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Patrick, Warren A. (ed.) / Show world
(April 3, 1909)

Stair & Havlin will have circuit next year,   p. 5

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New impettis Given the Successful Run
of Frederic Thompson's Great Drama
at Chicago Opera House.
The suiewssfIl engagement    of   Via
Wyireli's at the Chicago opera house was
-'jo-s fewl impetus on Friday  night of
]list wick'atealJack Finns, the wireless
telegraph operator of the ill-fated Re-
public hoo W  outthe call ''C. Q. D.1'
hiThibi    ntt eBatiiand other boats
1n the aid of the wrecked vessel, ap-
Pealed at the (lose of the big scene in
wta1 the hroine is rescued     by  the
eans of wireless.
flinriraixed from    Europe   recently
at(ilh'lr   Thompson would inot Inear-
of is refuial won he again urged him
to iln the Via Wireless Copitny. Ie
rslp such a tempting offer at length
that Hinns signed the proffered contract.
,oi number of here worshippers in the
naudinee at the Chicago opera house
tros wien he appeared, to do honor to
ihe new comer in the cast. He Was in-
roducoe' byt Joseph Kaufman, who dodged
behind the curtain leaving the wireless
operator to get along as best he could.
Binn was very much embarrassed and
showd Ithat lie had had no coaching in
is urtain talk. He answered a (oues-
ion wlih was unasked evidently having
atteimnpted to answer it so many times
luring the day that he concluded it
weas on the tip of every tengue in Chi-
cago. ITe stated in way of reply to this
"wirless" T1ilerc that hle had not been
io Chirage long enough to form an im-
a,ssionof the city.
Via Wireless is a drama of sufficient
ser to Prosper witthouit the aid of a
Iraoiog card itr the shuape of a pcopular'
ler.ibutrthe tnterest is sowide inw-ire-
est;tegraplix'among those who see the
,how that tre trend of thought is nat-
rall towards Binns' recent experience
nd hi introduction into the play seems
'li'i- interest in the drama hinges on
lhewireles cone andJoseph Kafman's
oleis inade to stand out prominently.
lI- nets the part well.  John Sainpolis
Toes excellent work as the naval officer.
Veri MCord was very good in the role
I tlie daughter of the steel magnate
wlu-r interest in wireless forms the cen-
ter of the plot. Francis J. McGinn once
more r-ov-es himself a capable actor in
the role of .: drunken foreman at the
steel soers. Georgia Drew Mendum   evi-
dlently pleases a part of the audience
With her poitrayal of a stenographer.--
Webster Likes The Golden Girl.-Tiarry
W'ester witnoesed a performance of The
*ohllir l and pronounces it the "best"
misnil rorentyI  e has ever seen.
Hardin Ellis a Caller.-Hardin Ellis.
hos ill he with tie Peters Amusement
tnrr mtire coming season, was a re-
oit aler at tis office.
Stanley Lewis Likes Vaudeville.-Capt.
tillrlix- lewis, who is sitinsg an auto
id soreeeding as perfolumcis inniiot to
i1x Srech a luxir, has in tunch   of
rarnil-cille coinracts x-Ien-t waill k-c-p him
ngagI all summluer.
To Offer Extravaganza.-The Than-
anrser conpiy will be seen in a fairy
xtlravoanza crlled Jack and the Bean-
talk the week of April 12.  This will
cive thel members of the company inter-
sting roles, and a large choris will bec
mp1lo-d. There will be many    soirga
'd d:nces and lite p7roduction will he
To Return to Chicago.-Princess T~il -
-wiaso, who hIas bneon the feature of W.
SMlanrn's As Told in tle Hills, went t
r.Parr' simm itre cominainv closend.1,
endalfew' lais xxitn retailions.  inen
ived in, Chinigo early  this  week  to
rller fe  trip in her touring car. Sie
n-lhfe~nlred in the sae play. anewin
,ext rsason over the eastern circuit.
To Open   Tent   ShOw.-The     Peters
marsorrn01t Conipanx- will open a tented
rrrerprixe 'ii 19 't Chaffee, ?\o. Madt-
rpix. the mind readerr will  e fea-
riredi There will ho sex'eral v'audneville
t1. C F. Peters, for the last four years
InT . p Ferris, axill be the manager.
.lines f papei has been socnred from
lkerman &  Quiglbe.   The performers
creani in Chicago and will remain here
New England Outlook.-W. B. G       n
Boston, xad) in Chicago last week ill
*" mition xith J. J   Miurdock of th
lirterrratininal Pritinr and Producing
'-'arn  P  andin   heafim itotin
rrre Inarndi Mn. Gree n said:-"Not
roi,  xears has Ithe Outlook been so
Itnii  The Independent movement
n inrrrg great headway in our section
1ke i  ountry, due not only to heavy
inlve'rioang, but the fact that we hove
rentle to produce the 'goods.' I look
to one of the most profitalde
Lmiter, that my house has ever known.''
