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James Crawford
\u25a0f B\® *- ne Professional commentator
I on operatic events the passing
| period is significant.
Diminishing the echoes of the
"Butterfly" flutter is a crescendo
buzz heralding another important lyric ,
invasion. The San Carlo Opera Com
pany is booked for appearances this
week on both sides of the bay. Among
those of Its principal singers whose
value is known here are Nordica, Niel
sen and Campanari. The coupling of
their names with the announcement
•tfiat %'i is the maximum seat price for
any performance has inspired this
But before dismissing "Butterfly" I
would like to repeat that it was good
$3 opera. Musically and pictorially it
has never been eclipsed on this coast.
Its comparative lack of vocal strength
was owing to Mr. Savage's Inability
to pay higher salaries and retain his
price schedule without incurring pe
cuniary loss to himself. He evidently
has not solved the problem of how to
give much for little as successfully as
the San Carlo management.
For the stellar quality of Nordica,
Nielsen and Campanari cannot be
questioned. And In addition to them
we are promised a tenor, Constantino
by name, whom the press agent pro
nounces fine as Carnso and produces
the opinions of competent Eastern
critics to substantiate his own. The
same authorities aver that the orches
tral, choral and scenic accessories are
worthy of such great singers.
If all this turns out to be true. we
may hail a revolution in grand opera
.production in the United States. • L«t
us look back half a dozen years — to
the first Grau season at "the Grand
Opera-house. « . .
When We Paid Seven Dollars
Mr. Grau gave us great opera and
charged tidy prices for it — a company
truly splendid as regards the number
and fame of its stars, a grand chorus
and ballet, an orchestra excellent
in both quantity and quality, staging
that left nothing to be; desired." prices
ranging from $7 downward. The at
tendance was satisfactory to the im
presario. Then we had a 'second sea
son under the same management, with
changes for the better and the worse
in the list of principals, but no altera
*tlon in the list of prices. Again the
attendance was so remunerative that
we would undoubtedly have had a
third visit from Mr. Grau If. falling
health had not compelled his \u25a0 retire
ment. . . ;
His mantle fell upon the shoulders
of Helnrich Conried, who .promised. to
Inaugurate great reforms in* operatic
art. He began the process by so cut
ting salaries that many of the ablest
artists refused to sign with him, but'
his prices did not decrease witb ? llie
merit of his company. - On- his first
visit here he . had "Parsifal" and
Caruso as leading, cards"; and so much
money did he carry away, that within
a twelvemonth he came back with
Caruso his sole trump. \u25a0 About $80,000
was in the box office when the earth
quake interfered with his plans. This
season he "is apparently depending
upon "Salome" to entice $7 patrons to
overlook his shortage of really great
artists. San Francisco is not in his
itinerary. .j ' --
In his stead we. are to have the San
Carlo Company, of which Henry-Rus
sell is the impresario. He, too, is out
as a reformer* of operatic conditions,
but on lines different from those pur
sued by Herr Conried. Mr." Russell
evidently aims at presenting big peo
ple for small prices. -^Cbrdica was one
of the brightest luminaries in the
Grau constellation, and she sang also
for Conried i until last season. Cam
panari, too, is a high-salaried singer
who, left the Metropolitan forces when
wages .were reduced by Conried. Niel
sen — well, we - heard her/ In grand
opera about } a year ago at* the Tivoll,
when she had no such artistic aids' as
Mr. Russell-has provided her with.*- -
As to Orchestra and Chorus
Among the. unknowns to us, in addi
tion! to' Constantino, are Mile.. Deyrene,
whose Carmen is said to be one of the
notable 'features of the • season, and
whose Nedda; in "Pagliaccl," was a
hit^of ths New Orleans and- Chicago
; .'One^critic'- In.; Chicago said of the
season ;there : , "Mr. \u25a0 Russell, as he has
showii "- In the \u25a0 San « Carlo I company,
"realises » the I Importance of good or
chestra, and % good .chorus. .These : he
knows - are" the j foundations of- an ade-.
