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THE WASHINGTON TIMES, SUNDAY. NOVEMBER 28, 1915.
Hist! and Whoop! Sherlock Holmes and Al Jolson Are Both in Town u William Gillette Comes To The National ' In Re vivals, While Al Jolson is"Dancing Around." to THE next thing in line of in portancc to a premicro is a revival, so when authors fait produce, manager-stars revive that which they know will be a suc cess. They 'have it on the authors tnerc. William Gillette, frankly cancel ling his last appearance, has brought "Sherlock Holmes" and "Secret Service" to life again, and by com ing to the National Theater tomor row night, provides tho playgoer with a species of amusement which" is almost, if not fluito, as important an event as a premiere. Revivals of plays as famous as arc the two vehicles with which Gil lette has unquestionably identified himself are safe bets from the view point of the actor and the box office, mainly because they are safe bets from the viewpoint of the playgoer. Five )cara ago Mr. Gillette uppearecj In a farewell tour of ttvo of Ills great est successes "Sherlock Holmes," "Secret bervlce," "Held hv tlie Enemy," "Tho Private Sccrctarv. and "Too Much Johnson." roc Home reason or other Mr. Gillette illJ nut hit hide Wash ington In hit tour, hut this season, probably for the same reason, he Is Including us. and Is scheduled to give his final peiformanto in tho two nrst named pla)s at the National Theatet. "By the wa), Is Al Jolson black or white?" This question put to tho writer ser iously bv a man who Is supposed to know auitc a little bit ubout the stage, la an ecopcner. Theic may be othors who do not know whether tho black face comedian at the Belasco Theater this -week In "Dancing Around" Is one endowed by naturo or grcast-palnt. Briefly, It's grease-paint. Tho New York Winter Garden Com pany existed long before Al Jolson join ed hla forces to it. hut It had never really lived. Signs of life manifested themselves coincident with his arrival In the capacity of the black hope. r. Y. National: William Gillette, In Sherlock Holmes and Secret Service. THE NATIONAL. THEATER an nounces as an attraction this week William Gillette In his two greatest successes, "Sher lock Holmea" and "Secret Service .Mr., Olllctte, one of America's foremost ac tors and ono of her most successful playwrights, has Just completed u six weeks' engagement at the Empire Theater. New York, and ho comes di rect to the National with' the same two Plays ho has presented there and with the satna supporting company. And It Is annoumod that theso will be Mr. Gillette's faicvvcll appearances In these plays In this city. " "bhorlock Holmea" will be presented tomorrow, Tuesday and Wednesday On Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights, and at the Saturday matinee the only matlnco of the week, ' bectet Service" will bo given "Sherlock Holmes." ever since It was first produced al the Garrlck Theater, New York, Just sixteen cars ago. hus held Its placo as "tho greatest detec Uvo play." Sir A. Conan Doyle created tho great detective, but It was Mr. Gil lette who gave him life, mado him a teal person No other actor has ever been so completely Identllled with a iharaUer as .Mr. Gillette with Sherlock Holmes not even Joseph Jefferson with I tip van Winkle. Tho story that Mr. Gillette used as a basis for the plot of his play was "Tho Strange Case of Miss Faulkner -'a hitherto unpublish ed episode In the career of the great ileteUl'c. ' It was a story full of thrills and hair-breadth escapes and It lost nothing In tho way the plnvwHght told it on the stage And today It Is Just as Interesting as It ever was-tho big andleneea that attended Ml. Gillette s tecent performances nt the Empire in New York bear conclusive testimony n tlmt fnt "Secret Service" first presented at the s mm theater In New York Jut thiec years before bhcrlock Holmes ras produccd-shows Mr. Gillette at his best as playwright, as actor and as vroducer It Is not it "war pla as his e.irller "Held bv the Enemy was . "war plav ' "beciet Service Is a romance of the Southern Confederacy. 