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WITH the advent of the New Year
let us hope for a higher class of
dramatic entertainment than has been
vouchsafed this city since the close of
the season of 1902-03 last June.
It may be urged that the really first
class attractions of last season did
not meet with the patronage warrant
ed, but granting that, it does not af
ford any solace or satisfaction to the
people who enjoy a clever entertain
ment, to the theater-goers who rec
ognize a good show when they see it.
No criticism of local theatrical man
agement is intended in calling atten
tion to the mediocre character of the
general run of dramatic entertainment
furnished St. Paul. Patrons of the
drama reserve the right to find fault
■with it, just as the people claim the
privilege of criticising the weather.
Neither can be helped.
The fact Is that the summer of 1903
In the Northwest was an exceedingly
damp, cold, disagreeable affair. It is
equally true that the first half of the
dramatic season of 1903-04 has offer
ed few really meritorious plays and
commendable performances, in propor
tion to the number of second-rate af
fairs, only too evidently designed for
consumption in the provinces.
In the domain of the drama Joseph
Jefferson, with his not overaccom
plished company, and Clara Blood
good in "The Girl With the Green
Eyes" are easily the surpassing at
tractions, while' in the desert of mu
sical offerings, "Dolly Varden," with
the inimitable Lulu Glaser, and "The
Chinese Honeymoon" easily distance
the other efforts.
Perhaps the public itself is at fault
for the dearth of worthy plays and
original companies. Certainly their
failure to come here cannot be laid at
the doors of the local managers, to
■whose financial Interest it is to secure
the very best attractions.
The price of the best seats demand
ed by the so-called "swell" attractions,
Is often assigned as the cause of the
numerous vacant chairs that some
times greet the bright particular stars
in this city. Two dollars for a par
quet chair gives many a man "pause"
ere he takes bis wife or a friend to the
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With "The Isle of Spfce" at the Metropolitan the Latter
Hdif of the Week.
playhouse. True, New Yorkers, and by
that term is included the immense
army of transients always within the
gates of the metropolis, are accustom
ed to pay this price to attend a Broad
way theater, and thousands gladly
give speculators anywhere from $2.50
to $3.50 a seat to secure desirable lo
cations. But it must be remembered
that the average Broadway production
is characterized by a perfection of de
tail, in stage settings, scenic investiture
and ensemble acting that are almost
impossible of attainment by a traveling
I company, playing in different theaters
from night to night.
Without expressing any opinion as to
the wisdom of charging $2 for the best
seats, for to some appreciative theater
goers some dramatic representations
are worth that amount, it may be
said, without fear of denial, that many
an attraction which taxes the spectator
$1.50 is collecting money under false
pretenses. Local patrons of the drama
can testify abundantly to the extortion
they have suffered.
But, as expressed at the outset, with
the advent of a new year, let us hope
for a better average. There are some
high class attractions in store between
the present time and the close of the
season, and it is devoutly to be wished
that the intervening nights may offer
dramatic dishes that will not present
too violent a contrast to the more
sumptuous feasts. « ."■ '
It may safely be said that the current
week gives good promise of a com
mendable average. —F. G. H. .
An important engagement of the lo
cal theatrical season will be Miss Marie
Cahill in the musical comedy "Nancy
Brown" at the Metropolitan for four
nights opening this evening.
This piece had a New York run of
five months at the Bijou theater. It is
said to embody a clever idea, cleverly
worked out and comes to this city with
the approval of New York, Chicago, St
Louis, Washington, Philadelphia and
Boston audiences. The piece is filled
with "whistleable" songs, which appeal
alike to orchestra and gallery. Among
the popular numbers contained in
"Nancy Brown" are "You Can't Fool
All the People All the Time," "A Little
Birdie Told Me So," "The Katydid,"
"The Cricket and the Frog,'" "I Could
Be Happy With Either One," "June,"
"In Gay Ballyhoo," "Navajo," "Cupid's
Ramble," "A Wise Old Owl," "The
Soldier Is the Idol of the Nation" and
"Marie Cahill's Congo Love Song."
Daniel V. Arthur, Miss Cahill's man
ager, has, it is promised, surrounded
the star with an excellent company of
players. It is unnecessary for Miss Ca
hill to fill her company with actors of
mediocre ability in order that her own
work may shine by contrast. Her in
dividuality and personal magnetism are
so strong that she would not find her
self ill at ease in a company exclusively
composed of stars. She is not the sud
den stellar whim of any manager nor
was her reputation made in a single
part. She has risen gradually and is
now thoroughly established as a star.