quate 'and^ artistic performance.' With
them • satisfactory j and'rworthy '> work
can be accomplished even- though : the
principal singers be not of exceptional
greatness. Without* them*, no amount
of stars !• Inf the cast will; make an
operatic performanfe* what It should
be. He has given us such' an orchestra
and" sueh h a .chorus '.during 'his .week
here,* and the result has-been a per
formance" which |in* artistic spirit* sur
passed any that^ Mr. ; Conried • ever; has
offered."' V • : ' :\u25a0'.''' , : 'zf- '\u25a0 :-'.- \u0084':'
Accepting. "as ;true;' air the
notices i\ bestowed ' upon Mr.V* Ru bpp 1 1 ,
the question-n aturally".-o ccurs: :Hbw,
can he*; affor.d ,' to* ; outshine ' Herr s Con
ried and charge -less than one-half the
Conried * prices ."of f admittance ?/ 1 -have
put , the", query,'- and';the j. answer t was
logical enough' toj be| coniinclng^"
Russell Saves Commissions . .
My • inf 6rmant^-a\ disinterested" perf
son, that • Mr.'
Russell is a musician of long years jof
training", and -ritudy.'i-a.ridT'whenT.' he
wishes," to* engage "'singers', oryplayers
f or -- hls^orsaniiatlda^ lie s hears .them
himself, and knows at once as to their
desirability and availability. He .does
not have to do as do the majority of
operatic impresarios — go to an agent
in Europe and secure slngersmho al
ready have made a name for them
selves abroad, and havq been stamped
with the approval of London,. Paris or
Berlin. It is because the impresarios
are unable to judge and engage for
themselves that such exorbitant-prices
are demanded /by. the stars who come
to this country. The agent takes some
20 per* cent from the impresario and
some 30 per cent from the artist The
result is that the price . has to be^at
least double what the artist receives
in Europe if he is to make his cus
tomary wage. Mr. Russell by doing
away with the agent not only gets his
singers for half what the unskilled
Impresario has to pay, but knows what
what he is getting.
Then again, only the most capacious
theaters obtainable are played in ,by
the San Carlos, and by .filling them at
,his. own prices Mr. Russell takes, in
as much money as he would by charg
ing Conried prices in a house 'half
their size. That was why he "engaged
the Auditorium 1 in Chicago and the
Chutes. Theater in San Francisco. His
prices appeal to the big general public
while he caters to regular opera
goers. .
Cheap Prices Draw Masses, ,
I have it on the same "disinterested
authority . that during the > company's
Chicago season the audiences were dif
ferent In quality and make-up /from
any/ ever before seen- at grand 'opera
in the Auditorium. The people who
went were largely: those who: love
music, and' thai they, were grand opera
hungry was - proven by. the - eagerness
with which they seized upon. all. that
was .offered, and the ': keenness .of j the
appreciation they showed.. The" big
general public had '• been starved . for
years so far. as this form of entertain
ment was ; : concerned,'. and" ttieTSan
Carlo company gave that .which had
been'eagerly desired. \:'\. : . .: \u0084 ""'\u25a0,*
So there seems to lie, more of hope
in Mr. J RusseH's, undertaking than: in
any that has yet come Ho jtrial, w;be
cause ,of ' the. : characterJCof tthe/man
himself .-\u25a0 Thus ; far ,j in' the ', second year
of - its existenceVhisi company ; hasen-;
countered ' - : only, i success.*_ i- 111 1 iwas ," or
ganized'in Ijondoh,%/wherer- withVCalve
arid- Nielsen Vasi alternating "stars, .; it
filled f/a" profitable seasoii" at iCovent
Garden. 1 It ; began \u25a0 the • current | season,
