University of Wisconsin Digital Collections
Link to University of Wisconsin Digital Collections
Link to University of Wisconsin Digital Collections
The Arts Collection

Page View

Patrick, Warren A. (ed.) / Show world
(November 23, 1907)

Chicago playhouses,   p. 14


Page 14

THE SHOW WORLD
November 23, 1907
T   "IIE stanling of conpelte success upon
Th e Grand Army Man; the public's won-
derful as-if-one-person positive agree-
ino it upon David Warfield being greater
than ever before, and the acknowledged par-
excellent approvals of the truly grand Stuy-
vesant theater marks David Belasco the sole
occupant of a unique position among the-
atrical men.
He has followed one phenoni,,ial theatrical
success with another equally as big, if not
bigger.  In this connection Mr. Belasco is
not contemplated as a dranatist nor a stage
director, but merely as a show man.
Exceptionally big theatiical successes have
not bred exceptionally big theatrical sue-
,esses, the old axiom  to the contrary not-
withstanding.  In Sag Harbor, James A.
Hernme did not find another Shore Acres.
De Wolf Hopper is stilt hunting for another
Vang. Reginald De Koven composed Robin
Hood, and-wel, at least he composed Robin
Hood.   Charles Klein's The Daughters of
Men and The Step Sister were forgotteni in
a month, but The Lion and the Mouse goes
prosperously on. After Florodora, John C.
Fisher tricid and tried again, but tie tried
in vain.  Klaw   &  Erlanger believed that
The Prince of India would follow in the foot-
steps of Den Hur, yet it took a short Cut
to cold storage. In Old K,ntucky is nor in
its thirteenth  or fourteenth  season, ani
Charles T. Dazey, its author, has striwni
its wake itith failures. The examples are
endless.
Yet experienced theatrical imen whio have
witnessed performances of A   Grand Army
Man declare without reservation that thoe
play Siill exceed in p)opularity The Music
Master, one of the recent dramatic wonders.
The French aeronaut during tie recent St.
Louis balooiraces took along setsaf 1isling
tackle iii his outfit. 'oidier wrhat hse ex-
hected to Catch? Sun fish?
Indian and Oklahoma territories mevrgeil
into one and became the forty-eighth state
iii this gl orlosis Union . iiaimied Oklahoma. on
Nov. 1i6.  Anl original pilay, relete swith
appropriato costuies and aii entirely home
cast, The Marriage of Indian Territory to
Miss Oklalhomia, was a decided success, as
producedat Cois  ition Halt, kihoiasCity,
Nov'. 1. T esecoie Stastlait i iitie iewstate,
the plot dates back to 1904 and comes down
to the signing of the statehood proclamation
by a huge Teddy Bear.
In the sweding ceremony Miss Oklahoma
makes her entrance in a chariot, the motive
power of wIhich was twenty-four couples.
She appeared in act on    and tsso as a
cowr girt.
Taken all in all, the piece was really
excellent. At least the idea is a very novel
one.  The citizens of Oklahoma City can
boast of twro facts that are facts and of
ihleh all are universally proud. They are
"A city of the best qualities" and Ed. Over-
holzer is manager and owner of the niagnifl-
cet Ovsrhlozer theater. Every main, wvomtian
and child in Oklahoma City loves this main.
and why shotuidn't they! Possessed of quali-
ties that conmtel admiration, thoroughly hon-
est and upright, a bitter enemy of any and
all unfair methods and possessed of pow-
ors of achievement equal to any emergency.
Oklahoma City has rapidly become si
twenty-four hour worker. The night shift
passes the day shift on its ssay to work.
and hegleamnsg electrics talk    teace
if the vanished sun. And dluring it alt Mr.
Overholzer has ept up with the stride. His
theater is positively one of the finest in
the southwvest. in keeping with any house in
the country. Extreme cleanliness exists from
the back wall to the office and especial care
is taken of the dressing rooms.
Son idea of the business can be obtained
from the average figures of last season vhen
Mr. Overholzer played fifty-three of the
dollar-and-a-half attractions to an average
of $850.00.  The smaller shows averaged
almost $100.00. Thesn facts speak volumes.
The ian is great svbo rises to ntH  emer-
gencies of the occasioni adi becomIes master
of the situation. What a pleasure it is to
transact business sith such a man!
