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CRANE HAS HONOR AT NEW COLUMBIA I Weil Known Actor Will Open the Playhouse in Comedy by George Ade To William 11. Crane falls the honor of dedi<atins the new Columbia theater. At the head of an excellent company Jn the much talked of comedy of George Ade, "Father and the Boys."' Crane will be seen tomorrow nipht at the pew playhouse. The event will be an im j.ortant one in the history of ban Fran cisco theatricals and the new theater to-ill be crowded with local patrons of George Ade wrote the play especially for Crane and the role of "father" suits him admirably. Crane's thorough ar listrv, his knowledge of the value of every line and inflection, serves him in excellent shape in Ade's adroit satire. The "father" is a country bred but prosperous merchant of New York. He has grown old at his desk and has missed much of the joy of living. His puns have not missed much fun, and in tiicir estimation "the old man" has become something like a "back num ber." Then he wakes up. and, realiz i'm that his boys are^growing away from him, proceeds to "overtake them. Jn his efforts to do so lie the issues of the comedy. The fathers rejuvenation becomes completeTand noon he is lead isij; tho Inds a lively chase about the luwii. The story of the play is whr>le n.tne and captivating. Like most of Ade's products it exhales the hopeful, optimistic spirit of youth and its dia losue is made lively with epigram and witticism;: Cliarles l'rohman, under whose man asrement <'ra:i<! is presented, has sur rounded the *t;ir with a strong com r-utiy. Margaret Dale, well known in this city, is leading woman. Louis Musson is another member of the cast familiar to theater patrons, while others whose names are by no means unknown are: Percy Hrooke. Adele Clark<-. Elsa. Payne. Mildred Beverly. Vivian Martin. Forrest Orr, Sidney lUair and John P. Brawn. Matinees will he given Wednesdays and Satur day.--. NEW CHUTES OFFERS NOVELTIES THIS WEEK Princess Irene Heads Sill With Lions and Grizzly lears • \u25a0 \u25a0 ..•\u25a0•"- The New Chutes, with its zoo. aquarium, innumerable concessions and the newly built theater, has be 9©me "the real thing" in amusement thrcles of this city since the reopen ing Jast New Year's eve. The popu kri resort in Fillmore street is filling a long felt want. There • will be a complete change of program in the vaudeville theater tomorrow afternoon. 'Princess" Irene. \u25a0wjios*' reckless performance with sefen African lions and four grizzly bear; has made her famous throughout the country, will be a headline feature on the bill. Fox and Foxie's circus. U-liich has been pivinj? pleasure to Qrpti«um uuuiences, will be another topline attraction; the four IXtrdeens in a casting act: Phil Mills and Bessie Moulton in German comedy; the three Millers in Konjrs and specialties; Games and Brown in a skit, "Chocolate Ec laires." and new motion pictures will complete the interesting ar-ts. Little l^ord llobert. who reaches hardly higher than the average knee, h^is u-.adc many friends, .and the other attractions^ on the grounds supply uiuple entertainnjent for an afternoon or evening;. The Thursday nigrht ama teur