in ; New /Orleans.Vwhere; it scored ? Rrilr
llantly ' for * several v months, - and; then
started on tour. •" He prbmisesf or, next
season not only. most of thetprincipals
he ' now has," but ~ several .^others ;* of
similar, merit,, also;ausmented : choral
and orchestral forces. •
Eluding the Mayer Chapeau
; Before the space 'allotted for j; this
article *; is^ consumed ; I .would, like ;. to'
convince the" reader, be lie either
traditionally "gentle" or moderately
suspicious, i that Mr. Russell's J bureau
of publicity is: in nowise responsible
for anything it contains. Therefore if
it savors ;of conventional "advance
stuff" don't sneer at my. credulity or
add to the: luster of Marcus Mayer's
hat. At this writing I have not con
versed with the wearer of that famous
headpiece since his previous home
coming. j\ In pur game of hideahd: seek
he Is handicapped by; the j hat - As its
like is not on this continent, his iden
tity is instantly disclosed to, the^ alert
outer guard of my sanctum,; who does
the rest. To elude the Mayer chapeau
is childplay. - As for: his "manuscripts,
those of them which « l- have refrained
from waste-basketing convey j this': in
formation: -/>':'
The San Carlo Company appears at
Ye Liberty^ Playhouse, ' Oakland,' to
morrow : evening . ? in "" "La - GiacondaV'
with Nordlca and Constantino in the
cast. On Tuesday-, evening -'\u25a0'\u25a0 "La
Boh'eme" will be sung, : with J Nielsen,
Deyrene, Constantino and Campanari
among the principals. "Faust" will be
presented at the -Wednesday matinee,
with Nordica : as 1 and in
the evening the engagement will close
with Deyrene in ''Carmen.'' .
. The opening at the. 1 Chutes Theater
will take place on, Thursday
ing, and \u25a0'after. ' the |af orementionea
repertoire has been repeated '.'The Bar
ber of Seville and;"Pagliacci" ;will
be sung on Sunday evening,- with Niel
sen as.Rosina in the first named opera.
During the second week "Trovatore,"
*Tligoletto,";''Andrienn~e*:Lecouyreur I
"Traviata,"- "Les? Huguenots" -and ; a
double ; bill , of : "The "•' Daughter | of the
Regiment" and "Cavalleria Rusticana"
are to, be \u25a0 presented.
Opening jof >the New Alcazar
Belasco'&, Mayer announce that jthey
selected "The. Altar of -Friendship" with
which to ; open the new Alcazar tomor-^
row night; because! it will 'enable them
to introduce /.aheirjj^entire; company.
Madeline, Lucetteißyley 'wrote the
edy; and .Nat 7 Goodwin andiMaxine" El
liott Jointly; sltkrredjln . it^seyeral years
ago.ilt is witty ahd epigrammatic; in its
dlalbgiie. r 'sparkling*inins comedy, situa-',
tlohs.^full ofvcharmlngjseritiment'an its
lovefepisou^s£and^intensely^strong fin
momentsiof j ornbtional.pathQS. . - : '-~
T r * Among > the ; Alcazar \u25a0\u25a0\u25a0 players i: ne\y' ; to
San;i i> ranciscb"isrLHur a> Xiang3a*young
leadirigf>-ohiaii. of/PMrsonal ; charm i. and
dramatic ' 'ability?; Vwrio'-iwnsj^inti David
.Warficld's isupport . f oncjsoHson ;'and; has
slncoTlhadi" consido'rablof experience* -in'
stocks "Bertram^Lvtell.i-; the ; • leading
man.M has." played "'With', scvural>;noted
stars \ and cbmcs'jdirect rom iNewAOr
leans/;.- The. ingenue'.*rblesXwill ibe I filled
by: Daisy lioverlng.lwho'has'high stand
ing, In 7Eastefn"s;tbck.';*iOtherJnew"mem
bers- of HhV company.' arerLoulseJßrowi
nell. who ".will Jplay^secohd^busiriess'V
Marie Merle,' AnitalMurray.vllarry Pol-"
lard,*.Miltoh ." Stallard.'V'Albert g Easdale
favorites '\u25a0'• the'fA lcazar,? patrons > will •' be
"glad r l to ? welcome^ are s'Jtiliet;.. Crosby,"
Adclc^ljclsardc/INcra 1 Jolih ?B.
