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NEWS AND VIEWS OF THE DRAMA LOCAL AND GENERAL W. HERBERT BLAKE ANEW l^iis Angeles theater to house musical attractions oC the Brsi class IS the ambitious pro .i'-i I of .Manager Kavanaugh of the 7'Vrris Ilartman company. To this end he expects to put on from time to time such light operas as have proved their popularity with his present clientele at the Grand opora house. Ho believes that there is room in this city for a shrewdly-run musical company, pre senting a repertoire sufficiently diver sified to appeal to many portions of the theater-going public. It is a pro ject which deserves encouragement in local musical circles, which long havo agitated such a move with little sym pathy from the powers that be. • • • Every lover of Shakespeare is in terested in tha fortunes .of I,ouis James, who will produce "Henry VIII" and "The Merchant of Venice" the. coming week at the Mason. His Shy lock and Wolscy arc awaited with agreeable anticipations. Mr. James has found Shakespeare a sufficiently profitable investment for .sovcral yean. We have not heard that ho. got Men at it, but wa^believe lie has found that his devotion to the better known plays has gained him a constant re-| spect and support from a definite and dependable class of playgoers. Just how much his attitude toward the drama has ripened and perfected his ahiliiirs \vo shall discover Thursday evening. • • • From the east come reports of brightening skies. The host of failures which halted the opening of the season appears to havo been succeeded by several substantial and accelerating popular triumphs. "The Passing of the Third Floor Back," in which Forbes-Robertson has been compelled repeatedly to prolong his engagement in New York city, is a notable one. Stephen Phillips' •'Herod." with "Wil linm Faversham the star. IB another. That a poetic tragedy should thrive and show signs of durability is a sig nificant proof of the popular apprecia tion of what is fine and true in drama. The frothy plays are falling by the wayside. They have been welched In the commercial balance and slowly but surely are found wanting. The public has begun to find out what it wants from a painfully long scrutiny of the other thing. ■\\ ill William Morris purchase tho old Orpheum for bin oft predicted new .playhouse here? It would be a. logical solution to an apparent difficulty, pro vided his circuit shall finally succeed in getting its New York acts so far west. Why do the characters in picture plays so persistently overact? Some of the French films are the worst of fenders. Every actor who Rtts In front ot the camera appears to bo in structed to boh and jerk in absurd exaggeration of the movements of ordinary humanity. Surely in this branch of the drama wo may expect a little realistic repose. One pre eminent value of motion pictures, a.s we set- it. is in their fidelity to life. There »re, of course, motion picture plays which may be considered In a class apart. Hut in Hie street scenes, wherein ordinary people are seen, one would think the logical aim wtiuld bo as close an approximation of nature as it consistent With the innate hu man instinct to pose in front of a camera. Makeup, gestures and grim aces, save in a. frankly grotesque, farce, might well be reduced to the minimum. The result would redound to the credit of the best plot?, for actual situations, not their distortion by personal mannerism, would win a duly proportioned prominence. <£Play—Goer .S \ First Aid to the Play—Goer. DRAMA MASONTho most important li/al dra ma tii: event since tho visit of David "Warn"eld is the coming of Louis James for four Shakespearean productions, beginning Thursday next. That even- Ing and Saturday night this distin guished player will be seen as Cardi nal Wotsey in "Henry VIII" and Fri day evening and Saturday matinee, an Bhylock in "The Merchant of Venice." Aphle James will play Kathcrtuc and Portia. BEliASCO—Monday night tho second of this theater's series of new produc tions will be given. II Is "The Spend thrift." by Porter JSmerson Browne, the comedy-drama of a hard working broker and his extravagant wife. Lewis S. Stone will be seen a* the husband. BIKIIANK— "Men and Woman," by David *Belaseo and It. C. De Mllle. a melodrama which keeps well within the probabilities, long a favorite In stock revivals. First performance this afternoon. INMil'K — Earl- Rauworth company in "The Lost Mine." Old-fashioned melodrama. / MUSICAL PLAYS GRAND—"Woodland," I'ixley and [ai ders' spectacular musical play, Is promised in elaborate revival this af ternoon by the Ferris llartman com pany. The chorus will moult their spangles