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In The. Heir to the Hoorah." playing
at the Columbia/this week.. Is a" Jap*
«nese .actor who- assumes the role of a
Japanese valet.- Hush. His name is
Tamamoto; his place- with the best of
the cast. I saw" him on Monday irighf
followed : him through two acts and*
then wondered If -Mr. Tamambtb were
really valet to Guy Bates Post— a Jap
anese valet, fey himself, 1 as they manage
it in "Scotty." The illusion was perfect.
You world have given -him your hat
and gloves if you had met him in the
desert; you.. would- have taken him ''on
his- race" at any employment office' And
; . then, of course. I discovered that Tama
: iuoto ; fs a very, clever actor; a ' very
clever actor ;indeed.. Just how ? clever
the role, .of course, offers but slight op
portunity t« discover, as .he. quaintly
•claims himself, but there is na more
.flexible, adroit, -spontaneous work-done
by any member of the company of "The
. Heir to the.Hoorah"'than by ; Tama
:\u25a0 m0t0..-'. • " ' .\u25a0['• •• \u25a0„•••:'.' • •
\u25a0 I wondered what he thought of It all
\u25a0•of.. "The Heir to the<Hobrah",as:'art. of
.occidental. acting, of himself in- relation
\u25a0to the American stage end such. I won
dered <i-hBt his stage manager thought
: of . bim. wondered, if Hush, "the- valet,
were by chance only a phenomenally
clever. parroting .of a stage manager's
. id.en. a mere product of the Japanese
•ygenius of • Imitation. -' : ~i
:\u25a0:\u25a0 .'. Mr. Bro w-er took me behind the scenes
to find out.- Robert, Brower,- who has
managed more famous people ' than
«yen one's grandmother. could mention.
r The old gentleman was • gently' com-
(this was Tuesday night) that
they had .had to came all the way to
San Francisco to find -out -that "The
Heir is a bad- play. He told me tjf its
triumphs In Xew Yorlcof iti victories
upon tbe road, ana then- of his 'grieved
surprise at its reception here. "It's not a
great play." he owned," "but it is
wholesome and' amusing and a 'pretty
good plaj,' on tho whole."
; so think. 1.. 1 told him; and" then we
. came . upon Mr.' Tamamoto, pouring
out the "cocktails." the, nrst of the sec
,: ond act. He met, my request for an in
terview much as,, he might have met
- \u25a0*.'*, request for »• chair — which, cour
,. te'oysly, he* immediately set for -me sin
• -.the . mimic- dining-room, just out of
eight of the audience.'
V.— Whisky?" I asked. te begin* things.
'\u25a0\u25a0nodding' af the" glasses. "Tea," Mr.
\u25a0 Tamamoto confessed- Then h& ex
. plained, We used to have champagne,
:. but on these one-night stands you can
\u25a0\u25a0-: hot always purchase it." « •
"These one-night stands!" not an
.. actor of them -all could have said it
\u25a0'•''more accustomedly.'
'•_. .\u25a0' "You have been long with the com
' pany?" I Queried. \ .
•i/"I was" (with precise pride 'this)
'."one of the.origtnalcastl"
,\u25a0>'.. "And before" that. Mr. Tamamoto?"
"-\u25a0;:'• ''"I 'was in the commercial business
'--•"pardon me."
. \u25a0 He had had one ear on his cue, and
.-'.now glided to the open door'with the
.tray of cocktails, ready, smiling; alert,
s '.the valet perfect. He came back just
Vj-a* -.coolly to the business, of the Inter
. view. It -was so. throughout. Off or on,
!-',lifce~a bit of. syncopated accompanl
; rneht, . the." . valet jumps in and out
/through the -«cene, his "Yes, sir,"
.'..'\u25a0••'Xo, sir." filling m like a bit of animate
.\u25a0mortar. The part is like those grand
: opera' bits, never noticed unless -they
• are badly done; all work and no glory —
\u25a0'.., and % hard work. But like clockwork .in
j-.its rhythm, \u25a0 and like anything but'
"^clockwork in its spontaneity, "was Ta
• 3nam'ot6*S"valet, ; and as instantly be
, *ween bits 'he- was at my side, without
:.. a' ruffle to his 'name. -' lt was a repose
-./'Nap'oleonic. ' " •. •
•'\u25a0\u25a0_\u25a0"-;; He resumed: "I was -in the obmmer
•r:cTal iusiness before this — " •'•
-.- : . "Is it possible that* you never acted
-.'.before?" -I exclaimed. •
-'-'."Ph. yes." Tamamoto replied, "I was
:'-ln -:t'he dramatic business at home, be
..•J&reVl came 'to America," , . *
-.. /Now we were getting at it. But why
'\u25a0•had "Mr. "Tamamoto chosen then r to try
Vjfor American instead of Japanese stage
;. -laurels? . ' .