President Diaz is going to abolish bull-
fighting in Mexico and open up a string of
theaters as a moral substitute. which means
that Klaw & Erlanger still shake the moth
balls out of costumes and stage settin"gs in
which a great deal of idle capital is invested.
A certain sto  citosei don in Oklahoma
tie oilier day anid tie leaiding lady- toots it
upon herself to dvise all ttihe managers
swbo hart the s1iosv bookoled that. ''osing to
the delinquInt method of paying salaries
the t oir had been abandoned."  Very good
reaso n!
Wli.Fullwnrd is "Before'" aid hi lrother.
Charlie ,  'A ftcr.'  What  show  are  they
representing?
The coming of statehood to Oklahomua will
hase just the opposite effect on the two
prominent races within the state. To the
volte man it means freedoni from a torn-
t onial forIm  o f governmsent and riscendeiicy
to equality silii the ither states.  To the
Indian. on the conitrary, it iiieanis the coin-
plete elimination of his tribal freedom and
instead surroulnds him with statutes and laws
he will be compelled to obev.
He must abandon his religious customs
and the main unique and veird ceremonies
which accompan them: must renounce th
marriage  eremony which has been prac-
ticed among the tribes for centuries: must
give up his chiefs, his tribal councils, iis
right to v'nder unmolested over his reser-
vation. and, in truth, ultimately must wit-
ness the death of even his native tongue.
I am also led to believe that opera house
managers in several Indian Torritory towns
will be compelled to give up their "ash-can"
and "one sheet board" manner of lithe-
OM oRm I
GO' S/P" Y'
giaphing (it sour share of 50O) and go the
legitinat.
J. I'. Reilly, wtho is ahead of The Irish
Senator this season, advised me of his
mcefiiig of Jins 'unnell, c ity marshal oif
an I      ls, Okia.  Mr. Tunneitl told  Reilly
things were mighty fine in Spanks. Said
lie 'ollected enough money last week for
the city to pay his salary for six months
unless lie gets a raise. He stung a showN
six dollars license. Must be a quaint char-
acter, this maii Tunnell.
There is ain old saying that "Some men
are born great.   Some achieve greatness.
witle others have greatness thrust upon
them."  I had two great men thrust upon
me during my recent visit to Guthrie, Okla.,
namely, Hon. C. N. Haskell, the new gos-
erinor, and Townsend TWalsh, husiness man-
ager of Otis Skinner.
Ho th of these men have displayed latent
ability in their respective lines which com-
Joel consideration. They have played their
respiective games and won. Both think it
iecessary to modify the old saying, "Life
is swhat Ste make it" to "Life is what we
oike iI it," and the modification stands
iliproved. Some day I hope to attain the
high dignity of a Haskell or a Walsh.
During our dinner course Mr. Haskll, in
answrer to my question, "Ho  canl we b1
miserable?" remarked: "The best way to
he miserable is to think about yourself, how
iuch you have lost, how much you have
sot made, and the poor prospect for the
future. A brave main with a soul in him
gets out of such pitiful ruts, laughs at
dliscouragemient, rolls up his sleeves, whis-
ties, sings and makes the best of life."
tie hsaltc ( forl a second and Mr. W~atlsh
inmediatey grsped the oprinunity afford-
ed and said:   ''This earth never wvas in-
toiedd for glory, and the imi siso rises
silose discouragement and keeps his man-
Iod will only be the stronger for his ad-
,ersities."  Two great minds were pro-
pounding sentimentalism. I listened.
1V. J. Goff, manager of the El Reno,
Okla., theater, and, by the way, a mighty
fine ciip imanaging a mighty fine house in
a mighty fine manner, told me a certain
well-known agent was fixing up with him
the other das aien he the agent) receivei
a telegram stating, 'Twins arrived tonight.
More by mail."   Goff sats the agent re-
tlied, "I leave for home tonight. If more
,Ioe by mail send to dead letter office."
'WouIdn't tell me the agent's name, though'
I came in contact recently iwith a strol-,
iiae in tears. oThere are tears every da
errorysshere. Miother's tears, the tears of si
isayward daughter, the tears of a prodig]i
son; but no such tears as lay glistening ou
the white shirt sleeve of this broken-heartedl
mian, changing and throwing colors like dia-
ionds of the soul. I could read of how h-
hal toiled early and late for a woman i
imake her happy. Then came the misundr-
standings, the unjust ways of the wvomain:
now more msisforitune; then came the breaks
ing apart of the clouds; then the appua'-
ance again of     ; then, the beginning oi
the end, a tightening of the lips in prepa-
ration of going back to the grind. ready
to abide by HIS will and to Inake the rest
oif the journey-ALONE. And the twso dia-
iionds of the sout on the white shirt sleeve
sparkled and glistened. throwing forth many
colors. Through it all they reflected HER!
