrewdly philosophical.
Tony t'omaradino, a hurdy-gurdy
grinder, befriends a stranger who had
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fallen among: thieves and is about to
be thrown out of a low barroom,
rhe happy vagabond happens along in
time to minister to his distress. Six
months later Tony finds himself in the
little community where this man is the
most respected and influential citizen,
rhe organ grinder interferes in a little
domestic tragedy and finds himself the
rhampion of a girl who has been guilty
if the crime of youth and high spirits.
The pressure he is able to bear upon
the local dignitary enables Tony to
solve the problem and win a satisfactory
reward. The play is cheerful and
entertaining, and in the organ grinder
Otis Skinner finds one of those picturesque
roles in which he delights.
Mr. Skinner comes under the Charles
Frohman management, which is a
guarantee that the production will be
handsome and in good taste. The supporting
company includes Eleanor
Woodruff, Joseph Brennan, Robert Harrison,
Frances Landy, Walter F. Scott
ind Patterson McNulty.
"Oh. Imogen," a new play bv Harry
James Smith, comes to the Belasco
Theater this week, with the usual matinees
Wednesday and Saturday and a
special matinee Thanksgiving day.
This latest product of the author of
'Mrs. Bumpstead-L,eigh" displays Marie
Sordstrom in the title role, supported
>>' Wyndham Standing, Charles E. Verier,
Ralph M. Remlev, Kate Mayhew,
Elene Foster, Catherine Webb and i
Eleanor Brady. I
"Oh, Imogen," tells the love story of a }
?lrl of old New York in the mid-Vic
froian period, when lads had time to woo |
ind maidens were more sentimental than
they are in this material age.
Imogen is the product of careful j
shielding by her father, a retired actor
[>f the old school. She supplies his comforts
through her inherited gift of elo-j
L-ution and lives in a dream world far;
removed from the actualities of life.'
[nto this false concept there steps one j
lay a lover whom long since she has
lost, and immediately Imogen sets!
ibout repairing the damage to herl
leart. Nor is she dissuaded from her
belief in her duty by the fact that he i
is already engaged to another. Her at-1
tempt at saving Alfred Tweed; her fail-'
jre and wreckage of her world of
Ireams; her awakening into the world j
>f realities, and her final happiness in j
finding the right man, furnishes unlim-!
ted opportunities for romance, amus-!
ng situations, rich characterizations!
ind pointed epigrams.
At the B. F. Keith Theater this week.
Wednesday night will be "Rotary
night" and on Thanksgiving day there
will be three shows, one at 2. another
at 5 and the last at 8:15 p.m. The full
bill will be presented at each. Tickets |
for these three performances will be!
given a separate number and those for)
one show will not be good at any other. j
Kosioff's Ballet Russe will be the lead- j
Ing attraction with Theodore Kosloff, premier
danseur, and Vlasta Maslova, pre- I
miere danseuse, of the imperial ballets of i
Moscow. Both belonged to the original j
Diaghileff Ballet Russe, but they re-!
mained in this country when the or- j
ganization returned to Europe, prior
to its present tour of the country. ;
Among the principal and solo dancers I
ar<j Vera Fredowa, premiere ballerina; j
Natasha Rombova, b'onia Rusakoff and j
Ivan Ivanoff. Kosioff's own orchestra
is led by Eugene Bierman. There are;
nine numbers in the repetoire, to the j
accompaniment of compositions by j
lirieg, Delibes. Brahms, Stravinsky,
RirP'sky-Korsakoff and Tchaikowskv. \
Other attractions are Jack Wilson, assisted
by Eillian Board man and Frank
Hurst, in "Impromptu Revue"; Porter J.
White and company, in "The Hideaway";
the Three Steindel Brothers, in music recital.
lx>yal's Dogs. Including the wonderful
Toque; James B. Itonovan arid Marie
Lee. in "Doing Well, Thank You"; Hooper
and Marbury. in "Fads and Frolics";
Donald E. Roberts. "The Strolling Tenor";
the pipe organ recitals and the Inter-;
national news pictorial.
Today's performanres, at and at!
8:15 p.in., will present all the attractions
ijf last week's bill.
"Mut" and "Jeff" will be seen "in the
flesh" at Poll's Theater this week.