.. ; Mt. Xamamoto explained it: "This '
\u25a0.country Is very much, easy 'for actors
'. than my country. Here one can' be star
• in' a. f few years.. There one must work
\u25a0-.•for many, .many years before he can be
' : . accounted anything.* A Japanese actor
."^has. to be able to play anything — com
?-'tdy, tragedy, all roles. . Then.
. he/ must have Ability also to "play fe- i
y .Triitle' roles — it is hard to- be great .actor
.- -Iri -Japan." . . . • ' ;
/ "' ••A-nd what did you play, there, Mr.
.'• Tamainotb?" ': . ; -*V«: \u25a0.'."'.\u25a0 \u25a0-\u25a0*• "'} r! :
>: r"Traredy, ' comedy, both." Tamamoto
.-\u25a0\u25a0\u25a0• *ia.Mj-. • "I have done all kind 'of work
;!:tlic : re."".,, . , ' \u25a0 .' . *
';.'.••. -""Do you find that the ..Japanese dra
•••\u25a0'.. jhatic schooling helps you in the', occi
:. •jje.hial drama'?'*. ".
\u25a0•\u25a0;-•\u25a0" "On. -ye?,"' the Jap'an.ese said — and
;.'!'-Oh,. yc-s,"-;is his most e*xpres
''slon. ' "I" .haven't had the honor to
\u25a0V^uidy in America at all."
; -..'"Then the 'Japanese teach acflng in
;.'the same way tjiat it is taught here?"
.V. '-'Oh, • yes," * the actor emphasized
.again. "But we must. Study more there
..than her*'. # We have- first to learn to
.'.dance, and to* move hands and 'feet dis
gracefully — gracefully. They will not
• '•Ryei> let ypu go on the stage until you
=:"hkve learned. Not even amaleurs. No
. matter how. Intelligent one is, one has
to to .througti with this first. And
t^en, on'the* stage, under the master's
*.•«,' one learns to act." . \u25a0
' ; "And every, actor jnu.st learn every
Icijjd of part — but sujely there are
: .comedians too.riv and others -born to
.'tragedy, in* Japan Just as with us?" •
.': °""Qh, yes,*", and Tamamoto explained
that: , "If one -is most -fit for it- he will
\u25a0get the comedy or tragedy part, but he"
•." # Did you "ever hear. of an exhibition of
'•rejected canvases? " .
• Neither did L put xny 'word for It, It
* wnuld be tremendously fnteresting— to the
public, if n»t to the bruised and bleeding,
artists. And I.'ll stake my new Easter
" Milan that a second Jury would vindicate,
the value of a good naif of the" discarded
' cifnvases. and. throw out a good- half of
those accepted.
* To be sure "there are always pictures in
'. an exhlbitiQnthat are head and shoulders
over the mass. And if the canvases them
• eelv<s are not, the appended names are —
Shakespeare notwithstanding.
. • With this class of work, the Jury feels
. 'but.gmall necessity for. scrutiny— Keiths
. are Keiths, Matthews* are Matthews,
"Peter/" are Peters, and of course they
I «o in without question— and usually de
servedly. * . •
But it is with the great bulk of the
.' middle-class pictures— and incidentally un
'- familiar names— that the* Jury "gets balled
, up. 'And; here's where . the; trouble •be
gins—the differentiation between the ac
, *,ceplable and the non-acceptable. .
,Now, since" th,ere is no absolutism in art,
lio. definite yardstick of requirements, . ft
easy to. see that personality Is going. to
A^* a big factor in deciding, the . fate of
Whose middle-class, pictures— personality
*%nd— well, what's the use in hesitating to
«ay the truth?— friendship and often reci-
Pprocity. .
In the current spring exhibition four
a rtists out <jf the five that ; composed the
.Jury. were competitors— a customary bift
« • * •
must "know how to do ajl kinds of parts',
and sometimes will 'have to do bther
than his specialty.". - \u25a0 \u25a0\u25a0
"And when does the actor become a
star in Japan?"
