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THE, KANSAS CITY JOURNAL. SUNDAYAPRIL 30, 1899.
THIS WEEK'S ATTRACTIONS.
COATES-Flrat bill of eV. Charlea Frohman
comeaiana in On and 03." this afternoon, Phil
harmonic concert. Frliajr and Saturday, "The
Secret of Sable Inland."
GRAVD All ireek. -The Turtle "
OEPHCUM All eek, Jlr. Tellr Morrla and other
AUDITOniUM All eel. Woodward company in
"Trilby;" TSureday afternoon, Bruno Steindel
"On and Off," a new farce, will be pre
sented at the Coates next Monday, Tues
day and Wednesday matinee, by an ex
cellent company, under the direction of
Charles Ftohman. The plot is as folloms:
George Godfray, a j ounjr husband who has
rnarnid in order to get his debts paid, falls
In loc with a pretty girl from bomewhere
doun in the countrj, and In order to find
time for this irregular -wooing-professes to
has e obtained emplo ment as an Inspector
of sleeping carp, which work requires him
to trael on the trains eerj week from
Thursdav to Morula, which time he spends
with his new loe. In case his father-in-law
or mother-in-law should make any
Inquiries, he has taken the precaution to
select a railway company In which there
is really emploj ed a man by his name, and
this turns out to be his undoing Alfred
Godfray, the real emploe, who has been
accused of kissing one of the passengers,
gets Into trouble and Is brought info close
relations with his counterfeit. The young
and much abused wife, upon dlscocring
the truth, endeavors to make her husband
jealous by flirting with Alfred, and with the
penalty of discovery hanging ner him. the
husband can do nothing but grin and bear
it, wnlcn ne docs through the evening. lie
pees the man whose name he has taken
usurp, not only his place at home, but also
down In the countrj'. The most amusing
feature of the play Is the ingenious way in
which the chief delinquent Is made to be
lieve that he is gradually growing crazy.
In order to compel his mother-in-law to
consent to a divorce between himself and
his wife, he has introduced a phonograph
into the house,-which at odd moments gives
forth sepulchral messages: but this device
is turned against the unfortunate man, and
Its messages are changed, to his horror
and perplexity. AH the company enters into
a sort of conspiracy to make him believe
that the people he sees around him are not
really there, and that the sounds he hears
are entirely different: ho cannot even trust
his ejes. for his wife, discovering that he
had In the ease of hi watch a little picture
of his new love, replaces it with that of a
Zula princess, clad In Innocence.
The company Is one of the strongest Mr.
Frohman has sent us for many a day. It
is headed by Mr. E. M. Holland, who has
not been seen In Kansas City since he
plajed Colonel Mobcrly In "Alabama," with
the Palmer company, about nine jears ago
It Includes fome of the foremost plaers of
the American stage, as will be seen by the
Oeor Godfrey e. ji. Holland
Alfred Godfray Fritz Wllllama
Bnunalre Samuel Reed
Do fatty pe Clam Ralph Delmore
Jlarrel Jamea Kearney
Randolphs j,r Wilson
Madeline Godfray Eale Tltlel
Madame Brumalre Margie Holloay Flher
Madame Martel Anita Rothe
Rota Martel Miy Buckley
UZetle Ml, Tmh.-,
J"11 Hay Gallyer
.z. "- i.ouis uougiai
Acta T and II At the Brumalre Villa, Auteull.
Act III At the Martcls' Cottage, Naugls.
Nearly four jears ago all Paris was in
a fever of excitement regarding a new
farce which was produced at one of its
local theaters. The people along the boule
vards shouted to each other. "You must
- BO and see "La Tortile.' " This strikes the
kejnote of the Interpretation of this fan
tastic frivolity. gUen by the admirable
company which appears this week at the
Grand opera house, opening with to-day's
matinee. That Paris was correct In its
opinion of "The Turtle." is evidenced by
the remarkable prosperity of the play
when It was produced in this country. Two
hundred and two consecutive performances
in New York city Is a remarkable record,
and It has outlasted all of its earlier com
petitors. It became such a fad and at
tracted so much attention that-upon many
occasions the orchestra was driven under
the i;tage. Porcupine darts of criticisms
were launched upon "The Turtle" when
'i Hret produccd.'-bm they made no particular
one of the very best Trllbjs ever seen on
the local or any other stage. Mr. Granger,
who will be the Svengall. will make his
first appearance in this part this afternoon
He has been more closelj Identified with
heroic and romantic parts than with ec
centric roles, but much is expected of his
assumption of this remarkable character.
The whole cast will be a good one, unless
one maj be very easily mistaken In the
advance estimate of such things. The play
will be staged with special scenery and
costumes, ind It will be the effort of the
managemei t to make the rev n ai as sat
isfactory to those who have s-een the play
before as to those who will see It for the
first time this week. Of the latter there
will doubtless be many, for this will be the
first time that the play has been presented
In this city at popular prices. The revival
should be a very Interesting one. "Trilby"
is not onlj a dramatization of one of the
most popular novels written in recent
j ears, but the dramatization Is one of the
best and most successful that has been
made of a work of fiction.