Among the members of Miss Cahill's
company who compose the original
Broadway cast and will be seen in this
city during her local engagement are:
Julius Steger, H. W. Tredenick, Al
Grant, Harry Brown, George Beban,
Roy Atwell, Henry Vogel, E. W. Lewis,
G«orge J. Damerel, Augustus Reed,
Harry Burgess, H. S. Macfarland, Clara
Palmer, Donah Benrimo, Helen Sher
wood, Alice Knowlton, Ruby Paine,
Louise Egner, Beatrice Flint, May
Brown-Howard and Ethel Hoag.
George Sidney and his associates,
forty-five strong, will bring the second
edition of their vehicle, "Busy Izzy" to
the Grand this week, commencing to
night and including the regular
and Saturday matinees.
True "Busy Izzy" is but a melange of
music, nonsense, songs and dances,
pretty girls and pretty gowns; but it
is this very class of amusement that
has the call nowadays.
Manager E. D. Stair, who has for
years been the director of the Ward &
Yokes company, and who still directs
the fortunes of that organization, has
followed the pame lines in "Busy Izzy"
that have won success in the case of
"Percy and Harold." The company sur
rounding Sidney this year is much the
same as last year's organization. Fred
Wyckoff is again playing the old farmer
and gives a good characterization. Eddie
Clark ;is still the bell , boy, and will; ap
pear in -a; new acrobatic '•> song .*~ and
dance with. Maud.Campbell;. who made
such a hit with j him last 7 year. | Carrie
Webber is the new soubrette.' ■'-"- .;■ :, %
;-;. Sidney, as ■• "Busy • Izzy," : has a : lot of
new songs,': and in his parody on "Mr.
Dooley" a lot .of verses which cannot
help- but prove funny. ' The entire mu
sical programme is new' this year as
well as the scenery ana costumes.VV:;
j§ That: this; style :of ; offering is popular
with the masses of theater-goers there
can -be 'no ■'.■ doubt. Absolutely .; devoid
of : rhyme, g reason or sense,, it . presents
for the hour that which the overworked
brain calls * —laughter, music, sight
ly environment,;.vaudeville", pretty chor
isters ;In.^handsome gowns, etc.- . :-
.. The 2 new songs of : "Busy Izzy" are
"Tommy : - and D Me,'.'; "Beautiful Dream
Come True," "Can We Stroll Togeth
er?" .; "I Never Had Such a Time," 1 "The
Bell Boy," "Anna, My Dixie Anna" and
"I Want to : Go \ Back to Old London."
Besides all these, there are the J indi
vidual i specialties of . the principals, in
cluding Sidney's parodies and burlesque
song on "Hiawatha," which introduces
the entire company. -V- > . ■• '
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- F. C. and B. C. Whitney's ;: produc
, tion ,of ; the ' musical comedy, "The - Isle
of I Spice," which \ held; the: stage at ° the
La Salle theater in the Illinois metrop-;
olis for more than 160 1 nights, vrill be
• the attraction ' at - the •Metropolitan % the
latter half of the ." week, ?' beginning;
Thursday. • r-~ '..[■' -••■.;.
; 'Allan' Lowe ' and George E. Stoddard
are responsible for the book and lyrics,
: and Paul L Schindler;i and Ben M. Jer-'
ome for the music. "The Isle of Spice"
will ibe staged with S scenery.; and cos
tumes from T ; the j original : designs;; and
o| American^ make. Burt Haverly,
'character•comedian,': will r play the parj^
of -: King - Bompopka^.oilier^ leadmg
chajaetersvwjll.l)srpiayed-by>. artists
WfTo <?njoy good ; reput«:fo?f ability and
e!e/yerhess. : The principal j'parts"r'Euni-;i
ber twenty-Seven, I and r there > will «aISO
be a " large \ auxiliary." company ; appear
ing in the minor characters - necessary
In a musical: production of this kind.
- The "i story iis i told in three p acts iand
three scenes. The stage pictures * are:
Oriental. The " story fis? an ; interesting
one, said to be original In many of Its
; aspects, particularly in p the S first i act, 4'
which Is »; played; in j almost j a melodra
: matic "' vein; j, the other i scenes ; are j pre-
sented in broad, low comedy, the
humorous situations of which furnish
much merriment. All theater-goers
who enjoy light musical entertainment
of a broadly humorous character will
find in "The Isle of Spice," it is said,
one of the most enjoyable entertain
ments that has been seen here in a
long time.
Manager Cromwell, of the "Briga-
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In "Nancy Brown" at the Metropolitan Tonight.
diers," which will begin a week's en
gagement at the Star theater this aft
ernoon, has adopted a hew departure
In burlesque which is likely to be cop
ied by others at no distant date. In
stead of the time-honored scheme of
giving first and second parts, culled
from all sources, he offers an original
satire and an extravaganza. The au
thor of both Is Fitzgerald Murphy.
