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1 1 The Week's Bills I || "The Dollar Mark." UI AUDITORIUM An Ben Greet Players In Shakespeare IS ItCISItAMi > "Salomy Jane." 1 'M MAJESTIC |\\ S. "The Lightning Conductor." |\J ' GRAND OPERA HOUSE • "The Mayor of Toklo." ORPHEIM I ; Vaudeville. LOS ANGELES 1 Vaudeville. i, FISCHER'S Vaudeville. EMPIRE Vaudeville.' / •'■'(': 'p: I'fXS IXIQIE ■ I "Billle Kin." ''The Week's Bills BELASCO "The Dollar Mark." MASON Dark. AUDITORIUM Ben Greet Flayers In Shakespeare Repertoire. f': BURBANK ' "Salomy Jane." I MAJESTIC "The Lightning Conductor." GRAND OPERA HOUSE "The Mayor of Toklo." ORPHEUM Vaudeville. LOS ANGELES Vaudeville. FISCHER'S Vaudeville. EMPIRE Vaudeville. • - UNIQUE "Billie Kin." In the Spotlight JJ. SHUBERT has departed with- | out having leased a theater or • made arrangements to build one. , His firm has given up hope of secur ing the Majestic, as Oliver Morosco was not entirely satisfied with his ex perience with the Shuberts at the time of their combination with Fiske and Belascb, when they slid out of the deal and lined up with the trust. The Au ditorium would not be available for the Shubert productions, which will be mainly dramatic pieces, with small companies not suitable for so largo a. house. The position of the Shuberts in re gard to their coast operations was made clear during the stay of J. J. Shubert in Los Angeles, and apparent ly they have scrambled into a brier bush which may leave some scratches before they scramble out again. When they secured the American theater in | San Francisco they took a long chance i on getting other houses in Los An- | geles and the northwest which would j enable them to book attractions from j Chicago without playing intervening cities. When it became apparent that John' Cort had the northwest nicely sewed up they made a desperate scramble to secure a house in Los An geles which would enable them to open the American theater by September 1, according to contract. This would not rave enabled them to bring out their big productions, but would have neces sitated the installation of stock com panies to hold the houses until new theaters can be built. Shubert is said to be making an effort to secure an ex tension of time on his American thea ter contract, as Corfs enterprise in covering the circuit a few days ahead has left the easterners in a difficult position. All the Salt Lake houses have been lined up by Cort, and Den ver likewise has been cut off from the Shuberts by Pete McCort of the Broadway theater, who is associated with Cort. It will require a goodly string of coast theaters to make the | jump from Chicago possible, and it Will | take fully a year and a half to build t them In the" meantime the American theater must be supplied with attrac tions. The game still is young, but Mr. Cort seems to have most of the chips. Manager John Blackwood of the Be lasco theater and the Grand opera \ house announces that Bobby Harring ton has been secured to handle the ec centric comedy business in the new Murray and Mack company, to be in stalled at the Grand May 2. Harring ton is one of the best Cohanesque co medians on the American stage. Whet, the convolvulous George M. was ill •with rheumatism, Harrington was chosen to take his place in the No. 1 ' of "Little Johnny Jones" several years ago. He made such a decided hit in the part that he has been follow ing the same line of work ever since. Lillian Sutherland and Jack Curtis, now playing with the Blair company at the Unique, also have been engaged to join the new company. George Fields, well known in middle western circuits, already is on the ground. Miss Bessie Tannehill, whose songs were so highly appreciated in the Belasco production of "A Stranger in New York," will take the leading soprano roles In the new company. ■ a • Oliver Morosco has established the record for rapid song writing. In a re hearsal of "Gay New York" Miss Hall remarked that she had no entrance song for one of the numbers and Mr. Morosco gallantly volunteered to write one in a minute and a half. Although the company was skeptical he seized a pencil and wrote two verses and a chorus in exactly one minute and twenty-eight seconds. • • * If you pass the Security building and see a line reaching out into the street and around the corner, don't think it's a run on a bank. It is merely ambitious thespians seeking engagements with Dick Ferris' company, which he will take to Minneapolis to