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PLAYS AT THE THEATRES THIS WEEK
I
ACADEMY OF MUSIC.
Wcilurailii)' nnd Thiir?id?? nichts?'
Francis Wilson, In "The iinchclor'n
tinhj."
I rhinv and Snturdny ulgnt? and Sat*
Itrilay milliner->l ilillisumi'lj Dud Stone,
In "The Old 'rears,"
Ml.in; THEATRE.
"The Thin! HeiTrer." nil the vreek.
BMI'IltlS THEATRE.
Vaudeville.
l.l HIN TH EAT HE.
?* ainlrvlHr.
I'murl* Wilson.
. It hos been said of 'Tha Bin'.hclor's
Baby" "that It was made (or the sole]
purpose of creating a laugh ?not a few |
little giggles here and there?but one
prolonged, hearty laugh of the kind
that makes thin people grow fat " That,
this has proven a truism is a;
self-evident fact, for Francis Wilson!
is appearing for n third season In his,
own comedy, and meeting with auoh
wonderful results that It has been de?
rided not to lay aside this merry little
play until the end of the present sea?
son. Whllo Mr. "Wilson always had his
"laughs" In view In the writing of the
y-:
children. Charles Frohman presents
Fruncls Wilson In "The Bachelor's
Baby" at tho Academy Wednesday and
Thursday nights. Seat sale to-morrow.
>! on t comer and Stone.
David Montgomery and FTed Stone
are ooming to town, and the majority
of tho theatro-goors will smile choor
fully In anttolpatlon of the run of see?
ing them In a nuw play by Goorge Ade.
These two clever entertainers have j
always been hot favorites with the
American public since thoy first made
themselves Known to the patrons of
the high-class theatres In "Tho Wizard
of Os" sn<l "The Kod MIU." Indeort,
their personal hold upon that popular
fanoy which so frequently Is referred
to as fickle, has been demonstrated bo
often during tho several seasons ot
"Tho Wizard of Oz" and "The Hod Mill"
that It Ib now reckoned rut a very cer?
tain quantity In predicting crowded
houses for "The Old Town," In which
thoy will open an engagement of three
performances at The Academy on Fri?
day.
That George Ado's whimsical genius
can usually bo depended upon for thei
creation of quaint character types and
DAVID SIOXTGOMISnV AXD PH KD A. STOXB,
In "The Old Torrn," AcaJriuy I rl d.ij and Saturday und Sntnrdnj- mntlnco.
play, and while there la much of the,
farcical In tho throe nets of "The
Bachelor's Baby," there are moincnlH
when tho comedy Is suld to bu of the
VureFt kind. ThlB Is said to bo ptirtl
? Ularly notlceahlo at tho end of tho
"?eiond act, whore the curtain goes
down on a scene that any author might]
be proud of. Mr. Wilson wtote "The!
Bachelor's Btiby" primarily as a langh?
in*, vehicle, but with ail the laughs he|
I.as woven a note of numanlty that Is!
very itlTlng. for there la Just pathos
'lough to bring out in stronger, relict
the merry passages. The unexpected
is always happening, and Mr. Wilson,
has written it with bright lines, clever1
epigram and deliriously amusing sltua-'
tlons. Wilson hlmBclf does the best ?
^ork of his entire csieer. Not only
do?s the part of the bachelor child-]
hater suit him to n nicety, but he ex.-!
Tiects every possible bit of fun out of
his lines and his situations. All of
his mannerisms and his amusing ways
are In evidence, and there Is still the
same merry twinkle In his eve and the
softness in hlff-volct^, thai have made
him the mos>"popul?r fun-maker on the
stiige at tho present tlino. But ll Is
mild that the honors do not all full lb
Francis Wilson, for there Is the most
delightful, natural und talented speci?
men of childhood playing oppoHtto him
that the stage has seun In a very long
time. "The Bachelor's Baby" le In
three acts, and briefly sketched, the
play tells the story of bow a child-hut
Ing bachMor was forced to change his
niind on every point legardlng the
amusing- situations, und that Charles
I.'llllngham, the managerial sponsor
for "Thu Old Town" inevitably gives
every piece thut he produces the ad?
vantage of exquisite Incldentlal Inves?
titure and a carefully and Intelligently
seleeted cast, so Montgomery and
Stone In "The Old Town" would doubt?
less bo greeted with the warmest sort
of welcome If the musical comedy were
to have ItB promlor performance here.