.. ; v—: \u25a0 "\u25a0 \- •\u25a0 1 .,:t»-^'--'-->-:'^\- r "- ''\u25a0\u25a0''
''\u25a0 ' - \u25a0"'\u25a0;• \u25a0' \u25a0* ."•• • - : - •v •-
Maher. Will R. Walling:, Krnest Gleh
dinnlngr, Fred J. Butler, Harry D.'By
ers and Walter. Belasco. ' .., "' V-
"The "Altar of KriendshipV will" be
given a scenic investure in keeplng.wlth
the high standard formerly set by;Be
lasco & Mayer. ! •\u25a0 . '
\u25a0 ; : '•.\u25a0• * \ \u25a0*'>'\u25a0 l"- : ••;'.-\u25a0\u25a0\u25a0•
"Mrs. Wiggs of the Cabbage; Patch,"
which comes to- the -Van^Ness Theate^
tomorrow evening, was on« of -.the. Co-*
lumbla successes last season. . Madge.
Carr Cook is retained in the. title part,
and her work in- this play 'of 'low. life .'in
mean'streets'-has placed her high in the
ranks of i character- actresses. Vivia
VOgden -has J; acquired the role 'of Mis'
Hazy "and makes It very, laughable. An
other 'character Qf importance is ; Mr.
Stubbins, -• portrayed - with excellent
judgment -.by- Charles Carter. '- His tto,
.voring of the part is clever andVcon
sistent. Miss Edith Taliaferro's Lovey
Mary^ is charming in its- simplicity
and is as' pretty jas a /picture. Anna
Fields » and j Helen Raymond portray
the 'difficult roles of Mrs. : Sclmltz , and
Mrs. j KichornV. respectively. , Myrtle
Tannehill Ms r natural hs Miss -Lucy;
while , Argylo Campbell and Howard
Sloat add acharm in their straightfor
ward interpretations'.of the roles of the
manly boys of." the Patch.' The produc
tion is Staged in Liebler.T&''Co. > s : usual
lavish style. , , .^ : -. - . .-
\u25a0Howard P. Taylor!s,comedy,^"Scram
bled" Matrimony," ? will- bejglven j its'- first
San Francisco •, production* \u25a0.tomorrow
evening at. the Colonial 'Theater. \u0084 It
ls v filled ; with . absurd ; situations .due to
misrepresentations^, on the part -of an
erring nephew to a susceptible and 1 rich
old uncle. . Franks Bacon will
part of Hugh Kendrick. the > uncle,
while AVIlf rid i Roger \ will '\u25a0, portray ? the
character of Mat Barclay,,, the .-?- gay,
young \u25a0; nephew. • (The -'rest ) of '.the 'cast
will include Bert Wesner.vas ,Templeton
Twitter, -air- eccentric !; New. Englander;
\\.~ Peralta-Galindo asi Toby Small;* Jane
Jeffery :as~Cynthia'.Stbkes,. Maud' Odelle
us ' \u25a0'MaryJjMcGonnigle, _,Bessie7Bacbni as
the-! matron of ?,the ; - and Izetta
Jewell- as' Polly Hammond, which' calls
for light comedy .work. 1 . •;."« \u25a0 .