." "Not for long time"—^thls with a rare
.laugh — "but one acts there under a
Danjuro. pPrr r Kokoro for many years.-
Then, If those actors approve" you they
give you •&. diploma and ydu are a star.
They give a.lso. and ''this is —a great
"onor, their honorable name , to 'you.'
( DanJuro has .been for hundreds of
>;eers great actors' name' in Japah."
"Hush!" -fromtthe stage. : ;
The -next moment I heard the bright,
shallow, metallic .voice saying to the
intruding- butler: . , •' . \u25a0 \u25a0
. "You get. out of hsre," the Jaugh-ter
fojlowing, and then the noise of the
butler's supposed, .tumble -.-downstairs
after the valet's" application of Jiu
.jitßU. *. . . • ..
• "Like a- graveyard out there," g^um
bfed the butler, as he shot through the
dtvor, and he ought to know something
of audiences — Harry Rich?; confrere of
McCullough, Booth and almost every
famous actor of -the ! American stage.
"Was that • real Jiu-jitsu?" I asked
Tamamoto as he rejoined me. ' (
"Yes," he smiled,.- "but I used not
much force. \u25a0 It" -is, '..'in cases of ' emer
gency, very useful."
'And then I asked the actor as to his
own artistic predilections.
"I like best tragedy," he informed me;
"of course. I haven't any part here .'(!):
there is no chance for any one to show
•their ability, here: Iplay the part just
a* manifestly unfair and unwise provision; r
and an, arrangement permitted in no other;
sort of competition, save in art But why
in art? Are there not. competent men out
side of competitors who could be prevailed
upon to serve as Jurors?
' Perhaps' the verdict of the disinterested
men would be the same as ; the verdict of
the self-judging. Jurors, but it would ? at
least carry with it a saner sense of
Justice. It would\ at. least ' relieve the ex
hibitors from the\suspic|on o.f practicing
reclprocity-7-the "ytu be good to me and
I'll be good to you'^stors'. >
That such words are spoken among
men of honor Is-,, of\ course, unthinkable.
But that such ; thoughts V are uncon
sciously communicated is human, merely
human— and therefore^ the injustice of. a
self-Judging jury,' not to mention the su
preme Indelicacy, of it ! \ ' <:
But, to got back to the exhibition of re
jected canvasc?. a private view f of some
of them, seen ' before thi opening of the
exhibition,;sent my. ideaH| askyward of
what the display .would be.,
\u25a0\u25a0=. To be sure, : there weie unthinkable
things among the ''Junk,'.' but some that
b«ld unquestioned ' qfaality tend no ; small
degree of personality/and 'general; worth.
"Ah!"'th*ought I, '.'this Jury musthave
'struck oil' in 7 , the . entries, \o have ' re
jected some of these." \ . " •"../;
And then the exhibition ppenid— with its
promises not wholly , fulfilled."- ...V :'-' :
Of the splendid : things ."on / thV walls,; l
have spoken luxuriojusly ; of . tae middle
class work, .with: comment; ;of \the ': bad
things— and there are some thiass : that
\u25a0straight Japanese- — of course, politeness
is natuce .to; Japanese"— as^he . might
hav.e said sjant'<ey'esi /. "It is only to be
oneself, to play this. ' . I - like mucht bet
ter my last part."- .- • \u25a0 • -. \u25a0. . r
"This is not -the, ; flrst : part^ you ' have
played iv, America?" \u25a0- -. . . • ';.
"Oh, no," I Were . Tamamoto's clearest
of black'eyes a little reproachful? "No,"
he continued, VI played Mn 'Th.c- White
Tigress of.; Japan.' - It^was -there.Mr.- La..
Shel.le sa*w me arid engaged me for .'The
Heir.' *• 1. liked 'mirch - that;. part. 1 1 was
Japanese spy —^l killed half a -dozen
Russians : everyjnlghM"; Tamamoto's
enjoyment of ; this/ was; 'very . palpable.
"It ' was' a,play ; of \u25a0 the war,- of, course,
and .very exciting. 'V,' /: .'c > ', ,'j \u0084 .
