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Patrick, Warren A. (ed.) / Show world
(August 10, 1907)

Thorndyke, M. A.
Irene Boljea meets with great success in London,   p. 10

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August10, 1907.
American Actress Is Heartily Received in British Capital- Amusement Park Conducted by Major Charles C. Matthews
Late Theatrical Gossip of Interest.        is One of The New Orleans Attractions.
BY M. A. THORNDYKE.                                BY D. C. SILVE.
L' 'Ni'       ..        The friends of
AIss d ien, Bulj-ea in Chicago and
New York will be pleased to learn
that she has closed a highly successful
s-cson in vaudeville here. This is what
The Stage has to say of her in a recent
'Aliss Irene Boljea, one of the fore-
.>st Atmerican impersonators, has ar-
1 ,d in Entgland ot a first visit to fulfil
Liaagemenrts. Miss Bojea, a talented and
citcy artist, like Mr. Harry Tate, Miss
ALnCe DaintonI and other English artists,
tioially achieved her success onl the
i  deville stage in inimaicry. With tlcs
ii- of work Miss Bojea has held a lead-
i, position in the programs throughout
cc leading cities in the States. Her no-
tblu impersonations were those of Edna
May, Eva Tanquay, known on the 'other
side as the 'eccentric cyclone actress';
A1abel Barrison, in   her character  in
Habes in Toyland; and also a quondam
interican 'star,' Della Fox, for which
last-named initation Miss Boljea   had
-essarily to don smart and dressy male,
This versatile Impersonator made a
",e study of Miss Vesta Victoria dur-
on her recent visit to America, and has
in excellent imitation  of tiis popular
t tist in one of her latest successes, Poor
Jcin,'for which she adopts a very eccen-
i icnmake-up. Miss Boijea adds to her
itations  the  celerity of the quick-
'-caaige artist, but site regards her Pro-
k: 1i abilities assecondary to lihefidelity
''he r impersoinationis. Miss Boijea, who
j Ili glcly connsected ii Newv York circles,
is devoting herself to character song4s
during her impending engagements.'
Mrs. Campbell to Produce Electra,
Mrs. Fatrick Campbell, in the autun.
produces iHoftiaisthal's Electra, trn
lated and adapted for her from the u '
lan by Arthur Symons. Holfinanstha
Electra was first given in Berlin. It wa
there seen by Mdie. Duse, who, with
the intention of playing the part, asked
Altr. Gordon Craig to cesign scenes aid
c-c.stumes for the whole production, and
tlise were not only designed but also
executed, and are now in Florence. Mdnie.
Iuse has never, however, had an oppor-
..ity of giviog this glootny tragedly.
\\ith a famtiliar cast, Mri. Lewis Wal-
r, last Thursday, at the Lyric, once
t-cc revived Moieur Beaucairefor te
1-siag evenings of lois presetit season.
'Lecpiece was received withcthe etusi-
i thatMit always callsforth. M , Wai
j- i ii the titlepart, aMissE elyn Miie
-  the Lady  iMary, witc  Mr. Frackli
thyall as Duke of Witlerset, Mr. H. J.
't-vill as Beau Nash, ar. A. E. George
as K-akell,MAr. S. B. Brcrelotcas Captatin
cadger, Miss Dora Bartoti as Lucy, atcd
c-tio of thecast, gave the same excel-
Saccount asbefore ofBooth Tarkinog-
ti and    E. G. Sutcerlaid's roatoeic
'se dramatist Maurice Donnaywill be
i onlynew  Immortal t take his place
in the French Academty this year, aidie
xciii be received by Paul Bourget. Tue
reception of ore Marquis de Sgur and
also thatof Maitre Barboux will not be
carried out till Janary atd February,
Isag. Fracois Coppe will reply to tli
first-namnedarid Jules Claretie to ice emi-
e iss Ashwell Gets Theater.
Miss Leicay Ashwell has cocluded rne-
gotiations for leasitng the Great Queen
Street Theater from Mr. W. S. Penley.
