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THE OMAHA. SUNDAY BEE: OUTUHttK 11.
About Plays, Players and Playhouses
F NOTHING ctt had lappened I
at the Omaha theater during
tho week, the triumph won liy
Vis Elllitt and Mr. Iniirahnm
at the llurwo.d In "The Devil"
would have been safflclcnt t'i
nsk It memorable Thi se two have lifted
the msolv Rhnve tho l"v 1 and have proven
their right to be enrolled In th" glorious
company of thoe who niscn alilllty. of un
usual order. Af'er all. geniU3 has bc-n well
defined a "an Infinite capnclty for hard
work und taking pallia." Tins success reg
istered ly Miss Elliott and Mr. lngr.il. am
did not runic as an sielal surprise lo
those who know them well, for in nil their
work tiny hnve shown tho capacity that
Minbled them to s :; the oj t'"'''i"i!y of
fered by the Molmar play for the exhilh
II m of histrionic ability above the average,
and to display the rtal talent of the actor.
This consists not only In conception of u
part In nil lis many aspects, but of con
veying that impression arrows the foot
lights, and making the Individual sitting
there feel and know the game Impression
and realize Its truth. And this was most
successfully done by this pair of wonder
fully clever actors.
In the east Oeorge Arils Is set up as the
paragon af all the host of Devils sprung
upon the theater since the play was first
produced. Arliss Is well known In Omaha,
for his work with Mis. Flske and in other
companies, and doubtless deserves all the
enconluma he has had heaped upon him
by all aorta of critles and reviewers. Tho
entire vocabulary has been ransarked for
adjectives wherewith to hlghten the praise
of his work, and ho still reigns, the supreme
Devil of all the Devils In and around New
York. Comparison Is, of course, only pos
sible, by trying to conceive what Arliss
would do with the part In the light of what
he has done In other roles, and such com
parison leads almost certainly to the con
elusion that whatever has been said In
praise of Arliss may also be said with equal
force of Ingraham. It Is hard to think that
any man, no matter how talented, could
do more with tho" role than has been ac
complished right here. Mr. Ingraham Is
possessed of the Imagination to out
line the character, and the force
to thoughtfully present it, so that
It conn I strong and true In Its every detail,
und stands a fine example of the "creative
urt of the actor. He abandons all thought
of the grotesque, and equally the Idea tha
the Devil Is especially malevolent. . In hi
portrayal, the Devil becomes a man o
gracious mien and benevolent aspect, wit!
the polished address of a man of long ex
perlence and much knowledge of the world
His manner Is suave and gently Insinuating,
lie shows neither horna nor hoof, nor tall.
It Is Lucifer, the fallen angel, and not
Auld Clootie, amthe personification" Is
most skillfully ffrtne. With a vigor and '
dash that Is Impelling and compelling,
Mr. Ingraham sets his Devil to work to
tndo the lives of twi people. He thoroughly
embodies the thought that it is the Inherent
evil In man that la at work, and .da pres
ence Is really the materialization of the
thoughts of his victims. He persistently
plays on -this theme, and never allows It
to escap from the view of the fascinated
auditor. The details of hln performance are
but a part of the thoroughness of his graso
of the possibilities of the role. A face that
Is now a mere mask, and again is lighted
up with an evil smile of triumph; a laugli
that Is without sound or mirth; a sneer
that la sardonic, then devilish, then tantaliz
ing; u voice that Is wonuertully caressing
at times, gently goudlng at others, and
again cold and hard as a file; speaking
the words with perfection of emphasis and
Inflection, and suiting always the action to
the word, the Devil of Mr. Ingraham moves
through the play and dominates Its cour.ie
Just as the Devil of theology has moved
through the world from the very beginning
and wrovght his will on frail mankind. It
in a truly wonderful piece of work, and Mr.
li'Kiaham more than merits the warm com
pliments he has received during the week.
In other "Devils' little or nothing Is
heard of the woman. The Devil completely
d militates tho action, and of the woman
taken. But '
comparatively llt'.lc account is
in tho liurwood "Devil" Miss Elliott saw
n chance equal to tl at of Mr. lngraham's,
and she Suites 't qn'te .is well. By' her
t. f ' imb to nvilte Ol H ofman pp r om.)