"Were there^ other Japanese actors
in the cast?'.' I asked* him. .' :
"No, - 1 \u25a0 was : the ; ' b-nly > one;" Japanese,
and,". Mr. Tamamoto's smile/ included
me 'as •> a ".journalistic 1 ", representative,'
"therefore ;I ; had." the '•• honor \ to* receive
many good notices.fromithe^presses."
"Did you like the : play?"J I asked, j I
knew "The - White - Tigress '\u25a0, of Japan" to
be all-its; title paints^it. •" " •
Tamamoto! did- like ' it. ,"It; haa ' a nice
part .for me," .-he lpTits';it/v» quite, occi
dentally., He : likes .."The; Heir to .the
Hoorah.".. Ho declined :to; commit 'him
self-as to other plays-^—just^why,' l don't
know. -He' declined 'to commit himself
as to • that . fascinating /quantity, -the
American: actress. '• One of his jjeneral-;
-izatlons as to : plays' ls:* "Any play must
end -in « harmony • to satisfy 'the au
dience." SlrHenry Irvlng'he acknowl-
'_ are bad \ as: the - worst|of j,thV : vjiank"— i
have purposely.. ramalned j silent,-. believing
that one misses thejoy'of . life by;scoop
ing around! for bad things, and taints 'the
Joy of "others.- . :.- '. '•' \u25a0'\u25a0\u25a0\u25a0''\u25a0
Why note! the dead dog in the" Illy pond?.
However,';by comparing. the, "junk". with
some ;' of \u25a0\u25a0 the i accepted ." canvases— notably
some '.of: fhe portraits 'and portrait stud
ies—l .cannot suppress Vthe't desire to see
a" frankiand 'open" exhibition *of, J the 're
jected pictures'. • ' \
It would be ' tremendous ; fun— and Vit
might effect a needed reform. ' " .
. AVould ;j; j the 2 rejected ; artists "„ have sand
enough to do it? I'd like to help, just for
j. Santa v ßarbara, -^ with . .Its '; Andalusian
sky and : sapphire ' sea ; - Its '.\u25a0 furrowed '
canyons draped » fti ;• chaparral ; i ts ' \u25a0 oak
studded 1 fields ateem ; with blue'
andgold; its gray;old:mlsslon,';c'mbattled :
and -turreted,-" freighted, full; with?: sweet
romance and j rosy; reveries— these I are' lur
ing." the • painter : folks to , its ?sof tYcaresses's
It's Santa Barbara now77if.lt isn't 5 Parish
'-'lAmongI Among the ' things ' to ; happen' in ~- the Tart
colony; there is 'the Charles ' Rollo -Peter 3.
exhibition,; planned" to" taker-, precedence
over ! May '' affairs.'r. : \:~"'t':- \u25a0\u25a0\u25a0'';••
Wa;ter ' Pritchard ' is ' there, the \u25a0interest
ing young^ Irishman"! with?' his. scintillant
Tahitian; dreams- to'iba :translated?to?can
vas.;; So,', too" is H;; J.: Breuer.^wholis'held'
In thrall by the: splendor 'of ; the T oaks \u25a0 that'
stud' the .vales, and 'canyons. V y .'
-\u25a0 . .\u25a0• .-; •;; ;• \u25a0\u25a0:. ;•""\u25a0* *\u25a0?'• \u25a0\u25a0'
There is not in San Franclsco--grad-' >
edges as - his , Ideal s-player.'of . the Occi-;
dent, - ; Danjuro,'' .v.Mans
fi.eld's acting^'he.'dld'notiremember well
enough to .".be ;.entitled*toVdellver any.
opinion!" - The. Japanese ;idea.rr of r act
'fng he declares]to;be".the.' "natural act-;
ing; - if' always { looks ?badt. to • "put on.'
Of course,^ on . the ;stage,'. things j must be
exaggerated a* little', to";look. natural."': f,
; Of -what career /lies open 'to; the Jap
anese actor upon^ ; : the \u25a0A'merlcan '. stage
we 'talked them. -this; conn cciion:l
mentioned "The Geisha.""; ; fvi"
''I. am r, not -much- interested iin, the
musical, comedies,"^ Mr. Tamamoto re
buked;me.with.v: .':;." : ' ? ' . : ; v
• ' "But .what is 'there open . tolthe ' Jap
an ese'- player?".- 1 asked-. .•;; \u25a0
"I have thought V long, of -lit,": said
Tamamoto/ very .soberly,- shaking his
head .until,. each;, hair/; glistened _ like
black glass." Quaintly he went*oh"then:;
"I admlt-I;could;play any kind<of ipart.
