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Last week -1 III go on record as one of
the most profitable Washington managers
hae experienced this season for there
was scarcely a night when there -were va
cant teats at any of the six local play
houses The performances of John Hare
and his splendid company In The Gay
Lord Quex the brightest and most elev
rly constructed play of recent years
filled the National Theatre while the per
ennial The Runaway Girl presented by
a company that aid not contain any well
known artists packeo the Columbia at
every presentation and mrpassed the
financial record of any previous local pro
duction of the English musical piece At
the LafaycUe the attempt to stage Cy
rano de Hergerac met with great success
for from the initial performance the
theatre was not large enough to accom
modate the crowds that wanted to witness
the work of the players of the Bcllcws
company The Academy of Music with
the popular Thomas E Shea as the at
traction In one new play and several of
his time tried successes established a
box office record for the ear Both bur
lesque houses were well patronized es
pecially Kernans where The Parisian
Widows entertained a series of crowded
houses May Howard at the BIJou came
in for a large share of the burlesque pat
ronage Chases was closed during the
week on account of the occupancy of the
theatre by the Daughters of the American
This weeks change of bookings will
bring E S Wlllard the English actor to
the National wher he will show most
of his familiar repertoire including
David Garrlck Tom Pinch The
Professors Love Story and The Mid
dleman The Columbia will hae Sag
Harbor with the author Mr James A
Heme In the principal role The Lafay
ette will revive Camille while Rose
Melville will di3play her Sis Hopkins
at the Academy Chases will entertain
the Oriheum Show a traveling vaudeville
combination The French Beauties will
be at the BIJou and Manager Kernnne
patrons will witness the doings of the
Vtrlty Fair Burlesqucrs The city Is
rapidly ini ip with strangers for the
Inaugural celebration and the playhouses
are enjoying the benefit of their patron
Thr Nntionnl C s AVIUnril
E S Wlllard the English actor will
present a number of excellent plays dur
ing his engagement at the National Thea
tre this week which while none is a
novelty to local theatre patrons will offer
a splendid opportunity for the display of
his undoubted talents One David Car
rick which will be the Initial presenta
tion tomorrow night Is especially adapted
to the art of Mr Wlllard and bis char
acterization of the chief personage in the
Robertson piece has been received every
where with a great deal of critical and
popular approval In addition to Its rer
fonnanee tomorrow evening David Gar
rick will also be the bill for Friday
eight and Saturday matinee Charles
Dickens Tom Pinch will be presented
on Tuesday night and at the Wednesiay
matlnce while The Middleman will be
given on Wednesday and Saturday nights
The ever delightful The Professors Love
Story which proved such a popular
offering on the occasion of Mr Willards
last visit to Washington will be given
only once during the week on Thursday
It has been three years since Mr Wil
Hrd last played in this city but local
theatregoers recall with much pleasure
hlsudmtrable performances and there Is
small doubt but that his present engage
ment will be unusually profitable to Loh
plajer and audiences alike
The Columbia nr Hnrhor
Sag Harbor the latest play from the
pen of James A Heme which recently
closed a run of three months or more at
the Theatre Republic New York will
open at the Columbia Theatre tomorrow
night for a weeks engagement with mat
inees on Thursday and Saturday James
A Heme has not appeared In Washing
ton for nearly two years and his forth
coming appearance will probably be his
last in this city as it Is said that he con
templates retiring from the stage to give
his entire time to the writing and pro
ducing of new plas
Regarding the play itself though a
corned o the exhilarating sort Sag
Harbor is not without its drama and it3
moments of deep pathos The romance
of the two seafaring brothers who love
the same girl develops almost to the
point of tragedy in the third act but is
happily diverted In the nick of time into
less strenuous ways through the inter
vention of old Capt Dan Marble por
trayed by Mr Heme
Sag Harbor takes its title from a
quaint old whaling village at the moit
easterly point of Long Island The char
acterization of Sag Harbor has awak
ened critical praise in every city where
Mr Heme has thus far appeared In New
York one of the newspaper reviewers said
Charles Dickens never drew finer char
acter sketches A critic in Chicago said
Every character in Sag Harbor Is a
gem drawn from life In Boston an
other writer said Wc have never seen
more accurate coplo of genuine American
tpes than Mr Heme has put Into his own
beautfrl Sag Harbor
Sag Harbor was produced in Boston
last season at tbo Park Theatre where It
enoed a run of four months to the larg
career In New York is too well known to
dwell upon Tl e original company will be
brought here Intact also its wealth of
scenery nnd properties During the en
gagement In this city of Mr Heme the
regular prices at the Columbia will not be
Clinuc V The flrplicnm Miow
Manager Chase makes the claim that
no better bill has ever been booked for
the New Grand than that which will be
several novelties have been added Sis
will be at the Academy of Music for one
week opening tomorrow night with the
regular Tuesday Thursday and Saturday
The Cnmlllc
Camille with Miss Haewell In the
title role will follow Cyrano de Eer
gcrac at the Lafayette Square during the
coming week From the wealth of color
and heroic notion of the Rostand drama
to the plainly set but strongly emotional
story of Dumas is a sharp contrast but
there will be considerable interest in the
new production from the fact that It will
present Miss JIaswell to her Washington
acquaintances in an entirely new light
Physically she will be a new type of Ca
milla even to the most experienced of
local theatregoers and it will be Inter
esting to note how her interpretation of
the part tallies with the conceptions of
the more mature emotional actresses
whose names are familiarly linked with
the character
Mr Ormonde will play the part of Ar
