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1 1 The Week's Bills I
|| "The Dollar Mark."
An Ben Greet Players In Shakespeare
"Salomy Jane." 1
S. "The Lightning Conductor." |\J
• "The Mayor of Toklo."
; Vaudeville.
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"Billle Kin."
''The Week's Bills
"The Dollar Mark."
Ben Greet Flayers In Shakespeare
' "Salomy Jane."
"The Lightning Conductor."
"The Mayor of Toklo."
"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.
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
■ 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.
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.
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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
• ■ •
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
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
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
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
The Kolb and Dill season in Oakland,
following an extended season in San
Francisco, closed last night, which will
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
"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
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,
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.
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
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,
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
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
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
"The Dollar Mark," since Its first
performance six weeks ago, has accom-
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
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
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).

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