performances at the theater are a popular: feature of the New Chutes NOVELTY FEATURES ON NATIONAL BILL Comedy and Melody Represent- Ed in Various New Acts Hfckey's comedy circus, one of the most lauffUable animal novelties in vaudeville, will be an extraordinary addition to ih<* National's program. FLartiiig with todays matinee. The number serves to introduce '"Obey." the bucking mule who dares jxny one to ride ln'sn. :<nd Hickey will pay one dol lar a jr.inutp to anybody doing so. The ]>«.\u25a0 Brun grand opera trio, a special attraction; will be heard in vocal offer ings.. Mips Antoinette le Brun is a noted soprano soloist, recently a so prano of the Metropolitan opera com- I)any «f Ne\\~York. - Robisch and Childrrss are said to have a jumble of nonsense. of tho kind that keeps an audience going until the finish."; 'The Whitman hrolhors are flexible pymniists who present a contortion act ihnt is different from all others that Jiavo boon noon on the Pacific coast. Gertrude Van Dyke is a gifted woman who possesses two singing voices and renders selections with each. Ray Ff-rn is :t singing comedian who has made good everywhere he has appeared. He has an entirely new Una of songs r.nd knows how -to *=ing them. WIGWAM ANNOUNCES SENSATIONAL ACTS Aerial Gymnasticr Coupled With Comedy in New Bill Not a MnfTlf holdover will be on ihf bill an flounced* tor the week com nifiicing with the matinee today at Hi*! Wigwam theater. Del more and l>e<» will make their appearance; in an act of aerial gymnastics, which "is said to challenge tho best efforts in 'tU)« line seen on the local vaudeville Mage. «;eorjre Whiteh'ead" of .'The lied Mill." an«l Flo <Jrierson. who appeared in \"The .«liri Question," are now suc cessful vnudevillrans, presenting an act »>f pinging and dancing" which has proven an 'xceptional hit. Hill and SySvianny, in their wonderful unlcycle sjct, will also l»c on hand, as will Jimmy Wall, the man of minstrel humorlsms. Wilson anJ_ De Monde \u25a0•ille in the comedy playlet, "A Thanks giving Eve,** and Kathleen de Voie, comedienne, ar« among the other acts '«»n the lengthy bill. The latest in motion pictures will be displayed. Mat inees are given daSly at the Wigwam. VAN NESS TO HAVE YIDDISH PLAYERS Two Performances Only to Be . Given as Local Farewell The Rclkcn Yiddish company, which has been duplicating its .local success «t Los Angeles during tie last week, vi3l return this morning and give two farewell performances at the Van Ness ilieatrr this afternoon and tonight. The tntirc- organization, including David Ijpvoiifoii and Rosa. Karp, will be in t luticrl in the casts of the plays pre t=cntod. This aftr-rnoon I^eteiner's "Gabriel: or. True I^ove." will be the liill, and for the nip-lit performance 'Tim _ Hero of Jehnda" i will be given. Both, plays are said to have some par ticularly interesting music incidental New Dramatic Offerings and Gossip WILLY PANTZER IS STAR AT ORPHEUM , .. s \u25a0 — --\ » Of Hie eight acts at the Orplieum this week six will be entirely new. The headline. honors will bo shared by Willy Pantzer and company, arid -Ar turo Bernard!. The latter is regarded a« the greatest of Italian protean artists and he. was