mand Duval and Miss Mackintosh that of
the half world chaperon Mme Prudence
Duval will be the closest to a leading
Juvenile role that Mr Ormonde has at
tempted since his stay in Washington but
It Is generally conceded that he will make
an engaging lover Among tb other
members of the company who will appear
are Miss Scott In the part of Nanine the
French maid Mr Wngte Mr Craen
Mr Rogers and Mr Murphy Mr John
T Sullivan will have the part of the se
nior Duval The play will be staged with
the usual care and attention to detail
that have become familiar to the patrons
of the Lafayette
ICcrnauft Vnnlt Kntr ntirlCH
Of nil the attractions that play at Ker
nans none Is sure of a heartier welcome
than the Vanity Tair Extravaganza
Company wnlch will open a weeks en
gagement at Kernans tomorrow after
noon It will offer a real novelty in tho
shape of the famous Klmuras who aro
regarded as one of the mobt successful
troupes of Japanese acrobats now lefore
the public and whose skill and agility
must be seen to be appreciated
In thG first part Tho Cadt Girls
Frolics the members of the company de
pict scenes in which sportive damsjls re
vel while the comedians arc said to crasp
every opportunity Gay Times at tho
Paris Fair the concluding burlesque
realizes all that It signifies Frank
Bush the original mimic who
stands alone In his line and never
falls to present fresh delineations of
character will participate in the first part
and the closing burlesque which will
agreeably surprise admirers who have
heretofore only seen him In his specialty
The olio will also Include Bessie Mae Hall
a rag time vocalist Her and Walon In
travesty Nlblo and Riley song and danco
artists Weston and Bcaslcy comedians
Harry Hastings the favorite and the
Connolly Sisters duelists
iianager ivernan nas always success-
est business ever plajed at that theatre fully catered to tho large number of
After louring New England to the capacity theatregoers among the visitors during
of the theatres It was taken to Chicago inauguration week and will gle at least
wnere 11 nan a run 01 two months Its tnreo ppriormanccB uaiiy matinee even-
Ing and midnight while the city Is filled
with strangers
The llijnn Ircni h Hi niillfx
Those who like a bright pleasing en
tertainment full of music and fun should
see tho Trench Beauties at tho BIJou
this week Tho company comes well
recommended and tho management
claims to have one of the best of those
breezy effervescent shows so popular at
the present day No expense has been
provided this week by the Orphcuni spared in the way of stage settings and
enow iue most important act of costumes and everything connected with
the bill is that of the New sky
Troupe made up of eight Russian sing
ers and dancers The gle exhibitions
of their native dances and sing their
countr s songs In an altogether capti
vating manner Five of the troupe are
described as beautiful women
A star attraction Is Sevcrus Schaeffer
who weighs 165 pounds and easily carries
and juggles more than that weight in can
non balls dumb bells etc He does as
tonishing things with plates paper wads
60 pound weights lighted lamps centre
tables bathtubs and crocker In one
of bis feats he holds In his teeth a chair
in which a full grown man is sitting
while in his discngaged hands he Jug
gles all sorts of things Will M Cressy
and Blanche Dane well known to local
pla goers will be seen in Grasping an
Opportunity a very amusing rural com
edy sketch depicting a humorous phase
of life on a Nov England farm Mr
Cressy Is one of the best Known charac
ter actors in vaudellle as well as be
ing one of the foremost playwrights In
the profession and Miss Dane is an en
gaging oung actress Weston and Her
bert will be heard in a musical act re
plete with novelties and ingenious con
trivances Bertie Fowler a joung mimic
who made a hit in Hotel Topsy Turvy
will be seen in a new line of Imitations
and caricatures of well known people and
The programme will also include John
son Davenport and Lorello in n corn
ed acrobatic creation Jack Norworth
in a unique monologue clean cut and
crisp all through Miss Louise Dresser
sister of Paul Dresser the populir song
writer with some new songs and a num
ber of very Interesting motion pictures
all colored as natural as life and pro
jected by the Comiograph
Tli Acmlenij S Hopkins
One of the most unique characters on
the American stage today is unquestion
ably that of Sis Hopkins a part created
a couple of years ago by Rose Melville
one that has grown from a single act
vaudeville sketch into one of the prettiest
comedies which has been seen in years
Not many months ago the name of Rose
Melvlllo was practically unknown to the
general thcatregolng public She had
never done anything but small parts and
was never particularly prominent although
her acting was of such a character as to
attract much critical praise No ono knew
what she was going to do or how she was
gong to do It when she was two years ago
given a part in a farco comedv At the
rehearsals of the comedy she read her lines
in n perfunctory sort of way The first
night of the comedy came Suddenly with
out warning there came upon the stage a
queer awkward ungainly figure the fig
ure of a country girl in gingham apron
mlsmated stockings flapping shoes and
with her hair drawn fo tightly and smooth
ly from her forehead that her eyes looked
aslant like n Chinamans Two very queer
and vcrj prominent pigtails stuck out Irom
the back of her head
For n moniert she stood looking at the
audience in acant ejed open mouthed
wonder Then she giggled Jn a catchy
half frightened sort of way The audience
looked and looked and wondered in si
lence Tten she spoke
There aint no use in Coin nutbin for
nobody what wont do nutblu forjou
She giggled again Then the continued
Ye cant never make nutbin doin nuthin
for nobody for nuthin
The audience applauded and laughed at
Sis Hopkins that night the next morn
ing tb newspapers were full of the new
stage character Later Miss Melville went
Into vaudeville as Sl3 Hopkins and last
season she made her debut as a star in a
play written for her entitled Sis Hop
kins a pastoral comedy This season
Sis Hopkins has been rearranged and
the production is said to he new and up
to date
Tie opening number Is a novel first
par consisting of the entire company on
the stage at ono time An added attrac