The story Is one that combines strong
dramatic Interest, a Hvel comedv vein,
an attractive bohemlan atmosphere," unique
characters and character relations, and
over all hangs the spell of msticism
which. It must be admitted. Is one of the
most effective elements that can be used
on the stage. If It bo used discreet! j. The
bill selected to follow "Trllb" Is "Jim
the Penman." which has not been given
In many jears In this cit. The cast for
"Trllbv" will be as follows:
Talbot Wjnne. "Taffy" Mr James Fulton
Alexander McAllister. "The Laird". Mr. Wllran Enos
William Bagot. "Little Blllee" . Mr lloy Bennett
Srengall Mr Willis Grange?
i.eiuo Mr. Walter I), lireene
Due de la Rochemartel Mr Him Bcregford
Theodore de la Farge Mr. Luke Conness
Rer. Thomas Bagot , Mr Will Davis
Colonel Kaw Mr. James rhllllps
Antfiony Mr Frank Bronson
Lorlmer Mr. Henry Dews
rhilllpe Mr. Harry Long
Trilby O'Farrell Mis Jane Kennark
Mrs Bagot Miss 7oe Halbert
lime. Vlnard Miss Gertrude Berkeley
Angele Miss Inez Macauley
Honorlne Miss Emma Dunn
Susctte Mils May Kctchum
The scene Is laid In Paris
Act I Studio of "The Three Musketeers of the
Brush " Place St Anatole des Arts in the Latin
Act II The same studio on Christmas eve, a
Act III Foyer of the Cirque des Bashlbazmiks, in
the Rue St. Honore, five years later.
Act IV. Apartment In the Hotel Bristol, Place
Vendome, five days later.
George Soule Spencer has been engaged
as leading support In Lucile Djer's pro
duction of "The Secret of Sable Island"
at the Coates next Friday and Saturday
evenings. Mr. Spencer Is one of the best
known oung actors on the stage and for
the past two seasons has held the Im
portant position of leading Juvenile In
Mme. Modjeska's compan. He created a
marked impression here week before last.
notably In "Mary Stuart," in which piece
he plajed Sir Edward Mortimer, In which
part he succeeds Otis Skinner and Joseph
Ha worth, who have both been seen here
in the same companj-. Mr. Spencer has
been engaged again for the Modjeska com
pany next season He has had muclr.ex
perience in some of the leading stock
organizations of the countrj-. besides hav
ing starred successfully In the East.
AVhile Miss Djer Is tnought to possess
most of the attributes of a great actress,
she Is without experience and comes hon
estly before the public as a novice, relj lng
as much on the general excellence of her
support and production as on her Indi
vidual efforts to please her audience. It
hard work and perseverance can make
success, her share of it should be large.
AV, A. Dcmmon. the writer of the pla,
has had much exnerlence in that direction
and should be capable of writing a play
to please the public as well as the one
from his pen did last season on the same
stage. Entirely new scenerj has been
painted for the third act, showing the In
terior of the wreck of the Princess Amelia.
The play was suggested bj historical le
gends of the Island and while it should
not be classed as a sensational drama, It
Is brimful of dramatic climaxes and stir
ring scenes. Louise Demmon. who has
staged many plays successfully In this
cltj, has the stage management in charge
and Is rehearsing the companj, which is
made up of -both -professional and local
plajcrs. The)-full .cast Js subjoined:
Ttf nerkr?j.fr.'i,..Mr.'Georgcrsoule Spencer
B Is Scheme.
critic, and for that reason what he sajs
or Sauer Is particularly Interesting and
"You wish to know mj- opinion of Mr.
Sauer? I can be brief about it and sum
up all my admiration for this extraordlnarj
man In the few words he Is a wonder. Let
me not speak of his technlc. I have hcla
all along that such technlc as Intrudes
upon the notice of the auditor does not
deserve the dignified name of technlc. but
should be called acrobatics. Sauer's tech
nlc is so transcendent as to conceal itself
with the most artistic discreetness. I have
never met with such a vailetj of moods in
any one man and never saw such perfect
balance withal. He can be as masculine as
a rough rider; as odd as a gnome; as love
ly and cajoling as a woman; as serene as
a sunset on the plains and as raging as a
storm on the seas When he plays I have
the feeling as if he, far from exhibiting
his skill, were rather conversing with the
composer of his work, and I want to cud
dle up In my chair and let his music pour
over me like the shower of fragrant May
blossoms " j . .
Several railroads have offered special
rates to parties for the recital and there
will be delegations from Topeka. Law
rence, Ottawa, Baldwin, Olathe, Leaven
worth. Libert Atchison Fort Scott and
St. Joseph, aside from other towns. All of
the large boxes except one. and two of
the smaller boxes have been disposed of.
Sauer will arrive In Kansas Cltj' the
morning of the recital, Slay S.
STOKIHS AND GOSSIP OF TUB STAGE.
Blanche Walsh Is sending out through
the mails a circular outlining vaguely what
she calls a "movement" for "the National
Liberal Theater of America." Miss Walsh
is an excellent actress, anu
nnpnrilvnrHl plearness is one
of the best qualities of her
stage efforts. But she presents
this project hazilj'. Upon one
point, however, she is not to
ue misunuerstoou. onu vw-min
to collect some monej. Site asks people
throughout the country to start "endless
chains" of 10-cent letters, the cash proceeds
to be sent to an unnamed secretary at .m
address in Brookljn She requests, also,
that dollars be mailed to the same plice for
copies of "The Master of Paimjra," which,
sho sajs. is a drama translated from Ger
man Into English Miss Walsh takes her
cue for action from Mark Twain's recently
published belief that we ought to have tin
endowed theater. Her methodical Inten
tions are not expressed with any fullness.
She Is sure, though that the theater which
she has in mind will "pander to no country
in particular, but give the best," and that
the acting will bo done by "the pick of the
English speaking, artists of the world.
it is a fair 'inference, if not a certaintj,
that she regards Blanche AValsh as the
right actress to enact the leading fem-.Ie
roles. "I am but a woman," she sajs I
only pretend to one thing, and that Is to
act. I do not saj that 1 can do that well,
though my critics take the opposite view.