''Say, -North, are you go0ing to lay your
iper out?"   The advertising agent hal
opened the door.
"Vhy, y--e-s-; why; ishere dii you
come from?    T-I though-where did-go:
I wtonder-well, coime ois," and I thought of
thie two diamonds of the soul.
Someone tried to blow up the Muskogee.
Okla., gas fields, but made the mistake of
not applying the match to the advertising
agent's one sheet boards, and so failed.
A Missouri voman is suing for a$10100
for a kiss. Nosy, if sue iras at Kansas gal I
irould inos\\ the claim wras just.
Bob Simons, who is sailing ahead of
The Seminary Girl, tells me he struck a
hotel not long ago in Indiana where the
landlord awakened him    at 7 a. m. and
asked him   "if he Iwas through with the
towels!'"  I've heard the "get up; we
want the sheets for table cloths" gag
sany a time. but the towel thing-well,
Bob is a truthfutl sort of a fellow.
-0.
STOCK THEATER CIRCUIT.
Plan to Combine All the Companies Is
Proposed by a Mr. Fish.
A rumor Is floating through the cir-
rumambient air. with a gentleman of the
ratter suggestive name of Fish as the
chief eireulator, that a plan is afoot to
combine all the first-class stock company
theaters in the country. forming a cir-
cult simsilar to the vauidev'ille houses.
Aiin  the cities to be inculrid in the
combination   are  Cincinnati. Cleveland,
Kinsis City. Chicago. Philadelphia, New
York. Bnstoni aid Pittsburg.
SoId Mir. Fish. of Cincinnati:
"A   combination  of   stock  managers
could  tbuy outright some of the very
best and newest plass. and do It at a
cost less per capita than we are paying
now  for less desirable plays. Tt would
li  a groat thing for our patrons. An-
other feature would be the shipping of
scenery froim one house to another, and
every plas. however elaborate. would be
seen in each city as expensively mount-
ed as though it were one of the Charles
Frohoninn roand prodntions."
I_________________________ r ~
&9
E]AsTI Niu\ELDt appe       I asit the ia l-
retk theater last week in a repertoire
alfording great opportunities for the
display of versatilit and cronvinced some
large and some meager audiences that he
iias a superb actor. Of his characterizations
his portrayal of Shylock was especially nota-
ble. 0. Giannini (Mme. Novelli), L. Rossi
and A. Betrone were the more distinguished
of his company. The unique manner of aic-
cepting applause practiced by the Italians
and the paper scenery were curiosities. Fas-
.inating Flora, a music play and girl show,
arrived  Sunday night.   The company is
headed by Adele Ritchie and brings with it
an Eastern recommendation which may or
imay not portend its worth.
Mantell Continues at the Grand.
Robert Mtantell continued to offer Shapes-
peare at the Grand Opera House last week
to large audiences.  His Richard III did
not cause tuiultous praise on the part of
tihe critics, but apiealed to the occupants
of the orchestra chairs. Mir. Mantell is in
the last wre'k of his engagement. Eleanor
Robson comes Monday eening in Paul Arm-
strong's western drama, Saionmy Jane. Miss
iobson is certain of a faEralie reception.
Colored Comedimans Entertain.
Williams &   Walker brought a genuinoe
old-fashioned Southern show, Bandana Land
10 thes Great Northern theater last ioe.
'Ihe )li ise gotten aivav froms their' ex-
travaganza idea and as a result are purvey-
ig heter entertainment. ''hie chieffault of
the present piece is the absenteeof is iging
musicah numbers.  The best of the con>any
store Aids Overton Wailser, Htattie Mlen-
tsh, Alex Rogers and Lottie Williams. Busi-
ness iarrants a three weeks' sta at Iana-
gor Eberts' playhouse.
At the Pekin. Chicago's permanent home
if dusky rirth, the stock conpany tasr een
in a revsat of Vise Mars of Barn. a fornoser
sucss. Harrison Stewart. Lottie Grady,
Jirry  Mills and a "chicken" chorus ap-
D)-ared to advantage in the piece, which is
as light as a peach souffle. The orchestra
at the Pekin theater remains one of the
list features of the perforanco.
