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.
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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
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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
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 \
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
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
INMil'K — Earl- Rauworth company
in "The Lost Mine." Old-fashioned
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.
(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
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.
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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
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.
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
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,
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
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»
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
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-
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
(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
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
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
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
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
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
"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." :
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.
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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
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
* • •
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. ■ .
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"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.
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"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
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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.
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"Dear Little Denmark" is the Shu-,
berts' latest musical comedy importa
tion from England. Paul A. Rubens
is primarily responsible.
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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
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. •
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"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.
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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.
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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
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
Turning on hi left h el with dignity,
tbe interviewer abruptly left the apart
incut. ••"'■' ' '
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