imported as thn feature attraction at -'Hammerstein's roof garden entertainment in' New York last summer." The Orphcum cir cuit booked him before his -return to Kurope and he comes over the circuit with a splendid record back of, him. This Weeks Attractions NEW COLUMBIA— WiIIiam H. Crane in "Father and the DREAMLAND RINKr-Harry^Lauder. VAN NESS— Olga Nethersole in "The Writing on the Wall." GARRICK — Mme. Sembrich in concert. .... \u25a0' ' ' \u25a0 PRINCESS— KoIb and Dill in Higgledy Piggledy" and \u25a0'.;..• :\u25a0\u25a0\u25a0•\u25a0\u25a0•• -\u25a0.\u25a0\u25a0-\u25a0•• •'\u25a0 . \u25a0 \u25a0 ' \u25a0 \u25a0\u25a0 _ THE SAKFRAKOISCO CALL, BUNDAI, JANUARY 9V9 V 1910 He' assumes all the characters in two playlets, "The Escape of * Geralamp," and "The Surprise." He also assumes the appearance of .Wagner, Verdi,' Meyerbeer, , Kouea - and ' othe.r great musicians, leading the orchestra' in. the guise and manner of. these conductors.' .The' Willy. Pantzer company, is icer tain to be accosted \u25a0 enthusiastically. As an acrobatic pantominilst Willy is one of thftbeston the. stage.. Una Clayton und her company will appear in a one act. sketch, "His I^pcal Color," v/ritten by Miws Clayton; Frederic A^oelker and wife will/ intro-: duce a musical stunt, v"Twilight .in the Studio;" Nell Jjock wood and HaV.el Bry son ;in a singing,^dancing , and whist ling-act, and new motionvpictures-will conclude the : new portion, of ,-the Or pheum prograni. The : Basque quartet, Belle Davi3 and 1 her' pickaninnies and Underwood and Slosson. ' in .a; new sketch will complete; the' program. \u25a0'-\u25a0 SOCIAL EVILS ARE SHOWN IN DRAMA Olga Ncthci-solc pays her third visit to San Francisco tomorrow when she opens a two' weeks' engagement at the Van .Ness theater In;'* The Writing on the" Wall," which recently created a aftnsatlon' in New- York. 'This is the •first time that Nethersole Ijas been seen herein a play dealing" with a modern social problem, and it ,will af ford many, of her. admirers an:oppor tunity to witness, her in what critics in the east have called the greatest opportunity of her career for that characteristic acting that: has made her name famous. - : "Tho Writing on the Wall' is '"the work of William .T. ; Hurlbut, ;a v young American dramatist who expressed, a, desirelto write, a play for Miss-Nether solo and who received the reply that his* work .would be given a production ' if Jie^could; succeed : in -weaving into the , dramatic "fabric the horrible "conditions .; under which , Nethersole herself Shad foundipeople livings within the shade of Trinity, church in New York. -' . \u0084 Thoplay is an iattack upon -Trinity corporation/ " which; *as J.is .:\u25a0 now -well ' known, owns and'operates; some of the w.orst tenements : and -lodging 'houses, in i America. ;; it is \u25a0 not an' attack^aimed ' at ; the ; church :; itself, '(but at \u25a0 the ;: money, grabbing trustees, /who would have had » ample grounds !for, libel .when the^play i was; first produced if i an iriyestlgation ! had : - not; proved the , facts as . set . forth ) in';the"drama td be true:- ? V-" : 1 »In:the;flctit>nof 'the'.piece Nethersole* i appears; as -Barbara jLawrencc, 7 .. wife ot ] a\Trlnltyj trustee. and.tho -mother.;of a i child i by him. V 'i HerM husband '\u25a0 is "fguilty; j ofjlnfidelity;*. She* faces'him^ with i the 1 proofs; but for; 'the:child- she: makes -the • sacrifice ? and ; .will:inqt> appeal Uo^the ' '\u25a0;, courts/;' ,;his^.avarice 2 -tonics ; the climax "of ithedrama^center-** 7 ing; around jtlfe- child.?