The scheme Is to foster Illustrative art in
various waj-s An exhibition of pictures,
which shall rival the Paris salon, and a
critical Journal, the Censor, with Ideal cor
respondents In all quarters of the civilized
globe, are included In tho lajout. An
architect is designing the structure for
this National Liberal Theater of America,
but she feels that she "need not go Into
that matter now." What she wants right
off Is some monej. It would take a volume,
she declares, to describe all the things she
thinks of. "The enterprise is elaborate,"
she addr, "but In my own mind it works
like clockwork. I am not oblivious of the
stern fact that human nature must be
taken fullv into account, and that therein
no nil th'o nlistiicles " How verj- true'
"But shall we," as she rouslngly puts It,
"lag In art?" So let the endless chain
clink with dimes and the dollars roll over
one another in their haste to get to Miss
AValsh. "We feel that if we succeed only
In arousing a dormant interest in the
movement," she exclaims, with a nalvette
which should silence the faintest whisper
of selfish design, "our labor will not have
been wholly In aln."
by having Christian shot before fighting
begins. Altogether, the production is one
that Is calculated to nlease. and as the
actor sagely remarks. It's nonsense to carry
sixty people w hen j ou can do the plaj
Just as well with sev en. Washington Post.
The following table of the birthplaces and
ages of different famous theatrical stars
will doubtless prove Interesting to plaj-
Impression upon Its shell.'and It came out John Van Etten , ...Mr. George Franklrn
of New- York with a big record. It is
conceded that It has the funniest third act
in anj- of the recent farcical Importations,
and that no play produced In New York
has been better acted. It certainly Is a
very notable organization, including such
skilled artists as Isabelle Evcsson, Jennie
Hclffarth. Ada Dcaves, Marion Ballon, Lil
lian Coleman, Slgnor Peruglnl, George Hol
land, Louis Imhaus, Hudson Llston, Ulrlc
B. Collins and Charles Sinclair. In addi
tion to this, the New York production Is
carried complete In esery detail. The
mounting of tho nuptial chamber in tho
second act Is said to be lavish to the point
of prodlgalitj-. Tho cast will be as fol
lows: Chaznpaller, a retired grocer, nicknamed by his wife
"Tne Turtle" Slgnor Peruglnl
Leonle. his wife Miss Isabslle Evesson
Mme. Lemarqcis. his mother.. ..Miss Jennie Relffarth
Briquet, a friend of the faml1....Mr. George Holland
Adolphe, a poster painter Mr. Ulrlc B Collins
Jumard, a divorce lawyer... Mr. Louis Imhaus
Dr. Slgnol, a physician Mr. Charles Clnclali
First expressman -.. Mr. Frank Munha
Second expressman .H...........Mr. James Atherton
Coromlssalre de police Mr A. L. Trahern
Joseph, a waiter Mr Robert Glroux
Glboleau. a provincial Innkeeper.. Mr Hudxon Llston
Mme. Glboleau, his wife........... .Miss Ada Deaves
Juliette, his daughter Miss Lillian Coleman
Angele, a chambermaid at the hotel ..............
Miss Marion Ballou
Act I The country home of M. Champaller, at
Act II The bridal chamber at the Hotel d'Ar
Act III. The corridor of the Hotel d'Armenonrllle.
The Orpheum patrons maj- expect an
artistic treat during the week which be
gins with tho matinee thlc afternoon, for
Manager Lthman has engaged as the lead
ing attraction the distinguished actor. Fe
lix Morris, who will be seen In two of
the delightful little plajs for which he is
famous. Mr. Morris gave such high satis
faction when he was here earlier in the
season, that It Is safe to say that his
present engagement will be even more suc
cessful. He will open this afternoon In the
humorous and sentimental comedj-, "The
Vagabond." which Mill be presented until
Thursdaj', During his former engagement
Mr. Morris gave several performances of
"The Vagabond." but as It was toward the
close of the week., many of the regular
attendants of the Orpheum did not see the
plaj, which Is worthj to be considered as
among the ery best this gifted actjr has
ever produced. In the character of the old
soldier. In rags and tntters. reduced to ex
treme poverty bj drink and misfortune,
Mr. Morris finds ample scope for the display-
of his ttlents. and he brings the smiles
and the looks of sjmpathy in rapid suc
cession. Beginning with Thursday Mr. Mor
ris will present "Percy Pcndragon," a com
edy which was a pan of the repertoire of
the late Roslna Vokes, in which Mr. Mor
ris appeared many times with that pop
ular actress. In the part of the crocltety
ni,t imrln Mr. Morris is seen at his best as
n delineator of eccentric characters, and It
Ned Cameron .Mr Addison Wadiworlh
Rev Philander Phudge Mr James S Wood
Captain Qulgley Mr. John Kalger
Salvation Sam . Mr. Prank Lott
Antonio Cflpello ....Mr. JackW'oods
Major Sholweu -Mr. wooat
Dawklns Mr. Floyd Minot
Ethel Copeland Mlss.LuclIe Dyer
Lou Meeks . .. Mrs M Frechette
Bessie Maltland Miss Marie Reardon
Hester Maltland Miss Genevlete Lowell
Mammy Meeks Mrs Julia-Downing
Halleluiah Helen Miss Marguerite Graham
Lady Copeland Miss Louise Dcmmon
Dew Drop Master Ernest Tmex
The last Philharmonic concert of the sea
son, which will be In the nature of a ben
efit for the orchestra's conductor, Mr. Carl
Busch, will be given at the Coates this
afternoon at 3.20 The programme will
be a verj attractive one. Including three
novelties victor lierDert s new marcn
"The Twentj -second Regiment," the same
composer s American Fantasie. and La
glo's waltz for string Instruments, all of
wnicn win aengnt tnose wno nave appre
ciation for orchestral music. The pro
gramme as a whole will be. a light one,
and this Is perhaps well, considering the
popular cnaracter or tne occasion Mr.