I' am. not: vain, ;but:,l know." But^there
are no \u25a0 parts ! ; f If ; it is -an . lrish part? I
ually -becoming '; an :• art " center-^a fe morel
beauti ful ] s tudio/ than < the s new/ atelier ; of \u25a0
Jules f Mersfeld^er, 'who has '\u25a0' found . In « the
.drawing-room 'of the r old > Ralston man
sion,^ 1222 tPine ? street,"; an " ideal l,"environ
ment for his art, treasures. \v ; ; - ;;\u25a0 ' ; ;
The great pier, mirrors in this' wonderful
old H House^ of ..Mirrors, with \ its i. palatial
proporMons, ; give jan * imposing, setting^ for
bronzes, "drapes/i pictures ; and; rugs; y And
it; Is," .with ; the -possible ; exception : of ,*Ame
dee Joulliri's studio, 3 - more nearlyja^ Paris-^
ian' w'orkshdpUhan iarty/of v the 'men^palnt-'
ers'. hereabouts possess. . \u25a0• \u0084 ~y:~ y : [. -\ ; ~; : . '
: , Here'; in j his ; new and,', by. . the
way, *it i was here \u25a0 In' his new. quarters , that
his much-heralded St/ Lbujs; Fair ,' medal
arriytd— -Mr. 1 . Mersf elder \u2666 has ,'setS to'^work
upohl a J big collection: ?.This ; is : to s be com-;
pleted some^, time in: the; fallr; when'; he^wlll
take ' the I town \ by,., storm^-justf asj he X did :
.with^ the - gre'at '< canvas iof * VThe -;Oaks.','i
now. In* the . H. -E. Huntington collection. -J.
'- : T Mr.'."Mersfelder'si; twenty C years', 'yresl-'
dence Mnr.NewjYork— a ..faricryf from",,the
/.West ! ln, matters, of art^brought' him ;back
something :of 7 a^' stranger .to • the i younger
art -lovers." i Buti Ills? record f with-; the! So-;
ciety '; of ? American { Artists,^ where ; he ;ex-{
hibited every, year twith distinction,- ts suf-;
.flcieht '\u25a0:• guarantee^ 'oil the*' worth ",;} of ;the
forthcoming ; collection.' % Both; as ai technl-'
cianl and'jaaian'.i lnterpreter 'of -soul-, and
"spirit ; he~:h£s ; wonihis laurels; - , ;\u25a0\u25a0•\u25a0? >
;;, Mr.l Mersfelder,\|ikeiihost : of the i paint
ers,'; liblds ; Saturday^ af terhoon j aVreception
day,; when , he: serves ) &S cup *of / Ceylon ; of
speclalibrew— for .you and all good, friends
'do not perhaps look it, and they would
not let: me.t ry."/ ; . "
. V\Vhy not V write, something yourself,
for \u25a0yourself?",) . . .
I V'l ' have .written a. sketch for vaude
ville,'/ • he_ announced; ;.- "Many managers
have ;" expressed wish to .put /me on -if
\u25a0have a play. Vl wait for on err-you write
one 'and. it dwill' opportunity for both!"
V"What:about^the love Interest?" I
asked. -"Must I make the pretty Amer
ican girl": fall in love with your*
' • Soberly \u25a0\u25a0) -Mr. : Tamamoto,:Baid "that
would r be nice," but .afterward agreed
\u25a0with'-me r .that It might not "appeal" "to
the American: audience. .
;; They -wete, setting scenes (or the last
act and ': the actor piloted me into the
dim distances' behind even .the stage.
There 1 some -one was putting : up a : no
tice.' Tamamoto looked up and laughed.
It read:- '-.^ "
.v:."EVERYBQDT called for rehearsal
tomorrow ; at 10." ; ;\ ;
: -"I'm notJ guilty," -lie said. Then he
; enlarged: VJ'Some people when 1 there Is
not so large. crowd don't play their best.
But,',', he nodded a wise head, "one never
knows w.hen? critic Is there. I play al
ways .same— to Justify myself. It is
my duty to do always my best perform
ance." : ; .