and appear as tile cutest feathered bipeds Imaginable. MAJESTIC—"The 1 .Alaskan," revamped, but with the snow storm intact, will open for. a week's stay tonight, with • lilchafd P. Carroll and Gus Welnburg in the principal comedy roles. Tho line Kalian brigand hand of Hurry Ulrard is said to be still discernible. We hope so. FISCHER'S — ••The Devil's Doll" (it pounds enticing), a musical burlesque i by the stock company. OLYMPIC — '■The BUliken Man," by Charles Alphin. in the weekly offer ing of, the musical company. VAUDEVILLE (liaill I M The Orpheum road show, 111 front of which banzals blap.e a con quering path, will really arrive for Monday afternoon's performance. The names of might and wonder are Miss Ma ci'i'ay and company, In "A Bit of , Old Chelsea"; a certain "i.a Tit comb." known also as "I,a Belle Americalne." and "La Chantsuse a ehcval" (aslda from that wo under stand she Is a native ('ollfornlan). who finss. prises and dances aboard a gptendlcl white h Onto I Maud Roches, In "A Night in a Monkey Music Hall"; Melville and lllt;gins with "Just a Mtlle Fun." and tiyman Meyer, good t'allfornian, to name whom is to think of grand piano* Several holdovers will do their best* to be heard In be tween times. I.OH " AJiQKLWt —Carlotta, who denes gravity, for about .1 Second on a loop the-loopins bicycle, while we all trem > ble, will keep ii up for another work. Sydney Deans and singers will exhibit "('lirfMmas on Hlackwell'H Island." the Brothers Damm (of a popular family) will he seen in acrobatic feats, Kath leen Mc Vole will idnjr, fleorßo If. Wood will strive to radial* comedy and the O'Briens will bo seen, in a sketch .let. . . — W. 11. I!. i - ..." ._ r . . ■ .. At top, Louis and Aphie James, as Cardinal Wolsey and Queen Katharine, in "Henry VIII." Mason. Below, from left to right-La Titcomb, Orpheum road show; Gavin Young, Burtaank; Adele Farrington, "The Spendthrift," Belaseo. __ A BRIEF GLIMPSE OF "HENRY VIII" l,ouls James is to present Shakes peare's historical drama, "Henry VIII," at the Mason opera house Thursday evening. A review of the circumstances surrounding its com position may prove interesting. It is probable that Shakespeare wrote "Henry VIII" in 1611, when ho was in his 4!>th year. His genius had grown from his 'prentice days, when lie. bat) penned "Love's Labor Lost" ami other lesser comedies, through the period represented by such mighty works as "Lear," "Hamlet" and •■Othello, 1 until now he was about ready to retire to his native town of Stratford on Avon. In "Henry VIII" we have what is possibly bis last mes sage to the world. When it was uttered ho had seen tha glories of the court of "the great Elisabeth" fade away and its mistress transformer! into a mere disappointed 01.l woman who died in grand but lonely isolation. He had seen the splendid Leicester, in the author's youth the most talked of man in the kingdom, if not in Christendom, die with his brilliant promise unfulfilled. Essex, whom all the world believed to 1,, destined tor the highest station, had perished miserably on the traitor's scaffold. Raleigh, the third of the brilliant trio, was at that very time languishing in prison, whence he was destined to issue only to mount tho scaffold. James I, bailed with loud acclaim, had by Kill given evidence of political weakness. All these things must necessarily have made their impres sion upon the playwright. Buckingham, Katlierine, "Wolsey, In turn are seen in "Henry V1I1," first as riding on the crest of prosperity, soon to bo tumbled. "Henry VIII" has no little kinship to the great remain* of Aeschylus and Sophocles. One of their favorite themes mis tho Iram bllng of the proud; They conceived that A! a malevolent deity, took pleasure In overthrowing any mortal who had risen to too great an emi nence, and 111im is tli" keynote of the Edipus legend, woven by Sophocles Inco the greatest of pro-Shakespearean tragedies. There is this notable dif ference, however, between tho pagan ;iii(l the Christian poets: The former depict the ruttl of ii house with untold misery to Individuals and hold out no better hope than restitution to pros perity and happiness of some remote descendant . of. ■ the ' tortured one. Shakespeare, on the other hand, voices Los Angeles Sunday Herald THE STATE OF THINGS It would have been batter if tHo Puritan had applied himself to tho re demption of the theater, for In aban doning ii i" the taste of the licentious mob he aggravated the evil, and now the puritan joins handa with the artist in condemning the theater. They both wish art to bo serious, and the argu ments tor and against the theater are held by the artist and the