Carl Walther. violinist, will be the soloist.
But, aside from the music that will be
given, there will be special Interest in the
event as It will afford an opportunitv to
testify to the worth of Mr. Busch and his
organization Mr. Busch, during the set
son that Is just closing, has assumed the
entire pecuniarj responsibility for the
Philharmonic concerts, and has carried the
scries through without anj' change In ar
rangements and without any lowering of
the high standard set by previous seasons.
He deserves a big benefit and as he has
manj ardent friends he will doubtless have
a large audience on this occasion. The
March, "Twenty-second Regiment, N. G S. N. Y."
Overture. "Orpheus" (Offenbach)
alae, "Un Beso por el Clelo," for string orchestra
"American Phantasie" (Herbertl.
Selections from "Faust" (Gounod)
Spanish Dance, No S (Sarasate), Mr Carl Walther
"Sunshine Song" (Grieg).
The Steindel concert companj-, the second
organization to appear In the Kansas City
Athenaeum course at the Auditorium, will
give a concert at the theater next Thursdaj-
afternoon. The companv is headed by
Mr. Bruno Steindel, violoncellist, one of the
greatest artists on this beautiful Instru
ment. He was for a long time associated
with Theodore Thomas' orchestra, with
which organization. he was first 'cello He
was brought from Berlin b -r. Thomas at
the time the orchestra was jrganlzed for
Chicago The company also Includes Mrs.
Bruno Steindel, pianist; Miss Minnie Tish
Grlfiln, soprano, and Mr. Edmond Schueck
er, harpist, all distinguished artists, and the
combination of such Instrumentalists will
Insure a programme of unusual varletj
Richard Mansfield, Heligoland, German,
Joseph Jefferson. Philadelphia, 1S29.
ai uoouwin. Boston. i5o?
John Drew. Philadelphia, 1833
E. SI.- Holland, New York, ISIS
H. C. Barnabee, Portsmouth, N. H , 1833.
E. H Sothern. England, ISM
Sir Henry Irving, Kenton. England, 1838.
Frank C. Bangs, Alexandria, Pa., 1835.
Maude Adams, Salt Lake Citj-, 1872.
Belle Archer, Easton, Pa , lbbO.
Julia Arthur, Canada, 186
Sarah Bernhardt, Paris, 1844.
Calve, Aveyron, France. 1864
Georgia Cajvan, Bath, Me, 1858.
Jean de Reszke, AVarsaw, 1S50
Edouard de Reszke, AVarsaw, 1833.
Delia Fox. St. Louis. 1871.
Anna Held. Paris. 1S73
Janauschek. Prague, 1S30
Mrs. Kendall, England. 1S19.
Mrs. Fiske. New Orleans, 1863.
Sadie Martlnot. Yonkers, N. A . 1837.
Melba, Melbourne, Australia, 1SG6.
Nordica. Farmington, Me,, 1838.
Pattl. Madrid, 1S1J.
Ada Rehan. Limerick, Ireland. I860.
Lillian Russell. Clinton, la,. I860
Ellen Terrj-. Coventrj, England, 1843.
Lily Langtrj-. England, 1S52.
May Irwin, Toronto, Canada, 1862.
The v ersatllity and amiability of Mr. Rob
ert AVIziarde were demonstrated at the bal
lad concert given at the Acadcmv of Music
Frldaj- evening, when a number of friends
of this talented joung Kansas Citjan gave
evidence of their appreciation. The audi
ence was large, and enjojed a very unique
urocrammc. consisting mainly of tho com
positions of Mr. AVIziarde, both In verse
and music. Mr. AA'iziarde has written
much, dividing his time between poetical
effusions, fanciful, domestic sketches and
ballad music, and all this has been done
between his duties as a teacher of music,
a concert singer and a publisher. On the
occasion in question he sang some of his
own songs, and several of his poems were
recited by Helen Fairlamb, the child read
er. Mr. AVIziarde has a very delicate senti
ment and a fluent stjle He thinks as
much of a triolet as he does of a column
storj". He Is especlallj fond of child studies
and other domestic themes, and not a few
of his pleasing trifles have gone the rounds
of the press.
A New, York compiler, who has doubt
less done some guessing and less figuring,
makes estimates as to the ages and the
past season's earnings of some of the most
conspicuous theatrical stars
These rough estimates 'are
Actors Ages not usually worth much, but
and with the exception of several
stars mentloneu. wno arc
reallv only "leading people,"
iiin "flpiirps in the following
table of earnings, based on a thlrtj -weeks
season, arc probablj not far wrong:
Gross earnings, estimated, of twelve lead
ing American star actressesjn this thlrtj -week
season with their companies:
Name AR' receipts
Maude Adams ? i ?
Mrs Leslie Carter 34 330 000
Viola Allen 36 300.000
Julia Marlowe 34 KO.000
Ada Rehan 39 0 000
Lillian Russell 39 0 000
Annie Russell 35 0.0M
Adele Ritchie 5 M0 000
,- irwin 37 1M 000
Anna Held ........ M l 000
A"nf ;". 30 IMOOO
Minnie Maddern Fiske 33 100,000
Sahib," now plajlng In London. Thej- sav
he plajs the part with great power nnd
makes it quite pathetic. He also made
quite a hit there in the part of Athos in
' Three Musketeers."