begin a .stock engagement June 1 with the Metropoli tan theater. Mr. Ferris has so many interests in Los Angeles that he of fered the theater management $1000 to I release him from his contract, but the i offer was refused and the popular ac tor-financier must perforce hie him : northeastward. PLAYS AND PLAYERS Mace Greenleaf. who created the role of Spavinaw in "The Halfbreed," spent part of last week in Los Angeles. Mr. Greenleaf has been playing leads at the Valencia theater in San Francisco. • • • It must be admttted, but in a close competition between English and American dancing girls, as represented at the Orpheum Just now by the "Pal ace Girls" and the "Teddy Bear Girls," respectively, the British dancers carry off the palm. They are better trained, sing better and are better gowned. Temperament is blamed for this. The | American girl goes on the stage as a i sort of diversion; she doesn't expect to! stay long, but it is an easy and fas- | cinating way of making a living until "he" comes along. So she gets a few dance steps down fairly well; she cul tivates a baby soubrettish voice and diked out in short skirts, principally cut to show a liberal expanse of under standing, she begins her career. florem:e stone, majestic / / air II All J a ■ ■ %JLf ■ ISy JH AO • ■ - .'.v/[+ ;1 xiV-" V ' ' Biff MlßrJTWiiMtMtrtTllMTWßTliirifffwßßMHmifflTffrT!^ M^M»'^^<-:-:^«t^V.«<WS^V^.«W.4^s^.^ftjMttvW *W ' .^ >> vj £*"■■ > vJVAIANJf Tin English girl, on the contrary, goes Into this sort of thing as a busi ness. There are not f-o many "lies" over there, to begin with, and more girls have to make a living. Keener competition makes for better work; only the best survive, and the result is splendid training and absolute per fection before the public sees them. Nat <'. C. iuin and Kdnii Goodrich. his associate star, wtio is becoming known as one of th;> most beautiful actresses on the American stage, will appear at the Mason Opera house in "The Master Hand," their latest suc cess, beginning April 26, for an engage ment of six nights and two matinees, The scenic equipment is said to I.c elaborate. • ■ • The spring season of musical comedy at the Majestic theater will open next Sunday when Kolb and Hill, "the Web ber and Fields of the West," will begin their engagement at that house, pre senting "The Politicians" as their first bill. "The Politicians," ■ novelty so far as local audiences are concerned, is a humorous satire on the game of gov> ernment as it is played in American LOS ANGELES HERALD: SUNDAY MORNING, APRIL 18, '3009, municipalities, and would seem to be particularly appropriate just at this time, when Los Angeles' municipal af fairs' are in so sadly muddled a condi tion. Neither the attenuated Kolb nor his partner with the pickle name require any introduction to local audiences. The firm probably has been responsible for more good Los Angeles laughs than any other two men who ever appeared, here In fact, Kolb and Dill are almost | a I,.is Angeles Institution. This city | gave them ready recognition and gave j them, too. the comedy with which they j made their hit in New York. "Lone some Town." which, though it was writ- i ten by a San Franciscan, the late Jud ton Bruaaia, has its scenes located in ■■Watts." The comedians are said to be sur rounded this year by the best company ever assembled in their support, in cluding a big chorus of unusually pret ty girls. Miss Ellse Schuyler, popular local] y through her association with the old Gaiety company and her appear ances at the local Orpheum, has been with them in the north, and probably will return to Los Angeles In their company. The Kolb and Dill season in Oakland, following an extended season in San Francisco, closed last night, which will MUGGINS DAVIES, GRAND BEATRICE NOYES, AT THE BELA SCO Kivc the comedians a full week to pre pare for their Los Angeles opening. . . . George Broadhurst goes into an in teresting discussion of the merits, or demerit!, of "Wildfire," In reply to a writer of a comment column in a local newspaper, in which the latter declares I hat the Broadhurst comedy is the worst play ever written. Mr. Broad hur.st seems to have the nub end of the argument. The letter follows: "My Deai- Sir—l concur absolutely in your opinion of 'Wildfire,' ah expreiaed in your column on Sunday last. You cannot possibly write anything woiae about it than the things I think. "For the past two seasons, however, much to my annoyance, the press of the country