Ihlr like hum. m, 'no has-rai:.e. the part
from- secondary importance, and set It
along side that of the lead. It Is not a
welcome undertaking to portray the char
niter of a woman who Is slipping away
from the rluht. and apparently without
resisting. But tu this Miss Elliot sets her
self as earnestly as does Ingraham to his
r. illativn of the Devil, and she makes the
picture Just as complete. It Is not that of
a weak woman; Madame Hoffman is a
woman of character as well as of piyst-m.
and she f'ghts against the Influence that
sways her to her fall. Alltrough the
Play and up to the final moment of sur
render this struggle between disire and
duly U male the dominant note of the
loie. One of the finest touches In the
whole fornutiice is giv en In a scene In
the r oo:id act, when Madame Hoffman
rounds on the Devil, her whlo nature
fired with furious indignation at his mij;
ge.siloc. It is the last stand of Duty, ar.d
the pr i.id poise of her head, the tense at
titude of the body, the vehemence of the
words she niters, all show the abhorrence
of llv woman fo'r the serpent's proposal.
Put the In-vll knows his ground, and holds
It, and she confronts him in her virtuous
anger, he smiles not a leer, but a smile
In which rhin.s all the wisdom of the
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world, and her resolution dies away. her
nnufles relax, her he.nl drops, and tho
battle Is over. The Devil has won, and the
Woman Is again about to reach out and
pi u k the Prul; of tli" Tien of Knowledge
and partake th'-reof. From that moment
she Is In his nowi r. Thnc the way Is
easy and the pari' Is swift, but It Is the
way of a mortal seeking happiness, of
one mate going to another. And all this
Is dtie with a delleary that Is charming
In Its effect. The creation of the role
villi sueh vividness Is but another evi
dence nf the excellent nullifications l
Miss Killed as an exponent of the actor's
art, ai.d her fidelity to Its canons.
As t-. the piny Use f. there can be little
difference if opinion. It Is of (lie type that
I i ms ii. en fieiuiuneeri aeain smi again. Ji
f philosophy I" entirely at variance with the
g'-reral thought of the American people. As
a piece of skillful dramatic cei stria tum It
stan'ls very liiirh, and as a literary work
will probably take eminent rink, but as a
lesson to humanity It Is without force. If
It teaches any lesson at all. Its cynicisms
are these of tho worldly wise, devoid of i
reverence for the things most dear to
man. It scoffs at womanly honor and
manly responsibility. It proposes proflig
acy as the ultimate mode of life and hoots
with derision at th" thought of a steady,
sober, purposeful existence. Herr Mflnar
Is one of that clr-lc of decadents who are
shedd'ng a false luster over European llr
ereture at the present moment, and his
thought Is but the reflex of a phaie of
life that may exist abroad, but la not un
derstood In America. It Is possible, and
even probable, that In the older countries
woman stands In her relation to man ns u
creature for his pleasure or necessity. This
Is happily untrue under our civilization.
Over here, woman Is man's companion.
She stands by his sldo through nil his life
an equal partner with him In all his un
dertakings. If ever this condition Is al
tered, It Is because the man willingly sets
woman upon a plane higher than himself
and devotes his efforts to provide that
she shall be unmolested In her exaltation.
The European habit of scflfflng at tho
American man for his devotion to his
womankind will probably not be altered by
anything that Is here said, but It Is to the
credit of the American man that he has so
far given no heed to the scoffers, and It
Is to the honor of the American woman
that she has so far deserved the deference
paid her by the American man. That "Tho
Devil" has been able to attract the at
etition It has so far received may be
is ribed entirely by curiosity. It certainly
Iocs not reflect any scilous Intention of
the American to abandon In any way
their present standnrd of living, or to alter
the very pleasant and reasonable relations
thut now exist between the man and the
The accomplishment of the actors In
presenting this play with such admirable
precision and effect Is all the more re
markable when It Is considered that the
manuscript was In the hands" of the play
ers not earlier than Monday morning and
that during tho short time of preparation
for Its presentation they were required to
glvo ten performances of another play.
The perfection attained under these con
ditions Is well nigh Incredible.