Mme. Calve Is not the only -vocalist who
has erroneouslj been announced as 111 bj
certain French writers. Mile. Dclna, who
Is well known at Covent Garden, recently
Issued an amusing rebuke to one of these
paragraphists. She wrote: "You announce
I am serlouslj- ill. I cannot further conceal
from jou the fact that I am dead Marie
Delna. P. S I shall sing at mj- own
Two old men, who have been rather
widely described In recent months as be
ing utterlj broken down and at the end ot
their respective careers, seem to bo very
much alive at this particular moment.
They are A'lctorlen Sardou and Sir Henry
Irving, and their "Robespierre" seems to
haje made the greatest success ever scored
by Sardou as an author or Henry Irving
as an actor.
The cast for -Jacob Litt's production of
"Shenandoah," at the Broadway theater.
May 1, will Include Marj- JIatnpton, Grace
Henderson, Nannette Con'stock, Bijou Fer
nandez. Alice Riker, riorence Stover. Jo
seph Haworth, J. H. Gllmour, Frank Losec
R. A. Roberts, Louis Hendricks. , Otis Tur
rer. Earl Rjder, George Wright,. Joseph
Slajtor, and others. Rehearsals are non
progressing under the direction ot R. A
Roberts. The production will be a new
one In cverj- respect.
A correspondent sends meager details of
an unusual performance of "Hamlet '
which was given recently In St. Petersburg
at the palace of the Gnnd Duke Con-
stantlne. The Russian translation of the
play was made bj the grand duke, who
also appeared in the chief role. "The
duke's conception of Hamlet was quite
original," sajs mj- correspondent, and It's
Msv to lipllpvo rtfm Thn nv.rir -inil i-T.ipln.l
ami the members of lhe Imperial house-
iiuiu saw ine penormancc, no one else ue
It is a haunv poinnidenco thnt lirlnrs to
gether two distinguished brothers In this
weeks Kansas City plaj bills. Jlr. E M
Holland will be seen In "On and Off" it
the Coates and Mr. George Holland In ' The
Turtle" at the Grand Mr. E M. Holland
nas not been teen In Kansas City in manj
jears, his last appearance here having been
.is Colonel Moberlj In "Alabama" when
that plaj- was given here for the first
time. Mr. Georgo Holland was last seen
nere-as uencral Haverlll in 'Shenandoah.
and Mr. Joseph Holland, the third brothpr
or tnis distinguished r.imllj-. was here last
season wjin - i ne jiystcrious air. Hugie.
Here are two stories about Emll Sauer,
the German pianist: Onetime, while Sauer
was a student of music he walked up to a
man who was playing the piano at a
countrj- dance and, tapping him on the
shoulder, &ald: "Mj friend.. let me show
jou a few things about plaj lng the piano
that jou don't knowv" Tho man became
Indignant, and a light ensued. .After the
disturbance had been quelled Sauer began
playing and v as. kept at it for four hours.
Once, In a German town, when the weather
was hot, Sauer decided to have his hair
cut. It having grown longer than usuil.
AVhat was his surprise as he walked past
the barber shop the next day to find his
shorn hair In the w indow and for sale at jl
Matinee To-day, To-night and All Week.
THE SEASON'S SENSATIONAL SUCCESS,
THAT MUCH DISCUSSED FARCE,
"I'm not so slow!
I'm French, you knoTvl"
200 BOOMING NIGHTS IN NEW YORK.
All Paris and Berlin Flocked to See It.
The Piquancy and Dash of the Comedie Francais and Palais Ro)al
Interpreted by Skilled American rtists Who
Possess the True French Finesse.
THE NOTED CAST INCLUDES:
Cll AS. SINCLAIR.
NET ATTRACTION SUNDAY, MAY 7th.
MAY IRWIN W KATE KIP
is generally admitted that he has no supe- an,i uroat excellence, and something dlffer-
rlor In that line. Another big feature of
the bill will bo the nrst appearance ne-e ot
the l'antzcr brothers, acknowledged prob
ably the greatest head to head balancers In
the world Wnterburj brothers and Tcnney
will be on hand with their musical special
t'. which has nlwajs made a great hit
whenever It Ins been given here. Polk and
Kolllns, thu former of whom Is a Kansas
Citjan, will be welcomed back, for they
have established themselves as being
among the most accomplished banjoists
who ever plajed In this cltj Baby Moore,
who delighted the audience on the occa
sion of the charity bonellt recently, and
-who Is a talented little Kansas City tot,
will make her tlrt professional appearance
In her pleasing songs and dances
Istfr and Stevens, mrntrlc aerobata and dancers.
Maud Meredith, elnclnc comedienne
Waterburr Broa. and Tenns, InMrumentallsts and
Fantier Brothers, head to head talancera and ac
robats. nabj Moore, "The Little snnbeam "
The alutimtulKhed actor, Mr. Tellr Morris, and his
company, Monday, Tuefcday and Wednesday In 'The
Vagabond." Thursday, Friday and Saturday. "IVrcy
Toll, and Kolllns. the musical artists.
Trlnce Satsoma. Oriental InagllnE and balanclnc.
The announcement thnt Miss Kennark
will appear as Trilbj at the Auditorium
this week Is In itself enough to arouse un
usual Interest In lhe revival of this plaj
bv the 'Woodward stock compan.v. This ex
ceedingly clever actress has made a mor.t
favorable Impression the past week in the
character of Vera, a role that gave her
but limited scope, nnd sho should be still
more effective In the part of Du Mnurlers
heroine Miss Kennark has shown line re
pose and picturesque Impresslveness. nnd
these effects will greatlj enhance certain
r-cenes in the great hj-pnotlc plaj-. it soems
whollj probable that this actress will be
ent from anything else that has been given
or announced In Kansas Cltj' this season.