Having accomplished pretty nearly
everything under the sun, Mutt and
Jeff now come to the National Capital
for the wedding, which give a title to i
a musical production sponsored by (Jus !
Hill. Incidentally are promised the ,
thrill of melodrama, the unusual situa- j
tions of farce comedv the evtrav?e?unra
and tinseled brilliancy of high-class bur- '
lesque and the art of musical comedy.
Harry B. Kay impersonates Mutt and
Ou? Alexander is Jeff
There is a large company and "fun
runs fast and furious throughout the
production." Frank Dumont wrote the
book and a musical melange has been
prepared by William C. Henderson. '
Another appeal to dramatic taste will
be presented at the Cosmos Theater
this week in the form of a patriotic
call for preparedness, along new lines,
entitled "The Final Arbiter." Its author,
Lawrence Grant, will be seen in the
role of an American clergyman of strong
pacific tendencies, and also as one of
the big war lords of Europe.
Vaudeville attractions will embrace the
famous Six Harvards. a musical act.
vocal and instrumental, of high class,
with brass, strings and wood-wind instruments;
Kgerotti's "Act Beautiful." a
series of artistic poses by white horses,
dogs and hunters; the Dancing De For
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rests; the Clevelands, in "Still Arguing"
Hughey Blaney, In songs "deseriptiv
and nondeserip, with funny stories"; th
Telegraph Trio, a group of comedian
and singers, and Hodge ana noweu, a
"The Rube and the Rosy Eass."
Film features will include "The Oceai
Waif," with T>oris Kenyon and Carlyl
Rlackwell; both the Selig-Tribune am
the Pat he news weeklies and a dash o
cartoon comedy.
Today's performances, startiner at
p.m.. present the attractions of las
week's bill for the last time.
At the Gayety Theater today. Jael
Singer's "Behman Show" begins it
week's engagement at the matinee per
formance at 3 o'clock p.m. Scenic an*
costume accessories of an elaborate char
acter have been provided. Among th
performers are Martelle. impersonator o
the modish girl <9t today: Ameta Pymes
classical dancer, who comes with an of
fering of brilliant numbers. The net
members include Wilbur Dobbs. a Oer
man comedian: John E. Cain and Blanch
Xewcomb. Lucile Manion. for several sea
sons with Bert Baker, and Victor McDonald.
with an unusual baritone voice
The special feature is the Bud Snyde
company of comedy bicyclists. Incidenta
to these features there is an unusuall;
large chorus and twelve elaborately stag
ed scenes.
Burton Holmes Tonight.
Burton Holmes tonight at 8:30 o'cloo!
at the New National Theater, in hi
travelogues, will present the beautie
and grandeur of the Canadian rookie?
with their snow clad peaks, wond^rfu
glaciers, lovely lakes, good hotels an
mat vant-u uuunxu r. hp > .
evoked by a wide range of differen
types of people, from the EnpHs
tourist and the Japanese multi-nil
lionaire on one side, to mountain climb
ing guides, imported from Switzerland
and the native Indian.
While Americans south of the Cana
dian border do not know very triuc;
about Canada, still the gr.i:d?-ur an
beauty <. f the scenery >n and abou
Banff. Bake Louise, Glacier. Fields an
the yoho have made such an impres
sion on those who have traveled in th
Canadian rookies as t*> make man;
more would-be tourists anxious to per
sonally visit this region. Mr. Holira.describes
his journey of too past sum
mer months in the travelogue, 4 In th
Canadian Rockies," illustrated wit;
motion pictures and superbly c?lo?e>
lantern views.
Boston Symphony Tuesday.
The second* concert of the s-visoo b;
the Boston Symphony Orchestra v.; I
be given ih the New National Theate
Tuesday afternoon at 1:30 o'clock
Special interest arises in ti e presenta
i- ic onlAlut r.f Vu0.,n AA ill4 *
young American mezzo-soprano, who i
now beginning her career. Miss Milla
has the distinction of being the firs
pupil that Mme. Marcella Rembrich ha
placed on the concert stage. M.n<
Sembrich regards her as the possesso
of very unusual talent.
