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Patrick, Warren A. (ed.) / Show world
(April 18, 1908)

Roche, John Pierre
Pithy pertinent paragraphs,   p. [3]

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Volume II-No. 17
April 18, 1908
T   FIE part htln,   plays in the disovevr
of tali(.(lIis sotnnetintes tj-  " fat.''
Fr,l E. ttNvNs, whose   clen rPencil
sketcoe of soubrettes and  'bum" actors
have become known from    one end of the
United States to the other through the me-
dium of Puck and other tonsorial parlor
weeklirs, was contennt until a few   years
ago to draw his strikingly original pictures
in letters to intinate friends.  The timid
display of one of these drawings to a news-
paper man resulted in Lewis sending sev-
eral sktches to eastern Iublications forth-
ti th. Since then Puck has used his entire
output.  In similar fashion John Edardi
Hazzard, authtor of Ain't It Awful. Mtabel,
wrote tie Itwelve v rses comprising that
popular ballad and then loaned them   to i
young oman to copy in se scrap-book,
neglec ti nge copyrightt precautions.  As a re-
snn It, Mr. Htazzard has gained nothing but
evanescent fame from  the chorus-lady la-
ment, which concludes with the appended
sorroNful stanzas:
The way folks talk about us, too,
For the smallest things we do:
Nuff to make a girl feel bite.
Ain't it awful, Mabel?
My Gawd, is that the overture?
I'll never be on time, I'm sure!
The things us actresses endure-
Ain't it awful, Mabel?
Billie Burke's first stage appearance was
as a singer of coon songs in the London
music 'alll: May Vokes has refused to pay
her phnotographer because he enhanced her
beaute to unrecognizable proportions; Bes-
ste McCoy's favorite drink is strawberry
ice-cream  soda water, and Frances Starr
talks, eat s and walks like a regular hope-
to-die  Spaniar<.
Worley Birch, juvenile and Belle Gafney,
character wonan, of thte  Patrons   stock
company at the College theater, Chicago,
will withdraw from  that organization next
wek.  There will be nlo other chnanges in
the cast. The seesseionl of Birch is caune-
for regret as his performances during tien
seaso  navse been the best acting scent i
the College. IlI as enhancentI tie value nI
Iig  ramts and cnNused 'bits  to loomr th
Walt McDougall,  tine (ian of cartoon-
f" nltde Mis vaudeville debut at Keith's,
Philadlphniia. last week. In addition to itis
artistic ability Mr. McDougall has wittet
several novels and a number of sort stoh-
es.t Aulng his aciifenoients in nat
Saoglrating nmon   Ne n  York artists tin
custoMn If -ating three meats per day, in
vedtinge-dr  safety nazor despite tile rtron
sPPoritisn of the Anti-Cruelty Society, annd
dlesignning thte decorations for Bishnop Ptn
let's sdart-liyed  booze emporiunt com pni
frot  Wlt Makee iafor   ds us tbat tie am
PiSe a ndfter Mr. McDougall's ioitnt al
pearyne` droned out a song  riter in tin
next Ibunidingnetting for his royalttes.
Song Of Als Nations Item, Kle cast oI
The Jon Frotn aIoni, 'the great  mercan
chene -ntron '' inape luaa es t ee Mmer.oAnhr
hve  tritisere octn  Australian,  ta  Gen -
mns' one Engliseh-Irietlnman, twvo Italtna,
aong the princihlys, and  fine  of  tin
ountring en prtmior    roles.  Ietrenpow
George Kilthery noeurenE  Are ee to nno
isminat a cast predon inlainagl foreign  s
molt ofabe of producing    ann American
play? "
One day sae' two  new  resident compan
stare cerentted il Chicago, last wveek.  Tin.',
iIaes oef James Durin leading  man at
tine College theater. asL'nrded latbert Enn-
or th 'ocnna,  a big annnntic ris hean
,ith a ioidertul Pair of lungs, opportunity
to play Marcus Superbis in Quo adisa
while the lose of Adelaide Keima's voice
gave John Arthur, a young Chicatgoan, a
chance to appeanr as H amlet .  Mt. Arthur
as letter-perfect in the roe. f aeinng por-
trayed the melancholy Dane   vitc l  a barn-
stormi ng repertoire company.  It is ttowl
ru mor-ni  thtat  Robnert  Emmet  O'Connor
Wli be tite leading man of the Marlowve
stock company next season.