from New York to San Fran elgeo and from St. Loula to New Or leans has bean' praising 'Wildfire' and the public has-, been flocking to see it. I knew all the time that the critics were wrong and that the public was foolish, but until I read your verdict I found no one to agree with me. I thank you ' very sincerely for writing what you did, because from now on I shall be only half as lonesome as I was before. "I agree with you also in thinklnar that it Is nothing but curiosity that has made the public go to see Miss Russell in this play. But curiosity Is such a curious thing. Three years ago Misn Russell made her first appearance in songless comedy in 'Barbara's Mil lions,' and the public was so curious to see her that the play was withdrawn in a few weeks. Then The Butterfly' was produced. Again the public mani fested such an overwhelming curiosity that the play was continued for only part of a season. The next season 'Wildfire' was presented, and owing to some curious phenomenon the afore said curiosity, between the months of June and September, had increased more than 200 per cent and has con tinued to increase for the past two! years in such a degree that with the exception of Warfield more people have; paid to see Miss Russell than to see | any star on the-American stage this season. "The managers of Miss Russell—j foolish men!—have persisted in saying that the play was responsible for the! above increase in the receipts, but you' know and I know that the play had j nothing whatever to do with it. Curl-! OSlty to see Miss Russell had suddenly j Increased, that's all. I have never been able to figure out, however, why it in creased, and am very anxious to do SO. Can you help me? "Mind you. I agree absolutely in 1 AT THE THEATRES everything you said, but when I con sider what the critics have written and what the public has patd, I am con strained to say in the words of Ber nard Shaw, 'What are you and I among so many?' Lonesomely yours, "GEORGE BROADHURST." Miss Klise Bchuyler, well known to I.cis Angeles theatergoers as a come dienne of unusual ability, will appear at the Majestic theater next Hunday with Kolb and Dill, with whom she has been playing in the north. CURRENT BILLS AT LOCAL PLAYHOUSES AUDITORIUM—For the past four seasons the Shriners of Southern Cali fornia have been doing .things in the amusement line that are worth while. Their charity fund always needs re plenishing, and as boosters for Los An geles they are of the best, but it takes money to boost. This year, under the direction of L. J C. Spruance, potentate of Al Malai kah temple, the Shrincrs have changed from comedy into something worth while, and instead of Shrine minstrels or a Shrine circus have secured the | greatest aggregation of artistic merit traveling in America; the blending ot Shakespeare's romance, tragedy, comedy and fantasy with delightful music, given under th ediivction 01 Ben Greet the Hen Greet players, the best known of all the Shakespearean reper toire companies, and the Russian sym phony orchestra of New York city, with Modest Altschuler as conductor. This is an aggregation whose work has won the patronage and admiration of theatergoers In the big cities of the east. The visit of either organization would be of sufficient importance to drew a large house in any city of the country, but this combination of music and drama is so unusual that it appeals to lovers of both. The Hhriners offer these . visions of fairyland, conceived by Bh'akespeare'i genius and Inspired by the music of Mendelssohn and Bee thoven, seconded by Tsehalkowsky and Sir Arthur Sullivan's music for a series of productions to be given for an en tire week, beginning nt the Auditorium theater tomorrow night. The Russian Symphony orchestra, TOM NAWN, AT THE ORPHEUM LOUISE ROYCE, AT THE BURBANK with its eminent leader, Mr. Altschu ler, is a favorite with New York and Boston publics and has the patronage of the best known lovers of music and the most cultured residents of the me tropolis. In selecting the instrumentation Mr. Altschuler has arranged nig musicians so as to secure not only artistic ef fects, but in n manner in which tht musical Interpretation will give added weight to the work of the dramatist. Lovers of. the best in dramatic work are delighted to know that Ben Greet, the most eminent Shakespearean schol ar and actor now living, and whose sincere efforts lor the uplifting of the stage has caused expressions of en couragement