At the lRush and College Theaters.
It accordance with theinsw policy adoutol
at the Bush Temple to allow otisor rembers
of the conpany than AdIaio Kein to shine.
The Middleman was offered at that theater
last week with TVill Corbett as Cyrus Blen-
Isarn, the inventive potter. Miss Keimi was
seen as his daumghitcr Mary. and the otler
iommshers of the conipany assisted in solving
the problem.   Both Miss OKein   and 'Mr.
Corbott did excellent work in their delina-
I      Thiso wka re-ial of '        t
uffereh.
The Patrons stock company at    .- Colleg
theater offered sweet Clover last wok With
James Durkin, Beryl Hope and Gay COsa-
in the leading roles. Mr. Coombs again
distinguished himself by his isork, and Mr
ris McHugh, Jean Adair and Worley irCh
iwere entirely satisfactory. The Phelps-sholt
piece was prettily mounted and staged under
the direction of Colin Campbell. This weel
Janice Meredith.
The Marlowe stock company at the 10
lowe theater is presenting this week For
Old Time's Sake, a pastoral drama by Lau
rince Dunbar, with Frederick Julian in th
leading role. Doris Mitchell is portrayin
the leading feminine role,
Some New Plays Arrive.
Nat Goodwin came to tPower's theat,
Monday evening in a repertoire of pioR
including A Gilded Fool, When We Woo
Twenty-One. In Mizzouri. The Geniums anl
An American Citizen. Edna Goodrich is l11
leading voman.
The Follies of 1907, a Ziegfeld must"]
revue with a host of show girls, cameI
the Illinois theater Sunday evensisg. The
entertainment is essentially froths. TIT
fowloimog appear in the e ie'e: plickel
S'atson, Nora Bayes, (teac  La Rise, Art
belle Whitford, Frank kMane, tilian mi
amid lile. Dazie, helter kownras,' D071"
Rouge.
At ithe Colonial theater Victor Moore
necaring the end of isis most stuccessu T'
gagement in The Talk of New York. Th
Girl Qumstion at the a Salle an  A
for a Day at the 'Witnev*N (iO  111
are keeping the house treasurers 1busilyoil
gaged. and Forty-Five Mlinutes frimom  i
wtay is taxing the capacitv of SIcl'tu
thoater. The Man fromn Home at the St
haker. with Will T. Hodge in, the 10nj
role i oshie did entrtatin...t. OliVeWI
hloa; ansi Rhoen Plyiiihtsni assist.
With the Outlying Houses.
The Sirging GirI from  Killriley isth
bling at Ito' Columbus this week WiT0
lad- named Caminlla Crumse in thelithe tr
The Outlaw's Christmas. with '000 gsllor
of aqua pura. is offered at th  Alhstull
arid another ocall' inclined1lad , stt
Singing Girl is hiolding the boenil tater
Acemyo'n. Tbe Biiou suni Criterlll theatle'
offer the T proper rnoel!y of sesation at
tears.-J. P. P
Eugenie Blair is nwsceting with Succ5
suideville in a   setch entitled.  hfter I
Matinee. Miss Piair was seen formerli
the popular priced houses in Sapho and ot
emotional dramas.
14
: DON'T
. WASTE
It Stands
To Reason
O        that an old reli=
o                        able Film   firm
like ours, who
have been in the
O1                 M      business from
its infancy, can
give youthe
0  Service Tha iYou
Are Looking For.
CHICAGO FILM EXCHANGE
120 EAST RANDOLPH STREET, CHICAGO
EXCLUSIVE AGENTS FOR THE VIASCOPE
HEADQUARTERSFORPOWER'SandEDISONMACHINESSELIG
POLYSCOPES, VICTOR TALKING MACHINES,
EDISON AND COLUMRIA PHONOGRAPHS. Have you seen the New Gilmore
Elecitriclearer?tisthelinestthingfor heatingDressingHooms,oxOth ees
etc..immediately. Iirer taialternatig.sinallamperage  PRICE$8.50.
If you want an OPERATOR write us. This service is absolutely FREE OF CHARGE.
-ZrOV2Z7 Ac'- 6e-C&
CHICAGO PLAYHOUSES
Vi
01


Go up to Top of Page