Another notable pfay given In Omaha
during the week was ' Paid in Full," pre
sented at the Boyd. This is a simple story
of American life and In its general outline
strongly suppoits the assertion that the
American man honors the American wo
man above all earthly things. The char
acter of Joe Brooks Is pno conceivable, but
not at all common. Such- curs as he do
exist, but they are few and far between;
while men like Captain Williams and Jlm
sle Smith are so numerous along the ways
of life In this country that they attract
no attention whatever. The crux in this
play 1s merely a strong man's unwavering
respect for a good woman, and Mr. Wal
ter has made It very plain that a woman
needs only the armor of her womanhood
to be safe at all times and under
all circumstances with an American man.
Tho sociological problem offered by the
play is equully simple. It merely teaches
,nul hupplness cannot be purchased, that
success comes only by hard work, and
thut It Is a mistake to undertake to aupplv
luck of dessert by envious discontent. The
drama has beerj successful wherever It has
been seen because uf Its deep humanity.
Some regret la felt In recording at this
time the fact that the play proved a failure
In London. It was warmly received by the
critics of the metropolitan press, who gave
it enthusiastic commendation, but the Brit
ish public would have none of it. It pre-
Kents a phase of life that is not romprt
hended on that side of the water and
merely adds to the Inr.g list of similar
plas which might v? cited in support of
the general proposition that the B. P.
does not care a rap how , Americans live
now or at any other time.
I'LANS KOn THE XEW THEATER
II. Wlnthrop Ames Tells What It Willi
nnd Will Not Do.
NEW YORK, Oct. 10. II. Winthmp Ame.
the recently appointed director of the New
theater, suggests in appearance the young
New Ennlunder with a touch of the 1-on-dun,
l the best of both. To his new work
he Iihs brought nut only a great deal of
enthu:!aam and hope, but considerable ex
perience as wi 11.
lie is u llaivard man of the class of 1S6.
While In college he limited his dramatic
aspirations to a membership In the famous
Hasty Pudding. After leaving Harvard he
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EES H0IME8, IOWA
connected himself with the Castle Square
Theater company of Boston for the sole
purpose, as he dramatically expressed It
In pure Bostonese. of getting on to his Job,
which In his rase meant a thorough work
ing knowledge of the Intricacies of th"
theater from the box office to the cosmetic
8j Interested did Mr. Ames become In
the stock compnny Idea that he had Just
purchased a plot of ground In Boston with
the purpose of bnlldln a theater aoenrding
to his own Ideas and putting in a stock
company of his own selection to produce
plays that he believed the public wanted to
see presented in that way when the sum
mons rami' to hang up his plan for the
present and In lieu of It take over the
directorship of the Nfw theater In collabo
ration with Dee Shuhert and John Corbin.
"The founders of tne New theater," Mr.
Ames went on. "are active managers In
the sense that they have outlined t lie plan
and scope of the New theater, while they
have tactfully eliminated themselves In re
gard to the thousand and one details of
the project. The founders are J. J. Aator,
George F. Baker, Edmund L. Baylies, Cort-
landt Field Bishop, August Belmont, Paul
D. Cravath, William B. C. Field, H. C.
Prick, George J. Gould, Eliot Gregory,
Archer M. Huntington, James H. Hyde,
Otto H. Kiihn, W. del.,. Kountze, Clarence
If. Mackay, J. I'. Morgan, James S.'illmun,
II. McK. Gwombly, R. B. Van Cort
ljn.lt, Cornelius Vaiulerbilt, W. K. Vander
bllt, Henry Walters, ll. P. Whitney, M.
Orme Wilson and 11. W. Wlnthrop.
"There is un Impression quite prevalent,
I find, that these gentlemen have bunded
themselves together to engage in a sort of
wildcat scheme, without really knowing
what It is all about; that they were merely
rich men seeking to do something philan
thropic without any definite Idea as to
what they wanted or what they could do.
The contrary Is the truth.
"Before the public knew anything at
all about the New theater enterprise the
founders had very distinct Impressions of
wnat they Intended to have and what
they could accomplish. They did have a
splendid purpose and were actuated by
philanthropic sentiment and municipal
prhle. They saw no reason why New
York should not have a - theater that
would be representative of It in every
sense of the word and they went to work
In the most businesslike way to organize
to that end.