tion secured at a considerable expense
is tho famous Tnkczawa Japs twelve in
number and reputed to be among the
greatest troupes of foreign performers
now in this country They Introduce a
double slide for life and other feats
equally marvelous Opcrtis Living Pic
tures direct from the Dewey Thea re
New York under the direction of Signor
Albert Opertl represent pictures from
the old masters and at the present time
are making one of the greatest sensations
in the burlesque world Miss Mildered De
Gray who will introduce her barefoot
dance is direct from a prominent New
York Theatre There will be a closing
burlesque entitled in Gay Paree in
which the entire company will appear
Ilnlejn Ilnnil Convert Ton 1Kb t
Mr Halsr Is one of the most progressive
musicians In the District and besides hav
ing under contract the 123 musicians who
will be required for the orchestra at the
inaugural ball ho has a large military
band over which he has wielded the baton
for a number of years This band to the
number of fifty members will give a con
cert at the National Theatre tonight
It 13 believed that the programme will
be so attractive as to induce a very large
attendance The soloists will be Miss
Lillian Sefton soprano and Mr Carlo3
M Uliviri clarinetist The concert will
be lu line with those that Mr Haley has
heretofore given and will contain not only
classical numbers but selections of the
lighter form which will catch the popular
The box office will be ODcn from 1
oclock today Seats In any part of the
house vvllf be 50 cents
Tlie Co I nm bin The IloKers Itrotliern
Visitors to Washington during the in
auguration week have a treat in store for
them in the amusement way as the Rogers
Bros In their latest and most successful
musical comedy entitled The Rogers
Brothers In Central Park will hold forth
at the Columbia Theatre during the week
The Rogers Bros success on the road
since leaving New York during the pres
ent season Is said to bae been quite
marvelous The company Is a very large
one containing no less than seventy peo
ple Rnd the cast Is claimed to be one of
the best that has ever been taken on the
road In a musical show
The management of the Columbia will
receive and book orders In the order In
which they nre received beginning to
morrow morjing
Antlonnl illcc lclMrn Oners
Inauguration week will be appropi lately
celebrated at the National Theatre by the
third annual visit to that playhousc of
the Alice Nielsen Opera Company pre
senting the two successful operas by Vic
tor Herbert The Singing Girl and The
Tortune Teller
Both these compositions have been heard
in Washington before but they were so
thoroughly enjojed and so liberally pa
tronized by local theatregoers that there
Is every reason to believe they will have
a repetition of the patronage during the
coming engagement Miss Nielsens or
ganization is unquestionably the largest
most thoroughly disciplined and most
capably cast light opera company in the
The Acndem On tin isiilnec
Stella Mayhews portraval of Aunt Lln
dy in On tho Suwance River Is described
as a first rank work of art It is pro
nounced a lifelike embodiment of the
devoted and affectionate old
Southern mammy abounding in felicitous
touches of original humor pervaded by a
spirit that gives it undeniable appearance
of reality
An entire new scenic outfit has been
provided for the present season of On
the Suv anee River which has been elab
orated ar1 beautified in every particular
The cast contains of last ears company
Fred Truesdell L Earl Atkinson Allan
II Bailey Harrison Stedman and Willow
Francis The engagement Is for one
week at the Academy of Music beginning
Monday March 4
Anltn Trncmnnn Lecture
Anita Trueman tho girl philosopher
presents a rare oratorical treat In her
lecture entitled The Modern Standard
of Greatness which she will deliver at
the National Theatre next Sunday night
Miss Trueman is a brilliant success as
a lecturer and the New York World
In speaking of her said-
Miss Trueman eighteen ears old heir
to philosophy of all ages besides being a
philosopher is a poet The New York
Herald speaking of Miss Trueman said
Shc is pretty with a roguish looi said
to be Platos reincarnation lectures off
hand on any subject and her audience Is
In touch with her soul
Ir Stnfliird on Mncbetb
It Is expected that a very large audi
ence will be orcscnt at Dr Staffords
lecture on Macbeth which he has been
requested to repeat The date selected Is
March 5 at i 30 oclock p m at tho
Lafayette Square Theatre The varied
range of humar passiors In Macbeth
make the great tragedy an exceptional
vehicle for the exercise of Dr Staffords
powers Many persons claim that it is the
finest of all of his admirable lectures
The White Rats strike Is the momen
tous topic that since Thursday has been
agitating as never before the Thespian
brotherhood vaudevillians of necessity
end legitimates through sympathy
The fight between this recently formed
and very powerful society of vaudeville
performers and the Vaudeville Managers
Association composed of the leading man
agojf of the East and West Is now to
quote both parties on in dead earnest
and Is to be fought to a finish All of the
houses In New- York City except Koster
Bials and Ton Pastors are embroiled
as aIo those In Providence Springfield
Worcester Albany Rochester anil Boston
and the other association theatres The
Rats promise that the striko will become
general involving every theatre employ
ing one of their order or any In smpathy
with It
On the other hand the managers make
the declaration that there Is no better
time than the present to meet the Issue
and as thy say to prove the value of
association unity They positively state
that all who have gone out of their the
atres on strike shall never return and
that they have foi felted the salaries duo
forlhe part of the week during which thoy
played They further allege that there are
more acta Idle today than can be accom
modated and In proof this assertion
after the first Inconvenience due to bslng
unprepared for the unexpected strike all
of the houses deserted by tho Rats wero
soon running with full bills and lo what
Is said to bo Just as large business and
in some Instances larger than ever be
fore tho rumpus was Inaugurated On tho
contrary the Rats are Jubilantly declar
ing that victory already perches upon their
binner and sayjthey propose to organize