But Instead of being "tried out," "Tho
Old Town" comes with a record of an
entire Reason In two ullles, where It
enjoyed on unqualified success?New
York, where It ran for six months at
Mr. Dilllngham's Globe Theatre, and
Chicago, whom It ran for three months
nt the Studebaker Theatre. Besides
tho two principal comedians there nrs
a number of well known entertainers
In the supporting east. Among them
are Clare Palmer, Charles DOX, Flossie
Hope, W. J. McCarthy, Helen Falconer,
Bdha Bates, Peggy Preston. James
rteany, Howard Dyott, Harold Russell,
Mack Whiting and Virginia Randall.
A special added feature Is the "Old
Tk-wu" pony ballet?olght young danc?
ers of admirable technique, who in ad?
dition to their dnnclng numbers will
Introduce several novelties. The sent
sale opens ot 9 o'clock to-morrow
morning. There will b< two perform?
ances on Saturduy, the matlnoc begin?
ning at 2:3<> p. M., and the evening at
I 8:20.
The plot of "The Third Degree" Is
FRANCIS
? hl? comedy ?acccM, "The lleebelur'n
da}
\VI l.so.N,
Unity/' Academy Wedjirsiinj- and Tbnre
nlKbi?.
PEGGY FRRSTON. VI'tr.lXIA KBSDAM, DOnOTHY II Kit TRAM) AND MARIE THOMPSON, WITH MONTGOM
_W" A>D OTOWB.,I^ "THE OLD TOWN," ACADEMY FRIDAY, SATURDAY AND SATURDAY MATINEE.
bullt around a youth, Ihr son ot a man
who Ib a social and linoncial power, i
Tho fathor, a prominent mnn In the ?
smart set, disowns his son on discover-1
Ing ho has married a girl whose fath-|
er has gained much unpleasant no?
toriety In police nnnnls of Now York.'
The girl, realizing ber position, has
made a gallant struggle to win the
respect of the world through her line
character and natural ability' The
young husband, disowned by his fath-i
cr, scorned and rebuffed on every
hand by his friends. ?ho assert that
lie has made a mistake and that hl3;
marriage Is a mesalliance, resorts to|
drink and dissipation. |
Tho story deals with a crime Which, 1
by reason of the quick, Impulsive judg?
ment of the police heads, results in \
fastening the g,uiit on an innocent
man. Finding they must make good I
their rtrst suspicions, they bend every
effort to the one end ?that of fasten?
ing the chain of guilt on their victim.
The methods of the police department,!
together with the powerful Influence
of the press, arn vividly srown. For:
the first time on any stage, the a?dl
Another
Triumph !
The Queen of Comediennes,
Alva Yorkc
Fascinating as she i- Effervescent.
YOU'LL whistle her songs, rave
about her beauty, lull in love with
her. arid talk about her long after
she's gone.
BEST MOTION PICTURES.
A Musical Genius Playing Egyptian
Selections.
PATIIE'S WEEKLY REVIEW.
e an
["hose Amusing Comedy Exp
nciits.
Thursday- -Amateur Night.
Performances Continuous.
HOIKS
Prom i*rom
Z.M) to 5:30. 7:0(i to 10:30.
10c 5c
j Second Socialist Lecture
WALTER J. Mil.LARD '
< >.\
"Why Things Happen to Huppen,"
( it> Auditorium, Tucson) Night.
Admission,
ence Is treated to a visual demouslra
I tlun of tho workings of tho dctectlvu
[departmant of a lurgu city. As clearly
land distinctly as were tho workings
j of tho powerful finance and political
bodies in -"rhe Lion und tho Mouse."
so are the nefarious practices of the
police discussed In "The Third Degree."
even In a more vivid and Interesting
u.niinor.
The cast of this remarkable play Is
typical of the United Play Company
(Inc.), including au ii does Grace Lord.
