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Patrick, Warren A. (ed.) / Show world
(July 10, 1909)

Webb, Basil
Goodwin's gilded fool offered St. Louisans,   p. 9

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9. July10 9.                          THE     SHO
Nat, Himself, Plays Chauncy Short to Big Success-De Wolf
Hopper and Lackaye Other Strong Attractions
ST. LOUIS, July 7.
Nat Goodwin demonstrated that lie
has lost nithintg through  his long
separation fron Chauncy Short, the
Gilded Fool, in
which capacity he
appeared at Del-
mar     Dramatic
theater last Stin-
tlay.  He is the
saute "fool" who
used to move us
insmiles and
tas, the  same
,ool who invests
hi money in M.
and T.; the same
pathetic fi g ure
when   he    finds
that his life's hap-
piness is appar-
ently slipping
through his grasp.
The audiences at I)elmar are finding
something more than the sentimental
appreciation of a player who enjoyed
a position of high repute for many
years in "The Gilded Fool." The en-
tertainment was intrinsically appeal-
ing and the cleverness of the humor,
the athos of the play, as well as the
familiar mannerisms   of  the   star
seemed far more to their liking than
the heavier production of Mrs. Leslie
Carter and O'Neill, the stars who pre-
ceded Goodwin at the theater. Then,
moreover, this play gives opportuni-
ties to some of the other members of
the company, which was a relief ap-
preciated by patrons of the house.
Let the star who wants to do all the
acting go into vaudeville and try a
monologne. The roles of Miss Ruth-
ven, Bannister Strange, Jacob Howell
and Perkins were interpreted to the
satisfaction of everybody by Francis
Ring, George Farren, William Mc-
Yev and Neill O'Brien.
The Bros. Oppenheimmer shook the
dust of comic opera from  their feet
at the West End Heights this week
and opened the theater with vaude-
ville. Nearly every principal who had
appeared in the musical stock also
apeared on the initial vaudeville bill.
The only two new-comers were Jessie
Russell and her sister, who won popui-
lar favor in their strikingly novel elec-
trical and fencing act. Rice and Cady
proved themselves to be far more at
home when on the stage alone than
wrhIen surrounded  by  a  company,
Fraulein  Lillian  Herlein  charmed
everone with her delightful singing.
TheWilson Brothers, German co-
medians and yodelers, top the list
at Ilannions Park this week. This is
julst the act for the South Side vaude-
ville house, which principally relies
on Teutonic patronage. Billy Barry,
Jr.. and his wife present a  sketch
which proved their power as fun-
makers. Barry. who is the son of the
late eccentric Irish comedian of the
same name, bids fair to out-rival his
talented father,
Sig. Reinfeld's Lady Minstrels have
made such a hit at Lemp's Park that
they are playing a return engagement
this week to crowded houses.
DeWolf Hopper appeared in his
favorite production, "Wang," at the
oelmar Operatic theater and proved
conclnsivelv that his popularity is by
iomeans on the wane. As usual, it
was rather hard to tell whether the
andience came to see the production
If "Wang" or to hear Hopper recite
hismasterpiece. "Casey at the Bat."
As usual, b- dint of overwhelming ap-
Plause. the house made Hopper un-
derstand that he was expected to ren-
der this comedy baseball classic and
s usual the genial star granted the
rernest of the house and as usual the
recitation went with a scream from
start to finish. The nroduction was
staged under the management of lie -
bert A  Cripnps and was done with
that sense of thoroughness which
stamps all the Delmar productions.
While Cripps by no means     over-
shadows the usual producer, Stan-
iers, still, as Cripos was the original
producer of "Wa.t'' it was thought
by Manaer Fishell that his presence
would insure a production of the opera
which would be as wood as the orig-
inal. Hopper absoluttelv defies Father
Time andl is as fresh in his comedy
and singing as he has ever been. It
part, and with the exception of the
sentimental touches ie gets all that
can be got out of the role. Of the
stipport, \\Vaiter Gilbert's work as
"L~antdry Court" earned the most fa-
vorable comment. Of the women,
Miss Frances Neilson    as "Laura
Dea rborn" gained the lion's share of
Willie Weston is the head-liner of
a sparkling bill at Forest Park High-
lands. Weston sings comic songs of
his own make and earns the public's
gratitude by singing these songs so
that the words can be understood.
Easily his best hit is "My Cousin
Caroose." This song is spiced with
ample humor and the audience cer-
tainly caught on. The Be Garra Sis-
ters made a distinct hit with their
dancing specialty.  It is gratifying
that they make their act distinctly a
dancini feature and do not attempt
to spoil their good work by some
inane singing, as so many dancers do.
Flanagan and Edwards appeared in
the old stand-by sketch, "On and Off."
James R. Edwards, who has offici--
ated for the past year as the local
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was a noticeable fact that Elvia Crox
Scabrooke, who plays the character
parts with the Delmar stock company,
was the original prima donna of the
production. Anna Tasker now plays
the role originated by Miss Seabrooke,
who is not at all backward in praising
the par excellent work of this young