.1 thought; he ''always- must "\u25a0Ao h!a best
j performapce," but I' -granted also to know
.what s.ome; one; else / thougrht, and so
asked; Mjv Wilfred Lucas.- stage manager
.of = "Thel Heir to the Hoorah,".- and its
genial ''Bud" Young. He is much of
"Bud" off" stage, T by .the way; twelve
year's in the drama, and waiting only tfie
lucre to get" him a few acres San* Diego
way to: bring the /wife and baby to. His
own-"Helr":was born ten days before the
"Hoorah's,"... he told me ? as he- brought
.the. latter for me to look .at ' •
"Japanese as actors? Well; " Mr.-.Lucas
put It, "If? all actors were like the Japs
I'd : have,; 1 no , trouble. Tell : 'em a thing,
they never ; forget It. , They are always
there," always on top-. Teach Taraamoto?
Not a thing. Why, he-was a full-Hedged
star before ' he came to - us. He's all
right.'* , : .
•' Frenalod -{finance has at last found its
way Into -the drama by way of ''The Lion
and -the Mouse,", a new American play
by, Charles j Klein, . that r wlll be
at the Columbia Theater tomorrb.w even
ing., The J play, '-.which more . than one
critic has 'said .comes. "dangerously near"
to; being the great* American drama, hag
had"an _ extabrdinary^career up to date:
In .Chfcago, it achieved the unique distinc
tion of being the only play; known- to have
been threft. times in one day,
this following upon, a week ; ot \ daily per
formances. . ; I{s" subject is pertalhly apro
pos—the ; corruption of politics by the plu
tocrats., VThe character . of "Ready Mon
ey" I Ryderjjj the particular; plutocrat ' ex
ploited, is] said :to ; have been drawn from
Rockefeller, and Henry, Rogers, while the
"mouse," : ; whose greater ' wit confounds
the "lion,"- is supposed to hare been
drawn . from Miss Ida Tarbell," ; the ex
poser off the Standard Oil methods.
The , stories of the ; play and the people
at any. rate \ to a certain extent coincide.
The '• story • goes U. that f Miss Tarbell's
father ..was ruined by Rogers, ' and
Miss Tarbell's expose of the: Standard
Oil methods r ; followed thereupon, much
as ; in^;-'-the play. Shirley Rossmore's
father is* hounded almost to his death by
the plutocrats, whose schemes he .will not
forward against the interests 'of the -peo
ple, and :: afterward proved guiltless of
the charges .brought against him through
the eft* ortslbf his daughter. The love in
terest " is • ingeniously complicated \u25a0, by .'• its
being Shirley Rossmore upoft i whom th*e
son : of "Ready, Money" Ryder- sets his af
fections:^; fc \u25a0\u25a0••\u25a0- . ' '' '' . - \u25a0
•The cast -that, will presfent the play here
promises; most fortunately. It is headed
by; Arthurt Byron, > whose Hungarian no
bleman-in/"The- Stubbornness of Gerald
\u25a0lne" ' Is still' a delightful i memory . here."
Miss Gertrude ;Coghlan ; -Brill be .the Shir-;
ley, Rossmore, and if- there'is anything, in
heredity, she shpuld.be a "good one. -Miss
Coghlan I is ; a "daughter ' of . Charles ; Cogh
lan-of famous memory and: a niece of
Rose • Ooghlan— a : promising ancestry." The
rest of the -'cast I includes Joseph Kllgour,
Grace -Thbrlie, George Parsons. A. -^. Lip
man," Edward ~'\ See, .' Florence Gerald,' - W.
H.- Burton, "Flora; Juliet Bowley, Edith
Shayne, Lillian Dlx. and Ada Curry. •
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'If Crcston. Clarke's production of "Mon
sleur| Beaucaire"' at the Grand.. • Opera
house this week is anything like. the one
L.V RESEMBLING ; THE PARIS' ATELIERS. " ; • ,' • ...- - *m-r»
he "gave here two , years;ago .thp manage
ment^ can J congratulate Itself. " The play
is exceedingly pretty, : in. the best roman
tic .vein/ and Mr. 'Clarki's Monsieur Beau
caire is one of . the ; roost attractive ' figures
onjthei contemporary stage. "Monsieur
Beaucaire": xan be heartily recommended
to all j classes . of playgoers. " *
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The popular "Isle of Spice" will be per
formed*, for I the 4 last "time ' at " 'the Tlvoll
tonlgh't. being /succeeded tomorrow even
ing by -a new musical, play. entltled""Mlss
Timidity," ". '\u25a0 The - -management • promises
fun and 1 good * music galore. "
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At the : Majestic players will
signalize : their return ; to the - house by an
.elaborate revival of "Shenandoah," in
which a, large, company .'., of 1 national
guardsmen ; will' make .their appearance.