Puritan; the public seeks merely to be amused. George Moore. a hope for each individual, no matter how desperate be his overthrow in this world. Buokim-.V.im. Katharine and Wolsey, as each is brought in succession to the nadir 'if his fortune, turns the eye of the mind forward to a brighter future. Buckingham, on the way to execution. gives Ins thoughts to forgiveness ami immortal ity The queen, every earthly support having failed, appeals from the court of the two cardinals to the throne <•: deity itself. Wolsey. shorn I I his dig nlty and power, exclaims: "Farewell the hopes of the vourt; My hopea In heaven do dwell." Tile version of the play used by Sp. lames is that originally prepared an! used by Edwin Booth. As originally written the play was adapted lor a seventeenth century audience, and in consequence), from a twentieth cen tury viewpoint, contains some pas sages which are bettML Omitted. For the benefit of those who Intend read- Ing the play before witnessing it, it may be said that the, principal pas sages included in this category are the scene of Wolsey's palace, Kath arine's Interview with the two car dinals and the whole of the fifth act. The last has to do with the christen in"- of the infant Princess Kllzabeth, and although of first rate Importance in hill, is foreign to the main theme ami, in consequence, superfluous. NEW MASCAGNI OPERA A dispatch from Milan says that Uasoagni has contracted with Llebler & Co. to write a new opera which he will come to America Jo direct on its premiere. Its title will he "Ysobol" and it will he laid in England, the theme being that, of Tennysun's "God iva." Miss Bessie Abbott will sing the leading role. Utter thlrty-flvo weeks In Nek York. "Tba .Midnight Souk" is on tour. Whetft or i( will ro:n li the I'.'U'ilic. coast o*B irot been positively decided. SUNDAY MORNING, JANUARY 16, 1910, BURLETTAS BUILT. NOT WRITTEN CHARLES ALPHIN I do not write my musical playlets. I build them upon strictly mechanical lilies. I have been asked many times how it is possible for me to turn out a new musical comedy o£ an hour to an hour and a half's duration every week. Including lyrics and concerted finales. Like many simple things, it seems impossible. The hardest thing i" writhie; v rau sical comedy, and many will think this is a Btray joke \vlii<-li has slipped In from "The Bllllken .Man." is to namt the characters. Once the characters are named their relation to each other suggests the plot. You hear much of Inspiration in playwriting. When I waa younger r put more confidence In It. Under my inspirations I wrote my greatest fail ures. My <"'f' Inspiration which r have found bankable was the idea of constructing a play at an architect builds .1 house. From personal ob servation I divide comedy into threa classes: (li Exaggeration; (-) Distor tion; <:!> Contortion of the language. Under the lir^-i. exaggeration, tlia humor arises throuuh the law at con« tracts', which, In tact, is the founda tion of all comedy. \ comedian whoM costume or make-up is out Of all pro« portion to reason, is sure of a lauull on his entrance. The wilder and mora bizarre the make-up the bigger th» laugh. The comedy of distortion on ihi stage is in inverse ratio to that of our daily life. In other words, what seems dire' tragedy In our daily round will receive the heartiest laugh <>n tho stage. In ''The Belle of Boston" last week a youth enters to a jigl step. Whin asked why he Is so merry he replies, "Hurrah! My father broke his leg!" The laugh follows unerringly. In real life we would call Up the near est madhouse. Contortion of language is the lowest form of cOmedy. The play upon words or their mispronunciation makes the highest brow unbend. I get my characters mostly from real life. The dope (lend In "Poppyland" r mcl ill Tonopah years ago. In real life 1 pitied him. For stage purposes it seemed wisest to make him comic. I suppose no composer ran nuito ox plain how he does it. There is the legitimate nvifl for inspiration, l. usu al I j write the lyrloa lirst and fre quently they SUggesi the airs. 1 know my playlets have deteeto, from Hit classic point of. view. I real- A DEFINITION Literature is ihe advertisement o( ,ii \ attitude toward life. It is the record of a mood. It i* the Impress, « m in wax, "i i ome mash v b wore al some mi lit. n is a quantity of con flicting ih, hcs. I' l« revelation, and it n erade It lias as many facets as life itself; It is al once chameleon ,,,1 sphin> Pel ■■ •'! i'"ilar.l In "Their Day in Court." . ize that it is nice to write grand operas and alter you are dead be re membered by a line monument, but, take ,t from me. a T-bone steak with potatoes