Elizabeth Glllospte, Raymond Wells,
Pt ank Pat ton, Charles T. DelVechlo.
.lv.lmond Sprague. William Weston and
others.
I The date set for this city is one week,
j commencing to-morrow night, at the
I Bijou Theull e.
1 Stars on Sew tOuiplrc Hill.
i In tho search for new acts, that is.
acts thui, will be row to Richmond
! theatregoers, the limplro management
j has cot-ruled live distinct features, every
oiif muking its initial bow before local
I audience! and every one coining with
I the stump of approval from vnduovllle
I purveyors and vaudeville lovers.
I There will bo Bert Howard and ICf
flc Lawrence In a comedy musical anil
singing offering. Bert Howard is one
of the cleverest pliinolsts secured from
! the lyceuni field. In addition to the
.classy selections played by him, hla
trick piano playing performance Is one
of the most interesting and pleasing
to be found In vaudeville. Hiss Law?
rence is a singer of rare type, and be?
tween them they promise a noteworthy
addition to vaudeville's successes here
,1 Warren Keane and company will
offer an set of magic and coin manipu?
lation. Mr. Keane is known as "the
j man with the wonderful hands," his
I coin manipulation being so dexterouf
? and deft tin to be almost miraculous.
1 und Ins offerings of magic are now and
I startling.
! King, Bennett and Fields, a trinity
? of comedy folk, will offer a rathskeller
ait with music. That means in uddl
I tlon to playing the piano and other In?
struments, they will wurble their way
Into th.e affections of the Empire's
' patrons.
Prlscilla. "The Quaker C.Irl." will
Include some novel and original sing?
ling and dancing numbers, the s'.voct
' nrss and character of "Tho Quaker
Girl" having been ? opiod extensively
i In the musical comedy field. Pero
and Wilson. Venetian artists, will
j complete the bill In a novelty Juggling
'exhibition Their special stage equip
meat pictures their native land, and
tho pantomimic convody Is 6ald to be
exceedingly funny.
Photoplays, the newest and best to
be seeti in this city, ull having been
?pproved by the National Board of
Censorship, will add t!tc right touch
to the high class of the bill, three
.jerf01 matters of which ate given dully.
?Iva Vorke nr. tbr I.ubln.
Miss Alva Vorko is coming to .the
f.ubln to-ir.orrow for a wcek'u engase
*tent. She was to have been here sev?
eral weeks ago, but was forced tc
?tntioel on account of nines.1.. S!,e ha.s
! thoroughly recovered now and will be
even more charming than ever. Miss
! Vorke is an original comedienne.
I Homaine, the ragtime violinist, will
I supply a musical feature for the pi o
Igram. When he plays, the attdlen.ca
I moves with him, such tunes and mt!o
:dics as he draws from tho Instrument
of his choice nie always appreciated,
Ills playing !r not confined to ragtime
ut all, but Just enough of this to make.
! It likatile.
The comedy feature will he f>oyle
arid Fields. A pretty gin tlgures con
SplCUOUSly in the turn.
The motion pictures will be up to
the Lubln standard. The three reels
have been approved by the National
Board of Censors.
Thursday night the amateur events
luke place.
New Victor rtrcorda.
When It comes to presenting a pro?
gram made up of tho most famous ar?
tists, the Victor must be accorded the,
! palm, for such a galaxy of noted at
{lists ?s arc gathered in the March list
I of New Victor Records could MkMy not
be gathered at one time on any concert
, tflUgl!.
Foremost of these celebrated artists
If. of cour.se, Caruso, whore exquisite
j singing of the famous romanza, "Una
I Furtlva f.agrimu." from "tlllslr
td'Amore," is something to bo long re?
membered. And with Ma roe) Journet,
' he sings Faure's noble ??Crucifix," the
f two artists bringing out all the boau
I ties of tili.? moit melodious number,
I and the high B, which Caruso takes
1 nt the close. if positively thrilling.
! A superb trio front one of Verdi'i;
; cider operas is aluo given a splendid
I rendition by these two singers and
Frances Alda. Pasquale AmalO ting:;
I th? great Itlgolet'.o seor.e from Act IJ,
one of the most affecting scenes in
the opera; and Rrami Hames Is heard
in a delightful Tosto song.