Miss Millar will sing the "Air de
Adieux" from Tschaikowsky's open1
"Joan of Arc," and three songs b
Richard Strauss with orchestral accompaniment,
"Die Nacht." "Morgen
and "Heimliche Aufforderung." Th
orchestral setting of "Morgen" is b
Richard Strauss and that of the othe
two songs is by Andre Maquarre of th
Boston Symphony Orchestra. The or
chestral numbers arc- Brahms' "Varia
tions on a Theme by Haydn" an
Liszt's symphonic poem, "Mazeppa."
Paderewski's Recital Friday.
Paderewski will give his Washing
ton recital in the New National Thea
ter Friday afternoon at 4:30 o'clocl
He is now making his second consecu
tive tour of America and his third i
four years. The program for his re
cital contains several familiar work:
all of which have their niches in im
mortality. The three big works ar
Bach's "Chromatic Fantasia and Fu
gue," Beethoven's "Appassionata" son
ata and Schumann's "Fantasia in '
Major." The other half of the pro
gram will be devoted to pieces b
Chopin: "Ballade in '1 Minor." "Tw
Nocturnes, Op. 15. F Major. F Shur
Major," "Three Etudes, Op. 10. Nos. l:
7. .V "Mazurka" ami "Valse in A Flat
Op. 34."
Coming Attractions.
"Passing Show of 1916."
The last Winter Garden show. "Th
Passing Show of 1916." opens at th
Belaaco Theater next week. This new
est offering of the big Broadway playhouse
is a mighty affair in which a!
the ability of the Shubert organiza
tion has been called into play. Sceni
effects "stupendous arid bewildering i
their immensity, rich in costuming
with scores of brilliant comedian:
singers and dancers and a chorus c
sixty" are announced as the compo
nents which go to make up the pro
The principals are headed by E
Wynn and Belle Ashlyn, accompanie
by Fred Walton, William Arnold, Her
man Timberg, Augusta Dean, Mabt
and Dora Ford, Philbrick, Stella Hobai
Sranhoff, James Flemons, Ma-Belh
Bert Savoy, Jay Brennan. the Fiv
Violin Girls, Elida Morris, Pearl Eatoi
Ruth Murphy and Vera Roehm.
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"Cousin Lucy."
Julian Eltinge and his musical comk
i edy. "Cousin Lucy." will come to the
s j National Theater next week. The
s} entertainment is described as "a
% J bewildering circus of fun and fashil
| ion with many musical, dancing and
d j chorus numbers to enliven the story."
<3' Special attention is drawn to an openI
ing night feature in the form of a
1 ! fashion parade by Eltinge, who will show
h ! for the first time in this country a. spe.
! rial wardrobe valued at $10,000. Many of
; these costumes are shown but once to
" guard against being copied.
1. 1 The original company which shared
! in the success of this piece last season
j will appear, including Jane baker,
! Dallas Welford, Mark Smith, Charles
h Morrison. Mabelle Cedars and Carolyn
d Lilja.
t ; The story of "Cousin Lucy" deals
d with the attempt of Jerry Jackson to
- pass himself off as dead to collect
e much-needed lift insurance money. To
v do this he anounces his death in a rail
road wreck in the west, disjruises him
? self as Cousin Lucy, returns to his
- apartments in New York ami gets into
^ ' an avalanche of trouble.
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Eddie Foy and Family.
Eddie Foy and the Seven Younger Foys
j will be the principal laughing feature in
^ j "The Old Woman Who Lived in Her
I j Shoe," at the B. F Keith Theater next
i week. The little fantasy is by George
r i Hobart and William Jerome. A new star.
[ Natalie Alt, the prima donna of "Adele"
_ : and other musical successes, will be intro"jduced.
Other acts are Julius Tannen,
1 j "The Chatterbox"; Ed. Flanagan and
s Neely Edwards in "Off and On";
r j Charles Cartmell and Laura Harris in
"Golfing with Cupid"; the Mlrario
brothers with their aerial torpedoes;
s j Lewis and White, the Three Bobs, the
?. j pipe organ recitals and the Internar
j tional news pictorial.
" "Millionaire's Son and Shop Girl."
y "The Millionaire's Son arid the Shop
~ Girl." a new melodrama by W. O. Herf,
man. will be the attraction at Poli's
y j Theater, starting Sunday night, Der
cember 3. It is a play staged by
Georire Flint, a veteran nrodueer < f
- ; melodrama, with the proper scenic
d equipment and the right tyj?e of players.