"The New theater may turn out to be
as good as they hope und expect or It
may not; It Is an early day to prophesy,
but their part In it cannot be too highly
appreciated. They are willing to put
money In without exacting Interest so
tli at the enterprise might be relieved of
the bugbear that has handicapped art In
this direction always the necessity of
making profits. If It had not been for
their unexampled generosity we would
not have got to the point of experiment
ing, let alone anything else.
"In line with this public misapprehen
sion Is that which regards the New the
ater as a subsidized theater, of which
there are so many In Europe, notably the
Comedle Francalse In Paris and the Hof
burg in Vienna, There Is a very material
'A subsidized theater has no fear of un
paid bills. We will hnve such a fear, for
we are expected to make good, and If we
do not the New theater enterprise will
have proved a failure. We are relieved
of the necessity of making profits, but we
must pay our way.
"If, as we hope, we can get good Ameri
can plays, ploys that come up to the re
quired standard, and find that they are
wanted by thu theater-going public, the
weight of our combined approval as direc
tors will bo along that lead, but tlai stand
ard Is to be high.
"The chief novelty of tho New theater j
ntemrise i th riurinrii -.,.... in hi-,
Unction to the long runs and In conse-
quenco the limited number of roles that
leading character has a chance to play In j
a season. We Intend to have frequent
changes of bill, perhaps three a week. This
will, In addition to its other merits, have
that of affording the opportunity for tho
limited audience to see occasionally plays
which from the point of view of the box
office are not a success.
"We expect to have a large stock com
pany, perhaps forty active members, capa
ble of playing a repertoire. I am not sure
as to the number In the European theaters
but I think there Is about that number
at the Comedle and at the Vienna Hof
burg. Tl:ls will give us ample material
to draw on for every play In the schedule i
"Many of the stars are playing along
certain lines, owing to their popularity In
those roles, and the astute management
which keeps them In paying parts care
fully selected to display their character
istics. Many of these are really more ver
satile than the public Imagines. but they
do not get a chance to show this quality.
Others have been more fortunate.
"By the repertoire system the actor will
have m'ire time to himself, certainly he
will be free one night a week, which Is. I
believe, a very goml thing for the acting.
No one who Is overworked can nlve his best
temiM-rnnientally, and to avoid overwork Is
going; to be one of our mottoes.
"The stock company not only gives a
star an opportunity to show his versatility,
but It develops It In every member of tho dances and some new ones which she has
caul, however unimportant. That Is what I never yet performed In public. Miss St.
made thos old companies so wonderful, Denis came to England soon after her ap
the continually changing bill and the wide ', pearnnce In New York, and danced at the
range In the repertoire, the man who ' Waldorf theater In a series of matinees,
played a leading part one night coming ! but, as in the cane of Isadora Duncan on
How Eugefne Walter Writes Plays
"The great primitive Instinct of man is
to fight against want, hunger, need the
Instinct of self-preservation. The Ameri
can has Sentiment, plenty of it, the senti
ment of the conquer." Thus does Eugene
Walter, author of "Paid in Full" and
"The Wolf," express ills Ideas of plny
v riling in tho Ttiealer Magazine for Octo
ber. "I wrote 'The Wolf In six days," he
boasted quietly. " The Undertow' and
'Paid in Full' each were written In throe
week. 1 have written an act In an hour
and u half."
At 33 lie has achieved a sudden eminence
at which old men of the drama are wist
fully regarding him. Could he explain his
quick, d.uiMng success? Clearly he could
not. This Inability he Indicated by a wave
of the hand, as if brushing away bother
"Who an anallie success of any kind?"
he ask. "Probably people like 'Paid In
Full' because It Is true."
And llie flat dwellers of New York have
gene lo see in a pay wnat ttiey live at
"Assuredly. It la among humble sur
rondmits that great tragedies are lived.
They don't happen among the so-called
smart set. That class Is Incapable of feel
ing them. Don't think that . because I
wro'.e 'Paid In Full' in three weeks that
that was the beginning and ending of the
play with me. The idea had been growing
on ns a footman the nttt. The old
ceum companv in New York I beilcve
last of the famous stock companies
here, which Included Daly'. Talmcr s.
allai k's. ami which furnished methods
and manners wlvli-h are still used ns stand
ards all over the country."