Vlc-'.oi Herbert's Orchestra contri
VHAKCfis WILSON, IN HIS OWN
Mr. Wllnon, Mltta Harr)-. UaUy Onvla,
dar nnd Tliura
CO.MRDV, "TUB llACHKI,OU<ft IIAIIY."
Mr. Mannen, Act II. Acndcmy Wcdneo
day night?.
Wednesday
""and Thursday
NIGHTS ONLY.
CHARLES FROHMAN Presents
In His Own Comedy Success,
SEASON'S RUN AT THE CRITERION THEATRE,
NEW YORK CITY.
.5 'Little Lord Fatintleroy' and 3 Times as Funny."
MATINEE SATURDAY.
First Southern and Transcontinental Tour of Ameri?
ca's Favorite Comedian?,
Montgomery and Stone
IN
CHARLES DILLINGHAM'S
MUSICAL COMEDY SENSATION,
"The Old Town"
By GEO. ADE nnd GUSTAVE LUDERS.
Original Notable Company of Eighty-five and Beautiful Production from
Mr Dillingham's Globe Theatre, New York City.
Sale of scats and boxes opens to-morrow.
PRICES: Matinee, 50c to $1.50; Night. 50c to $2.00.
tJOU
All This
Week
RICHMOND'S
POPULAR
PLAYHOUSE
BBS33
mi
Matinees Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday
Prices: Matinees, 16c, 26c, 36c.
Night, 26c, 35c, 50c.
FIRST TIME HERE
HIRD
I HIRD
COMPLETE NEW YORK PRODUCTION
butea the weird and striking "Indian
March," from Meyerbeer's "WAtrtcaino:"
and Pryor'tj Bund is heard in four num?
bers?two favorite operatic overtures,
magnificently played, the rousing ''Air
conqiiln March,'! and a lively rng, en?
titled "A Cyclone In Darktown."
ICdlth Helena, the prliha donna of
the Ahorn Opera Company, gives two
favorite grand Opera alts from "Trova
toro" and "Lucia." butty Marsh sings
the charming "Maids of Cadiz." which.
Tho buyer who know:, the different
n us onto'dins trill own a ?
Jones Motor!
Car Co.
Allon Avenue snd Bror.d Street
Built to j
Serve!
Highest Trice and Beit.
W. C. SMITH & CO.,
N. 314 Fifth. Vine .ml Main
is full of the exhilarating rhythm of
the Spanish Uancc. AI Johnson, the
I fenious comedian of the New York
I Winter Garden, sings Iwo Irresistibly
funny selections, "liuin Turn Tlddle"
?and "That Haunting Melody." Walter
? Van Brunt sings ? pair of new popular
i sentimental ballads, "flic Harbor of
? Love" and "Bless Your Ever Lovih'
I Little Heart;" llurvoy Ilindermeyei
'tenders an entertaining little Irish
song, and ihe American Quartet give
; an eccentric thrilelr, "The Skeleton
Bag," und r mclodlo'ls son:; about
! ??Moonlight Bay."
I The old-time "lisludt.-.nllnu Wollt'
I Is exceptionally pleasing in Its vocal
j form us sung by the Lyric Quartet.
I Two delightful little darky lullnby
Isongr. are most charming contribu?
tions?tho "Plclca ninny's Lullaby" by
i lSlsle Buker Is worthy of special men
I lion, because euch porfect diction In a
'contralto Is extremely rare, and the
i ?'Mammy's Song" sung by .lohn Harnes
Wells Is tho number used In his con?
certs with such much success.
Tho mOBt talked of number in tha
I now musical production, "Little Boy
Blue." that has captivated Now York,
la tho duct, "Lovo Never Dies," and It
Iis splendidly sung for the Victor by
Harbour and Anthony, The "That Girl''
Quartet contributes two very pretty
numbers, Boot! Miller sings .1 pleasing
song about the coming of spring. Camp- '
hell and Burr render a sweetly sung
ballad of Old Virginia, and two lively
banjo selections played with much
spirit and dash by Fred Van Epes com?
plete the March list.

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