The story concerns a girl employed
in the store of a millionaire
I merchant prince, whose patience and
j kindliness of heart win the love of the
_ j store owner's son. How the father's
_ opposition is overcome is the gist of
"j the story.
~ i Zimmerman.
n Zimmerman, a marvel in mimicry and
" j other accomplishments, will headline the
5' | Cosmos bill next week. Other acts are
Bessie Reniple and company, in a tabloid
e version of the New York comedy, "Cheat
ins Cheaters"; Bury Gillette, "'the Lady
- From Delft." in heavyweight acrobatics;
C Frezini, "King of the Piano-Accordion";
- Jack Walters and the Cliff Sisters. Work
>' and Ower, Brown and Brosius and a
r> complete new program of films, including
P another big picture shown for the first
time in Washington.
"Merry Rounders."
"The Merry Rounders," with Abe
Reynolds arid George Hays featured, in
a two-act musical show in ten scenes,
entitled "This Is the Life," comes to
the Gayety Theater next Sunday.
Reynolds, for many seasons the star
e of the Spiegel attractions, will be seen
as Jacob Rosenbloom. Hayes, in character
roles, seconds Reynolds' work. Twenty-four
chorus girls and a double male
rjuartet will take care of the musical and
. d:?neinir nortions of the entertainment.
c Others in the cast are Eugene MacOregor,
Frank Ward, Hay Latham.
r Elizabeth Jane and Ruth Weslet. The
V costumes are new and designed along
striking lines.
Anna Case Becital December 8. (
(j Friday afternoon, December 8, at the
(1 New National Theater, the fourth concert
of the "Ten Star Series" will be
51 given, with Anna Case as the artist.
Last winter the young American singer
e was given almost an ovation here and
i, her forthcoming visit promises one of
the best recitals of the season. in.
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addition to a wonderful voice, youthful,
vibrant and of exquisite quality,
she hat; a charming personality.
Philadelphia Orchestra December 12.
The Philadelphia Orchestra will give
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I the New National Theater the afternoon
of December 12, with Mine. Alma
j Gluck as the soloist.
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In the Spotlight.
"Pollyanna" is to have a run in New
"The Miracle Man" is still in favor
with the stock companies.
! Nat Goodwin is booked for the Keith
; Theater here at an early date.
It is said that Fred Niblo's pet stage
! ambition is to play Charles Surface.
i Gladys Hanson is to appear in "The
! Ninth Waltz," a comedy by R. C. Carton.
The Winter Garden management has
arranged to present Melntyre and
IJeath in a new musical piece.
"Her Market Value." credited to Willard
Mack, had its first performance
Wednesday night at Binghamton, N. Y.
Olive Wyndham is appearing in
.vaudeville in "a poetic Chinese trag,
edy" called "The Sweetmeat Game."
i Margaret Illington recently appeared
j in New York in a farce by Avery Hopi
wood called "Our Little Wife."
I "You're in Love," a musical piece,
i will he produced by Arthur Hamrnerj^tein
in New York on Christmas day.
Douglas J. Wood Is to give a performance
of "The Pardon" in New York
with Olive Tell in the leading role.
Janet Beecher will play the leading
role in the new play by James Forbes,
"A Woman of Today."
Henry K. I?ixey is to leave the oast
t of "Treasure Island" and Tiin Murphy
J is to take the role cf Long" John Silver.
j "oh. Imogen." a romance of old New
j York, by Harry James Smith, had its
j first production last week in Stamford,
! Conn.
Kugene Walter has written a new
play entitled "Pussyfoot Patricia."
j Charlotte Walker, his wife, will appear
in it.
Geraldine O'Brien has been engaged
for a prominent part in a new play
called "Give and Take." which is shortly
to have its production at Syracuse.
A dramatization of Kate Douglas
J Wiggins' story, "Mother Gary's Chick!
ens,/ by Rachel brothers, will be pro;
duced by John Port.
Helen Rawson has been added to
J the cast of "Such Is Life," the comedy
by Harold Owen, in which the Messrs.
i Shubert are presenting Sam Sothern.
After the Rotary night performance at
Keith's members of that organization will
resolve into a social session with a collation
as one of the incidents.