The ract that one or the greatest living
harp plajers will appear at the Auditorium
Thursdav- afternoon. Maj- 4. calls attention
to the met mat witn tne exception or
Blamiililn. who appeared at the Gilliss
shortly after Its completion, no great harp
plaj er has been heard here In twenty jears
The patrons of the concert will be amazed
at tne cxiraorninarj- enpacuj- or tne narp
In the hands of a master artist when thej
hear Mr. Schuecker. A volume of tone
capable of tilling the largest hall and a
technlc rterfectlv marvelous will ddlirht Ills
j auditors Great pianists we often hear,
OUl a HIiriU'iltlllUUB 1IU1I lJlHJlTS visits
are so rare as to be almost unknown. Mr.
Schuecker and his harp are but a part of
this concert nnd not the greatest part
when, the great Steindel la considered.
The Snucr Event.
If there Is anj thing of value In the
strongest Indications, Emll Sauer will plaj
for an audience crowding the Coates thea
ter from orchestra rail to the last row In
the gallery Monday evening. May K His
coming has aroused almost extraordinary
Interest tn ivansas v,uy ana surrounoing
towns, and It Is not unlikely that the sit
uation here will be much as It "lias been
elsewhere mercl j' a question of who will
iret the tickets first. The Coates Is not
large, and the subscription reservations
have covered a generous part of the entire
theater. The general sale of reserved seats
will open at J. W. Jenkins' Sons". 921 Main
street, and Carl Hoffman's. 1012 Walnut
Mrect, to-morrow morning at 3 o'clock.
Viewed In the light of Constantln von
Sternberg's opinion. Sauer's recital should
be an episode of enthusiasm and enjoy
ment. Sternberg, by the waj Is not un
known to fame himself as a pianist and
The spirit of iconoclasm rampant In
Japan which has succeeded in destrojlng
manj- of tho ancient usages of the empire
and now threatens to upset Its religious
ideals, has not vet made vlsl-
The ble progress against the tradi-
t. -... tons of the stage, according
Japanese t0 an 0Dservlng traveler who
Theater. Is now delivering some inter
esting lectures on the subject
In London. Our own theatrical managers
could learn valuable lessons from the little
people of the East, he thinks, although
they are In the rut which they have trav
olpil for nearlv three centuries.
The comfort of the audience Is alwass
the first care. Even- one smokes and
everv one eats and drinks between acts.
The women drink tea and the men rice
wine, while the babies loudly and numer
ously Imbibe milk. When the audience Is
tired there is an inclosure containing ioun-t.-ilns.
trees and booths, in which to stroll.
Another striking structural advantage is
the hava-mlchi or flower walks Two raised
platforms extend from the stage across the
pit to the rear of the house. Along these
tne actors irequenuj inane uieu cailt,
which offer splendid opportunity for pro
cessional effect. Once it was the custom
to strew these walks with flowers In honor
of favorite actors, but the practice is now
done away with.
If one desires a seat It is bad form to
secure It at tho box olllce The tea-houses,
which are alvvajs found In numbers around
leading plaj houses, are supplied with tick
ets, and with such purchases one also gets
attendance and refreshments. A place
where one's watch, pocketbook and val
uables maj- be deposited for safe keeping
is also supplied, for Japan has Its own
fraternity of pickpockets.
Having left his shoes at the door and
handed the usher his tobacco box and
cushion, the patron Is conducted to a box
literally a box. It Is intended to, hold live
people, but three -can crowd In It with
niisslnir comfort. If thih box Is In the cal-
lcrj the best part of the house It costs
about $3. Directly beneath It the boxes
sell for $2 30, and a box In the pit maj be
had for J2. A seat in the pit is worth 12
In the old dajs the performances began
about dawn, but the government Is now
exercising a paternal supervision over pop
ular amusement and is limiting the per
formances to ten hours. To get there by
10 o'clock is time enough
No droning theater orchestra beguiles tho
tedium of waiting between acts with bad
music. Instead a series of beautiful cur
tains Is exhibited for the entertainment of
the audience These audiences are all of
the middle class, for the aristocracy shuns
the theater. They have their own drama
artalc plays, which are unintelligible to
The highest aim of the drama Is edifica
tion, not illusion Beauty and dutv are
the results alwaj-s ke.pt In view. There
fore the audience Is not supposed to see
the black-draped scene-shifters who change
the settings and move about the stage at
all times assisting the actors.
The theater also plajs the double unc
tion of schoolmaster and priest. To watch
act after act of a historical tragedv is
like studjlng deeply into the standard
works of historj. Interallied bj the prints
of masters. The dignity of the theme Is
never lost in nttempts to Introduce humor.
The dramas never fall below an estab
lished standard Virtue and loj-nlty are
traits of human character that alwajs
tlnd favor. A father never fails to kill
his child to oblige his sovereign, and these
Abraham-like escapades abound In the
The time will come when the Japanese
drama will disappear, together with tho
rest of the cumbersome Oriental customs
of the empire. The Japs should not an
ticipate that time with anj- degree of joj.