and ho! bl*CUltS arc more substantial monuments for a halt id genius. (in all good humor, we suggest to Mr. Alphin that hi< ni xt burletta be ■ known as "The T-Bone Hteak," and j i,,. laid ni :i i .ii' torla. —Ed.) ABE ERLANGER SNOWBALLED . small bald-headed man about 60 y.ars old sat in the rear seat of the lower rlghthand box of tin Grand the ater, says the Kansas City Journal. This mm waa Abraham L. Brlanger. h, ;,,i of the most powerful theatrical syndicate in tin- world. William K. Cullen, die managing owner of "The Alaskan. ' alone divined , his identity. Al Ihe end of tho flrsl ai i he went behind the scenes and whispered to tho members or tha com pany. When the curtain went Up for the second time and the dainty little Eskimos, armed with cotton waste snowballs, bombarded the audience the little bald-headed man was made the victim of a cannonade. Tho llrsl bil of col ton struck Er langey nn his forehead. The great man frowned, The second unowball beat against his nose, an.l be smiled and threw it back. Al this the whole cho rus, comedians and sinners gathered near the box and a perfect hail of col-, ton struck Mr. Brlanger. After the last encore ushers cleared away the snowballs. , , "Oli. It inisii't sci bad. They might have u-u brlcW »ald Mr, Erlanger, after thelaughtor had ■utwlded. "And 1 mppOBO then- arc lotl of people who win wish that the snowballi bad b*eo real tonight." NEW PLAY FOR BELASCO Kniiowins "'l'll' 1 Bpendtbrlft" the Bri afceo itook company will produce, for the drat ii""' '»> »"y we»Urn ■tact, Paul Wllstach'ii new detective p>ay, ■■Mrs. Eastman'a Pearl»." This play whs produced iii the east under Ihe tltiC. ■■Ki--aan':, Palt" t "ANGEL TOWN" CAST IS AUGMENTED Musical and social circles will be In terested to learn that Charles Farwcll Edsoni president of the municipal music commission, former head of the Uamut club ami a. well known basso of the city, lias joined the common enemy—the band of marauders who are to produce "Angel Town," the mu sical satire, January 19-22. Another Important accession to the easl Is Joseph Dupuy, who "ill sing "lslr of Love," the composition of an other Gamut actor in the cast, L. Stanley Mooreheadj Charles W. Hatch, the well known baritone, will sinur liis "Angel Town," a melodious i »1 for Los Angeles. Hatch als.» will let fly » fi \, rocketa ii the Republican or ganization, if he is vii the stage that long, K. Elsworth Salver, a veteran com edian, not only will lead the band with a hare foil hut also will sing a "Caruse" song with original utaniaa. M. i. Fraster will sins "Ye Modern Knight," written and composed in J.,os Angeles. There .ire ten other stars, a big and bold suffragette, an Orpheus i tub ! chorus, a group or dainty dancing girls and numerous other features in the galloping travesty .which will do its worst to the new administration, the candidates who did not land and to ! other persona and organizations in the limelight. Henry Schoenatold, tho composer ami musician, has the Gamut or chestra in the best of shape lor Ihe concert preceding the "comedy. His able efforts have done much to make a success of the production. There will he three special nights aftheOamut theaters, Municipal of detail, employes of the city hall and organization men will bo present Wednesday evening next, January 19, when the comedy opens. The city club will attend in a body Thursday evening. Reservations have been made for the Woman's club, the Kbeil club, the Friday Morning club, the Mothers' congress anil Parent-Teacher associa tion, Friday evening, January 21. Seats for "Angel Town" are on sale at the Bartlett music store. The Gamut theater is at 1014 South Hope Street. "DAME NATURE" ON STAGE Miss Kthel Irving,, the English' ac tress, will soon appeal in London in an adaptation of a French play, on titled in English. "Dame Nature." : Dramatic Section GREENROOM TATTLE. lira. Fiske is making her third visit in a dozen years to the south. "Sal vation Nell" appears to be mSfitlng tin', lame flattering success as In other parts of the country. The actress was born in New Orleans. Gertrude .At.her ton is now writing her a new play. John Mason la rehearsing; in "The Man Who Had Been Blind." a. new play by Ernest Poole, the young mas- Biine writer in whose published work may be discerned qualities of dramatic promise. Harrison (Jrcy Fisko will raanase the production. • • • Mclntyre and Heath aro on theli 4 way to tin' Pacific coast in "In Haytl." The New York Star dubs Arnold Daly the "Peck's Bad Boy of the American drama." Mr. Daly has tucked himself away into the Berkeley theater, New York, where ho is ap pcariiiK in -Know Thyself." He 19 still