M. theater,bearitigt' ewndae, willcm-
open underer manigetinn e nt lhSep-
temnber, with Mr. Normanc MeKitctel as
stage director. MissAssell viii, as far
as practicable, favor a policy of short
runs, and tothisendshe is acquiring as
many plays as s e can. But ne   plays
of merit are rare birds; and Miss Asni-
well aysee the advisability, in ashort-
run theater, of revivitig pieces in ther
repertoire andotherswith      whic  anum-
ber of playgoers uilr e glad to renew
acqualictance. Various improvements are
toFbe made inthe theater.
In the Bishop's Carriage will finish at
the Adwych    about tice    end of July.
Mr. Charles Carltright's London com-
pany, including Miss Fatnie Ward, will
open in September a six weeks' provin-
cial tour of this piece. This visit will
beMissWard's first to the provinces.
Mr. Charles Cartwvrighct is shortly tak-
Ing out a repertory comipatny, playinig
David Copperfield, Dombey and Sot, atd
Bleak House.   The tour ix-ill run unt
December,cx'hen Mr. Cartwrigttakeslice
same repertory to New York, whcere lice
will add to it Ootr Mutual Friencd, Miss
Fatnnie'Ward playing lecadinltce different
Theaters' Closing Season.
The'iWest Endthceatrical clo~gur'ois not
so considerable this sumtmer as in some
preceding years. In addition to hcouses
already shut-wlceh Includethce Adelpii
Court, His Majesty's and ltce "Waoldorf,
not to mention DruryILane and others-
the Apollo, Conmedy, Crite'rion, Duike of
York's, Garrick, Lyric, Niw, New Roy-
alty, Savoy, Shaftesbury and St. James
are closing their present seasons. Sev-
eral are closing only to reopen speedily
with fresh attractions, as in the eases
of the Garrick, New Royalty. St. James,
etc. Daly's with The Merry Widow, the
Gaiety, with The Girls of Gottenberg, the
Haymarket, with My Wife, the Lyceum,
with melodrama, the Hicks, with Brew-
ster's Millions, the Playhouse, with The
Earl of Pawtucket, the Prince of Wales',
with Miss Hook of Holland, Terry's, with
Mrs. Wiggs of the Cabbage Patch, the
Vaudeville, with Mrs. Ponderbury's Past,
and Wyndham's, with When Knights
Were Bold, do not, so far, contemplate
any "dog days" recess.
Tom  Jones will be withdrawn after
August 3. Mr. Frank Curzon will pro-
duce The Three Kisses at the Apollo on
August 21.
The last perforniponce of Lady Tatters
took place at the Shaftesbury today. A
Provincial tour has bcen arranged for the
Miss Alice Lloyd entertained a few
friends at Romano's at supper on the
night of Independence Day. Among those
present were Mr. Richard Warner, Mr.
Ted Marks, Mr. Tubby Aylin, Mrs. Aylin,
Mr. Charles Berte (The Stage), Miss An-
nie Wood, and Mr. Tom      McNaughton.
Miss Lloyd asked the guests to stand up
and drink good health to her frienis in
Amcerie  thle band playing "YnIe Doo-
WIITE CITY is one of New Or-
leans' most beautiful amuse-
ment parks and bids fair to
equal many of the country's best
amusement resorts.
"Nothing succeeds like success. The
great truth of the foregoing aphorism
was never more apparent than the suc-
cess that is pouring upon Whtie City.
From the initial night of its opening the
management has been satisfied 'there-
fore it goes without saying that the pub-
lI:c was also satisfied. The people of
New Orleans are peculiar in some things,
in nothing more than their determina-
tion nOct to patronize any show that is
not first-class or that has anything of a
fake aspect about it. We have had, up
to  the   present,  very  extraordinary
weather. It was not at all the weather
for "al-fresco" entertainments, but an
exception was made to -White City, and
nightly crowds are attracted hither by
the beauty of the surroundings and the
diversity of amusements.