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JOI.SON comes to the Belasco Theater this week in his suc cessful Winter Garden produc tion, "Dancing Around," which has, It Is said, a plot, lecognliahle In spots, but largely mutilated by the unnecessary presenco of tho black-face comedian The plof which tiles to develop Is as follow A joung man becomes InfatuHtpri with a wonun's voice, which he has heard over tho telephone Ho Implores a nicotine, and sho ngrees to seo him at tho offlccis" ball marque that night She Is to weir a half-moon beauty spot, mid he will bo adorned with a gai denla, that bv these tdlstlngulshlng marks they may recognize each other The wild voung blades at the club see to It that every lad) pretent at the dance Is similarly adorned, and In tho search for each other numberless hllur Ions complications ensuo Finally the lovers meet at carnival time on the banks of the Grand canal. In Venice, vows are plighted, and all ends Joy fully, as usual. A carefully, selected coterie of enter tainers has been selected to support Al lolson In "Danelnc niind" There aie Prank Carter Klttv Doner l.awrcnco TVOrsav Mildred I.hlne, Harry Clarke, Wda 1.) on, N Muirav Stephen, Kay Ilowdln, Frank Holmes, Edith Day. Mae Dcaly, Harry Wilcox, Jack Carl tond, and Hurry Wardell, In addition to doztns of datntv dancers ami agile voting men who ma.ke up the ensem ble As usual, the elevated, llluinluited runway will be a fentuii, and upon Its glittering surfuce new and amusing antics will be presented by the princi pals and choi us. The fashion parode," In which llftv models appear on the runway cl-td In modish gowns. Is a nev ei -falling source of lnteerst. An augmented orchestia of selected mu sicians will be heard In suport of the soloists and chorus. The usual matinees will be given Wednesday end Saturday. Poll's: Mark Kent In Middleman." ARK KENT wll' be Poll's thlt week In moils E. S Wlltard The Mldd'eman." which etal)lish-d tho great English actor In the hearts of the mcrlcon public Peculiar Intel est is added to the Poll production of "The Middleman" through the ntws vvhlcn camo to Ameiica le centlv of the death of E. S. Willard In his sixtv-thlrd eai The lole of Cyrus ItlJ'nkarn is one whhh Mnrk Kent has tilavrd on live previous occasions, and ho scoied notu- uie successes In It In Portland, 'v Inn pel. Detroit, and Iloston It hU fa vorite role The storj chlcflv concerns a potter and his daughtei. Mary. The potter, Uliinkarn, Is on the threshold of discov ering ii now process of .'nzlnrf, when he Is dismissed by his employer, follow ing a traUc niisuiideistandlng mi ac csunt of Man's love affair with tho employer's son, a voung captain In tho English army. Ulnkarn contlnucu hit efforts to develop his Invention In spite of poverlv and pcrnccutloSi, and In the third act he la Been making his dual desperate effort, breaking up Ills furni ture and using, it ns fuel In order to kiep the file going In his kilns huccess crowns his heroic efforts, and tit tho same time there Is a h ippy culmi nation of the romance, between Mary and the English captain. Cabino: Traveling Stock. "Have You Seen Stella." AVE YOU SEEN STELLA." a new musical comedy, will be the attraction at the Casino Theater this week. The story could Just as well havo been called "Faust Up to Date." Two mis erly pawnbrokers, descendants of the original Faust family, named Faust berg and l'austbaum, realizing that they are nearly at the end of their earthly woes, bemoan the fact that they cannot take their wealth with them to the other world. His Satanic Majesty appears and offers them a year of vouth In exchange for their souls. They accept and enjoy a ear of con tinuous hllurltv. At last the night of their tournev In the lower regions Is upon them. His Sardonic "Joblots has arranged a Joy ous entertainment for their rrrpnttnn. to which nu invites tun gay coimmniona or tno 111 raieu ucsccwiunts or the in mortal I aust. The entire purtv vlslta hades' and alter a high old time, his "inujesty" agiees to shako dlco for the tovcttd souls of his victims "Stella" shakes kIxls, therefore, saves the entire part). , . .viaiinres win no given' on Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday. Gaycty: Burlesque. "Twentieth Century Maids." Harry Cooper and Jim Barton. HEN the "Twentieth Centur Maids" company open Its en gagement at the Gaycty , Theater tomorrow afternoon it Is promised that patrons of burlesque will bo treated to one of the most en tertaining shows and most gorgeous pro ductions that tho present season has put f 01 tb The plav is In two nets and four icenes, entitled "Man Girl Bottle and Bird." tho book of which contains snappj comedv. clean fun. delightful music and pretty Klrls As the stars of the organization, Harry Cooper, Hebrew comedy aitlst, ami Jim Barton, the h.ippv tiump. will Inure (honors In tholr support will bo found Julia Kclety. Arthur Young, the Cheslclgh SlHters, und the Old Town Four. These principals will bo surrounded