and gratitude in both America and England, is to be seen once more in his favorite roles, and will bring a carefully selected company of players, all of whom have been In the last few years members of such companies as that of Sir Henry Irving, 10. H. Sothern, Richard Mansfield and the Ben Greet players. The Shrlners will attend Monday evening) wearing the fez, headed by L. J. C, Spruanee, John Edwards, MoUev Flint. Eric Barclay. Will Ste- phens, Perry Weidner, William Jef- Irics, Rhodes Hervey and dozens of other citizens who are doing things in Southern California. Block! of seals have been taken by members of the California and Jona than clubs, the Friday Morning and Ebell societies and.all the Shakespeare clubs are participating. Many box and luge parties have be«n organized. Monday (veiling is to be devoted to that greatest of all Shakespearean ef forts, "A Midsummer Night's Dream," with Mendelssohn music. "Romeo and Juliet" will be the bill for Tuesday evening and the Wednes day afternoon matinee, with music by Gounod and Tschalkowskl. "The Tem pest" will be given Wednesday even ing, the only time during the work. An important feature of this perform-1 ance will be the "Swan Song," with) music by Sir Arthur Sullivan. The, overture and Intermezzo will be se lected from Tschalkowski. "Everyman," the morality play which Hen Greet revived seven years ago m London, will be given Thursday evening. Shakespeare's birthday will be ob served Friday evening by a special celebration. The Shakespeare clubs of Southern California, and several niii «h;il and dramatic organizations will unite in the celebration. Th<- program for Friday afternoon will be As You Like It." In the evening "A Mid summer Night's Dream" will be Riven. The afternoon performance will be given to the accompaniment of Bee thoven's sixth symphony, known as "The Pastoral." "A Midsummer Night's Dream" will be repeated Sat urday afternoon, and "Twelfth Night" will finish the week Saturday evening. Members of the shrine will act as ush ers, under the direction of Ben Powell. BELASCO—George Broadhurst's play, "The Dollar Mark," as given at the Belasco theater, continues to be the serusation of the theatrical year, and instead of discontinuing the play to morrow, as was the intention of the Belasco management, the demand for seats Is so great and so many people have been unable to see this big play, that the management has very wisely determined to keep It on for another week. This will necessitate another postponement of the presentation of •Miss Hobbs," with Florence Reed, the new Belasco leading lady, in the chief role. "The Dollar Mark," since Its first performance six weeks ago, has accom- TAKT II pliahoil the very remarkable feat of crowding the pelaaco theater at every performance, and even during the past week hundreds of people were turned away unable to get admission. Since the first performance of "The Dollar Mark," Mr. Broadhurst has made a number of changes In his play, and two new scenes will be introduced in tonight's presentation. The cast re mains Intact, with Lewis S. Stone, David M. Hartford, Howard Scott. Richard Vivian, DeWitt C. Jennings, Adele Farrlngton, Beatrice Noyes and others of the Belasco organization In the principal roles. • • • BURBANK—Manager Oliver Morosco announces a revival of Paul Arm | strong's play, "Salomy Jane," at the Burbank theater for the week begin ning with the usual Sunday matinee. This Is distinctly a California play, its scenes being laid in this state, and Mr. Armstrong having taken his story from Bret Harte's talc of "Salomy Jane's Kiss." Upon Its original presen tation in New York city the New York World declared it to be "the model among; romantic dramas of western life," and the verdict then pronounced I holds good today. The character of Salomy Jane Is as sweet and fresh as the breezes through the redwoods; und the story Itself, wjille frankly melo dramatic In theme Und treatment, is without sensationalism, breathing only the spirit of sturdy romance that en tered into the pioneer life of the time that period In California history which Mrs Gertrude Atherton so aptly term ed "the splendid, Idle 'forties." Miss Blanche Hall has played few characters more to her liking than that of Salomy Jane ' 'lay, while William Desmond In the role of "The Man"— neither play nor story give him any more distinctive name; A. Byron Beas ley as Jack Marbury, the "square" gambler; Henry Stockbridge as Colonel