The opening piece, "At Newport,"
covers the ground thoroughly—to use a
sporting term. It was constructed to
amuse, and to amuse only. It traves
ties society at its best, and the sub
ject, although hackneyed and requir
ing delicate handling, is always pro
lific when It comes to extracting hu
mor. But it la said Mr. Murphy has
sailed over the thin ice with aT deft
ness and skill that does him credit.
"Seeing New York" goes one bet
ter, in point of light and scenic ef
fects. But the same beautiful maidens
predominate, rhythmic and Jingling
melody holds sway, and the spectator
Is treated to a night's entertainment
that compensates him for the time he
has spent. There is no forced mirth—
It Is spontaneous and clean.
Pat White, the principal comedian
of the company, is introduced here.
Mr. White is a thorough American, but
his Irish brogue is said to be a reve
lation. It is a difficult task nowaCays
to make an audience laugh merely by
impersonating a stage Irishman. Whit's
Celt, however, is a creation and not a
A special matinee for women will be
given Friday and all attending will re
ceive a souvenir.
Now nearly eighty-four years old,
and from childhood an actress, a fa
vorite with three generations of the
atir-joeris, jtill^ in the fullness of her
power's"* and enjoying the popularity
she first* won three score yW.rU ago,
Ilrs. G. H. Gilbert has decided to re
tire from the stage, says the Cincin
nati Enquire?.
She recently made known her de
cision to her present manager, Charles
Frohman, saying that almost her en
tire life had been passed before the
footlights, and she felt Justly entitled
to the rest from professional duties
which she now proposes to take.
Mr. Frohman at once said he could
not permit her to leave the stage
without making her last year on it as
brilliant and triumphant a memory
as the preceding ones have been. He
has therefore planned to place her at
the head of a company next season
and to send her on a special farewell
tour of America, in which she will
visit all the, cities in which she has
been so Jong popular. He has further
planned for her to play. here in New
York on the eighty-fourth anniver
sary of her birth next November, that
theater-goers of New York, who love
her dearly because of her long asso-
elation with its dramatic history, shall
have opportunity to testify their af
fection and give "the grand old wom
an" of the stage a rousing and heart
felt parting cheer.
Mr. Frohman has contracted with
Clyde Fitch to write a special play
for Mrs. Gilbert's farewell engage
ment, and will surround her with a
company of important players. The
title of the play, it is understood, will
be "Grandma." '
Mary Anderson Navarro made her
first public appearance since her re
tirement from the stage in a hall In
Whltechapel, London, early last week,
where she sang and recited for char
ity. Her audience was composed of
the Whitechapel poor. She sang '"The
Throstle," and those knowing her as
an actress were surprised to discover
that she has cultivated a charming
contralto voice during her retirement.
She looked as beautiful and stately
as fifteen years ago In a gown of pink
with necklace and gems, and was all
smiles and animation when her song
was received with cheers. Afterward
she recited the balcony scene from
"Romeo and Juliet," and later she and
her husband sang a duet. She dupli
cated the performance the next night
to an audience composed wholly of
Whltechapel children, who uproari
ously applauded the beautiful woman.
Mme. Navarro denies any intention
of returning to the stage here or In
Gus Thomas, the playwright, whose
latest contribution to the stage, "The
Other Girl," has met with pronounced
favor in New York city, perpetrated
a clever witticism in his curtain
speech on the opening night.
The play's first title was "The
Parson and the Pugilist," and in ex
plaining the change Mr. Thomas said:
"After my choice of a name had
been announced, two clergymen wrote
to Mr. Frohman In protest. Of course,
we gave no heed to them. But when
a letter of complaint came from a
prize fighter, we. made the change at
Mr. Belaseo may also be downed in
the fight that the theatrical syndicate
is now making agafnst him, but that
he Is appreciated at his base of opera
tions is again proved by the appended
article written by William Bullock,
the successor of Hillary Bell on the
New York Press:
"Six new theaters have been opened
this season. Tens of thousands of dol
lars have been spent in decorating
them, and the lesson of it all is that
gold will not give the delicate touch
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With "the Brigadiers" at the Star This Week.
With "the Brigadiers" at the Star This Week.
"Marie Cahill is the greatest legitimate comedienne of*this young,,
bulging century, who speaks the English language."
—Amy Leslie in The Chicago Daily News. •
_ - - Comedy Success,
Julius Steger, Clara Palmer, W. H. Tredenick,
Harry Brown, ,v. ..--.-. Donah Benrimo, . . Alf Grant,
; Roy Atwell, v Helen Sherwood, George Beban,
Henry Vogel, Josephine Karlin, Edwin W. Lewis,
George J. Damerel, Alice Knowlton, . Henry Burgess.
Special Augmented Orchestra Under Direction of Silvio S. Hem.
Prices —25c, 50c, 75c, $1.00, $1.50. V""h':?