Lillian Lawrence, a stock actress of u-ide
experience, made her first appearance wyith
the Busht Temple players last nveek, suc-
ceeding Adelaide Keon as leading nwoman.
She teas seen as Anna Karenina in Otis
Celburnl'e play, A Pathl of Thorns.
Alargaret Mayo, author of Potty of the
Circuis, is at Present busily engaged novel-
izing tlnat play for the Dillinghanm press.
Polly at the Circus has proven a bigger
financilal success than any of Miss Mayo's
previous weritings, not excepting The that-
riag5 Of William  Ashe.  At one tinme Ityiss
Bays, then knownn as ILillian Slateon, played
for tine vecal practice and exercises of the
high school students at.Portland, Ore., and
on one dull Friday afternoon created a
prefound sensation by her feeling recita-
tionl of Whittier's In the School Days.
Colorado-maduro Item. 'W'ilbur Mack, am- the Watrbury, Conn., American, was re-
pearing in vaudenille in his one-act mousi- cently chastised by a young wonman mnenber
cat fare', The Bachelor and     the Mtaid, of Frnnets Wilson's company; San H1er-
writes  t,  inform  us  thnt  I'  Ins  rn, In 1  narn tIhinkts  t.n c-in ian's  J.ob  is  ti.  hard-
(n, nf the handsomest menmbers nf Miss Hok of Holland company, now at the Criterion
theater, New York, is Christie MacDonald. Pictured above in her characterization of Sally
Hook. Miss MacDonald is not only Pretty and vivacious. but she is an actress of intelligence
and discernnent whose career is one of unusual promnise.
that seventh   heaven  of Thespian bliss-
having a cigar named after him. He neg-
lected both to state the pnrie of the N-eed
or to send samples.
'William  A. Dillon, otherwise known as
"Bill," note  appearing  in  vaud-ville  at
P'rcy Williams' theaters, is truly i versa-
tile genius.  He can play any role from
"leads" to the piano, is writing a comic
opera, has weritten a nunnbe'r of poplnuar
songs, and is interested in a theater nt
Curtanin sN. s . It is rumored that  tr.
Dillon ei snld  is simare tnments ler-
tering in tne morning. are    Het ev .
Fift -sevent Ways of BecoBing Fanous is
tin tennatevpe title of his talk.
Cecilia L~oftus, wvho created a furone at
te- f ajrst   theater. Chicag. last nveet.
ne-itn tier just   famous imitatpr o  Inas tnr-
chased a farm of six acres at Bedford.
Mlass., near the estates of Blanche Bales
and Rtincnard HardIing Davis. Miss Loftus
contemplates spending the coming sunnmer
Henry B, Harris has produced twventy or-
iginal plays during his career as a theatri-
cal manager: Roland F. Andrews, editor of
est one on the stage, and even John Barry-
tion's bare feet failed to save Toddles, an
English importation.
Disc'retion Iitem. The startling electrical
baliet effect, employed by Ned Wneayhurn to
prove that the show    girls of the Honey-
n-oon Trail company are not cripples, is
onitted at the matinee performances.
Literary Announcement. Louise Drew, at
present appearin in stppert of Ethel Bar-
rysnore in Her Sister, is nritng a rIook
ahnntnt her* dear, papa, John Drew. The pro-
edines so far are shnroutded in dep ttvs-
tee'. inut the botoki is to be amid'y illustratedl
evittn sketchnes and pictures in chnaracter of
tine stanr of Mhy Wife.
Says Tine Merry Maiden: ''My dear,. it's
jest as Millie soz: Sarony and a good press
agent kin make a stage beautv out of anny-
bont.   It's the merry villager than's got
1er work rut out to make 'em     say' 'Ge.
pipe the peach!'
Virginia Tracy, daughter of Helen Tracy.
Nio plays grande danes, is an unusually
clever girl. She has a story in the April
issue of Lippincott's, They Also Serve. de-
picting stage life with a certain fidelity.
