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Patrick, Warren A. (ed.) / Show world
(September 28, 1907)

Browne, Walter
Two new stars thrill New York,   pp. 10-11

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September 28, 1907.
Productions of Note Bring                     Theatrical Luminaries Whose      T
T VInto Great Prominence Two V YVFine Work Stamp Them As .I.
New York Bureau of
Room   738 KnIckerbocker
TheaIter Bldg., 1402 Broadway
Walter Browne, Representative.
N    l\W  Y tOlK, Sept. 21.-Tto ti-t  stars
in the N-nv Yirk constellation-a Yid-
ilish actor stores a genuine success it
is first English  speaking part, and    ait
itenican girl stto into the very first rank
ai  s-ntiimil `etrots.   These are the
st striking reiilts of the theatrical cam-
i n in this -ity this week. Incidentally
so ttw-o introduied us to a Yitldish play -
ighti twh1oe stork, done into English, is
a very high order of merit.
I)avid Kessler had alrettdy achieved fame
sis native tongue. i1 has proved hirm-
If wtorthy to stalk in the steps of Bertha
I litl, of her own race, and that other
-ltrful artist, Alla Naziiova, the Rus-
in, ihose talents the substitution of a
ireign  speech  cannot tther.   But still
.re remarkable is the advance made in
r art by    Miss Ida   Conquest, hitherto
'ownsus only as a capable loading woman,
1o, Iy her performance in The Sip ll, at
ihe Majestic tiater, last Mondiay night,
rtoved hirre-lf titahle of the highest possi-
ble  flights  in  histrionic  art.
O'Neill Revives Virginius.
Of searcely 1 s  importance was th    re -
-i-s  of Virgilitus, thie classic tragedy by
Sit idan K toosl's, in orhliclo that grasnsi old
acto1, James ol 'ill, i11ensred at the Lyric
theater lint Mtoindtay  itighit.  It stan  alt
in'ason of teriitoy e'ntirely foreign to that
eltso of entetainmniit   It tar s a laufile
eflt rto 10r tate in a geineratiosn saturated
stito lisen ant- Sudlria , all appletie for
the noot stlttiitti lo teir fotre athers
,.eIto  s-rich  ovi-i  that  Nvtfnffi  ,  iti,-  il-
01 -I'-
American Actress and Yiddish Player Achieve Triumph in
Difficult Roles-James O'Neill Revives Virginius.
:in -dily mati for a wa-itrd young wife
in truly nodern fashioni l.  It may  have
teen sugested by the tragic story of Rus-
kin's domestic life, or it might be the out-
come of a recent scandal, with the sexes.
reversed, srhich has lately been given much.
newspaper notoriety.
Miller is a Russian immigrant who has
gradually won his way to great wealth, but
has never abandoned his high code of hon-
or. When he becomes a banker he takes
to himself a wife, young and pretty, with-
Out the knowledge that she is practically
soid to hin. She forms an attahment for
a worthless man in her husband's employ-
noent.  She fights against her guilty love,
but finds herself under the spell of in-
fatuation.  Seeking to gain his ends the
lover has spread reports concerning the
bank and caused a run which threatens to
involve Miller, his benefactor, in ruin. It
is at this crucial moment that the wife
confesses her love for the man to whom she
has not yielded, and the banker insists
upon giving her up, giving up all the love
of his honest heart, giving up wealth and
going back to the poverty from which he
sprang, so that her happiness shall be as-
sured.  The scenes of the man's sacrifice
and the woman's gradual awakening to a
truer understanding of life, with the re-
turn to loseand forgivseness are pathetically
realistic, It s in such scenes as these
tat Miss Conquest showed the perfection
of tier art.
The star and his leading woman, ience-
forth joint stars. were supported I  l a ex-
cellent coinpan, swhichs includied  Choarles
Dit-knon, Whlter D. Green, George S talIey,
Ral1h  . Locke, Miss Emily RIgI aii Miss
ITsmricl Hope,
Lulu, as Lola, aT Lulu.
Lola fron Berlin, the comedy srith music,
proeduced at the Liberty theater last Mon-
<Iny night, with Miss Lulu Glaser in the
Itle role, is somesw-hat of a new id-parture
fIom the realms of musical comedy . There
I a little more plot and a little less chorus,
the "alsto sangs" consisting of eight pretty
itls and the like number of irritating boys.
yt served to show   that Miss Glaser has
made divtinet strides tIard her ambition
I. become a straight comedy actress, and
net remains as bewitehing and charming
tas when she was content to be a musical
coteds prima donna, and warbled merrily
tto, Dolls' Yarden.  It also serve d to shotv
tat she can mtilate the Englot language
noost as amusingly as Sam Bernard or
J "e, Weboer.
Mliss Glaser Impersonated a frauleit tsho
Il come over to this coio ntry in saer to
tt advertisement telling her tha  sthe hoas
Ittitrited a forttine. Sloe is naturally mis-
-isnen for a German servant girt. tino has
I so beeon advertised for.  There you are.
at's the plot. Trtust 1 tin J. rMNally for
itto-ing bo  to sain it ot, ali   still keep
t am  siig.  Trint William ier me and
,,- Stwartz t0 stipply oniie catchy lyrics
td  nihsic atd   if ye trill take that
thuct on rMst. toil hot  just  ilat stirt
r-f a piece Is Mizs Glaser's latest stlrring
o              a   it  u      rt in.