When It comes it maj- bring with it some
Miss Hjbcrta Prjme, a niece of President
McKlnlcj, Is about to show- foreigners what
she can do In soubrctte and monologue
parts. Maj- 1, or thereabouts she will sail
for London, where she Is to begin a lucra
tive engagement under the management of
a European agent. Miss Prjme Is to be
gone at least six months, and will be seen
In Paris, Berlin nnd other cities before
her return. Miss I'ryme has appeared at
several of the New York theaters in vau
deville performances, but recently the oe
mnnds for her from club nnd other private
social organizations have kept her con-stantlj-
engaged. She has made big hits
during the winter and spring at the Mill
ionaires';! New York Athletic and other
clubs. Miss Prjme possesses a sweet and
well trained soprano voice New York
I had a letter jesterdaj- from a friend
of mine In stagclnnd. who used to plaj
Colonel Moberly In "Alabama," years ago,
before he took to the "ten, twentj-, thlrtj"
repertoire companj-, nnd an In
r r.no come of $10,000 clear a jear.
byrano jje jg piaying somewhere in
With Seven the Middle West, and he
r-cop e. tremendous success he has had
with "Cyrano de Bergcrac '
Packed houses have greeted him everj--where.
He Isn't impeded on his travels by
a useless lot of scenerj- nor bj- an annoj
ingly large companj. He plajs "Cjrano"
with just exactlj seven people In the cast.
The lirst act the Hotel de Bourgogne
scene he manages by having all the tur
moil and quarrel take place off the stage,
with somebodj- In sight of the audience
looking off Into the wings and telling of It.
Cvrano makes his ilrst entrance lighting
his. "I shall strike as I end tho refrain"
duel. The bakeshop scene Is pared down
judlclouslj, and the battle scene is avoided
Average age J2.TI0.900
Gross receipts of eleven star actors, based
on a season oi iniriy weens;
Richard Mansfield -
Nat C Goodwin 42
Edward H Sothern 35
Denman Thompson r&
Sol Smith Ruwll 31
Henry Miller -- 3'
William H Cran . ...54
Andrew Mack 33
James K. Hackett 30
I 425 000
44 :,88r 000
Trltz Williams, the actor who has so
capital a part In "On andOH." the comedj
lhaT will be seen athe jtjpatestni? week.
Is more fond" of golfthant'of blcj cling, not
'withstanding he knows enough aboutjldlng
a blclcle to have used it with consummate
skill when he was courting nis wue, miss
Katherine Florence,' now the leading lady
of Mr. Sothern's company. He. plaj-ed a
trick upon her. which was verj- slmpla-and
jet most effective. Miss Florence is fonn
of bicj cling and very proud of the number
of miles she can go without getting tired.
One daj, while fixing her bicjele for her,
Mr. Williams, then, her most ardent ad
mirer, managed to add another fixture to
the front wheel so that the cjclometer
registered exactly double the number of
miles that It ought to register. On one
spoke of the front wheel of a blcjcle
equipped with a cjclometer there Is a
small nut which strikes the cjclometer
at every revolution Mr. Williams put
another nut on another spoke and got dou
b'e speed out of the cjclometer a little de-.
tall which Miss Florence did not notice, al
though she was amazed at the ease with
which she could make tremendous dis
tances when riding In Mr- AVHIIams' companj-.
Ten miles seemed no further than
live when she was riding with someone
else. Mr. Williams assured her that.it was
all because he made the time pass so agree
ablv that she noticed neither miles nor
fatigue, and In the end he convinced her
that she could do no better thnn to con
tinue through life with so delightful a part
Three Niphts "and Wednesday
Monday, May 1st,
Charles Frohman Presents His
Funniest and Most Suc
"If I Orlr Had a Job,'
HEAR MISS IRIAHN SINGi
"I've Got Him Dead," "Dere's Sumpm' 'Boat Yo That I Like." "Slie't a T&oroozbbfcd.'
"When You Ain't Got No Money Yo Needn't Come Round."
S . .. . .
Are You Going to
To be held in Kansas Cily's magnificent
Wednesday, May 10,
Given under the direction of the Relief vk
Committee of the Independent Order of Jvj
Foresters. If you are you had better get v2j
your badges ot admission early, as the seat
ing capacity of the Arena floor will not be
Admission Badges Now on Sale at $1.00
EACH, AT THE FOLLOWING PLACES: J
MK AT CONVENTION HALL BOX OFFICE, on Monday and Tuesday from 2 till 5 p. i
AT IIUCkE'S DRUG STORE. Ilth AND WALNUT STREETS, and DIAMOND DRUG STORE.
904 MAIN STREET, till the night of the ball. M
SEATS IN THE ARENA BALCONY BOXES will be sold atoOc each at theConven-H
tion Hall box office next Saturday only.
VK The concert will be bj-the famous Third Regiment Band. The entertain-
vK ment Is under the direction of Miss Eunice Wraj- Fulton and will Include the
sPv appearance oi -air. james iuuon. s
MK Only those who purchase I. O. F. badges will be permitted to occupy seats'
vK on the arena lloor for the entertainment, or to participate In the dancing atl-yK
sv Tickets for seats above the arena floor can still be obtained free upon thesv
4 purchase of $1 worth of merchandise from anj- one of the merchants In the list
MS previously published. "
3 ANNOUNCEMENT TO FORESTERS: v
. The members of the I. O. F. Relief Committee and all other Foresters are J
v reqursted to meet at Foresters hall, Missouri aenue and Main street, Monday v
4v "'Mill iu icvut; uisii uv.uuiia auu iuiji juauiu uu-cuiik iiiv uau uuu cinci iui-
G.Hf "IC"V .
Same cast and production as seen
for over M0 nights at the Madison
Square Theater, New York.