Gus Alexander, the midget comedian,
in "Mutt and Jeff's Wedding" is an aero,
bat. and knows how to met the attentions
bestowed upon him by A. Mutt an i
by his own "better half," even while on
their honeymoon.
Ralph Remley, who plays a prominent
role in supnort of Marie Nordstrom,
von manv friends in Washington during
his engagement as a juvenile with
the l'oli Stock Company.
"The Masquerader." in which Guy
Rates Post is starring, is based upon
the novel of the same name by the late
Katherine Cecil Thurston.
Mrs. Effle Ellsler, one of the oldest
living actresses of the English ^speaking
stage, last week celebrated her
ninety-third birthday.
Wyndham Standing, leading man with
Marie Nordstrom, was associated in
England with Mr. and Mrs. Kendall,
and played under the management of
Sir Henry Irving in "Dante."
"The Blue Envelope," presented by
Richard Lambert, ended its tour in
Brooklyn last night. Carrie Reynolds,
one of the leading players in the comedy,
will probably go into vaudeville.
While Maud Adams was in Meridian,
Miss., the first part of this month her,
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! birthday was celebrated by her company,
who gave her a real breakfast
1 feast in the supper scene of "The Little
Pearl Eaton, who will appear in "The
j Passing Show of 1916," is a native of
I Washington, D. C.f and made her first
appearance upon any stage as a member
of the Poli Stock Company.
Miss Hawke will repeat the little
play "Do You Believe in Fairies?" at
the Belasco Theater the afternoon of
December 12 at 2:15 o'clock, for the
benefit of the Working Boys' Home.
"The Thirteenth Chair." a detective
mystery play, by Bayard Veiller, was
produced last week in New York with
a cast including Margaret Wycherley,
Katherine La Salle, Calvin Thomas,
Eva Condon and Harrison Hunter.
Anna Held in her new musical comedy.
"Follow Me." for the first time in her career
strikes a serious note interpolating
a patriotic poem challenging the
neutral world to stop the awful war in
Europe, and pleading the cause of her
own native land, France.
Minnie Palmer, who, in "My Sweetheart."
in 1888, caught the fancy of the
young man who found his divinity
upon the stage, is a member of the
comnanv which ODens at Poli's Theater i
i today in the Mutt and Jeff I
comedy. ~ j
In British Guinea there is a bird that j
beats the whiskered owl from the}
River of Doubt. It is known as the j
Rupicola Cotingidae, or Cock-of-theRock,
and is the only member of the [
feathered kingdom that can two-step,
tango and gyrate in a manner to make j
WHATEVER may be said of
the product, none may deny
that the motion picture
maker is daring in his attempts
to And the chord of
popular fancy. But recently he plunged
into the vortex of politics and, there
I are those who say, "with telling effect."
j Now his inspiration has taken another
tack?the state's prison and the "honor
| system" are his themes. The American
| and the Fox film promoters have gone
so far as to enlist the aid of the gen|
uine criminal himself and each has rei
leased, or is about to release, photoplays
whose bid for success is linked
with the announcement that "life conj
victs" have aided in their stories or j
* * *
William Fox went a step further. He
offered prizes for the best reviews of
one of his pictures by convicts themselves.
The desire for realism is becoming
tense, especially in the matter
of the picture delineation of crime or
of humane methods in the treatment of
the criminal.
* * *
On the other hand, well intentioned
efforts are being made bv altvnOt!o
Washington to mold the picture maker ;
I to the needs of the school children, at j
J yet with but little evidence of prom-j
' ise, except on the part of some of the |
exhibitors to furnish special matinees j
for children audiences at which care- j
fully selected photoplay productions!
will be shown. Just at the present mo- J
ment the effort truthfully to portray
crime from the criminal's standpoint j
appears to have secured rather more
attention than the laudable appeal to
cuter to the school children.
Those who are ever tempted with a
slight inclination toward prevarica- i
tion?or just plain lying?will find food !
for serious reflection and amusement j
in "Miss George Washington," the
feature photoplay at the Columbia to-J
day. tomorrow, Tuesday and Wednes- 1
day. Marguerite Clark is the picture
star, in a story that shows how one
little "fib" starts an avalanche of deception
in order to conceal the first
breach of truth. To make matters
worse, the fib is told by a girl, such an
innocent-looking little soul, that she
even receives a handsome medal from
the Truth Society for her emulation
of George Washington. Having told
! one fib to the principal of the board- i
ing school where she is a pupil, she .
has to continue fibbing; to her parents
and to every one she encounters in or- !
der to cover up her first deception.