;; "The Winning Hand,"; a .melodrama
%vith scenes and vincidentslaidlin? New
York City.' will j be: the Central' Theater's
new' offering. -commencing^tomorrow
night Harry Burton, the hero.'Sis 'an'
employe of % the Ne.w : York -Railroadf and
his befriending, of- a i blind^girl*leads
to many exciting; scenes. .The '-Italian
hag," the -Thompson-street : "ebon," 'the
humorous; ;lrlsh ''policeman . --and --'the
1 talian.l padrone \areH typical .i characters
of the - metrbpqlis. ; r r '.Thc . scenery - willibe
elaboratol/ Among J. other .-pictures" will
be the'Grarid Central DepotHtnd *the # old
boathbnse N bnj the : s East "- River •''front/
Harry, * Pollard J'will enact «, tbe rfhero,*
Maiidr'Lituvwill'bo' tlic": blind .girl -arid
j'arnes(C6rrlgan will i>lay the Irish'po-
Comic Opera and Vaudeville
.". Raymond .Hitchcock ', will- "begin,^ a
fortnight ati. the '-Novelty
Theater,*/ commencing?; Monday.fi night, 5
"under.* the fjdirec tioxi/of^Henry>W.^ Sav
age,-'in":a v new/- three-act^ comic *opera";
"A" Yankee iTourist.'V; the 'book j of twhich
is by Richard Harding;Davis,*:the.lyrics
by .-Wallace ;* lr win,' >"and . ;; the* '"* musical
score"? bjv'A If red '.G.j Robyn. \u25a0' .In'; theScast
arc ' Flora' Zi'.bdla, : Helen ' Ilalei 'Walter
Lawrence, " Susie -Forrester--. Ca.wth6rne.
Harry Stone. E va;Eall bn.l'Herbert.Caw- ;
thorne.: and. : PhUlfpsV^maUey. : 'and J th«re
isa bright and vrvaclous 7 chorus. . - y.^
-'This piece* baslbrought ilr.\Hft"cliCQClt
back * to * the 'musfcarsta'art!,* fr&m 'wnich
he laßsentY^'<>T>;ears,*la(rtd*he-Vis.*"I aBsent Y^'<>T>;ears,*1a ( rtd* he-Vis.*"
said - to- : be • funnier.-, than -»be. kevax^waa.
as a ."stralght;cqmedtan:"7 -MiJis^ZabeHa;
in" "King r>odo/'« and»Mlss Httfe- for-*et»
efforts with \nyQ.odlana^'^W^ltsr^LAwi:
rence ; was the • barytone- wUh- the \u2666 thcee ,
last namBd;_a l ttractlortsrT Susle/Fjafreq-;
tef Cawthofrie^nd.lier^ert^Ca.wibjorne.
have ü been" identified^ with- sonje^of^tfr*
great Jsucpesses,^^'2- •'^'\u25a0'/^'\u25a0^^^J'-^-l V.'
\u25a0 -Messrs.^lrwtn-and-Robyn'have^proved
themselves'; o^f'.incklculatile/aid^ to'^Mr>
Davis- by,- their-, work^oni the 'lyrlcs^'and.
the -score,' and J there '. are least -*a*
dozen. numbersJ.whJcJU -w.Ul;j>,rpye J'.hits,^
including -.-''Golden- Sails/-' ~Ar Yankee.
Milltohalre.*: "" VAnd *tfi/l Wprfd' Ge>e»-ott
Juat -the- Same.'V— "lrish -^-Lcuds'V.
"When^a '.Girl^ Is' BpTn*,to^Bc: a-Perf ect
Lady."-. .. '..".\u25a0:.''\u25a0'. -y'^'l.^ ' : ~.-J.^l-^. uVv:';^Xi
.. ..,». -;\u25a0\u25a0•• -,• \u25a0;.>.•**.. •.«••\u25a0••» \u25a0«*«•*>\u25a0-/"«' i
- "The,^ighUngale^"-WhJcli:.is^to"lsUfer.