lie electric display is the finest ever
seen in this cty; the magnificent en-
trance, with its countless incandescent
lights, is a sight w'orth traveling mciles
to see. Evey place in the park where
(lectricit   'nuld  Ie  utilized  for  illunin-
atting ual dcraig       pse    a  b-1n
'-t,  NAER
dle" and   "God Save the King."    Mr. utilized.  'lc10 ciicessions  are every-
Teddy Marks    subsequently entertained  thing  theyv should be, for Major Ma-
the company at the Savoy.                thews has taken good care to protect
A Dresden newspaper announces that the public in such a manner that neither
owing to failing health  Mdme. Cosima    life, limb nor pocketbook could be in-
Wagner intends giving up the manage- jured.
nent of the Bayreuth performances joint-         Toboggan is Popular.
ly to her son, Siegfried Wagner. and       The toboggan slide is very well pat-
Frau Reuss Beice, a singer very highly ronized; in fact it is a veritable Klon-
esteemed in Germany and America.         dyke.  Persons who are timid     before
Mr. William  Gould, who will be re- taking the first ride, after they have
membered on this side as one of the Por- taken that ride become chronic patrons
tuguese Twins in the first production by  of it. The Katzenjammer Castle is well
the American company at the Shaftes- worth a visit; it is indescribable; noth-
bury of The Belle of New York, is at ing could describe it better than to tell
present on   a  visit here. He returns   that it is too funny for anything. The
"across the pond" on August 12, and      Japanese Ball Game seems to be the
will reappear in England next June to    center of attraction and the little Japs,
open at the Ahambra in a sketch en- who are civil, obliging and gentlemanly,
titled Valeska Suratt.                   see(m  to take as mutch delight in the
A site for the Irving stateie has been  gamne as do the players. At this stand
recommended by the General Purposes      delicious refreshments are served at a
Committee   of  the  Westminster   City mnoderate cost. Japanese rice-cakes and
Council.  The site proposed is on the    tea are the "pieces - dc-resistance" which
broad pavement in Charing Cross Road, nobody appears to be      able to resist.
at the rear of the National Portrait Gal-  Fuerst & Kramer are the caterers who
lery.                                    supply soft drinks, ice creams, candes
*  *and                 delicious conlfectionery.  The bar
Young Sothern, I see, will play in his is run by the management and at it are
father's creation, Lord  Dundreary.  if to be found the best liquors, malt drinks
he can touch the fringes of his sire's   and mineral waters, in fact everything
whiskers in the part he'll do well.      requisite to quench  insatiable thirsts.
W. H. "Billy'' Shearer enjoys the privi-
lege of supplying "the smokes' and at
his stand you can purchase thle best in
NEW   TEXAS AGENT.               the smoking line.   While visitors are
strolling through the beautiful grounds,
Jacob Frankel to Represent The Show      amusing themselves, they are entertained
World at Houston.             by delightful music, supplied by an or-
chestra under the leadership of Prof.
Jacob Frankel has been appointed as Albert Kirst.
the  sole  accredited  representative of  Of course the greatest attraction of all
THE SHOW     WORLD at Houston, Tex., is that to be found in the new and very
and as special traveling representative  handsome casino. where     nightly  the
in the Lone Star state. Mr. Frankel has Olympia Opera Company produce comic
been identified with the Fidelity & Cas- opera. There is no need for tis to tell
ualty Company of New York, with head- anything about the Olympians, for they
quarters at Houston. as special agent are so well and favorably known to the
for years, and enjoys the acquaintance public of New Orleans that it would be
and   esteem   of  theatrical managers an insult to the latter's intelligence to
throughout the southwest. Any cour- tell them       anything about the troupe.
tesies extended to Mr. Frankel in Texas Lottie Kendall, as in former years. holds
will be greatly appreciated by the man- first place in the hearts of the people of
agement of this publication.             New Orleans. Miss Sheldon, a New Or-
leans singsr, has iade a pronlounced hit.