Beginning Thanksgiving day and
continuing for the remainder of the
week, Pauline Frederick, the emotional
actress, will be pictured in an elaborate
production of "Nanette of the Wilds."
It is a. tale of the royal Canadian
northwest mounted police and of the
battle between one of the fearless souls
and the equally brave daughter of a
Canadian liquor smuggler. The play
was written by Willard Mack, who also
will be seen in an important part.
Gail Kane is featured in the photoplay,
"The Men She Married," today's
attraction at Crandall's, which will also
be shown tomorrow and Tuesday.
The plot is adapted from Harold Vickers'
story and has to do with a young i
heiress who is tricked into a mock
marriage by a suave adventurer, who
deserts after he has obtained her
money and jewels. Arthur Ashley, ;
Montagu Love and Muriel Ostriche are
pictured in the cast. A whimsical
a Russian ballet master look like a
novice. A specimen of this rara avis
has been added to the New York zoological
bird sanctuary. In the Cohan
Revue 1916 Miss Juliet, it is announced,
in her portraiture of "Gaby," gives the
nearest human conception of the antics
and plumage of this wonderful bird.
"Turn to the Right!" a comedy by
Winchell Smith and John E. Hazzard,
which is now packing the Gaiety Theater,
New York, to the doors, and which
has been described as "more fun than
Christmas." will be the attraction at the
New National Theater New Year week.
The third travelogue of the Burton
Holmes series next Sunday night at
the New National Theater will be "Imperial
Britain," covering, first, the
three countries, England, Scotland and
Ireland, and then in all its colorful
wonders the far eastern portion of the
Miss Leona Callan's pupils Tuesday
evening will have their annual midwinter
kermis. All the latest songs
and dances will be presented by the
"tots" of the class. One of the big
features will be the closing chorus,
with Master Leonard Stevens, aged
three, as Uncle Sam.
Friday evening's audience at the New
Vrvr-ir HinnftHrnniA included the Right
Honorable Sir Robert Laird Borden,
premier of Canada, accompanied by
Sir Alexandre LaCoste, chief Justice,
retired. K. B.; Lady Borden. Lady LaCoste.
Robert C. Smith, Albert W. Atwater.
Lieut. Col. Charles Frederick
Hamilton. Paul LaCoste, E. H. Scammell,
Ornsby McHarg and Perley Morse.
In the first balcony were 200 guests
from Oklahoma, escorted by a cowboy
brass band.
story, not without its serious moments, j
is pictured in "The Mischief Maker," i
which will be shown Wednesday and
Thursday. Its principal character,
portrayed by June Caprice, is a young
girl whose fun-loving propensities are
constantly getting her in trouble. Harry
Benham is pictured in the principal
male role. The last two days of the
week the World feature, "Without a
Soul." adapted from Owen Davis'
drama, will be the attraction, with
Clara Kimball Young as the pictured
star, supported by Alec B. Francis, Edward
M. Kimball and James Young.
Today. Monday and Tuesday. Sessue
Hayakawa and Myrtle Stedman will
be pictured at the Leader Theater in
the photoplay. "The Soul of Kura-San,"
a Japanese-American love story. It is j
more, for it is a tense dramatic tale that
tells of a deeper passion than love.
Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, Ann
Pennington will be pictured in "The
Rainbow Princess," and Saturday Mary
Pickford. in "The Foundlings"
A millionaire's experiment in sociology
and its outcome form the plot of
"Diane of the Follies," today's photoplay
attraction at the Savoy. The
chief character is a man of delightful
theories, one of which is that environment
forms the sum and substance
of human existence, and to prove it he
marries a girl of the chorus. The
principal characters are portrayed by
Dillian Gish and Sam De Grasse. Slim
Somerville. in the Keystone comedy,
"His Busted Trust," will be shown also.