Starbottle and John W. Burton as Yuba Bill, all have roles well suited to their abilities. All of tt\ese players, to gether with H. S. Duffleld as Madison Clay, Salomy's father; David Kdwln as Keii Pete, and Louise Royce as Mrs. Red Pete, played the same roles when "Salomy Jane" was flrst presented at the Burbank theater a year ago. Other assignments will present Charles Glb lyn In the part of Larabee, formerly played by Gerald Harcourt. and Fred erick Gilbert, a newcomer to the Bur bank stage, In H. J. Glnn's old role of Rufe Waters. The young and clever son of the late Harry Glazier will play the part of Willie Smith. The play provides excellent opportu nities for scenic display, and a pic turesque production is promised. MAJESTIC— "The Lightning Conduc tor," a Hlx-cylinder comedy first pre sented in Los Angeles • little more thun a year ago by Dk-k Ferris and Florence Stone and their own company, will bo revived at Hamburger's Majes tic theater during the week beginning with Sunday night's performance and Including matinees Wednesday and Sat urday. wrHi Miss Stone and Mr. Ferris In their old parts, supported by a spe cially organized cast, including Carrie Clarke Waldo In the role of Aunt Mary. The production is being made under the .stage direction of Sedley Brown. "The Lightning Conductor," drama tized by Harry B. Smith from a novel of the same name by C. N. and A. M. Williamson, is a motor car comedy, its story relating the misadventures that befall a young, pretty and rich Ameri can girl who starts upon a tour of France in an automobile, chaperoned by her aunt. They fall into the hands of a rascally chauffeur, who flrst. robs them, disables their car and then de serts them on the road between Dieppe and Paris. In this predicament the Hon. John Winston appears upon the scene, repairs the car and, in order to be near Molly, tells her he is an expert mechanician and asks for work. She employs him and the tour Is continued. As Molly Randolph's chauffeur the young Englishman finds plenty to do, but is not kept so busy as to prevent hlx Calling in love with his employer. In the end his true Identity become* known, with a prospect of entwined orange blossoms and strawberry leave* for Molly In the not distant future. Dick Ferris will be seen as the Hon. John Winston, Miss stone as Molly Randolph, and Carrie Clarke Ward as Aunt Mary. Others In the cast will In clude William Yerance, Harry Mes tayer, Willis Marks, Hale Studebaker, Margo Duffet, Carol Marshall, Jessie Jordan and La Cigale Ferris, Dick Fer ris' young, pretty and clever daughter, whose stage debut was made at the Majestic theater a week ago In "Friends." An elaborate and picturesque scenic production Is promised. GRAND—Richard Carle's successful musical comedy, "The Mayor of Tokio," will be given this week by Ferris Hart man and hi.; company at the Grand Opera house, tlje first performance oc curring at the matinee today. The piece is a combination of modern * America and the picturesque orient, and will afford a splendid part not only for Mr. Hartman himself, but for Miss Nielsen, Mr. Walch, Walter De Leon and the other members of the Hartman company. The costuming will be un usually attractive, while the scenes of the play, located as they are in Japan, will afford the scenic artist exception ally good chances for some effective stage pictures. The mayor of Tokio concerns an American theatrical manager who has taken his organization on a tour through Japan in the hope of reaping a harvest of yen in the oriental em pire. In Tokio the theatrical people are mistaken for princes and princesses and are received by the mayor of the city with proverbial eastern courtesy. The mayor continually is hounded by a Japanese conspirator and his boon companion, a Russian spy, who never appears on the scene without a huge India rubber bomb. The efforts of the mayor to escape the loss of his official position and the ludicrous experiences that befall the American theatrial com pany make the basis of two acts up roarious hilarity. There are many beau tiful scenes In "The Mayor ot Tokio," while the comedy clement is always dominant. Following "The Mayor of Tokio," the Ferris Hartman company will conclude its season of musical comedy at the Grand Opera house will a revival of "It Happened in Nordland." The Hart man engagement will come to an end Saturday, May 1, and the afternoon the summer season of the Murray and Mack company will b* (Continued on l"*g« Nina).