road companies lo go on lour at once and
got up benefits to proMdo tho very neces
sary sinews of war The ill feeling that
has been engendere1 ly what Is very gen
erally regarded ds tile unfair methods em
ployed b the vaudaville performers In giv
ing no notice ofjheirpurpose to walk out
of the thcatres maybe seen In what Is
said by both shies Manager Keith who
is pernaps tho largest employer or vauuc
vllle talen In this country in discussing
the matter said
I have been very much worried over
this sudden turn of affairs for tho rea
son that I had always considered the
vaudevillians as my friends and I am
sure that I have always been theirs I
have alwas tried to do the best I could
for them and have reason to believe that
I have helped a great many
I make no threats but say confident
ly that I can go on presenting the same
clas3 vaudeville I have always given I
did not see the performance tonight but
Mr Albee declares it is as good as any
we have had in weeks and by no means
Inferior to the one we had last night
Mr George Fuller Golden the mono
logue entertainer who is generally re
puted to be the founder of the order and
who Is In addition Hh president sas
The demands of the order were lust
and equitable and they must be complied
with or no Rat will ever play in a Bndi
cate theatre
The 5 per cent commission must be
abolished said he The managsrs
agreed to do this two weeks ago and they
have not kept their agreement We know
they didnt agree as an association but
as individuals and It is their promise as
individuals we ask them to keep This is
not a movement of tho White Rats nlone
All vaudeville performers arc In It
Shall we stick Well I guess yes to the
bitter end We are sending out one com
pany of our own and we shall send out
more We shall have benefits too and
we can live as long as we please Its a
fight to the finish sure No give up on
our side anyway
That talk about our contracts Is ab
surd There was plenty of blank space
left in them and any equitable clause
that was omitted might have been written
in Theyre only trying to gain time And
we wont stand it
Mr P B Chase the manager of the
Grand In this city and the general secre
tary of the Vaudeville Managers Associa
tion and also proprietor of the Burke
Chase Vaudeville Company which suffered
by the defection of several of its stars
discussed the strike very freely He said
At every meeting of the Association
of Vaudeville Managers for the past three
months the question of abolishing the 5
per cent commission on the contracts of
performers has been discussed and as
all agencies have been dispensed with
since the formation of the association
and as the managers have been book
ing their acts direct with the artists
there has appeared to me no valid reason
or excuse for deducting this commission
At the last meeting of the Eastern branch
of the assuelatlon held In New York City
early this month I offered a resolution
which was adopted Jhat we recommend
at the regular meeting of the entire as
sociation to be heia on March 6 that
the commission clause be stricken from
oil contracts for engagements after the
first Monday In June This action was
not taken In response to any request or
demand of the society known as the
White Rats ljpr In pursuance of any
agreement with then but the members
of this society havo now determined not
to carry out their Jndlvidual contracts
with members oT theassociation and re
fuse to play our houses unless we abolish
commissions from this very date and
waive the matter of commissions In ex
isting contracts -
They go so far as to ask us to abrogatp
ell conJractHuVith their members Upon
our part we cannot repudiate nor permit
them to repudiate existing contracts and
it Is -and has been our idea that the com
mission clause which has been in exist
ence during the entire history of vaude
ville could not well be removed nor dis
pensed with before June
The White Rats further decree that
their Individual members shall not make
contracts with us through tue regular
channels with the manager itfpersan nor
at our regular New York booking office
but that they shall be made only through
the White Rats society at Its office In
New York City If is easily observable
that there Is no question of difference be
tween us as to salaries but It Is as to
the placo of booking and the time when
commissions shall cease We shall cer
tainly insist upon independence and tho
right to book our acts with whom nn1
where we please and we will play such
acts as please our audiences whether the
person engaged bo a White Rat White
Star White Mouse or a member of any
other organization
On Thursday of last week in order to
force the managers Into obedience every
member of the White Rats playing the
vaudeville houses of this country without
any notice whatever struck went off the
stage and walked out of the several
houses The very same day all places
were filled and the business went on as
usual It Is a matter of small moment
Indeed of very much less importance rnd
consequence than the public might be
lieve as there are over three thousand
acts in the business of which only six
hundred are members of this society I
am not opposed to the White Rats and
will book and play its members In the
regular way doing business through tho
regular channels but I do Insist as do
all my associates that we shall run cur
own business Independently claiming for
ourselves freedom from any bondage
1 have been overwhelmed since this
little trouble began with applications from
some splendid road combinations that wish
to book time with me during the balane
of this season and If I should find mjsclf
Inconvenienced In securing the very hist
of pclite vaudeville bills I shall play ft
my regular prices certain dramatic at
tractions In my theatres of such stindird
worth high merit character and repu
tation as will astonish theatregoers aid
create a revolution In prices of standird
theatre productions
Viewed from the standpoint of the disin
terested onlooker there can be but one re
sult to the contest and that is the ulti
mate but none the less decisive victory
for the managers who simply desire to
conduct their own business affairs as they
may sec fit Tho calling out of the actors
by the Impulsive andmistaken gentlemen
nt the head of thef White Rats without
first giving the managers an opportunity