plant "The- WHd-TloseTTtomorrsw* night
at ;the- American "Theater; ' is Uher-Xew-
York' Casino "Versioh7bf"C>Jteri'bach^*o*fa'r.'|
Lillian -Ru'ssen.^'jrb'e>ametp,lotire>nalns;
som^ .'of I the.-. oldXnUtnbg.rS^oniltteJa^aM
other- numbers^and- T speoialtles •jJntro^
duce'd.V»ln''additibn"to r thVb7eaVUf^J"^u7.
slc^ of J- the -^ opera, :-"several-<itehyA > 'sonß';
h i ts <will - b e ' h ea r^d,'*cnf|f a oion'g # the nV
being' "ThetGo'o- Goo Manii* '•.''"The Same
Old Girl,":; r "Th'aCßi W&at'*tl{e » Dalai',
Said,". "Years V. and * Yea'cs t Ago," -Ii and
"Parla."- "A^special* feature^wHl ;l>e^th v«;v «;'
male quartet :lnU)aKbV.i^*sJ,'^^ienade.l*;
: . . Miss 'Hemml-wM* appear^h?* the? thi*
role,; and \u25a0 Mr. .wi{l- .hav/T'JiJs ?>q]<l
part.' that >of : rKunKel
wp I > be rthe -V.^roy^' jC^jl < M>S I^tj;"* I HvhJor'
made • sijch *. a -favorable
week, S wJUtj hojPiquUlb.X ? Mjs^^ittyV
Miss~L«icester." -Miss Norton, *Mr.>Carxw
rier, Mri St l okes,;MlSs r FTefl.^^VlSh;?'r»'^ff) r d:
Mr. •" Bertrahd""»wlllc:*aU i have»congenial .
roles,^;; ;,_^ \u25a0\u25a0
-.Heading theincwJbin'atcth^Orpheyhx,
to ; be started^ tliiss-af ternoon,^afeL-the>
Uessems> r i two '^ young^.."Qpftnlanls;.S'wh'Q7
perform^rejriarkatflev feats '; of
rium ;*; Bert apd^L'epna y BlanJtr
:will" : introduce £ a'^sketCb;7eht)tl«kl;t^OC
Strangeßoy/; whlch;b;rrstl^s v ;.w)th>rtt^:
lines * and" absurds cpmplieaitqns;.
mond F,inleyiand^Lottiej ßutke ' 4 wlll»»pi^
pear in' a duolpgnig/c^Hedfi'hi i^tagelahd 1
isatlre.y.3 and l the\; Sharpv.-Bro^theri;: . jw JlV
perform 'J Southern' ,- spngsTVarid* "fdanc^'
'AmohgJ tlfe hpldqvers^arelthetOHv'q^tiß,
\vho'^ liaVei" r^ture^^thj'e.'jplubirt^telti^
sketch: '^famous r* "pqapteA Vand> "C j o?fnnjc
Johns 'will r diy'ss|t^in < n "e_w
TlilslJsipbsitlvply^the slast .^etkibf *M^
; T ul l y.'an d \u25a0 h 'c : r^corripan y?,lh V"£[t op.jLboS'
and' Listen.";* Ci J *Y r ?v'.'s;'-« : '.t-* ? < ? A /,•/ ,• V !
".^Joseph*; O'Meara^tfasr-r resigned i>/as ;
Nance % O'NenisJJeadingJ, Jnan^ajpfdi
"assume la similar, positi6n^,w*ith'"the rCen-
trfll *Theater,,*stockj<;dmpany^ -,* •H^'ipt?
,p*ears itombfrowTevehingi'iriVrrrie
nlng,-Hand.VjCrT*;> * "i"-V»* ;*j*t- -« \u25a0•*•- V,»>
' . Messrs.*; Bishop '&• Ure«\vbauinVwill4in-i
augurate ? a ydramaftc ' st^ck rsc'aa'oa t *"at l
the 1 Chutes "Theater after the grand
opera -engagement '.closes. Creston
Clarke's- leading .woman is among the
people' already booked. ... .-\u25a0.\u25a0/.