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-. "Charley's Aunt" will be revived at the
Alcazar ' this w«ek— a \u25a0, sign • of crowded
"houses. Sardou's.-'"Sorcerers," recently
presented in' New York by Bernhardt arid
Mrs. Pat . Campbell; \u25a0 will be given shortly
at the Alcazar for the first time locally.'
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The Howard brothers," said to \u25a0 be : the
•only "white : people on earth sever: admit
ted to the \u25a0 mysteries of the priests of
Thibet," j will . appear, at - tha ' Prnheum to
day. -From ; advance notices theif '- work
appears to .be of the telepathic order,
.one Howard, ( blindfold, on"" the stage,
writing anything the other Howard, go
ing, about; In the audience, sees, such as
bank note, numbers, coin"^ dates: the feat
accomplioned without " any . word or • sign
from either performer. Bert Coote, who
has made, such' a hit .with "A Lamb on
.Wall -' Street," continues, and the other
•new people j of- the b'lll promise • welL •
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Th« : California has "Miss New York
Jr." company, as -the current entertaln
•ers. • . : •' .
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The j RiaTto Comedy | Four, vocalists and
funmakers, -WUI lead the new Chutes peo
ple" this week.' . Trank Tinkham. a clever
w h eehnan, 1b » also •on *\u25a0 the bilL . .
Seats . for : the German performance to
'be given ? byithe Arthur Becker Lustspiel
Ensemble •at the \ Columbia Theater on
Sunday hisht; April 8.- will, go on sale
•Tuesday, morning. • "Die Ofientrelse" will
be, the bill. .- " •-. t£
The Alhambra .'will .have- fhe famous
Bartley; Campbell; drama, "My Partner."
this week, the play having been secured
for production at large expense and trpu
ble; by Fred Belasco." / - o •
The*. Central; announces J'The Minister's
Son" ' for the ' current entertalnmentl
Gerardy, » the famous '/cellist, • will be
here 'on Sunday .afternoon -next to give
then 'the .first ! of -two -recitals. .M. Ger
ardy . will •be < more than welcome. Great
'cello-playing\ has lacked an exponent
sinee -Pablo Casals played here. M. Holl
mann counting only lightly". In.M. Ger
ardy,*; however, ' is - one •of the most gifted
disciples '.; of - : this '. royal instrument, per
haps; eVen . the » foremost ; among • the 'cello
virtuosi.'. His programmes could not be
bettered. - the first including the Varia
tions . ' Symphonlque "(Boellmann), that
Pablo ' Casals so nobly , introduced here ;
•the" first "concerto ".of Salnt-Saens, a mag
nificent >work,'. and' sa-id to be one of Ger
ardy'g', chief .* d'oeuvres, and the Popper
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The. recitals will 'take place at the Co
lumbia' ; Tljeater ; next -and \ the following
Sunday afternoons.'. •
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Kubelik and. Mr.' Gerardy,. also gives* the
first of two return { concerts next Sunday
afternoon; -Why r not,; -good Mr, -Gorlitz
and Mr. *• Marx, . combine the two affairs,
as Mr. ; Greenbaum gave va # Harold Bauer
and* Hugo i-HeermannHogetber? Kubelik
and Gerardy '.together, could duplicate-that
most , notable "' of (concerts, and ; the grati-;
tude f of;: the -mus'lc- lovers would- be a
double on'e^-ln .the \u25a0 joy df . hearing two
such artists : together .and -in not -being
forced to \ decide 'between • them. Both
concerts are'/bound >to ; suffer. . The con
cert-splng-.clientele'here";'ls \u25a0 not. large
enough ;" adequately *. to support both . af
fairs, and there' mlght.'.U would seem, just
as .well ,-be -two' half -houses^in - one house
as in- two^>l 5 amjsure- the managerial
caliphs could ] arrange It,- and "great would
'be ;th"e' joy." thereat. .'• t •.