to prove their sincerity in the matter of
doing away with thcT per cent commis
sion was certainly a Redded mistake and
one that will do more toward Influencing
the general public against the order than
anything else they might have done
Thcic can be no BCning the truth of
the claim of the men at the head of tho
theatres that UJcfe s and always has
been an over snppm of vaudeville acts
and that not morc Ulran one third of the
available performers are members of
the organization It Is also a well
known fact thati thelvaudovlllo actor Is
the best paid nfjemB of the theatrical
profession nnd qSccjves more money In a
single week for hia servlccs than does the
average bank cashier for a month of re
sponsible labor and the bank official is
popularly supposed to bi In possession of
an education and a fair share of Intelli
gence a claim that Is rarely made con
cerning a vaudeville actor The same
turns aro being fofstcd upon vaudeville
audiences this year that were popular a
decade ago and in only n very few In
stances have the Jokes or songs been al
tered Most vaudeville performers know no
such thing as Improving their entarlaln
ment and arc perfectly content to sing the
same songs and relate tho samo stories
Benson after season Even this year mon
ologists who scored emphatic successes
at Chases last ycaphavo relumed with
the identical material and have expressed
surprise that they have not received the
samo amount of praise that was accorded
them on tho occasion of their first ap
pearance here
The majority of tho members of tho
Wliito Rats arc players who might be very
well dropped from vaudeville programmes
nnd If the present difficulty has no othor
result than the accomplishment of this
end the fight between the players and the
managers will not have been without 3orae
good product so far as the long suffering
vaudeville audiences are concerned
Tho version of Camillo to bo presented
by tho Lafayette Stock Company this
week while essentially Dumas play has
been under the blue pencil of Walter
Clarke Bellows during the past week and
tomorrow night will see a production far
morn pleasing and up to into than the
original book Mr Beliews has inserted
much of his own stage business has
changed the ending of the first net nnd
hn3 eliminated many lines that did not
tend to the plays Improvement so that
tho Camille which the stock company
will show will be a different ono from and
In many respects an Improvement on
other versions heretofore given in Wash
The mot wliely discussed woman in
Washington last week was undoubtedly
Miss Irene Vanbrugh leading woman with
John Hare in The Gay Lord Quex The
stir which this play has created In the
atrical circles Is due In part to Arthur
Wing Plnero the author and past master
in the art of play construction The re
sponsibility for the rest lies with Mr
Hare Miss Vanbrugh and their associates
whose admlrabfe Interpretation of the
piece is beyond criticism In moral cir
cles It is safe to say Its effect has teen
little less than cyclonic for It is hardly
a play to which to send the children but
then the moral is not the objective point
Just now
The great third act has not been sur
passed by an thing ever seen here in the
matter of artistic dramatic Ingenuity Mr
Hares quiet handling of the scene and
Miss Vanbrughs Intense and powerful por
trayal of the woman at bay mark it as
one of the greatest and most artistically
conceived climaxes ever put into a play
America has been loath to leave Its own
hearthstone in search of additio is to its
gallery of artists but Miss Vanbrugh
saved that trouble by crossing the pond
on her own account and incidentally on
that of Mr Hare and coolly helped her
self to a conspicuous place In the esteem
of the American public Miss Vanbrugh
may now save herself the further bother
of asking a release for the deal Is closed
To a Times interviewer the other night
the actress expressed her delight at be
ing in America and then generously al
lowed the subject to be turned to her
This is not my first visit to AmerUa
I came over here four years ago with my
sister Violet Vanbrugh and her hus
band Mr Arthur Bourchier when they
made a starring tour of the United States
but then I was playing small parts and
since that time I have been hard at work
and now I hope that the good people of
America will not forget mo when I re
turn to England The part of Sophy
Fullgarney teems with possibilities and
while It is a great strain I love It- My
part In A Pair of Spectacles Is a very
small one for the play Is really Mr
Hares but the people in it are such a
delightful little party that I refused to
be kept out and so I play the wife Our
success in America has been phenomenal
Isnt It nice When one leaves home and
ones own people how glorious it is to be
welcomed into a strange country as we
have been in America
I believe this Is Mr Hares farewell
tour but I can assure you that you ire
not going to get rid of me for I am look
ing forward to many future visits to thij
country Shall I come as a star Well
thats hard to say You know we dont
star In London as you do In America rnd
I shall wait until I am fully convinced of
my capability before I attempt to sart
out for mjself In comparing London to
America I did so from a theatrical view
point In our dramatic world London Is
England If jou are a success in London
the provinces arc yours but over here
New York isnt America by any means
We have learned that each city has its
own independent Ideas as regards tho
theatre and so on all sides find that the
spirit of 76 is still the ruling one
I have been asked so many times If
I miss the demonstrations of applause
which the English audiences arc so ac
customed to manifest I must confess
that at first it seemed a little strange to
be received 30 quietly Tor a time I
thought They dont like me What must
I do to make them But after a while I
realized that it was the American custom
and now I rather like it I feel and un
derstand that the audiences are enjoying
the play In their own way and that is
Just what I should always want
Personally Miss Vanbrugh Is a typical
English girl rather splrituelle In appear
ance full of animation and of course the
English accent Is not missing Dramat
ically she Is an artist whom America will
always welcome with characteristic hos
In my mind the greatest task of a