Aliss Edna Clare Bruiiley, who is an
aid-tine favorite in this city, has done
some very excellent sketch work with
Robert Pitkin. We feel, and that with
good reason, very proud of "Bob" Pit.
kin. who is a native product. His im-
personation  of "Mr. Ichabod Bronson,
the gentleman from     Coloes," in "The
Belle of New York," is equal to that of
the star who made the opera famous
when it was first produced.
But few men coining to New Orleans
to establish themselves in business hav
met with the unquestioned success and
become so popular as has Major Charles
C. Matthews, the genial manager of the
White City.
When he came to this city, Major
Matthews was a total stranger, but to-
day the name of Matthews cunnectd
with White City is even better kiown-
and the man, too-that the resort itself
ere long will be better known in the
Crescent City than his own town, Phila.
delphia, or in Topeka, where he was
manager of numerous amusement en-
terprises.  It does not appear to be a
hard matter for Charles C. Matthews to
make friends and to retain friendships.
Among his employees at White City he
is held in highest esteem. lie is of a
modest disposition, pleasant to all and
ever holds himself in readiness to do
the right thing.
The official staff at White City is
composed of many men who have fig-
pted   promt;ently  in  the  adusemeisn
wvorld.  Charles C. Matthiews, treaste-
c:iid general maicager; Jatties J. Cot-
coran,  assistant   miaicagc2r;  Frank J.
Matgagi, accountanct; E. J. Leslie,sc.
lecrintendeot of grounids; Emoile Stier,
press agent; A. B. Nalle, advertiing
agent;    Albert   Kirst,   band-master;
George Paoletti, orchestra    director in
the casino.
"Rcst assured," remarked Major Mat-
thews a few evenings ago, "we are here
for sorne little time, and we are also
here to please the people. It will be our
nd-eaor to do this throughout the sea-
Dangerous      Looping-the-Loop     Feat
Amazes White City Crowds.
G. McKinney,     in  his thrilling
-ting and leapitng tice double-deked
Ifiniume and loop, was the feature at.
tion at iclite City last week.  t.
'Ictinciney's act is novel both in itsin-
01nption and execution. It consists oh
Ir. McKinney beitag bound to asled
havintg six pairs of bail-bearing toilet
feats has   runters, and descentdig
eereicpeed downan incli iplaneuntil
al hlcrcle is described. Tce sled thet
leaves the incline and shoots througha
flume, only to leap anorther apertureil
tce  incline  itto  another   flume, and
thenlce into a net. Owing tonice dager
Mr.    Kinney nears a baseball mash
and football helmet as aprotection. 'lie
feat has excited much co     eat whern
ever exhibited, and Mir. MeKitatey'sNew
York mainagor, ar. Ed. Nash, is book-
itig exceptional time for the act.
New   Theatrical Exchange.
Air. W. S. Donaldson, wico has been
connoected  with   the   Great   Westert
Pritoting Company in St. Louis, for the
past twencty years, has opened a theat-
rical exchange known as the AV. S.
Donaldson Theatrical Exchatcge at 513
Elm   street, St. Louis.   The exchange
wiIi deal in everything theatrical. Com-
Panies  will be  organized, artists tot-
rislhed, acts and companies routed, the-
aters booked, and tours directed. The
Donaldisont Theatrical Exchcange is pre-
pared to furnishc all kitnds of thceatrical
rupplies and plays.
Arranging for Sterling Fair.
Mr. J. N. Harphan, secretary Of hil
Mlineral Spr-ings Association, Sterlingf
Ill., was a caller at THE SIIO&
WORLD office and stated that the asso'
ciatiot  was expetding several tlousand
dollars above all former'years for adVer-
tising and special attractions. He say's
that the farmers are all prosperous In
his territory and that they will have the
greatest fair in the northwest.
Janesville Elks' Benefit.
The Elks of    Janesville, Wis., have
booked   The Flower of the Ranch Ia
their forthcoming benefit, soon to be
held in that city. The organizationdha
moved into its new club reeis andIs
cozily situated.
* * * r
Riverview is the name of 1wnew pat
recently thrown open to the public t
Darlington, Ind. A natural amphitheat
is one of the attractions at the pak.

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