bv a carefully chosen chorus of tvvontv four younc chls and a male double quartet The choius, said to be a typical Uroiuhvav one, has been chosen for beautv of face and llgure with ability to sing, while tho nuartet has been se leited for Its harmonv making abllltv The melodies numbering sixteen aie de scribed as swlngy, magnetic, and full of tuchiintnunt. In connection with the vailous situations bomo of the most popular song hits uie Introduced. The management has been very lavish In prov idlug scenic equipment and cos tumes of extreme richness. A number of vaudeville specialties will be offeted during tho action of the play. Keith's: Vaudeville. Lena Abar- banell, and Sam Chip and ' Mary Marble. S leading atti actions the B V. Keith thcatcv. announces this week Mine Una Atarbanell of 'Mine Shiriv and "Tho lied Canal " succe ise and Sum Chip and Mai Marble and a lrse company In Wl r A' The Clock Shop " Mme Abarbanell's tour Is very limited In duration, as she Is onl awaiting the final touches upon her new muslcul comedy, "When Molly Comos Home," before returning td try legitimate stage. Anothor Important addition to the Mil will he the distinguished actress, Flor ence Roberta and company In The Woman Intervenes,' u forceful and witty corned) drama by J. Hartley Slan ners, the author of 'Peg O" My Heart.' Herbert Clifton, the Iondon "mime," on of tho recent "Follies" lilts, Is onothci enlistment for the time being, and his character delineations will be found ver) remarkable and very amusing also. 'A Twcn'letn Century Courtship" will show motion pictures of the Keith nudlcncc taken Saturday night. November 13, and also o'hei Washington persons and places In the evolution of the storv Other attrac tions will be Hawthorne mid Inglls In "A Fool There Is," Kimbcrl and Fred rlchs In a flirtatious episode, Median's Leaping Hounds the pipe organ te cltals, and tho Pathe News Pictorial National: Artists' Course, M. Emmy Destinn. Opening Concert. HE artists courso of concerts. under the management of Mm Kato Wilson Greene, opens this week on Frldu), Dei ember with Stme. Lmmv Destinn In concert at the Notional Tlieatci at 4 "0 During tho past several seusons Mme Destinn hus alwu)s opened tho New York metropolitan season, but this sea son opened tho Chicago grand opein In Iji Glnronda. Tho ciltlcs were unani mous In their pialso of her wonderful volco and claim that the part could not have been done better. In response to numerous requests Mme. Destinn will sing at her Wash. InHnn rAflttll SPVPrAl Selections frOtll tho operas which have mado her famous. Iter piogram will Include. Aria from "Herodlade" (Massanet), nrla from "Madamo Butterfly" (Puccini), nrla from "Tosca" (Puccini): ballatellu fiom "Pagliaccl" (Lconcavcllo); nrla fiom "Hamlet" (Thomns); songs, "Im Kahn" (Orleg), "Volkslled" (Tacha -kovvsky): "nussalka (Dvoiak). "Vial one Venczlana" (Brogli; 'Tool ot Thule" (Yon)i "Qcchl dl Fata" (Denza), duo from "Don Giovanni" (Mozart) Belasco: Greta Torpadic and Einar Linden, in Miniature Opera. PERETTA IN MINIATUKE win be presented for the benefit of the Christ Child Society at the Belasco Theater on the after noon of Dee ember 2 "M.im zelle Marlette," a Trench opera comlque by Emlle Bourgeois, nnd "Brudorlcln Fein," or "The Wedding Day," a Viennese song-plny In English by Leo Fall, have been selectPd for the oceoslon. Tho principal 'lingers iiro to be Greta Torpadle, it )0ung Swedish soprano, nnd Elnur Linden tenor, formerly of the Copenhagen, Paris, and Berlin operas Miss Tnrpadle's volco la said to be adapted to light onern work by reason of Its elarlt) and dellcucy of tone. The )oung tenor has won notable praise for his vocal nblllty ns well as a convincing stag" presence. Loew's Columbia: "Chimmic Fad den" and Dustin Farnum in "The Gentleman From Indiana." 1IIMMI?; FADDEN ,'EST," the second Chimmle Fadden" will be the attraction A' O' wi OUT or tho seiles, on the tcrcen of Loow's Columbia Theater the first three das of this week st.ittlng tomorrow morning. Tb apcond produc tion Is said to be far more humorous than its piedeicgbor For this eomedy the utithorH have taken Chimmle Fad den to the gold mining distrlit of Ne vada to muko tin. unnoumcmenl Unit he Iihm omul cold He starts an ad vertising tnmpaigti for tin nillruad whleh luns thnu;h thn terrltor At about thl.i time his tllflli ultles begin. It t,o happens that his imploers. see ing the upportunit) to t.ipltullzn nn t'lilmmle's publi Itv Isme tuck 'ur tho lletitlous mine himinlc turns on them in tlnif to save hundreds