p:-ima donna. Dorothv Webb emerged
with colors flying. She is an exceed-
ingly conscientious worker, carefully
studying every action to stit the word.
Berenice Mershon as "Gillette" played
and sang with considerable vigor and
was generously applauded for her
Wilton Lackaye will have to rack
his brains considerably to remember
when he was treated with more en-
thusiastic applause than that which
greeted him in his opening night at
the Suburban Garden, where he ap-
peared in "The Pit." After the cur-
tain had been rung down on the great
scene in the nit, he was recalled fully
a dozen times, and at last was per-
suaded  to  make a short curtain
speech. This latter brought out the
fact that Lackaye can act far easier
than he can talk. Lackaye filled the
role of "Curtis Jadwin" in his charac-
teristically convincing manner. He
has the build and appearance for the
manager of the Wim. H. Swanson
Filml Exchange, retires from his posi-
tion on Saturday next. Edwards has
been associated with Swanson for
some years now   and  has worked
mighty hard to bring about that suc-
cess which has attended his efforts.
Now he feels that some rest is due
him. Swanson tried in vain to get
him to stay, but Edwards was adam-
ant; he considered that he deserved
a rest and that St. Louis was too hot
in the summer time for him. Conse-
quently on Saturday next he leaves,
with his wife, to spend the rest of the
summer camping on the lake shore
near Saginaw, Mich. His retirement
is a great local loss, as Edwards was
easily the best posted man in the mov-
ing picture business in  St. Louis.
During his stay in St. Louis in charge
of a film exchange Edwards has done
more than any other man to estab-
lish this city as the stronghold of the
independent movement. Next fall Ed-
wards intends to go into the film
rental business on his own account,
being of the opinion that if he is able
to make money for an employer he
certainly ought to be able to make
money for himself.
Nat Goodwin, it seems, has played
the titular role in "The Gilded Fool"
sonmany times that lie cannot always
shake off his identity after he has left
his dressing room. It has been stated
that cotinting the first performance
at Delmnar Dramatic theater, Goodwin
has played the "Gilded Fool" two
thousand  times, and  on  Monday,
when he bet on Bill Pape we all
knew that he had playetd the gilded
fool to the tune of two thousand. It
would seem as though everyone had
profited by the lesson of the play save
the star himself. It is well known
that Goodwin is a good loser, but it
must be hard luck for him to have to
trudge the streets of St. Louis and to
be confronted all the time with post-
ers something like this:
"The Gilded Fool."
And then all Goodwin can do is to
sorrowfully gaze at the wallet which
should have contained the mazuma
earned playing "The Gilded Fool,"
but alas also lost playing the gilded
fool. Such is the irony of life.
ALBANY, N. Y., July 6.-Play-
wrights and librettists who have been
unable to get their efforts before man-
agers through lack of influence or
other reasons, will be glad to learn
that the Head-Westman Publishing
Company, of New York City, was in-
corporated here today. The company
will ptiolish all manner of theatrical
material and sheet music and will
purchase available material of this na-
ture, according to the articles of in-
corporation. The concern has a cap-
ital stock of $25,000 and the directors
are George W. Head, Jr., Theodore
Westman and William J. Bowman, all
of New York City.-CARDOZE.
Music Society Incorporated.
ALBANY     N. Y. Jtly 7-The In-
ternational Chamber Music Society,
of New York, has been incorporated
with the secretary of state with a cap-
ital stock of $10,000. The concern
will employ singers, conductors and
musicians and will encourage mus-
icals and entertainments. It will op-
erate throughout the entire United
States and in foreign countries. The
directors are Robert E. Johnston,
Lutlu G. Bried and Maurice A. Kraus,
all of New York City. The principal
office will be in New York City.-
New Amusement Company.
ALBANY, N. Y., July 8.-Articles
of incorporation were filed with the
secretary of state recently by the
Snell Amusement Company of New
York. The concern will manage and
lease theaters and has a capital stock
of $25,000. The directors are Alice
B. Butler, Julia Wall and Bradford
Butler, all of Brooklyn.-CARDOZE.
Mixup on Broadway.
NEW YORK, July 7.-Because
they came to blows on Broadway,
William S. Cleveland, a theatrical
booking agent of 1402 Broadway, and
John S. Berger, proprietor of Berger's
circus, found themselves prisoners in
the Tenderloin Police Station, each
accused of assault by the other. They
said that the dispute which ended in
blows arose from a booking made by
Cleveland six months ago. Both were
soon bailed out.
Sommers at Richmond.
RICHMOND, IND., July .-Harry
G. Sommers of New York, lessee of
the Gennett theater, was in the city
last week making an inspection of
his local house. He stated that there
will be several changes made in the
theater this coming season, but that
the work will be completed by Sep-
tember 1. The season will openabout
September 15.-HAMILTON.
Closed the Season.
RICHMOND, IND., July 6.-The
new Phillips theater closed the season
July 3. It will reopen September 1.-

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