- At > sthe£close^of5 the£close^of > theibigi. seebndjactithef audiences land '} critics gof.|the Yeasty have : declared Jthat 1 Nethersple^does'the'greatestv acting jbf i* her careor. . • : '*i**^>CßWH( .- ••A^mutinee will;- bc^glven; Saturday.' DOUBLE BILL AT PRINCESS THEATER . The Princess theater :will present a changed' appearance tonight when Kolb and Dill begin their spring season with the double' bill,- "Higgledy Piggledy" and -"The College Widower." The ' pop ular, playhouse : has . been entirely reno vated and: retinted" and. redecorated. It has also been supplied with a new heat ingl'system,'" which fwlll lnsare perfect comfort even during- the few days and nights -when freezing - weather t sur prises^ San Francisco. : \u25a0\u0084-,The new bill will be a double offer ing. "Higgledy,. Piggledy.".\a former .Weber and' Fields : burleßque hit, will be revived, and all those .who saw the GerinVn -fun "makers in' this, piece : at •Fischer's in the old days will not will ingly? miss their present Coffering of the musical comedy. "The Merry Wid ower."—is;, a travesty on 'George Ade's college comedy, "The College Widow," and is lively -and sprightly from cur tain to curtain. . , In "Higgledy. Piggledy": Kolb will assume, the role of Gottlieb Gessler, president of the cheese sandwich trust, and Dill will be Adolph Schnitz, presi dent; of the mustard trust. ' = Maude-L.il lian Berri will -. be seen in I the lyric role -aof Schnitz'- daughter. The same principals will; also appear in' the "trav esty, on -'Ade's comedy, and the musical "numbers '. will be set - forth by the pretty^and agile, chorus. - AMUSEMENTS P \u25a0 IVIIV/lF? "\u25a0-' \u25a0'•\u25a0'" \u25a0 SEMBRICH f, . - Assisted, by >. V '"' FRANCIS. ROGERS,' L .Baritone, and I \u25a0'."\u25a0: FRANK I/A FORGE, r PlanUt. _ * Is Aft at 2:30 AND THURSDAY EVENING AND NEXT SUNDAY AFTERNOON GARRICK THEATER *:"\u25a0'. EIIU and, Fillmore . - Seats. $2.50. $2. $1.50, $1. Bos Seats, $3. Box Office opens 0:30 A. M. Phone West .1194 OAKLAND CONCERT .Tueaday Afternoon. January IS - FIRST I/VRIC "POP." CONCERT Sunday. January 30 AMERICAN *T^ THEATER * .MARKET ST. NEAR7TH. DEVOTED TO, HIGH CU\SS VAUDEVILLE - Continually Presenting the Best of American and European Novelties. 8' THIS WEEK n I BIG FEATURE X I ACTS .u | ? Matinpo Daily. 2:30, 10c and 20r.' '2 Shows Nljhtly, 7:GO and 9, 10c, 20c, 30c. ALL SEATS RESERVED. MEW AirA7AD suraRIBIISTEISER NtWALIAZAK PHONE-WEST MOO BIXASCO & MAYER; Owners . and Managers. MATINEE TODAY |§|iS§ George Ado's Greatest Comedy, THE COLLEGE WIDOW ' FUN. FAST AND FURIOUS.. - PRICES— NIGHT, 25c to $1; MATS., 23c to 50c. TOMORROW~NIGHT ;i^ MATINEES SATURDAY AND SUNDAY. A Triumph V| | The Season's Throughout ST. ELMO Latest The Kast I - - I Sensation (ONLY AUTHOBIZEn VERSION) NEXT— "ALL ON ACCOUNT OF ELIZA." DREAMLAND RINK 6 NIGHTS— S MATS ONLY STARTING MONDAI BVHS., : JAK. 10. Wm. Morris,* Inc.