"Her Father's Son," a picture drama of
southern life just before and during
the civil war, will be tomorrow's attraction.
with Vivian Martin featured
in the leading; role. Tuesday Beverly
Bayne and Francis X. Bushman will be
pictured in "The Diplomatic Service";
Wednesday, Lenore Ulrich, in "The Intrigue";
Thursday. Gail Kane and Robert
Warwick, in "The Heart of a
Hero": Friday. William S. Hart, in
"The Dawn-Maker," and Fay Tincher,
in "A Calico Vampire"; Saturday, Fannie
Ward in "Witchcraft" and Charlie
Chaplin in his latest picture, "Behind i
the Scenes."
Arcade Auditorium. ,
At the Arcade Auditorium Thanks- i
crivino- i 1 1 ho oola r??-a ,~UU ? w : _
= " ??*??* mm vwo Ulg ?
nights of fun. instead of one. as in for- 1
mer years. Wednesday night a special i
rhanksgiving dance will be given, with J
special music. It will not be a (
'masque." Thanksgiving night, begin- 1
ning at 8 o'clock, the Thanksgiving 1
masque ball will be held. Costumes,
masks, a grand march, special music 1
by the Arcade Orchestra and unusually 1
elaborate decorations will feature the *
entertainment. *
Except for Wednesday and Thursday 1
lights, the usual program of dances 8
ivill be given each night of next week, %
ivith "kiddies' night" Friday evening, ?
is usual. Roller skating accompanied *
by music from the big pipe organ will *
>e the program each afternoon. >
Filmograms. !
William Courtney is the picture star a
In the photoplay of Wlllard Mack's h
jlay. "Kick In."
Frederick Warde owns the skull used b
for years by Edwin Booth In "Hamlet" a
and also Booth's King Lear crown. s
"The Vicar of Wakefield." which la o
soon to be put Into a photoplay, la
(aid to furnish a "made-to-ordsr movie
blot." <
An "ain't actor" in the movlea 1s the
Sescription of the man who does the
langerous feats for the star, only the
screen does not disclose it.
Kisses are measured by the foot, not
by time, in the movies. Pearl White
has one twelve feet long in "Pearl of
the Army," the Pathe serial.
Virginia Pearson says face distortion
and gesticulation are the only means
of portraying "grief" in the movlea.
She deplores the loss of the voice.
Dorothy Gish Is pictured as a moon*
Bhinsr's daughter In "Children of the
Feud." which is based on the career of
the Allen brothers of Carroll county,
The storm scene in "King Lear." the
photoplay production in which Frederick
Warde, the tragedian, will bo
seen, was one provided by nature herself
in one of her angriest moods.
Who posed for the statue?May. who
posed for the body, or Effle, who posed
for the head? That makes the plot of
"The Mischief Maker." the new Fox
film featuring June Caprice.
Theda Bara in 'The Vixen," December
4: Gladys Coburn in "The Battle of
Life," December 11, and George Walsh
In "The Island of Desire," December
18, are the Fox releases for December^
Director John B. O'Brien of Thanhouser
is waiting for the first hurricane
that visits Dong: Island, to catch
it for a scene in Charlotte Walker's
new photoplay, "Mary Dawson's Secret."
The underworld of Paris in a story
of a desperate hand of criminals of the
French capital is presented by the Mutual
Film company in "The Vampire."
just released. Gaborieaux doubtless
furnished the hints.
Dove interest, tragedy and humor
are elements in the Fox film "Tho
Honor System," with cavalry charges
and battle scenes of a new kind. Douis
V. Eytinge, a life convict in the Arizona
state prison, helped to make the
film story.
Marie Doro, who was one of the
Liebler all-star company presenting
"Oliver Twist" during the Dickens
centenary in 1912, is the star of its
photoplay reproduction by the Jesse L.
I>asky company. Charlotte Cushman.
Maggie Mitchell and other noted stars
have played the role of Oliver
Hiram Abrams. president of the Paramount
Corporation, says that any interest
acquired by Hupcrpictures, Inc.
in his corporation cannot in any manner
affect the control of the Paramount
or its policy of distributing the Famous
Players, Laskv. Morosco and Pallas
Pictures productions.
Maria V'AMlatmin Tu?lv? \ n r> r?J
ago while a student in Georgetown
Convent, in this city, Marie Nordstrom
had small intention of following in the
footsteps of her sister Frances, until,
one fateful day, she accompanied that
gifted actress to interview- Henry E.
Dixey. who had sent for the elder Miss
Nordstrom concerning the assumption
of a role in a sketch for vaudeville.