of persons from ttmtmliil ruin He glvps -up the vast fortune that is his, hut bv so doing, re talus tin- love of "his dutehes,' the girl h' luvcs Dustin Farnum nlllhc "on the Ust four da) s of tho v eck In "The Gentle man from Indla.ia," with Winifred Kingston la)tng opposite Theno two voung people carry out th famous Booth Tnrklngtrui romunre with a deli cacy and charm thnt Is primitively ld)llle. Their meeting, lhr thrilling moment when a bullet from a Whltecap In ambush tarries avva) Farnum's hat, tho (iM-f.ishiontd lovemaklng In Judge Brls toe home, and llnnlly the touching re union long afterward beside the Frank lin hand press In Farnum's Indiana county seat newspaper ofllco Is de lightful. MoorcV Strand: "How Molly Made Good." Jllchard Carle. DUL'iiLe fcatuie program will be put Into operation al Moore's Miami Theater today, when two distinct Him f ratines will be orfeted The pilnelp.il attraction on Sunda), Monday, and Tuesday will be an unusual .pictorial drama entitled "How Molle Made Good " On Wednrsday und Thursday one of the best known funmukeis upon the Amerltan stage, Richard Carle, will bo presented hi tho Pathe Company In a visualization of the merry comedy "Mary's Lamb." Tho auxiliary featuro during this engagement will present an other popular dramatic star In the per son of Hal Forde, who will appear In a multiple reel diama entitled "Lessons In Love." concerning tho evergreen tonic the social trlanMc Mr Moore has arranged for the ex clusive showing on Frldiy and Satur day of ,i Mutual Master picture entitled "Insphatlon," featuring In the leading character Aubrev Mjinson Tho added attraction on these days will be 'The Stab," a hlghlv dramatic subject fea turing the emotional screen star Irene IJunt The Strand Symphony Orchestra will tender appropriate musical accom paniments under tho direction of Prof. Daniel Hrecakln Moore's Garden: Douglas Fairbanks. Triangle Films Moke Debut. OORES GARDEN THEATER will give Waahlngtonlans their first opportunity to view the eelehlated Trlnncls Film Pla)s, pioduced by D. W. Griffith. Mack Sennctt and Thomas II. Ince, beginning this week The progittm for the (list half of the we-ck fiom Sunda) to Wednesday In elutlvo will be a double chow, the din matlc featuio being "The Lamb," with Douglas Fairbanks nnd the comedy pic ture entitled "M) Valet," with Itnjmond Hitchcock In the leading role. On Thursda), Tildav, and Saturday Dustin Farnum In "The lion Strain, an Impressive Western melodrama laid along uncoventloual lines, will be shown. The picture presents, a crude man's foicrful wooing of a pampered society gill and shows their eventual union on a common gtound of love and icspect The supplementary cnmuilv featuic will be a Ke) stone luughfebt, "A (lame old Knight" Speehil muilwil m roinp.inl iiienl' Hrunifccil by Wlllliun Finn will be rendered b the Gat den SviV'huuy Orehestra, J, II, Gllek, conductor. Ezrmfe LTrrD6.v-A&3eo Twinkling Stars With a Satellite or Two r Good-by Mark Kent. Good Luck And Gesundhcit ! (Two Weeks From Now.) HE brilliant and courteous gentle. man who acts ns an Inter medlar) between the Poll Play ers and tho great, great world, announces this week that Mark Kent Is to leave the company, and vouch tiafes to assume that "Ilia oln will come as a genuine aurprtso and aorrow to those who have followed Vr. Kent's exceptional work at Poll's. Unlike the avcrago assumption of the average prcsa agent, this particular as sertion Is very frue, and every one who has seen Mark Kent work or who knows him personally M utlt count his with drawal from the Poli organization in this tlty aa a personal loss. He will appear In two more roles, that of C)rus Blenkarn In 'The Mid- idelman," this week, alio as e-assiua in Julius t-actar, ui """ ' ., T.-t hrni heen nlavlng continu ously In stock for nearly a quarter of a centur). and he feels the need for a tnn psyl Hfl Will rClllU tCIIIuuiatl IIJ ancf in to forget the more than 1,000 He h." plaVed' "The Middleman" five times prevlousi). onco in j-uruanu. twice In Boston, once In TYlnnlpej, and once In Detroit. ... , : Cyrus Blenkarn should prove a most artistic characterization In the hands of Mr Kent. It Is a role o exceptional dramatic worth, and greal ; charrn ant. lard. w , As They Say In the Motion Pictures Later. ETHEL HARRYMORE'S return to the stage In "Our Mrs. McChes ne)" has turned out to be a suc cessful return, and sho aeems to have taken up her career, not where she left off with It, In mid-channel, but where she started It. The Interesting question arising from