* Presents the ' World Famous Scotch Comedian and Entertainer. HARRY LAUDER With a Company of Celebrated Associate Players. JULIAN, ELTINGB and SPECIAL I.AUDEE . - ORCHESTRA. - Night Prices— soc, ' 75c, 91. 91-50 - and $2.00. Matinees — 25c, 60c, -75c -" and $1." ; : - t Seats at Sherman, . Clay & Co.'s.' NOTE— MR. LAUDER only plays San Fran- cisco.. , "- , t J ELLIS at FILLMORB V-X *>HONE 'WEST i/$+ Tonight— Last Time! The Big Fun Show of thc^'car. Bailey and Austin In the Merry' Musical Extravasanza,. "TlieToiio'tli'Wofld" 75 Star Entertainer*., * 25c to $1.50. . \u0084:.-. Scats Selling. DRIWCESSS H • S. LOVE RICH, MANAGER I Ellis St. near Fillmore. Class A Theater. Theater Steam Heated T COMMENCING TOXIGHT ! \u25a0 KOLB &VDILL ' Present ThemselTes in the Great Double Bill, ••HjGGLEDY PIGGLEDY" \u25a0' \u25a0' , \u25a0..\u25a0,:.'".;\u25a0 -— -^ And— — V-"-"- :-'-- \u25a0• •:.'-- "THE COLLEGE WIDOWER" Niftht and Sunday Matinee Price*— 2sc to $1. »-*-' Saturda y-Matinee; Prlets — 25c t0 ,75c. £.' Van Ness Theater \u25a0 Van Ncsa At. and GroT* St. Phope Mltt. J 500. TODAY TONIGHT Special farewell Performances! RELKEN'S WISH COMPANY •^^IglElfiOFaElWr £~*;i Seats isellinßifofibothT performance* A-?" v'a^Vv;A J -'--;-rg. 25cUo$1.00.'' -vs--^--'.--- \u25a0-\u25a0 \u25a0\u25a0 Safest and Most Magnificent Theater in America. WEEK BEGINNING THIS AFTERNOON MATINEE EVERY DAY A WONDERFUL NEW SHOW First Appearance Here . r^ c *if*fA », „ m ARTUKO BERXABDI PA>TZLRCO. THE FAMOUS ITALIAN PROTEAN A<ROPANTOMI>tfC ARTInTs. ___ • y. artist mtt A>l) MRS . FBEDEBIC U>A CLAYTOX ; v ? VOELKER Assisted by Francis Morey and Company | n Their Musical Interlude. .. . In Her Own Playlet. "TWir.HSHT IN xmv sTIPIQ.' /^r"" IOCXU T^-hazkl BASQUE «RA^ O.EKA BELLE DAVIS ORPHEUM MOTION PICTURES AXI) HER CRACKRIUArKS. SIIOWINU LATEST NOVELTIES. - . " First Time 'Here. -H. Olttus Lonwlale'3 ''«m^. lett ?- _. r -THIXGS ARE SELDOM WHAT TIIEI SEEM "fRAXKLYX U>DERWO6 SS D nt lxD FIUXCES SLOSSON EVENINGS | 10c |-25c 1 50c 1 75c . -•:\u25a0 n BOX SEATS ONE DOLLAR. . MATINEES | 10c | 25c | 50c |sa»» t : .., ' Except Sundays and Holidays. . Van Nit**; t heater W i^JtVviw & nir. Van .\f« ami (iruve W * •• I'hnnr >Inrkft 500 . Two Weeks' Engagement, Commencing Monday, January 10. The World's Most Celebrated Emotional Artiste, OLGA In Her New American Drama of Present Day Life, THE WRITING ON THE WALL Seats now selling. Second week— Repertoire. cor. geary fniIIMRIA n=iirr VAN NF^ WJi^l and MASON ..LULUlflplA I cm kmo** I f All lILJJ and GROYt - v ' \u25a0 Pnone Franklin 150. INAUGURAL PERFORMANCE Monday Night, Jan. 10 Engagement Limited to Two Weeks, Matinees Wednesday and Saturday CHARLES FKOHMAN Presents W^H. CRANE In His Greatest Laughing Success, FATHER r E BOYS . GEORGE ADE'S BEST COMEDY, Seats for all performances. Including many choic« locations for opening night, $2, $1.50, ft. 50c, j 25c. Box Office at Theater open today from 10 a. mi. to 6 p. m. McAllister ML^PZ W*sL%M3rfi} Market 130 Near Market Home J2522 OXE WEEK, STAIITIXt; AT MATI.XEE TODAY. Other Matinees Thursday and Saturday. THE LYRIC