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THE OMAHA SUNDAY BEE: AUGUST 31, 1913.
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A MI'S I3M 13 NTS.
AMtrSBMRNTS.
BRANDEIS THEATER
THBSB WiaHTU srarTBUBBS 4 ft ! UATXHXIS 8ATTOSAT
GASKILL and MacVITTY (Inc.) Announce tlio
Return ot Last Year's Dramatic Sensation
Kidder CO-V I" assrv tfiitfrxfcv 1 iHk.
Tss It aM I .eslsssssK N. WSMW vn '"CV AstsstsssssssssssKiJssssssssssi
rBEDMNTUD BY AIT TTtTffSXTAXJjT BZCSUGKT OAST.
A series of stare raaJliUo ptotnres
A ffrlpplnir story of lor, mystery
and nerolsin, with wonderful dsllnta
tions of oharacters.
THE HOST FOPTOA&
AMXBX0A9 BOOS.
and starUlnr effects from origins!
sketches of tlio Osark hills.
HXS MOST rOPULAK
AJCERXOAjr riiAY.
FOUR DAYS,
COM. SUN.,
SEPT.- 7tl)
MATINEE
Wednesday;
Seats Thurs.
IU7E come to believe that
actlns is not skllt. but mainly
'nerve.' In moit cases what
passes for art is unadulterated
self-assurance."
Nope; that's not a jaundiced
ci it-o utterance, although it might sound
like It: H is from the pen (or perhaps it
was typewriter) of Mr. Lee Ehubert, who
like a colossus has bestrode the puny
world of American attain dramatla for
several years. Mr. Bhubert Is writing
ubout the actors and actresses of America
at the present time, and In his pleasant
way goes, on furthor to sy: "When
actors are In the chorus, they do their
work and do not grumble. The moment
they are' noticed: every thine becomes a
hardship, and the manager is treated to
substitutes and excuses every day ot
the week but one salary day. The actor
Is a person so naturally conceited as the
becomo unconsciously ungrateful. He cau
only see self." And If this seems a bit
hard on tha actor, read what Mr. Bhubert
has to say of the actorlne: "The only
thins that Ule actress brings to the play,
apart from her gown, is her personality.
Ou the other hand, the maoasur fur
nishes her with a part to play, generally
written by a noted author, he has her
taught to play that part by an expert
stage manager. Me puts her before the
public with the assistance of expert press
agents, and advertises her in the papers
at great expense. All she does In return
is to devote about twenty-four hours per
week to work in the theater. There aro'
a great many stars earning amounts as
high as J2.60) a week. The common
caliber and feminine stars earn from $300
to $1,090 per week, and mere leading
women are getting- from JWO to ?JC per
week. These same people could not earn
$10 per week at any other trade, working
eight hours Per day."
All of this was called out by some an
nouncement of the Actor's Equity associ
ation, which seeks some correction ot
abuses complained of. If a newspaper
critic or reviewer had indulged in any
such tirade, one of the first to denounce
him would have been Mr. Lee ahubert;
indeed, one of Mr. gftubert'a ussoclate
colossi, Mr. William A. llrady, has on
several occasions roundly rated ihssa
offensive scribblers who failed to view
his efforts with eyes that gleamed with
Joy in anticipation of opportunity for
fulsome putfery, Mr. Bhubert, however,
puts his cam very plamly: "it is tha
mummer who takes all the jnonetaty rwk,
sv.w uwsa xiu cnunue at an.
And here wa find tho problem of too
American theater at present reduced to
Its simplest terms. Mr. Bhubert has un
consciously scored & oulls-eye in his ef
fort to answer the complaining- actors,
and has framed a most drastlo indictment
against the: managers, or rather the type
of manager personltied by Mr. Bhubert.
Managers there be who have definite con
ceptions ot artistic verity, high regard
for public intelligence, and who look upon
the theater as an exponent of useful at
tributes and worthy aspirations, men and
women who need not be named In ord4t
to be exonerated from whatever ot
strlctutes may here tollow. These men
und women are holding high the standard
of the American stage, honor it by their
presence, and dignity it by their dally
life.