Of ; course \ there \ is ' chance to hear both
players i again,;; Kußellk giving '; a second
and.^asf concert ; at the tomorrow.-
The return concerts have been arrancad
by Manager Gorlltz-ln response to many
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'Th« Lorinaf Club, concert, of °next Tues
day' evening, to be arlven as- usual at
Native Sons* Hall, will b« of unusual l»
tarest. Half of ths programme wIH -b«
devoted performance of .Wagner's
"Das LJebesmahl der ,Apos.tel." whioh
"lUthw be heard for th« first tim© locaV
ly.. The work is ona of the most- dlfOouA
among th* male . chorus 'eenre.: and re
quires fine full 'chorus of male volcas and
a large orchestra for lta rendering:. The
club .will be , assisted In [ preseatlnx the
work by many former • members,' and an
orchestra specially engaged for ta« 00
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The "Pilgrim** - Chonu,", from > "Tann
hauser," Goury's "Awakening of Sprtng*
(for -which Mrs. B. Apple aaa " been en
gaged as. soloist), and George E. Whltlns'f
"March "of the Monks -of Bangor"- will
be other numbers, WUllani C. Stadtfeld
directing,, and Frederick Mat t or at ttia
piano \u25a0 and J. C ; Fyffe at the orsaa. as
usual. , . • i ' - * .
Next" Friday evening the Mlnettl'or
cheatra will give its second concert ot
the season at Native Sons' Hall, wtth
the following attractive pro gramme: 1
Herold, Zampa overture; Kuc ken, (a)
"Gebet." "Verlaas uns Nicht"; Massenet.
.Co) "Arasronaise"" (from ."Ballet dv Cld"):
Furstenau. Fantaiare'Brlllante for two
flutes' (with orchestra accompaniment).
Miss May Ludlow and A. Rossi; Schu
mann, (a) "Tjraumerel"; GUlet. fb) "The
.Mill"; Wagner, "Albumblatt"; Strauss,
"Artist Life,".' waltz.? y
, ' The ! following Interesting: programra*
will ba played at a piano . recital to b«
ariven at the Kohler & Chsse concert
Hall next Tuesday evtning: »
Sonata,- Opus 22* (4 movements),
(Schumann) ; : "Barcarole", F minor, ver
sion ps William Plutti, (Rubinstem);
nocturne, F sharp major (Chopin); tm
promp'tu, F sharp, major -,'( Chopin).;
"Walflesrauschen" '(Etnde)," (LJsxtV;
"Love Dream" (No. B).' (LJszt); "Polo
naise. E major (Liszt); Preludip c Fuga
Fant/atica (C sharp ballad (A
flat minor ), "Toccata" '(A minor), mel
ody ("A Homage to Anton Rublnstela").
"Val«e" (E major), fantaisle. "Impromp
tu" (C sharp minor), "American Rhap
sody (3 [movements), William Piutti.
Blanche Walsh will goon be here wltE
" "The .Woman in the* Case." „ .
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Flora Juliet Bowley of "The Lion aod
the Mouse" company Is a native daugh
ter. Miss Bowley has. won considerable
favor on the stags. m ,
The latest., college play suc«ess la
"Brown, of Harvard," recently produced
by Henry . Miller at the Princess The
ater, Xew York. «. The play 'is by Rlda
Johnson Young and the star thereof
Henry Woodruff., one time among Henry
Miller's constellation at the Columbia.
A* dramatization ,of -Bunyan's "Pil
grim's Progress" will be among; the
unique productions of * the forthcoming
season. The allegory has been adapted
for the stage by James Mac Arthur, who
dramatized "The Bonnie Brier Bush."
Mr. Mac Arthur has been at work for
two years upon the play, It' ls
said is a very adequate reduction of
the 'story.. The part Of Chrfstian,* a kind
of Everyman character, will be essayed
by. Henrietta Crosman.,' ', "
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' Manager -Will Greenbaum is, arrang
ing, the details of (he .magnificent com
bined opera-house, theater and audi
torium which will be one of the great
features of * the Fa'irmont, and to be
ready about November, provided no'de
lays •' In i the securing of . the • necessary
building. materials Interfere. . Thu deco
rations and" furnishings of the place
will be in keeping with the magnificent
"fittings of the new hotel and there will
be 1600 seats on the lower floor and
about 1000 in the one .balcony.-.,
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"The Lion and the ; Mouse" - did such
an enormous business during the : last
week of. its engagement in Chicago that
matinees were given every* «day. .with
the ' exception of Monday and Sunday.
The new Charles Klein play is the talk
of New. York end seats are selling *hera
up xo- the first day of -May. .

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