THEATER (N. V.) SUCCESS THE 3IOST KEALISTIC PLAY OP THE DAY nEDOLEXT AVITH THE OZOXE OF THE CRE.VT XORTIUVEST THE WOLF By EUGENE WALTER, Author of "PAID IN FUI4V' and "THE EASIEST WAY" MR. ANDREW ROBSON jtgßoK.Jg'fgiiKST Night Prices, 25c to 51.50; Thursday Matinee, 23c, 50c and 7oC. \u25a0 , •-' ' \u25a0' Seats at the Theater and Emporium. Xeit Sunday ;, Matinee— "BREWSTER'S MILLIOXS." with ROYAL TIt\CV Direction SXTLLIVAN & CONSIDIXZ. MULES-MERRIMENT- MUSIC Commencin*. Sunday. Afternoon, January 9. lIICKEY'S COMEDY CIRCVS*. tntrodu.-fnz the Buefclnsc Mule -OBEY," One Dollar a Minute if You Ride Him, I.E BRUX GRAND, orEUA TRIO, in Srenen from ."II Troratore' : TRAINOU Jfc DALE the Rattling Comedy Dws in "A Pre- TarlcatlnK Hero"; \u25a0 KOBISCH & CHILDREN in the Operatic Eccentricity, "A Strennous-Pupil : BROTHERS WHITMAN, the Fleiible Wonder*: OERTRUDEWAX DYKE, the Girl irlth Two vaudeville. Mat Prices 10c and 20c?; ETenintr Pri<-es I.V. 2jc. CBumf AQUARIUM VAUDEVILLE THEATRE Phone West 6110. Daily 10 a. m. Till Midnight. TWO PERFORMANCES THIS AFT. AND EVE. Last TlmeB.of THE FLORENZ TROUPE; 4 AMERICAN GYPSY GIRLS; SCHRODESUnd : CHAPPELLE: HOWARD and - LEWIS; NIP AND TUCK; GEORGE JONES and American Biograpb. Starting' Monday "Afternoon: PRINCESS IRENE and Her Deu \u25a0" of Lions and Bears; Fox and Foxie's Circus;'- 4 Dordeens; Mills ami Moulton; 3 . Musical i Millers ; , Games and Brown. ? LURLINE OGEAN WATER BATHS BUSH AND LARKIN SWIMMING AND TUB BATHS . Salt Water Direct from the Ocwn. , Open \u25a0 Every * Day and Ev en i ng. Natatorlurn 'reserved' Tuesday; and Friday, mornings \ from 9 ' a. m. to , noon for *\vonien; only. :'•. ;., 2151 Geary »t., near, Devlsaderb »t, , AMUSEMENTS Thone Market 300. 11-. MONDAY g MATINEE SATURDAY. OLGA NETHERSOLE Entire First Week. Her New American I'lay. THE WRITING ON THE WALL By William J. Uurlbut. SECOND WEEK— REPERTOIRE. Seats $2, f1.50, fl, 73c, 00c. WIGWAM VAUDEVILLE THE.ITER .Mission st. near 22<1. Phone Mission 2**4. \ "NO HOLD-OVER" VAUDEVILLE IJittre Chanxe of Bill Today. DELMORE AXU LEE Offprln; the World's Greatest Aerial Act. AVIUTKIIUAD and GRIKIttO.V The Cla^lest of Sin?ins and Dancing Acts. 1111.1. A>D SYI.VIAXY In tne Marrelous Unlcycle Act, JI.MMY WALL. , Ami lll.s Minstrel Hu!H"ri.-m«. AVII.MOV .VXD DB MOXDBVII.I.F. In the Comedy Playlet. "A Tbinksjlfinj E»e." KATHLEES DEVOIE Thp Charming Comedienne. Other Acts— Latest Motion Plcturea < PRICES. HJc, 20c. 00c. Matinee Daily. IPORTOLA CAFE S£ High Class Restaurant With Highest Class Amusement The Sensation of the Tovrn RACING CALIFORNIA ££&& \^f^T »*^^* J OCKEY CLUB **^ a '^ \i\ \T 4 It Oakland Racetrack lMw.ur^'6*^ Oo Mondays, Wedaes- \T^*h days. Thtxrsdays, Fridays, Wj*"c">^ m Saturdays. Six races oa " Vv^ f/ each of these day*, rana <^t, ft or Mhlfte. - FIRST RACE AT 1:40 P. M. ADMISSION f2. LADIES Sl~ Fbr special trains stopplns at tho track tiie Southern ' Pacific terry, foot of Market street - le«Te at 12 m., thereafter erery 20 minutes nntil 1:40 p.' m. V No nmeklDs in ''the last two ears, *rWcb art reserved for ladies and their escort*. - \u25a0 \u0084 THOMAS . H. WIIXIAM3, President. PERCY W. TBKAT. UBecrttar/.U 8ecrttar/. au h. h.