"Another Impression of whh-h It niav be
well to dlabure the public mlrd Is tlvat
the New then'er Is to make a specialty
nf advanced plays. I do not rail them
problem plays, for tl at word 'problem'
always str.kes me ns being .rnthcr Inade
quate. I think 'advanced' is a better
"I am reiilly tired of the Ibsen ques
tions In regard to the New theater, but
I suppose- I cannot ignore the fact that
his plays .will be given their proper place
In the repertoire, but no more, and that
place Is " not yet determined. We expect
to produce every kind of a play from the
classic to melodrama. If amy preference
's k'.iown It will be to the native product,
the American play, depleting our own ba
th nal and social life the best field for
Hie playwright and the most prolific of
all the elements which go to make a flno
"Are the stars to get a percentage of
the box office receipts?"
"I believe the salary arrangement will be
the only one, but I can say that the salar
ies will be generous enough to buiuiice tne
profit of the other arrangement. At any
rate we do not anticipate any refusals on
"The plays submitted to the New theater
will be read by the committee composed of
Mr. Shubert, Mr. Corbin and myself, with
other members who are still to be selected.
From my own experience 1 have never
found that the complaint of the unknown
playwright that It was Impossible to get
a play read had any real foundation In fact.
Managers nre too anxious to get good
plavs to take any chances of losing one.
Certainly the New theater management
will welcome the opportunity of reading
Asked If the stock company Idea Is op
posed to that of the syndicate, Mr. Ames
permits himself a vigorous shake of the
head. Not at all, he says Immediately.
"Personally," he says "I approve of the
work the syndicate has done and the good
It has accomplished. I don't believe It has
really been adequately appreciated. You
take, for example, a syndicate that has a
chain of theaters though the country. Sup
posing It wants to produce a play called
'Woodstock' In Kansas City.
"It Is a good play, and has, we will say,
had a marked success In New York with
some one well, Mr. John Drew, In the lead
ing role. The consequence Is that It plays
to capacity. If It were not for the fact
that It had. been associated wl'h the star's
name It would fall perfectly flat.
"That Is the reason that the' syndicate
system and the star system have gone
hand In hand, and It has been a great
thing for the reople at large, giving them
opoprtunltles to see plays they could not
otherwise enjoy. It has formed a critical,
appreciative audience through the country,
who have seen and studied the very best
In stage setting as well as acting.
"The theater building is under way, with
two stDrles complete. It Is located on Cen
tral Park west, covering the entire block
between Sixty-second and Sixty-third
streets. By the time it is completed the
criticism that It is too far uptown will not
be heard any more, for everything Is com
ing our way, and 'already there are two
theaters In our immediate neighborhood.
"The theater Is to cost J2.000.000, which In
cludes the price of the land, and Is an
outside estimate. The architects are Car
rere Hastings, the architects of the new
library. There have been a number of
plins suggested for the decorations, some of
these favoring a lot of mural work, as in
so many of the new theaters, others ap-
Provlng the simple, monumental style, wun
rich . draperies to give warmth. I think
that Idea Is excellent ana nave seen It fol-
allowed out 'n some of the European play-
houses with good effect.
The theater will seat, Including boxes
and galleries, approximately 1,800; the
depth of the theater from the curtain line
to the rear of the orchestra Is the same as
the Empire, and, as a standard of compari
son, the Metropolitan Opera house Beats
3.200. I think the theater Is Just the right
"All the newest devices In stage setting
and lighting will be used. In going about
and comparing places and methods I am
convinced that the Otrmans lead the world
in this branch of work and that Berlin Is
tlfli center of radical Improvements.
"The name? No other than the New
theater has been seriously suggested.
I have heard It said that that name Is
lacking In Imagination and I rather agree
with that point of view, but we have no
better as yet."
American Hindoo Ilancer to Appear at
Wrrles of .Untlnees In Loudon.
LONDON, Oct. 10. (Special Correspond
ence.) Ruth St. Denis, who some years ago
created considerable sensntion on the Proc-
tor circuit In the United States and later
i at private matinees at the Hudson theater.