a consideration of the facts of this return Is Can an actress who suocjoded when slim suc ceed when fut? or vice versa? Does an actress who becomes suddenly wraith like, or suddenlv obese, endanger her Plata In the sun" There Is not the slightest doubt In tho nihe of Miss Burrymoro that her pres ent suieess is urgelv duo to the re version to her old self, the slim Ethel lliinvmnie of '(Villain Kate" and "Cap tain JliihH inme By FLORENCE, E. YODER. which she chose, and which presented her as an American business woman was considered lunpropos by somo ot the critics. Thpv eotitenrtert that she was too Tt- fined for the part, nnd It was not until she rump not dut footedlv herself, and asserted along v.lth Edna Ferber, tho authoress, that the American business woman WAS rellncd. did thev close up. Now that there la room for words other than those which would defend either one Hide or the other In the argument brought on by tne critics, a consideration of the thin and fat Idea Is Diotttable. For tho same course of reasoning can be upplled to private life. The slender drl M hn (a ninlllar itrtAun't (fir Ia l-et fat. Sho knows her eharm, and the I piump gin wiin me wonoeriui neca aim arms may growl about being "too much," but she doesn't turn a linger to get rid of It. And contrarl-wlse, the thin jlrl who decorates the wall nearly breaks an i artery trying to get fat. And the fat gin wno never oven gets 10 tno wan' She spends all ot her spare time rolling to get thin Moral: On the stage or In life, If sue- ccastui as )ou arc. if unsuccessrui, This Week's Calendar O Ver natural!) the particular vehlclf on Page 20 ) change vour weight William Gillette Apologizes For Farcwclling In the Face of Competion. NE of the last things actors usually mention Is farewell tours which belle their names. To suggest that one of them explain, la a distinct faux pas. a breach of the thick crust of etlQuette William Gillette, however. In a cur tain speech made In New York at the time of his flrBt, last appearance In re vivals of "Sherlock Holmes" and "Se cret Service," not only admitted that he was a professional farew oiler, but ano'oglied for not being a better ore' In view of tho fact that perhaps Washington will not be able to hear It, we reprint the speech lntactus: "Ladles and gentlemen," ho said, "I nm roallv very much ashamed to ap pear bcfre you this evening, and espe cially to come out here and telk to you pleasantly like tnis across tne root lights, foi I havo been shamefully lazy and neel sent the past three years. With all that time at mv disposal this Is only ill) second farewell. It Is really shameful I do not wonder thut jou feel as vou do about It, "I must say It looks as If we Ameri cans can't keep up with the seasoned faienellcrs fiom abroad "Theic Isn t any reason in the world (Continued with other theatrlca' news NATIONAL William Gillette in "Sherlock Holmes," Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, and in "Secret Service," Thursday, Friday, and Saturday. Revivals of Gillette's greatest successes. Matinees, Wednesday and Sat urday, 2. Evenings, 8. Friday, tmmy Destinn in opening con cert of Artists' Course, 4:30. BELASCO "Dancing Around," Winter Garden revue, with Al Jolbon. Matinees Wednesday and Saturday, 2:20. Evenings, 8:20. Tuesday, "Operetta in Miniature," with Greta Tor paaie and Einar Linden, Christ Child Society benefit, 4:30. Ma rine Band concert tonight, 8:30. POLI'S- "The Middleman." Stock production of E. S. Wil lard succeht,, with Mark Kent featured. Mntinees, daily, 2:15. Evenings, 8:15. CASINO "Have You Seen Stel la?" New musical comedy; traveling stock. Matinees, Tuesday, Thursday, and Sat urday, 2:15. Evenings, 8:15. . KEITH'S Vaudeville. Lena Ab arbanell, and Sam Chip and Mury Mable. Matinees, daily, 2:15. Evenings, 8:15. Sunday performances, 3 and 8:15. G A Y E T Y Burlesque. "Twen tieth Century Maids," with Harry Hooper and Jim Barton. Matinees, daily, 2:15. Even ings, 8:15. Sunday perform unces, 3 and 8. LOEW'S COLUMBIA Films. Victor Moore in "Chimmic Fadden Oyt West," firbt three duys of the week. Dustin Far num in "The Gentleman From Indiana," last four days of the week. From 10:30 a. m. to n p. m., daily. MOORE'S STRAND Films. "How Molly Made Good," Sun day, Monday, and Tuesd i Richard Carle in "Mary's Lamb," Wednesday and Thttii day. Aubrey Munson in "In spiration," Friday and Satur day. MOORE'S GARDEN Triangle Films. "The Lamb" and "My Valet," Sunday to Wednesday. "The Iron Strain" and "A Game Old KUight," Thursday, Friday, and Satin day. -V