dramatist is to successfully adapt a novel
to the stage sard Thomas E fchca to a
Times man during a wait In the perform
ance of The Voice of Nature at the
Academy last week The present epi
demic of book plays and the rather un
notable success of some of the number
makes this observation a little saper
fiuous but you will not mind that
Take for example the works of Dick
ens The cleverest characterizations In
English literature arc found in his novels
but there is such a mass of undramati
literature such a multiplicity of plots
and superabundance of detail that the
dramatist who assays to fit the stories for
the stag is undertaking a great proposi
tion A Talo of Two Cities begins with
coming back to life and not until the
middle of the story Is this peculiar shad
ing of gloom explained to the reader
It would be Impossible for one to ful
ly bring out this shading upon the stage
and the careful student of Dickens is dis
appointed with the dramatization no
matter how carefully and scholarly It
is made
The essence of dramatic construction
is unity of thought about one central
theme The essential is progression each
net building upon the other and each
stronger and more forceful than the last
Today I own the sole rights to nine plays
each of them excellent properties for
each possesses these cardinal principles
Four of the nine aro book plays et each
has been adapted to the stage by persons
fully cognizant of the needs of the realm
behind the footlights When the happy
period arrives when dramatist is also
novelist ou will have perfect book plays
and not until then Tho model for dra
matic construction is Hamlet the first
act of which will probably ever remain as
the firmest dramatic foundation ever laid
About my plans Well nothing In par
ticular I propose playing popular priced
houses for a while Had Marie Corelii
consented to my proposed alterations in
her dramatization of Barabas I would
now be In the higher priced houses but
like most authors she bad her own pe
culiar ideas and declined to change a line
or situation So the deal was declared
An astonishingly low scale of summer
prl es has been adopted by Manager Chase
for the New- Grand At the dally miti
nees the balcony will be 10 cents the or
chestra circle 15 cents ind the orchestra
I 20 cents and at night 25 cents will buy a
seat an where in the house All seats
will as usual be reservd
Mr Chase has cancluded to abandon tho
comic open feature and Instead will stick
to polite vaudeville He states that the
style of entertainment while equally as
refined as his winter bills will be Dpical
roof girden vaudeville by which he
means the programmes will be more
breezy and less serious He believes he
knows Just what is wanted for summer
diversion as lie Ins been successful for
ears in operating Lake Hiawatha Park at
Mount Vernon Ohio It Is his purpose to
put the Grand In complcto summer dress
making the decorations and hangings as
slst the great electric fans in making tho
interior invitngly cool and cheering
Handsome Japanese screens will cover
tho open doors windows and exits and
the iron landings on the west side of tho
theatre will bo similarly enclosed with
lanterns hanging overhead and green vines
and running plants filling every nook In
side and outside the house
James A Mahoney of Washington cre
ated a very favorable Impression last week
when he appeared with the Lafayette Stock
fompany In their production of Cyrano
do Bergcrac
Mr Mahoney was a member of the old
Lawrence Barrett Club of this city which
gave Wilton Lnckaye Charles B Han
ford tnil many others to the native stage
and since then has played with many of
the countrys notable stars He was In
Lottas support for a long time and played
an Important part with Nell Burgess A
County Fair during Its memorable New
York run
Washington is always glad to welcome
back Its own and it is hoped that Mr Ma
honey may be seen in he Lafactte com
panys future productions
James A Heine and William Gillctto
are the two ffest representative Amer
ican actor playwrights and both buve
had some remarkable successes
Mr Heme was born in Troy N
Y on February 1 1840 and has
been on the stage for over forty years
Ills first appearance was made at the
Adelphl Theatre Troy In 1S3D as George
Shelby In Uncle Tom a Cabin He re
mained In his native city for two seasons
and then went to Baltimore where he
plaed In a stock company nt the Holi
day Street Theatre for three years Dur
ing that time he delivered tho address at
the opening of Fords Theatre on Tenth
Street In this city In which jresident
Lincoln was afterward assassinated After
leaving the Baltimore company he trav
eled as leading man with the beautiful
Susan Denning and then went to Cali
fornia as did all the best Eastern actors
As long ago as 1S65 Mr Heme man
aged a theatre in New York the Grand
Optra Houe
Mr Hemes first great success was
Hearts of Oak which was brought out
in San Tranclsco In 1S78 It had a won
derful vogue of ten or twelve years and
earned a fortune for the author and only
last season was successfully revived and
taken on the road Mr Heme describes
it as a melodrama without a villain HI
second play was The Minute Man pro
duced In Philadelphia In 1S3 He lost
considerable money on this and finally
Drifting Apart a play first presented In
New York and from which Mr Heme ex
pected much completely ruined him finan
cially In 1SSS he produced In Chlckerlng
Hall In Boston n serioas drama which
proved to be the forerunner of the prob
lem play The work was a little in ad
vance of its time though it barely missed
being a success
In 1E31 Mr Heme entered Into nego
tiations with the late J H McVIckcr for
the production of a new play which Mr
Heme called The Hawthornes Mr
Heme was a poor man disappointed and
thoroughly disheartened for ho had been
long trying to find some one with money
and influence who would Interest himself
in this play Mr McVicker wanted a
spring attraction for his theatre and he
nas charmed with the work e rechris
tened it Shore Acres Subdivision and
under that title it was first produced at
McVIckcrs Theatre Chicago on May 23
1892 The production attracted but little
attention and the play was accounted a
failure only one critic predicting a great
popular bucccss fcr It After a week of
poor business the play was renamed the
luitu uuci uuwc at uui 111c tudiot