New York, in her bare-foot Indian dances,
will very shortly open the Scala theater,
London, with a series, including her old
in my mind for several years. 1 thought
It nil out uvrain and again. Finally, when
1 l.ad it all In my mind In an orderly
manner, when I kn.w. exactly what I
wanted to say even to thu shortest word
of the dialogue, I dictated it. I diet ite all of
niy work so In a sens-, I dun't write inr play
Hut not until 1 have the whole play fully
in mind, not until I can suo mentally cacti
character going tl.r. ugli his scenes and bus
iness us clearly as 1! I were at a real per
formance do I think of putting it on paper.
1 must feel the speeches my character
are to d diver, must have worked out orally
the sense of values and proportion to the
last detail Uvfure I can begin
"Once I have started my dictations my
mind is not easy unlll I have gone straight
ahead and have finislud the last line In
the play. The real dramatic Incidents of
everyday life thut furnish materials for
plays happen Instantly, they are of short, '
t-nso durathin. 1 try to make my plays
that way. Perhaps that is why 1 work at I
such speed. 'Paid In Full' was evolved j
from that third act, situated In Captain '
Williams' euliin. A prominent actress told !
me that her husband, a successful male
star, had made her exactly that proposition,
lie sai I It would assure a good season
for them bo'h. He seems a decent fellow.
I like him. He denies the story. Of
course, I don't know whether It is true,
but I wrote the play from It, and she came
near appearing In it. I disagreed with licr
manager and the play shf
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the occasion of that dancer's first appear
ance In London, her art was not appre
ciated. The recent success of Maud Allan
at the Palace theater, however, has em
boldened Miss St. Denis to another effort
to attract the illusive London amusement
While "Paid in Full," Eugene Walter's
strong drama, has been unanimously
praised by the English critics, It has not
met with the financial success that should
follow such recommendation and it has
been withdrawn. Some observers see In
this circumstance an added proof of the
so-called prejudice against transatlantic
drama In England. One feature of the play
which did not please the London theater
goers was Its ending. The .English public
pays for a cheerful ending and refuses
to be satisfied with anything else. If the
despicable husband had been shot, run
over, or committed suicide, and left the
way open for his unfortunate wife to marry
her faithful admirer. It would undoubtedly
have made a big difference In the receipts
at the Aldwych theater.
So well does a dramatist like Plnero un
derstand this attitude of the British public
thnt a few years ago he deliberately
changed the ending of "The Profligate" in
order that the public should have what It
wanted. In the dramatization of Kipling's
"The Light that Failed" the playwright
responsible for It gave the great B. P. a
happy ending which is not to be found in
the author's novel.
Althoua-h the season has but lust nnoneit-i11""
In London, It has already been marked by
the triumph of one American actor.
Richard Golden has made a distinct hit
In the play called "The Old Firm," but be
cause of a change of lessees In the Queen's
theater, in which It has been running, the
play will have to be withdrawn almost Im
mediately to make way for the production
of "The Belle of Brittany," a new musical
comedy. An effort Is being made to trans
Ter Golden and the play to the Royalty
to continue Its undoubtedly popular run.
Golden, I understand. Is so pleased with his
English reception that he has refused a
recent offer from the United States and
has ordered his house there to be sold,
with the Intention of more or less perma
nently residing In England.
One of the most Interesting pieces of
news I have heard for some time Is to
tho effect that nfter Beerbohm Tree's
gorgeous produotl n of a new dramntlc
version of "Faust" has run Its race he
will produce "Macbeth," ar.d that asso.
elated with him In the staging of It will
be Oord.-n Craig, son of Elli-n Terry.
Craig, who mokes his headquarters In
Florence, has, as you are no doubt aware,
revolutionary opinions on stage setting
During his mother's season at the Imper
ial theater, I-ondon. his keen sense of
color, stage llghUrr and realistic effects
trade the productions n table. Since then
he has assisted Duse in several produc
tirns and lias considerably aired his opin
ions In a mngaiine under his direction
callod "The Mask," printed In English In
I He Is a picturesque character both I
pppcaranee and mind. He travels about
In the pit! lie streets verv much like Isa
dora Duncan nppiars on the public stage.