3 Nights, Saturday Commencing lABIIIADV 41 JO
Matinee, % Thursday, uAKIUAKi 14*
Direct From Its Phenomenal Run of 150 Nights in Chicago, Where It Was
the Reigning Sensation of the Season, Packing the Theater at Every
• Performance. ■■•
ALL STAR CAST = Ensemble of Sixty
« m m 1 "Peggy Brady"
yA/IM & KA "You and I"
A Ivill %£&&%* "Mercenary Mary Ann"
\ "Father's Talking in His Sleep
M V •• M ' "Star Of Fate"
■ fIAiA/n^ HS »A "4 Wise Owls"
A m¥?f*n Fni 1^ "Uncle Sam's Marines"
VMv M JlAwi9 "The Goo Goo Man"
- ; PRIArCi NIGHTS— to $ 1.50.
" ■ '/ IMATINEE-25C to $1.00.
; Next Sunday ifternoon "Ths Kilties Band" - . Next Sunday night "Sag Harbor"
RAND I Tonight
JAC?B LITT,PROP THPL.HWfS^.MNA<£R| and All This Week
:-■■'. . ■ E. D.: Stair Presents That Funny Little Fellow
In the Second and All New Edition of the Joyful, Jokical,
> •' Musical Comedy Delight
Big Beauty Chonn, Handsomely Gowned. Something Doing All the Time.
Hagenbeck's "*TI"EE
mi Wild Trained Animals D»-
of the real artist to anything. For the
atmosphere of artistic things we have
to go to the Belaseo theater. Here we
get furthest away from the coarseness
of everyday life. There is that myste
rious harmony In the hang of tapes
tries, in the very carelessness with
which a silk, ribbon is cast about the
flowers to right of the footlights, In
the uniforms of the attendants, in the
carpets and in the bees woven on the
backs of seats, that suggests an indi
viduality generous in expenditure and
yet not vulgarly extravagant.
"The same token of artistic temper
ament is seen in all the Belaseo pro
ductions. It was this sense of the
beautiful that made him place those
miniatures on the wall of the 'lodgings'
of the Fifty-first regiment. Who would
have thought of this detail but Belas
eo? He half hides the portraits be
hind furniture, and carries out the
charm of the idea by arranging the
half-dozen paintings without any at
tempt at regularity. The same exact
ness of artistic execution is observed
In every stage picture. Even so ex
acting an artist as Mrs. Fiske was sat
isfied with throwing the leaves of the
torn manuscript, in 'Hedda Gabler,' on
electric lights hidden in a deep grate.
A deceiving glow would have answered
the purpose In 'Sweet Kitty Bellairs,'
but Belaseo must have his comforta
ble blaze; he must have candles, too,
instead of electric bulbs, and with Just
enough of a draft fanning them to
send tiny streams down to brass can
"Playgoers owe a big debt to Belas-
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Co. He Is an artist without being a
crank. With a discerning judgment of
beauty he links sound business in
stinct, a gift as rare in the aesthetic
Old World as in material America. He
provides himself with a theater that
gives more satisfaction to the senses
than any in the city; he writes plays
that are strong and direct in appeal;
he finds players who charm by mag
netism and convince by excellence, and
then he spreads scenic effects that are
without equal."
James A. Herne's play. "Sag Harbor."
will be presented at the Metropolitan
opera house for half weeks engagement,
beginning Jan. 17.
The pride of all Canada, 'The Kilties'
Band," will j>lay one conceit at the Met
ropolitan opera house Sunday afternoon.
"The Bostonlans," Including H. C.
Barnabee and W. H. Mac-Donald, will ap
pear at the Metropolitan opera house the
middle of this month, presenting two of
their greatest operatic successes, "The
Serenade" and "Robin Hood."
Woodward and Burgess are starring
Jane Kennark In David Belasru H produc
tion of "Under Two Flag*," and will
present It here at the Metropolitan for a
brief engagement for the latter part of
Henry W. Savage will present George
Ade s musical comedy success. "The Sul
tan of Sulu," at the Metropolitan for an
engagement of three nights and a matinee
.the latter part of the month.
• • •
The popular actress, Miss Adelaide
Thurston. will make her annual appear
ance at the Metropolitan, this city, early
m February, presenting her new play by
Paul Wllstach, entitled "Polly Prlmro3e."
• • •
The Hagenbeck Trained Wild Animal
Company of Hemberg, Germany, which
comes to the Grand theater next -week. Is
an Innovation in house shows, as the
performance la made up entirely of train
ed wild animals. There are trained ele
phants, lions, tigers, panthers, pumars.
p.olar bears, Swiss mountain and Angora
goats and great Dane dogs. This aggre
gation is on its way to the Louisiana
purchase exposition.
The Orpheum show, under the direction
of Martin Beck, general manager of the
Orpheum Circuit company, ia announced

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