Loitte Briscoe  on  Vacation--Among
einumersi professional visitors to this
it diring the cirient week is Lottie
rliscee. who is stopping at the Sherman
nuse, from whichi vantage she  as been
Jk-ing dailx Trips to maIn  of her pro-
isa  ids W     are playing   Chi-
--go tI'is .ee  AMsS Brisice  recently
ts aiengagenent of sixty odd weeks
ii the Olrpheumt a  stock  company  of
rladelplun 'xre  she Phaed tle in-
-ines and earned an enviable reetrr-
inn for herself in man' notble piodrn'-
few  Se xxii leave for the ernst in j
Although Many Theaters Are Passing Out of Their Control it May
Mean a Better Chain of Houses for Next Season.
Those who have been contending that
Stair & Havlin ruled with an iron hand
dTuring the days of melodrama may get
all the satisfaction tlhey wish this spring
for the entire circuit is disrupted and
instead of playing touring attractions un-
til lte inMay oreairlyinJunne thcecom-
runesave about all closed and many of
the theaters which formerly made up the
circuit are no longer in Stair & Havlin's
The conclusion prevalent in some quar-
ters that there will be no Stair & Hay-
lin circuit next year is ariived at hastily.
There will be a Stair & Havlin circuit
next year and the chances are that it
vill give the producing manager a great
deal better opportunity to  get  money
tinan thcat circuit has in the past. That
moving pictunes 1wii weed out many of
tine unprofitable hnouses whicha 1cave been
a part of the circuit in the past is cer-
tain.  That the Shuberts will provide
unruy attractions for the Stair & taLin
nirnilit in 1909nn-10 is generally understood.
It is more than likely that the character
if nitriactions awill Ire changed. There
xiii ie mote musical shows tan in the
pist and fewxer blood   curdling  melo-
That the Stair & Havlin people will
have acircuit next yeanris provensby the
unntnaity of tine firm itself and those pro-
duicinng mcnnagnrn5 avlo are supiposed to
In the conrseof   fexvweekst e Grand
operamhouse, Philandelphiaxiiitie devoted
to moving pictures. The Park theater has
already made the change.    About the
sine class of attractions which have ap-
peared  at  the  Great   Northern  in
Chicago.  It is owned by Nixoin & Zim-
naerilan and Klaw  & Erlanger. Some
time ago na stock company was installed
thene. but the project was unsuccessful.
The Giand in Philadelphia is a very large
theater and has been one of the best
houses o the Stair & tIavlin circuit. On
several occasions dollar and a half shows
have played the theater in preference to
down town houses where the laices were
higher but the gross receipts lower.
The United Amusement Company, re-
cently organized at Toledo. will thav
xvudev'ille and pictures in tine Stair &
Iralin houses which it has obtained.
This arrangemendt as perfected last
axeel :ni wacs prinated exclusively in this
papir  Silivanc & Considine will book
tine a indexnille nets.
The I nited willrr- scveral theaters
whnicI Ihav liereoifora Ie-n riniocinent in
the circuit, but it is believed that the ar-
rangement is only temporary and that
such theaters as 1-ouck's in Cincinnati
and Hav'in's in St. Louis will be on the
circuit again next season.
Sanm S. and Lee Shubert, Inc., took pos-
session of the Auditorium in Baltimore
this week and instituted a neax regime
at that playhouse. The Blue Motise is
the first attraction offered; and other
lig productions will follow.
A report from that city says: "By this
move the Shuberts throw down the gaunt-
let to the Klaw & Errlanger combine, the
former disregarding an agreement not to
use the $1.50 scale of prices in this city
and thereby recognizing Baltimore as a
theatrical city of the highest standard.
Heretofore, by agreement, the Shuberts
have been restricted to $1.00 productions
in Baltimore.''
Sham Gets New York Opening.
Instead ofcaoming to the Studebake rin
hier newv play. Shanm, Henrietta Cros-
nian is appearing at Wailack's in New
Yoi. The cange of plans axas neces-
sary as there ans no other attraction
xa'hicn could be swxitchced into AWaliack's
to fill tne time when Mary Shaw in Votes
foir Women tuned exit to be at miserabale
lailure. It has been a long time since
there was a dearty of attractions. In
ne-cent years tine syndicate hnas found
productions knocking for admittance in
Neat York, buat this season Broadway
thneaters hnave becen dank on nnumerouns
Manager's Report on "Acts."
Here is what F. C. Priest, manager of
the Princess at Milwaukee, thought of
his first two-a-day show, or rather what
the audience thought as reported by him:
Cleiense Brothers "big,' Earle Sisters
'good' Morris & Moore "big," Evelyn
Dunmore "big,' Ishikawrw Japs "big."
TIne show was booked by Edward Marsh
of the Independent booking office in Chi-
Seeley Likes Chicago.
Janes Seeley wais a inmber of the
company which presented The Renegade
it the Studebaker  some   weeks  ago.
'Vhon that company ceased to exist,
seies joined Tne White Sister and did
not lose anighnt. WhnenaViola Alena took
The White Sister on the road, Seeley re-
nained ehint and joined Caneo Kirby.
All three cif threnm an-ore TLicler attrac-
Red Mill Next.-The Red Mill will ie the
next attraction at the Grand.