In Florence he is a source of no Utile
fimut'crrcnt to not inly vlslurs who run
across btni In tho ft:u t, but to the native
cl ildrtn ns well.
Less than throe . ence II. B. Irv
ing will open the ShaMesbdry the? tor with
a revival of "The Lyons Mall." One of
the signs of the times Is the remarkable
advur.ee of this son o Sir Henry Irving
In his art' during the last fiw years In
"Hamlet," and a little less so In "Th
Bells," which were sn closely associated
with the genius of l is father, his Improve
ment has been tcoft marktd.
Jcrrme K. Jerco . ..materia to become
almost as prolific as a dramatist as is
Somerset Miiugluu i at the present mo
ment. His "Passing of the Third Floor
Ui'k," which Forbes Robertson ami Ger
trude Ell'ott ure producing to crowded
houses at the St. James', is to be followed
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by his "Fanny and the Servant Problem,"
which Charles Frohman Is to produce, and
in which Fannie Waid Is to make her re
appearance In Iondnn. London theater
goers expect great things from Miss Ward
when she gets a really good show that
will give her an opportunity of exploiting
to the full her undoubted dramatic tal
ents. Jerome's newest play Is based on
the story rf a music hall artist who, hav
ing married Into the ranks of the nobility,
discovers herself In the' difficult position
of presiding over a household of no less
than twenty-three domestics. The ruses
she employs to elude the pitfalls nnd keep
her real ignorance a secret from the serv
ants and the relatives and friends of her
husband develop many amusing situations.
In a series of articles by well known
celebrities appearing In on English weekly
under the head "Critics' Worst Blunders "
R. O. Knowles, who Is described aa the
most popular comedian that America has
ever sent to England, tells am amusing
story of his reception upon his first visit
Knowles Is now a topnotcher drawing be
tween $600 and J 730 a week for his In
imitable drolleries. '
"When I first came to England." says
Knowles In his contribution, "a certalrs
reviewer said that I was so bud -that the
Trocadero management (where I opened)
would keep me four weeks because they
had to, but after that I should never be
heard of again In London. They added
that I would undoubtedly utilise that
period to steal enough material from the
British comedians to go back to America
I've the rest of my life on their
brains. Another journal, the name of
which I have forgotten, said that there
was not another 'patter merchant' In
Great Britain who could not five me Hit
yards In UO and beat me a yard In the
remaining yard and a half."
Knowles' triumph In England was all
the more remarkable because he has suc
ceeded as has rx other comedian In pleas
ing practically all classes of music hall
audiences. He' is Just as bla a favorite at
the Palace, London, where the best of
English society Is to be round, us he Is
at the Tlvoll, a resort beloved of the
cockneys. JOHN AVA CARPENTER.
Gosalp front stasreland.
"Little Nemo," Klaw & Erlander'f new
est offerln?. which was produced for th
flrt time at the Forrest theater Phila
delphia, lu.t week, will go Into their own
theater In New York, the New Amster
dam. October at. The bork Is bv Hirry
B. Smith. Victor Herbert has written the
music In his best vein.
Nothing fuivnier has been heard on the
stage In n long tin e than Joseph Caw
thorn's explanation of his capture of a
whiffenpnof, Harry Kelly r liase of the
montln antack. or Mlllv B. Van's taming
oi a peninsula. Assisting Ne no. who is
portrayed rn the staple by Master Gabrlnl,
there are Flip, played by Hilly H. Van;
the Little Princess, played by Almee Klir
Iteh; Joseph Cawthorn as Dr. Pill, amd
Harry KePy as the Danc'ng Missionary, to
mention only a few of the clever cust.
Paul Armstrong has completed for Klaw
& Erlanger the bis: navil piny. "!n Time
of Peace." which will be pioduced by that
firm In a few weeks.