performances which was remarkable for
Boston Mr Ticld believing that It wns
merely a local hit sold his Interest in he
play to Henry C Miner for 1500 anil that
astute manager is known to have cleared
J330CO as his share of the following rea
sons profits
Shore Acres was acted by Mr Heme
all over the country until his made his
production of Griffith Davenport
which b the way received its first pre
sentation on an stage in this city nearly
two years ago
Sag Harbor followed Rev Griffith
Davenport and has proven so far to hive
been the greatest success that Mr Hcrna
has yet achieved and the critics In all ths
cities in which the play has been pre
sented claim it is a better play than
Shore Acres which is saying a great
Chases New Grand will be open next
Sunday night for tho accommodation of
Inauguration visitors Mr Chase has pre
pared a splendid musical programme
headed by Delia Fox the comic opera
prima donna together with tho famous
United States Marine Band In full uni
form supplemented by the biograph mov
ing picturo scenes and other high class
musical artists providing a generous
quota of melody
Rose Melville the clever young star
whoso quaint characterization of El3
Hopkins the Hocslcr girl who dont
see no sense in doin nuthin for nobdy
whit wont do nuthin for you has
brought her not a little fame and for
tune is an native of Indiana and made
her studies from life
I was a preachers daughter you
know sas the joung comedienne and
as a child I often accompanied my father
over the circuit when he held protracted
meetings Of course the larger propor
tion of attendants at theso meetings
most becoming and volunteered to placn
It at a more fetching angle During this
process I made a careful note of tha
shadeii and textures of the remainder of
her costume and I have practically repro
duced It exactly although some portions
of tho outfit are obsolete and I havn
them manufactured expressly for Sis Hop
The Western critics are sttil in arms
nnent Mr Solherns Hamlet The latest
controversy was started by the Toledo
Blade whoso dramatic writir cham
pioned Mr Solherns ambitious effort A
correspondent accused Mr Sothcrn of
being inspired by financial greed am not
by the sublimity of Shakespeares master
piece Arnrently to the correspondent
mind a crowded theatre and an enthusi
astic audience aro not consistent with true
art It iera unusual that Hamlet
should meet with such prosperous box of
fice results
Despite the arguments pro and con Mr
Sothcrns presentation is still meeting
with brilliant success and his week In
Cleveland closed to bigger receipts thin
he experienced In the Zenda days and
the opening last week In Toronto was to
standing room only while tbo advance sole
In Buffalo for the latter part of tha wek
means playing to the capacity This Is
certainly wonderful business for Shakes
pearean drama but Mr Solherns produc
tion of Hamlet Is an eventful one It
seems to appeal to every kind of theatre
goer perforce of Its modern treatment the
clear and forceful reading and the ex
cellent company MIsj Harneds Ophelia
has also aroused considerable discussion
It Is well that so much interest has been
taken In a Shakespearean revival for It
proves the performance Is worthy of It
Box office encouragement is the legitimate
encouragement for art
Tho latest book to see life behind tho
footlights Is To Have and to Hold
which in Its dramatized form was pre
sented for the first time at Baltimore lar
Monday night and according to all re
ports at hand scored a very substantial
success as might be presupposed owing
to the great popularity of the book Tho
stage version of the Johnston stcry was
made by Mr Ernest F Boddingtcn a for
mer Brooklyn dramatic critic At least
the prograrami credits Mr Boddlngton
with the work although Mr Edward E
Rose had a hand In the tinkering and to
him is undoubtedly due a great share of
whatever success the play may attain
The Initial performance was a great
event In Baltimores theatrical history
and attracted an unusually large number
of well known managers and critics from
New York Miss Johnston the author
was expect J lo be present but was de
tained at Birmingham Ala where she 3
at work on a new novel which she could
not leave at the time
According to Acton Davlcs To Have
t and to Hold as a play Is a rather wab
bly affair a thing of shreds and patche3
in its earlier scenes but it Is eventually
saved by a fine last act This act fairly
atones for all the earlier sins of omis
sion and commission It seems to be the
fashion of all these latter day be ok
dramatizers to stray as far away from
the work they are supposed to be drama
tizing as possible In some particulars
Mr Boddingtcn follows the tradition of
01 title ulil not draw- any larger audince3 the cult His first act however is a
and at the end of the third week the I fairly faithful transcription of the book
drama was withdrawn and ether plays In
the Heme repertorlc substituted
When the season closed the actor
dramatist came East and began hie strug
gle all over again Every prominent
manager was either visited or written to
but none would consent to put money
Into a play that had proved a failure In
the end Mr Herne had to give It up nnd
The sale of the Knellsn maids gave a
chance for a charming setting and after
the marriage of Percy and Jocelyn the
plot is led by some charming tableaux
This act Is thoroughly interesting The
sale of the maids is conducted a little
too much after the manner of comic
opera but with that exception the stage
management was admirable The second
accept -a engagement In a New ork pro j act shows the exterior of the fort at
duction About this time R M Field the 1 Jamestown and Lord Caroals arrival
manager of tho Boston Museum Stock He captures Jooelvn but Percy pa5ca
Company needed a new play and sent his himself off as the Governor of Virginia
stage manager Edward E Rcse who has and carries the girl off under Carnals
since become prominent as a drama Iter nose b a clever ruse The first scene of
of popular novels to see Mr Heme Mr I the third act passes In the old watch
Rose heard the play read aud his report house and after Carnal has captured tho
convinced Mr Field of ita merits heroine again Jeremy climbs to the res
cordingly arrangements were con luded cue through a trap door and Percy
for a Boston production which toook dace Jocelyn and the preacher make another