«"\u25a0 By popular request Nance O'Neil will
present ~*'Magda"- this \u25a0 afternoon and
l Q.venJoS-"at"l.the.NQ*-elty Theater, closing
her*very»successful engagement there.
wwAimniJcal' version of "Mrs. Wiggs of
the^Cabbage-:Patch,"-wlth a company
compoaed-o?" juveniles. will,. be among
•the novelties presented by Llebler & Co.
imJxt* season. <
1? .Florence ;. Roberts " will ~ follow Ray
mond Klteheock at the Novelty Theater.
' ShV wlir'appear in two new plays.
:L \ The j Sonsa j opera - company, present
-Ings-the-composer's latest comic opera,
\u25a0*,"T.he*Free Lance." will be the attrac
tion* to! follow "Mrs. Wiggs of the Cab
bage; Patch"- at the A*an Ness Theater.
'The production !s under the manage
.ment.of-Klaw '& -Erlanger, who have
JoeCawthorn in the star role.
1 -Mrs. t Leslle Carter has been secured
;f.o.r7an^early'dateat the Novelty Thea
'tcr;*' where ssho^ will' be-'seen in a new
production and r uhder*new management.
it*: : -'. V '-* ' : *]" ' * :
-Barney Bernard Is'to-be- starred next
• season^yCM. M. Theise'lin a new play
l ,by i .l.ee_ Arthur. \u25a0 *V^
;; v t Among' the: coratng musical attrac
tions-:'are" : Mr.' -"and Mrs. Alexander
;Petschhikbff, 'violinists, in- joint con
certs.' "Following "these | artlsts^we are
\u25a0pr.ornlsed *a > visit V from the Chicago
\u25a0,^yinpTJony. Orchestra, ~ under the famous
•composer-director. 'Alexander yon Fie
;i(t2."Swnqs'e'.bea'utif ul ? sb.ng 'cycle. "Eli
• land;"-* was . introduced to us some flvc
by Mme. Nordica.
'. ' ;**Saplib" is .'soon *to b«* : playrd at the
Colonial-Theater with' Izetta' Jewell in
yie -tltre part. :_: _- - ,- : •
-?\F, tanks Worth ing: :vwho has been a
< 'ror many Years with prom
JlrieHt7a6tresses;,Ms "to be starred next
iseason^by- William *A. Brady In a play
I dealing, \u25a0 witß^ the sense idea
of \th.e! divorce T'ciuestidn.^'-C^
,;»- \.*?;'-'-;-" V.-/' * ••' •,-«\u25a0* \u25a0.\u25a0•
--Mrs'viladge; pair Cook'and a complete
•Americati-caetiwill present "Mrs. Wiggs
:bf jthe^CaUbage" Patch*.* In next
>mbtith.^ -^y \f"' : r \ • . ; ;'-„:
a Paris re
,port^6oasfncU.'"disdain, to"' appear in. her
•neTv^plajr'intHe^rofe-pf/a.-nian with %
v'Triis ; mljrht be cited
a^aabtfter^eviCinpV "of- art- for art's sake
Hf^i^erd;hot>that.'Oie Inmip disappears
e je vthe^ play s conblu(ic3.'-" :
I y l^gubn Mi tch<ji% I«Vl)or o f "The
-N?w rsYprk r ftleaV * a *nd < "Becky ', Sha rp,"
hdS;'beguhV p n - 'at"newf i ptey--whloh Mrs.
Flske2will'fpro<ruc%'i»ext season. It will
[not^be /what *is*called •a" star play, but
-T^N^ave^a^u-ai: f,et * of/character 3 of
nearly-equal Importance.* " -
: rorie of George
plays.Us soon ,tt> have its nrst\\merican
producjM^nr" 5 andr under a Shubert v man
a'gjsmeiit? *Th'€r:pi a yi a pp e ' ars as t ne 7flr a * t
of 'three' "unpleasant" • play*. '^' r~:> . ';

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