The class of managers Mr. 'Bhubert
speaks for must be those ho most nearly
represents. Personally, he is best known
in tho annals of tho theater as a disturb
ing Influence; no other agsncy has been
so potent a factor in bringing the busi
ness OI the theater tO it nreaftnt rnn.ll
tion as "the Shuberts," Not a city in tho
country but has one or more Mrst class
theaters boyond its needs, because of the
activity of "the Shuberts," built under
the Influence .of promises as beautifully
Illuminated as plauslbte promoters could
aevise; not a city in the country today
but sees some of this property idle, use
less and only of service us a menace to
tho success of a conservatively conducted
theater; or if not idle, then driven with
sensational, hysterical devices for tho
purpose of "amusing" the publlo to the
end that dollars may be taken nt 'he door,
but In no way approaching the legitimate
function ot the theater nor advancing the
cause ot art in even the remotest. Tbls
condition is the Achievement of the "Shu
bert" business policy, which has since
been modified to the extent ot at least a
working agreement with "IC & E," tho
destruction ot which "monster" was the
quest on which the Bhuberta set out a
decade ago, full panoplied champions ot
things as high! conceived as any venture
of Sir Galahad or any ot his knightly
companions. The "trust" was never so
firmly entrenched as It Is today, and the
"Shuberts" are working with It. Bo much
for material accomplishments. In tho
artistic column, one may set down to tho '
credit of the "Shuberts,'' for example,
"The Blue Bird," but along with It must
go "The Blue Mouse," the one a fantasy
of no substance, the other merely vulgar;
under Bhubert direction, various under-1
takings have flourished, the great Hippo-
drome being one of their enterprises, but
Its value to the art of the actor is chiefly
In showfng how many freak things a
clever electrician, .assisted by a gifted
carpenter, may devise, and the extent ot
spectacles that may be provided by a
stage director who bfcs unlimited acces.
sorles In the way of people and animals.
Just now the activity of tho "Bhubert"
managerial corps la occupied with the
presentation of plays that depict with
sordid fidelity the nightly orgies of pur
veyors of the "white slave" traffic and
this In the name ot "education." Verily,
the actors of America can well afford to
let the "managers" have full responsibil
ity for the conditions!
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Also, Mr. Bhubert touched very closely
upon another cause ot the present de
cline In the status of the theater In
America when he wrote that "the only
thing that the actress bring to the play,
apart from her gown, is her personally "
One ot the cries that have gone up front
the protesting critics has been that man
agers of the Bhubert ilk have gone by
women of Intelligence and experience,
capable of bringing to tho theater some
thing In addition to gowns and personal
ity, and have bestowed their favor upon
those women who can mako a gown look
good, personality being entirely second
ary, It not entirely negligible. Stars
made overnight, sudden "discoveries" of
astute managers, have been forced into
prominence through the agency ot "ex
pert press agents," regardless ot imy
histrionic ability, artistic aptitude or ex
perience on the stage, and the p'ibllo
has heard tho manager loudly bowull his
misfortune when it has turned aside from
his combination of "gown and personal
ity" to run after that ot some other mn
ager. A twinkle of the bare toes set the
name of Ono young woman blattr.rf In
electric lights on Broadway within a year
after she had taken her first lemon1 on
the stage in Omaha. Is It any wondof
that the theater has fallen from 1U high
place In America under such ministra
tion T
Olory bel The cue Is not so hupeless
at It looks. America has many earnest
and capable men and women on the
stage, people to whom their art Is mo.e
than a mere means to a livelihood, to
whom the profession of acting means
something beyond the certain appearance
at the manager's office on salary day.
These men and women will keep burning
(Continued on Page Nine.)
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Matinee Each
Day, 2:15
Each Evening"
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Phono Doug. 404.
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WEEK OP AUGUST 31
For the Week
Starting With
Today's Mat
inee, 2:15.
FIRST TIME IN VAUDEVILLE
MISS KATHRYN
3Hu I JLU JL3 ElI tiL
In he famous creation, tlio character of Madam Sana Geno,
In the new playlet entitled
"Tlie Washerwoman Ductless"
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PRICES: For Matinees, Gallery 10c; Dest SeaU, 25c Except Satur
day and Sunday. Nights, 10c, 00c, 70c.
SQUATS. 15c and 25eft7
Chew turn If rou Ilka, but no imoklns.
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SPEND LABOR DAY AT
LAKE MANAWA
Fine Shady Picnic Grounds
BATHING,
BOATING,
DANCING,
ROLLER SKATING
And Many Other
Attractions.
Free Moving Pictures
Every Evening,
. A Balloon Ascension Sun.
day Evening at 6:30.
Admission to Park FREE
OLLIE YONNI & APtlL E. L. MOORE
andSa0o?0ntXxVts ra Bab Trlehrte,
Borne Scserred Seats Can
THE BLACK LILY how b. obtain.a.
A BUvn'r -1! Uirti .flnia K7 Camera Drams, ana
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ARLINGTON BLOCK, 15101 DODOE ST., OMAHA
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Go to the Orpheum
for Amusement
No pain when you go to
ZORO D. CLARK
New Dental Parlors, Opposite.
HENRY COX
...VIOLINIST...
Special Sates and Advantages Offered
to vaplls SUfflsUrtor How,
Address 1313 rarnam.
Phone Barney 3904, mornings.
Krug Park
faiilalw iiy Picnic
MMity, fftiml)r 1
Prorata nt Opsaksrs and Oooa
Pro(iram of aamec. Sports
and Amassment.
Dancing; Afternoon and awning;.
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VXk Beasoa. Snds 8pt, 2.
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