E M. Hollanl, rrltz 'Williams,
Samuel Reed, Ralph Delmore,
James Kearncj", James "Wilson, Es
sie Tittcl, Margaret Gordon, Mag
gie Hollow aj- Fisher. Maj- Lam
bert, Anita Rothe, May Galljer,
Louise Douglas and others
MUSICAL AD DItMYTIC NOTES.
"Hands Across the Sea" Is tho title of
Sousa's new march
Edward Kreiser, the organlbt, gave a re
cital In Hutchinson last Thursdaj night.
Ethelj nn Palmer has been re-engaged for
tho Sallsburj-, stock company, Milwaukee,
for next season
In London It Is announced that Kyrle
Dellew wll) be a member of Julia Arthur's
companj net season
At the rillplno theaters of Manila it is
the custom to show appreciation bj toss
ing coins on the stage In lieu of bouquets.
C. Leslie Allen has been engaged to pltj
Archdeacon 'Wealthj- In support of his
daughter, Viola, In "The Christian" next
Charles Haw trey, the popular English
actor. Is to make a visit to America early
next season under the management of
George Y. Lederer.
Charles Klein Is engaged upon a new
play for Sol Smith Russell, which is de
scribed as "a psjchologlcal-domcstlc
drama of American life."
Charles B. Hanford has retired from the
MacLean-Tyler-Hanford combination. R.
V. MacLean and Odette Tjler will continue
to star jointij- next season.
Among the famous old stories now In
preparation for the theater Is tho well
known "Charlotte Temple." The stage
version Is In the form ot three acts and
Miss Janette Steer, an English actress,
appeared latelj at a Birmingham theater
in the role of Hamlet. Her Hamlet Is said
to have been by no means womanish, and
the effort won her praise.
Lucille La Verne, who played here with
Frank Mavo. and later on with his sou
In "Fudd'nhead Wilson." is to star In May
In a new play written for her by George
Foster Piatt. Jt is called "A Woman's
John E. Kcllerd will sail for Europe on
May S, returning late in July, Ha will be
featured with Madame Modjeska next
season. The repertoire will include "Mic
beth." "Much Ado About Nothing." -'Mary
Stuart," ana a new plaj-.
The Lyric quartette, which Is composed
or Mrs. lien nonenoacK. soprano, airs.
Clara Farwell-Voorhees. contralto; Mr. Ben
Hollenback, tenor, and Mr. E. K. Chaffee,
basso, has been engaged for the third
annual saengerfest at Moberlj, Mo, June
G to 9.
May Irwin. In "Kate Kip, Bujer," will
follow- "The Turtle" at the Grand. This
plaj- was first produced In this city about
a jear ago, and has been used as Miss Ir
win's sole attraction this season, which has
been a verj successful one with the co
Prince, the slajcr of William Terrlss,
has written a letter to Sir Henry In lng.
Its contents have not been made known,
but the fact that Sir Henry has turned
the letter over to the authorities Is slg
nlllcant. Prince Is now confined In the
Broadmoor Insane asjlum.
As many as four complete performances
of "Der Ring das Nlbclungen" are to be
given between the 10th Inst, and May 10
at the Rojal theater, Madrid, under the
direction respectively of Dr. Hans Rlchter,
Herr. Felix Mottl and Dr. Muck, of Berlin.
The performances will be In the, Spanish
Frank Mills, the American actor. Is one
of the actors who made impressions in the.
character of Captain Wedlev- Vicars. In
Hcnrj- Arthur Jones' new play, "Canute,
Monday Night, May 8,
Go on sale Monday Morning, Mav
1, at 9 o'clock, at J. V. Jenkins'
Sons' and Carl Hoffman's music
Prices, $1, $1.50 and $2.
;KAN5A5 CITY'S Ek SOCIETY VAUDEVILLE TMEATCR
COVlfflENCING THIS BFTERNOON.
i Wednesday, '
) The Delightful
THE GREATEST ACTS IN VAUDEVILLE
THE RETURN OF THE DISTINGUSQED ACTOR,
AND HIS EXCELLENT COMPANY. PSESEMCsG
Waterbury Bros, and Tenney.
POLK AND KOLUNS.
BabyiooreJ PANTZER BROTHERS PriricTwal
LESTER AND STEVENS.
PRICES NEVER CHANGING.SIasSfc6'
Tel. 5 70,
WOODWARD & BUGESS. MANAGERS.
Commencing Week Sinday, Matinee To-day. and al'
Week. Hatmee tt eJnesday and Saturday at 2-10
THE WOODWARD STOCK COMPANY
Ptc.tcnt.i for the Firt Time
at Thex Prices
The Well Known and Socceufnl Play
Complete in every detail and a bit cast.
f JIM THE PENMAN.
Matinee Wednesday, May J, Fifth Sonrenir Mati
nee: Photofraph of Mr. Wilson Enos to all purchasers
of 21c tickets ;ien free.
.NOTICE 'Phene orders for Snnday seals art only
held tmtll 7 o'clock, then sold.
THURSDAY AFTERNOON, MAY 4,
Bruno Steindel Co.
Bruno SttfnrW, Edmund Schneckrr,
Mrs. Steindel, Minnie Fish Griffin,
UNDER THE AUSPICES KANSAS CITY ATHLNEim.
15th and Forest.
ALL THIS WEEK.
Performances Nightly at 8:15.
Dog and Pony
Children, . . . 15 Cents.
Adults, . . . .j . 25 Cents.
Starting- Tuesday at 3 p. m.
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MONDAY EVENING, MAY 1st,
At TURNER HALL,
Cor. 12th and Oak St. Special seats for whit: spectators.
See priies in Morton's Sons' window. Kill Main St.
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