It took this discerning actor but an
instant to realize that it was Marie,
not her sister, who fitted the part, and
to the convent-bred girl it waa like
a fairy tale come true when Mr. Dixey
offered her the role.
After just a month with Mr. Dixey
in "Over a Welsh Rarebit" Miss Nordstrom
w*a9 offered a part in "The Man
On the Box," Grace Livingston Furness*
play, in which Carlotta Neilsen appeared
as "Betty" at the Madison
Square Theater. New York. After
eight months of the ingenue role of
"Nancy," Miss Nordstrbm succeeded
Miss Neilsen in the leading feminine
part for two years In New York, and '
was leading woman with Novell! in
"Papa Lebbonard" in her first season
en tour; holding the same prominent
place under Mr. Dixey's management
later in "The Devil." and again in
"Mary Jane's Pa."
Miss Nordstrom left playing at
romance for the real thing, becoming
the wife of Mr. Dixey, and retiring
from the stage for two years.
She returned, however, under the
management of William A. Brady In ^
"The Naked Truth," and afterward she
played the role of Fanny in "Bought
and Paid For" in New York for fourteen
consecutive months, followed by
& season on the road.
The Russian Ballet.?When discussing
contracts for his vaudeville en
gagements some one remarked to rneodore
KoslofT that the Russians have
shown little originality in the basic
idea of their ballet.
"It is true." admitted Kosloff. "We
took the ballet originally from France
?that is. we received our technique
from the French about eighty or ninety
years ago, when Prince Stolypin, who
had been living in Paris, founded a
ballet school on his great estate near
Moscow. The prince brought several
dancing teachers from France and had
all the Serbs on his estate taught how
to dance, thereby giving birth* to the
Russian ballet school. Since that time
the ballet has made great progress all
over Russia, becoming immensely popular
everywhere, and there are now
schools in various parts of the nation. 4
"The Imperial Ballet School, under
government supervision, is the principal
one," he continued. "Like all pupils,
we entered the Imperial Ballet
School at the age of eight. The government
assumes the entire responsibility
of the training and education of
the children, and in return the pupil
agrees to remain in its service J
tor twenty years, after which comes
retirement on a comfortable pension.
But these twenty years must be spent
In Russia dancing.
"As we have left the country and
come to America we will probably
never be able to earn our retirement,
although we are still members of the
imperial ballet on leave of absence."
Dam roach and Lrhmann Walter
Damrosch, conductor of the Symphony
Society of New York, received his first
real lesson as an accompanist conductor
from Ui Hi Lehmann when he
was a young musician at the conductor's
desk at the Metropolitan Opera
House. Lehmann sang in the German
operas and often in the French and
Italian operas, which were allotted to
Mr. Damrosch. One day she turned to
mm ana saia:
"Walter, watch the mouth of the
singer and breathe with her. The orchestra
will follow your beat. They
do not need your eye, but the singer is
lost unless she can feel the conductor
with her all the time."
Broadway's Chapel. .
:'rom the New York Tribune.
Even the youngest generation of New
Yorkers have a warm spot in their
hearts for old St. Paul's. It has a J
friendly look, the yard is spacious, the w
?quare offers a restful spot to an eye ^
ivearied by canyons and clutter. Even
n the midst of red fire and oratory
jpon the fate of the nation we can find
;ime to be glad that Broadway's old
;hapel still lives aand wish it another
50 years as useful and proud as those
iow ended.
There are few enough ancient spots
eft to the city, and we have a notion
hat just because they are so exceptonal,
always contrasting vividly with
heir modern surroundings, their value
s heightened. How else Is it that with
i perpetually new and changing face
ve never lose the look of an old and
nuch experienced city? Judged by Its
ulldings New York should look like
he rawest ten-year-old. Yet however
ou approach and wherever you go, the
Sland of Manhattan maintains its age.
t is hard to visualise President Washngton
entering St. Paul's Chapel for
he first religious service of the new
Jnited States of America. Yet one look
own Broadway makes you sure that
t least that many years must lie beind
such a mountain.
That is the spirit of New York, peraps,
as opposed to its ever-changing
ody. A vague and mighty entity, it
rould be poorer, it would lack an esential
part of its character, were it
ot for such an altar and milestone as
Id St. Paul's.

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