Airnold Daly's presentation of throe tab-
I ii plave at the Studebaker theater, Chi-
,aigo, recently provokedI morI' critical coml-
monllt than a new Ibsen or Shakespearean
production. The Flag Station, the author-
ship of which is claimed by both Charles
Kenyon and Eugene Walter, was attributed
on the Daly program to the author of Paid
In Full and The Wolf.     Once you   have
.shown" Broadway the number of kow-
towters becomes legion.
Paul Burns, now starring in Deadwood
Dick's Last Shot once doubled effectively
as Uncle Tom    and Little Eva in Uncle
Tom's Cabin. During the death scene he
delivered the child's remarks in the best
falsetto he could manage and then to mb-
led the replies in deepest bass. It was a
onst affecting scene. There was $7 and not
;, dtry eye in the house when he finished
Iiis  due t.
Says the Merry Maiden: "I've got agreat
thought fer a musical hurrah to be labeled
Girls. Girls, Girls-nothing but music cues
and intermissions."
Musical Announcements. Marie Dorn has
composed a inew song for the use of lattie
Williams in Fluffy Ruffles. Elsie Janis is
the composer and lyric writer of The Tell-
tale Moon, and Channing Pollock's name
ppears on the title page of The Land of
t1 Heart's Desire, a recent Haviland pub-
William Vaughan MIoody on The Great
Divide: "I was in Arizona when the idea
cane to me. I came home and wrote the
Play. I never dreamed that I was writing
the one thing that would bring me recog-
nition. I wrote it as I did other things-
for my own happiness."
Elsie Ferguson. 'Wilton Lackaye's leading
woman in The Bondman, once appeared in
the small role of a maid in Louis Mann's
unsuccessful production of The Second Fid-
vichard Cane was in his dressing room
at tho Illinnois theater on the opening'night
r     thary's au s. It mpas at tie enn of the
mneond act and Mrs. Carlte cl     e dack to
oonapiment  wim  on  inae success of the
'Everything's fine." saitd Mrs. Canle, "but
I don't think yonr impersonation of a hen-
Pocked husbnand is as convincing as it
might be.''
"Ali, Mrs. Carte." replied the comedian
looking ahout with pardonable caution to
son whether the faithful recorder of his
an mots was present, "that's because I
nn-ver had any rehearsals for the part at
Says The 3erry JMaiden: 'It takes nine
tailors to make at Jon Drew play, and it's
j-st natural for Arnold Daly-an-me to talk
a,,ut ourselves."
six-hest-seller Item.  The Call of the
\ild by London and The Call of the Blood
1, H-ichens are Jefferson De Angelis' favo-
ite novels.
Iew Fields on revamping a musical show:
b never could, and cannot now, understand
in ,nn a show can be 'whipped into shape.'
li-t eatt you make a wooden horse go.
\'oet can beat it until your arms seine. but
tine wood won't stir. The same applies to
a slnw Eithera show is good or it is bad.
If it is a good show, that settles it-and if
it is had then that settles it, too, but in
the other direction."
Guy Bates Post, Jane Peyton (Mrs. Post)
and Helen Ware will portray the lead-
ing roles in Paid In Full during the en-
gagenent of the second company at the
Grand opera house, Chicago.
Beryl Hope, leading woman at the Col-
lege theater, Chicago, is contemplating en-
larging William Gillette's sketch, ThefRed
Owl, into a four-act play. Miss Hope was
seen in the sketch at the Majestic theater,
Chicago, last winter.
Nellie Revell, "the monologue girl from
the west," says that she is the only person
in the vaudeville profession who everopened
a show or wasn't featured over Vesta Vic-
toria at the Ahambra, London-to hear
them tell it.
With the dog stars.   Lillian Russell Is
devoted to her small pet dog, Olive Wynd-
ham has a fluffy white ttapian poodle, and
Beryl Hope a Maltese canine.
Says The Merry Maiden: "Lots of cft.
edians are playin' tragedy only they ain
hop to it."
One of CGoodale's Goodies. At the end of
the first act the man leaped hurriedly to
his feet.
"t, heard an alarm of fire," he said.  "I
must go and see where it is."    His wife
made way for him to pass out.
"It wasn't fire," he said on his return.
"Nor water, either," said his wife coldly.
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