Mclntyre and Heath, who are now plav
'ng a brl.-f engiu;e.nent In vaudeville, will
appear shortly lu "The Steeplechasers,"
under the management of Klaw & Er
langer. An Imnortnnt the'rleal event occurred
it the St'it rt'mVe:- theater. Ch'rng.i, rn-d:-y
eveninjr. when Frltsi f-Vheff nnd the
l II rvhain company gave the first per
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Mint time Mada'ne Seheff has appeared
i a first ni'-tht perf nrame in the west
Mepsrs. Blossom nnd Herbert have out
done themselves in the-r lio'-t ,-ff'-
opera. "The prima Donna." This was the
and int r"tlnr. 'he hirnnr In i umot 1! nir
and the play has a definite and coherent
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plot. Mr. Herbert's music was described
as the mcst lancinating as well as the ;
most musicinnly work he has ever done. '
The whole play was received most warmly (
and the usual first night chilliness was .
crowded to the background by ovation '
after ovation for the dainty Frltzl Schelf .
and her unusually capable company. Mr. !
Dillingham has provided the most sump
tuous stage investiture for "The Prima
Donna" he has ever given Madame Schelf.
Louise Gunning has formed an ambitious
plan lor a choral sirring society, recruited
primarily from the young women and men
u the chorusvs of the Shubert musical
productions In New York City. Miss Gun-
nlng herself began at the bottom of the
ladder, and she thinks that a little gen
uine musical training of this sort would
give many of the your g pmple a start In
the right direction. Miss Gunning expects,
to put her scheme Into operation throuah
the co-operatb n of tho Messrs. Shubert,
who are anxious to aid any project that
will discover new talent and improve the
quality of singing choruses for Shubert
"My Idea Is to give the girls a chance
to learn the fine points of choral slnginir."
said MJss Gunning, explaining her project.
"At the same time it will be an opportun
ity for the girls who have real singing
voices to distinguish themselves and do
some solo work. Tne Shuberts have prom
ised that If I can get sume fifty girls
and men Interested In the fitjglng society
they will furnish a competent director to
take charge of the 'rehearsals nnd also lo
direct the occasional public performances i
on Sunday niKhts. After some weeks r
months, I think, It might be possible for '
the Shubert Singing society, as tint club
will be called, to offer a complete oratorio.
I am sum that some of the principals in .
the Shubert musical organlzatlor would '
be clad to sing the leading roles, and I
would, myself, b a candidate for the posi
tion cf solo soprano. The proceeds of tho
performance, to be given on a Sunday ,'
night at one of the Shubert houses, could .
be dfvoted to one of the theatrical relief
societies, which are now all In need of
Robbed of odors of the brimstone pit, j
His hoofs and horns nnd sting all laid
As useless masquerading, only fit
To frighten children; laughing, glaring
This new relentless, cynic devil walks I
Along the glittering social ways of men! .
I First, as the polished gentleman he talks, I
And leads his victims suavely on and ,
Of sudden he the mastery assumes
The Iron mast'ry of remorseless fate
Before the victim's eyes the vIMon looms
Of yawning midnight pits, too late!, too
Molhar, the truth Is here
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Your devil's creed analysis
Clarence J. Bullelt In Indianapolis Star.
Owing to the success of Lulu Glascr In
"Mile. Mischief," the new Vienna operetta
which opened at the Lyric theater on Mon
day nljjht under the manaKcment of the
Messrs Shubert, the New Yolk eiiKagement
of DeVVolf Hopper In "What Happened
Them," the new musical fantasy by
Austin Strong and Edward Corliss, has
been indefinitely deferred. Mr. Hopper,
who is now playing in his new vehicle In
the principal cities outside New York, was
to have come to the Lyric, but he will now
be nblifted to remain on tour until some
other Shubert theater can be prepared ta
According to the Evening World of New
York "The Pest) llitlap" Is the name of a
Hungarian newspaper which recently pub
lished an article on the Flske-Savage con
troversy over 'The Devil," and In sending
out a story Morris Kirby spelled It "Pesky
Margaret Arprlln has decided that during
her New Ycrk season, which will benln
about February, besides appearing In "The
Awaken'na of Helena Ritchie," she will
present "The Taming of the Shrew," which
she has jusi revived with marked success
In A r.s-rails. She also plans to produce a
l'ay that was written by Heaumnnt and
Fletcher as a sequel to the latter play and
deabng with the taming of Petrurhio by
Kaiher.re, his wife. In modern times the
plav has seldom been seen and Miss
Anglln's Idea is ultimately to appear in It
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