at the Boston Museum The succesi of escape through the cellar exit
Shore Acres was pronounced and It Conventional as this scene was it
scored a run of one hundred nnd fourteen ramrht thi hoise and th aDrlau3e was
Just beginning when a curious thing hap
pened The scene changed quickly to the
open sea with the refugees all huddled
together in a tiny beat Another quick
change showed Fercy Jeremy and Jocelyn
on the pirate ship This was a most elab
orate set which must have cost piles of
money and weeks of preparation But
the curtain fell on that third act In si
There wasnt even a hand In plain
English the act had teen killed by can
vas The audience wa3 happy as long as
It got acticn but It absolutely balked at
the Interpolated scenic effects Not a lino
that Is spoken In these two sea scenes
can be head by the audience and the play
would be strengthened Infintcly If they
were both cut out There are three scenes
in the final act The hold of the ship
where Percy and Jeremy are prisoners
and break their bonds the cabin where
a somewhat butchered but still veryef
fecttve rendering of Miss Johnstons great
trial scene talcs place and then the deck
of the ship with all sails set and a charm
ing littls love scene between husband and
wife while by a clever panoramic effect
the ship skims over a moonlit sea This
scene sealed the fate of To Have and To
Hold irrevocably In rpite of its short
comings this play will prove a great pop
ular success
The principal parts were assumed with
not a little success by Miss Isabel Irving
as JoceIn Leigh Robert Lorraine an
English actor imported especially for tho
production as Ralph Percy and Charles
Wolcott as Jeremy Sparrow
The dramatization of Judge Robert
Grants novel Unleavened Bread which
was presented in New York City a few
weeks ago with considerable success 13
headed toward Washington and is sched
uled for an early production at the
whlch were held In rather cut of the way ba Theatre The piece was interrupted
daces were neoDlo from the back I during what promised to be a profitable
tricl3 who seldom emerged from their
seclusion and whese attire was as you
may Imagine far from theVUost mode
Being a girl and from the city I was nit
urally struck with the queer get up of
many of the children with whom I
played while the grown folks were oc
cupied at their devotions and hiving a
fine sense of the ridiculous would de
scribe to my older sisters on my return
metropolitan engagement by the financial
difficulties of the manager of the Savoy
Theatre where the riece was presented
and It was impossible to secure another
Gotham pla house at the time
Miss Eleanor Robson who was seen in
Arizora at the Lafaette last season
Is seen to great advantage In Unleavened
Bread and is credited with making
one of the most emphatic hlt3 of her very
Tnn unm of tho fnnnv iletntis of tho 1 successiui career uesiues juss uooson
costumes which I had seen At ihat time I o piece will Introduce to local amuse
nothing was further from my mind thin seekers a numb r of capable and ex
perienced phyers who should give a very
a stage career and tho thought of using
these uueerlv dressed gawky c r s as s Vtuuauic
models for a character creation neer oc
curred to me
Later however I determined to try
my fortune behind the footlights and had
to run away from home to do It but that
Is another story- However In casting
about for something original in the line
of an American type I recalled the amuse
ment which I had personally found In a
contemplation of the Hoosler country
girls and straightway set about devolving
a make up from memories of probably a
score of my childhoods pla mates I had
been on the stage for some jcars how
ever and had placd about everything
Harry Corson Clarke who wns a mem
ber of fie Frawley Stock Cimpany at the
Columbia two seasons ago has met with
a great leal of success in the Northwest
this year In a comedy entitled What Did
Tompkins Do There are no Iati re
ports as to th experiences of Mr Tomp
kins but Mr Clarke claims to hive playpil
to capacity audlns In man ot the cities
In which he has appeared
At present the clevr comedian who ha
a decided penchant for old men roles s
endeavoring to secure a New York the
atre slmolv to prove that there are a fevv
from Finchon to Tonsv when nulte bv f Kd actors who are unknown to Broad-
accident I saw one day an almost perfect waJ Encl ne ls one 01 me iiumDer
prototjpe of this much talked of 31s It
was In Washington Ind that this maid
In question burst upon my vision first
seated in a home made vvagoadrawn by
a half grown steer and later In a general
store whcio she had gone to mike some
additions to her very remarkable ward
It was with difficulty that I kejit my
face in a state of respectable sob mess
while the girl was making her selection
from a pile of gingham sunbonnets that
the shopkeeper was showing her but when
she removed the old one and dlsplicd a
pair of stiff braids which stood at almost
an cutc angle from her bold I made no
further attempt to restrain my risibili
ties but laughed outright The girl and
her paw who was assisting in the selec
tion remained unconscious of the cau3c
ot my merriment for tho maiden turned
tonaid mo with a simper almost of apol
ogy as she pressed a particularly bright
colored sunbonnet down over the pigtails
and said rather at mo than to ne Llko
It I promptly answered that It v as
There is every likelihood that If the Tomp
kins play Is ot anv real merit and the
metropolitan openif eventu
ate3 Mr Clarko will be written down in
the theatric il history of th year as an
other of he hitherto nlmnst actors
who have impressed Golhamites with their
actual merits
Washington measured Mr Clark sev
eral ears ago and decided that he was
uncommonly clever and cnly needed an
opportunity to dmonstrato his worth
Now the effervescent young women of
the chorus and tho volatile foibrcitrs have
hindpd together for mutual benffit and the
furtherance of what thev an peased to
trm their art will henoforlh be
known as the White Mico although thev
have n v affiliation with the White Rits
the vaudrIIt performers society The
name of CcrNf Rodents Is still at the dis
posal cf the rstimible ladies of the stage
whu ii ur reH givvns nnd flash Jewelr
ind bi a 1 t l their pasts whenever they
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