New Richard Carle Offering is Destined
to be a Worthy Successor of A
Broken Idol.
'tine Boy and The Girl, which began
its engagement at the Whitney theater
Mrrh 2o, is a worthy successor of A
Brolcen idol, anad  Mainager  Frank  0.
Peers may depend upon the company
emainingaat the  Iarlor home ofmmusical
-onnedy" as long as the arrangement be-
tween Carle and Marks and B. C. Whit-
iney will permit.
Mane changes were made during the
first week of the run and as a result
tie sperformance is noa giving the best
cif satisfaction. The first act wsnwhipaped
into shape within two or three days
after the opening. The making over of
the second act was more difficult, as it
wxas the weaker at the beginning.
Richard Carle is responsible for the
libretto of this plotless offering, and I.
L. Heartz wrote the music. The pro-
duction was staged by Gus Sohlke. The
company includes many well known per-
formers and the chorus is made up large-
ly of girls and boys who have figured
in Chicago productions before.
The song hit of the production is
"Katie, Come and Kiss Me," sung by
Iarriet Stanton, who returns to the stage
in this offering, and Burrell Baibaretto.
Harriet Stanton is a coy, winsome "girl"
who sings prettily and looks attractive.
Burrell Barbaretto makes just such a
"boy" as would attract stuch a "girl."
The song hinges   n   a kiss  'hich the
"boy" desires and indeed his inclination
towards osculation may be said to form
the bcasis of the plot.
There are five comedians. Eddie Gar-
vie is proprietor of an amusement place
and mcanages to tie enctertaining witlhout
being provided with an over-abundance
of material. Lee Kohlmar is a silent
partner in the enterprise who refuses to
stay in the background.    His personal
following in Chnicago is v'ery large and
there is seldom a night goes by that his
friends are not prominent in the audi-
ence. George E. Mack is a would be
juggler and is amusing. Felix Fantus
as a French count contributes his share
to the gaiety. Toby Lyons as a palmist
makes the most of his opportunities.
Jeanne Towler has the role of a "smart
soibrette." though one seldom sees a sou-
brette so tall that her admirers must
mount a chair to reach her lips. She
sings a song about having the "man-
ager" on "her staff," which will interest
the profession if not the public. Ilion
Bergere has the same kind of a role in
which she has been seen before and plays
it with the same charm that character-
ized her work in A Broken Idol.
Jimmy Callahan appears in one act and
"'oes" a monologue. He was very bad
it the start but is improving so rapidly
that his friends predict he will onitils-
tanie Mike Donlin and  oe Tinker it1in
rnother week.-E. E. M.
Princess Has aSuccess-Henry Wood-
ruff, GeorgiaCaine, Adele Rowland, Fran-
ces icemarest, Bert Baker, Harry 1'ileer
and many others make The Prince of To-
night another success at tie Princess.
Thompson    Will  Move    Office.-Billy
Thompson, representing Jerome II. Re-
mick, the music publisher, will move his
office from  the Sherman House to the
Grand opera house on May 1.
As Told in the Hills Closes.-As Told
in the Hills closed a season of 31 weeks
at Rochester, Minn., March 24. R. .T.
linder, who was in advance of the at-
traction the past season, has been en-
4rrin'e'd to pilot the show again next sea-
Miss Keim May Play Hamlet.-Will
Reoid Dunroy thinks it is quite possible
that Adelaide Keim will be seen as Ham-
1-t this season at the Bush Temple the-
ator. Miss Keim    has played this role
with great success in New York, Balti-
iore and Chicago.
Big Week Promised.-At the Bush
Temple theater the week of April 5, a
tny xvitounit aname willbe offered. The
lerson sriggesting the best title will re-
ceive a prize of $5 in gold. The 350th
pcerformance of the Thanhouser company
x':I becelebrated Tuesday night.April 6a
xihec eachc wxoman present will receive a
lir-ndsone framed picture as a souvenir.
Askin Has a New Song Show.-HarY
\skin Ini is it obtain(,d the rigtos fon a
Tiex showe as yet uinnanced; tle story
of the book was written by 0. Henry.
irl niiisi' is be  A. Baldwin Sloan ani
Itnc' lyrics are from the pcen of Frankc P.
lrms. Juliain Mitchell will produce tile
piny at the Grand opera house in this
i-ita very shortly. .Tohn E. Young has
neon engaged to star in it. It is be-
liever that this show is intended for a
suni"mer run here.
Van Horn Closes     Contracts.-R. W.
Yin Horn of the well kniown costuming
houise of Van Horn and Sons, of Phila-
lelphia, stopped in Chicago for a few
days during a western trip which in-
clnutled many of the more important cities
,,f the niddle west. While admitting
trhrit ie had closed some higlly import-
cut contracts to furnish costumes for
mane stock ho eseh in this section. in-
eluding several in this city, laeowould not
dlivulge any further information.   His
house has recently removed from its old
established stand in Ninth street. Phila-
delphia and now occupies an entire fve'-
story building in Tenth street near Chest-
nut. which is in the heart of tIe Quaker
City theatrical district.
,  April3,1909.
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