iminanagi'd. Nanea O'Neil is said to have, "found herself in "The Lily," David Belasco's latest play, now running at tha Btuyvesant, New York. Miss Dora Goldthwaite, a New TorW emotional actress, announces that. shf» will receive and read the plays of un tried American authors with a vieyj to finding a suitable vehiclo for her self. * • • Will M. Cresny says the reason thera are bo in;iny poor vaudeville sketches is that few actors will pay anything for a pood one. This is modrst enough —from a man who writes 'em. Harry Lauder recently told a. group of ministers that hp never sang fop money In his life. "I sing for the joy of Hinging," quoth he. "just as the shepherd on the heath breaks into Bong for the joy of It." Without in the least minimizing the truth of tlia ' artistic impulse In all good work, wa I may be pardoned for congratulating 5 ' Harry on Ills managers. It is so gen | erous of William Morris not to take i advantage of this ebullient enthu- Blasm. ■ . • . • "Mam'sello Fougere." whoso nam* has figured in many a Frenchy sons acclaimed by American music halls, * came over from Paris to New York a few weeks ago. She was billed with i duo excitement for one week, but she i did not play it out. The New York" public apparently preferred her natr.a to her person. Henry B. Harris Is soon to make Ilia I first musical production. It Is "A I Skylark" and was written by Mr. j Harris' brother, William Harris, jr., and Frank G. Dossert. • • c "I,a. Tltcomb,". the equestrienne .of the Orpheum road show, amazed tho • London chappies during a recent visit by showing several front teeth pointed - with blazing gems, while she smilingly.; drove down Plcadilly In a white <ii— rpctolre riding habit. The press agent who discovered this interesting fact avers that every lime "La Tltconih" smiles she shows $30,000 worth of bril liants. Now if the dentist who did Mm work can only be induced to sue for a bigger fee, the thing may be wound, up becomingly. » » l • « « Maud Odell—perhaps better known as ''England's $10,000 Beauty"—has been the vaudeville attraction lately. at the Circle theater. New York, one. of the elite among the metropolis" many motion picture palladiums. • « ♦ "Dear Little Denmark" is the Shu-, berts' latest musical comedy importa tion from England. Paul A. Rubens is primarily responsible. • • • A friend recently met Ethel Barry more (Mrs. Kussell G. Colt) in a great : hurry. "What's the haste?" was in quire 1. "What a silly question!" ex claimed the recent Lady Frederick. "Don't you know I have been away | from that baby for an hour? I must get homo instantly." And she. did. • • • Guy Bates Post has been released by Harrison Grey Fiske to assume tha leading role in Edward Sheldon's ■•The Nigger" at the New theater. New • York. I. . . "Divorce." Paul Bourget'.s brilliant dramatic attack on lax marital condi- £ ; tions, lias been adapted by Stanislaus ' Stango and was seen on the. road in i this country last season. Now New York has been permitted to view it and ' a longer tour is probable. • * • « y "The Chocolate Soldier"comic opera version of O. B. Shaw's "Arms and the Man"—appears to .have stolen th» eye of Broadway from multifarious "follies" and "revues." •• • , Henrj B. Harris has brought on tha boards a drama In three acts dealing with "financial pirates." ]t is called^ "Jacqueline," and is by Harriet Ford and Caroline Duer. ■ • • Lawrence Irving will ("in- tho prin <-![>:, i American cities in Brieux's ria.v, "The Atlinity." He will bo accom panied by his wife, Mabel Hackney. Art Bowcii, cartoonist of the <"'h!« i •,;,! Journal, lias entered vaudeville. joMphine Babel Is appearing in the Palace music hall, London. • • • Mauiier- Hoffman, an English actor, soon will make his American vaude ville debut in a. repertory of play l, i "The Sorrows of Satan." "Ths Closing Price" and "The Death ot Chatterton." Martin Heck Is going to Cuba to! corral a few empty buildin&a for the 11 phoum circuit. FRANK BACON MAKES HIT Frank Bacon, tor seventeen years in the Alcazar and Grand stock eom panlea in San Francisco and veil known along the Pacific coast, has made a notable success as the pover ty-ridden inventor-drugffist • 'In '.'Tho Fortune Hunter; 1' When In Chicago recently Mr. Bacon was asked,.in the customary way of tho Chicago inter viewer, how ho liked that city. Ha replied: "All 1 can say is that I lovo; California, I think the .sun shines brighter there than any whore else on earth, and I would not exchange my friendship on the Paclflo coast for all tii,. sold in all tho mints oC Ilia world Turning on hi left h el with dignity, tbe interviewer abruptly left the apart incut. ••"'■' ' '