You  of coutse ko   that o    alser
-itoe for heiself a lilo-niat' a fto  iot is
o.    If shoe oanted ht to i    her Isis-
t: isill. sloe close srcIt. All. It. 5'- Hterz
plove htiself a caitl omeiai in thte
itrt woulf apaealt ttlateldai    uito
th  f t a laerium  mactondr, ih    ws
tin mtainy laughis as Iis, pretty sile(. Jiack
,itSid  tan cfill anih fiena-s if the emi,
and  toems lit the cast sIb liid toimakg
Nortay cf spechs, in hi   h he ai~ttemi-
Mitchell, Walter Pteningsto, manr, t es-
icr andci I llans Spi-crt.
irgingus Rediviirhs.
roi tithas R   buei  t ire' t mi lit '
I lapgeii  of  cieit Poie, orluicus. 'll-
lay iigit ai the tim thecater. Forth fion
the taller if Mit  Cristo, a elicle sflieus
ha. sIot its a   oney taker for sitei
)nars, si opti w mes  'Neil, garbed ii the
rss of a Roan i itizen ain. as the igots
wene   nolnutmiel artnthe eurthii rise I fill be
first tet or the Iuldy that for lars otimr
tickled the faiscies of oe olitr genersiioio,
titer   n -stee spelatiots ainsg the a  di-
oim-those to    ittin legeins of  trae fad Itou
pla histr icli haoet deotn-ss t  It v
it  lo     a thpeal Iom the tier dia c-racial
'The auitioriuit ion, lloitii  mItgii  ta
noman~~             ~' metrma  s it was sod
ltimdantlt filled amit friowds of  un cel-
nt actor, iaind floe pation a  amrded him
srs br  enodus. He wsta  obliged to naI: e
t   ho criaip speeches, in  hic he attempt-
ed, In a rather satisfactory manner. to ex-
plain lois rasons for the seemingli daring
move in rsthrreecing a plav for  hich the
eras-c bad yearned and rightfully received.
"It isas aisrats bee the desire of my life
to appeoar before a Nest York audience,'' he
explained.  "Since  my   career  began  in
MVenlo Cristo I have seen little of you.
Why. I don't know.    Tt has beesi my aim
it ll",. tloat sthen I have traveled the jotir-
ney that leasds to no one kows. and from
srhenice none retsirn. that the publie still be
abln to sav. 'HeT co-ld at least "lay other
roles besides deir old'Monte Cristo.' -
H-ad Mr. O'Nfeihl been stirrotided b ', a
-'tipent os~t, a eaist understanding the
imnpriane- of diction in poetic tracedy'
load toe been favonred wi-th osore stilsitied
and historicatlly correct senery, he mnizst
have sncceeded in his efrsto reltitate
in tise biesls of hin syinotbizing aindiene
Ilse love, ftor the rolmantic and time-orms
fenton melodram. 'is It was, toe stood
tinsillliogly aloine amid a eorw  of mnfeel-
log, listless perfornmers st-li  did tmutch to-
os-ord ontuliatimig the piece and  oaipeiig
Mr. O'Neill's superb acting. In Ite toe-
trothais seene, btoel Virginia ane iritisis:
lit the cuitup sene, sthere tloe fathter hecars
of Aipaits Clatidims' audaciotis crime, sod
is the rathoetr absurd last act Mr. O'Neil
wsca  satisfactory to the mst exacting. He P
voostineed the speculative that he could
play Virgilus,
Ti,  supporting  cast  w- (  r,  presumbiil  v
Ilifli- to imake a noise and w-ar ttoniaii
to-as for tIl purpose of lending atmosphere
to the exaggerated, and unrealistic Roman
backtround. But Mr. Charles Dalton, as the
wicked Appius. was above the ordinary.
lIe made the best of his lines, ait wt ton
several hisses, which it takes a particularly
good   illain  to  secure.  Miss Franklyn-
Lynch made a real interesting Virginia and
wrorked in perfect   harmony    srith  Mr.
O'Neil's Virginius. Her several mannerisms,
however, mar her better traits. The first
week's audience is no criterion as the out-
come of the revival. le must wait and
see how long Now York will stand for it.
Under Suspicion, Not Above It.
It was fate that made Ransay Morris,
moulder of the well-known nine-day won-
,ler, The Ninety and Nine, place no police
in the vicinity of the hero and heroine as
they rather recklessly, and unmindful of
the contemptible speed laws. dashed down
the side of a Lee-Lash mountain on a gaso-
line driven bicycle, in   his  new   melo-
drama, Under Suspicion, produced for the
hrmt time last Monday afternoon at the
Amoerican theater, the cold storage stare-
house for curdling melodrama. The pro-
gran failed to mention the make of the
ootor cycle, ferhaps that is trhat Under
Siuspicion referred to, It is the only plausi-
ble reason for the tinexplainaible title.
in accordance  ith the doctrieie of blood
anti tlunder producers, there sas a hero, a
iieroiiie and a villain,  This hero' s name
was Babylon. Presumably an error of the
asithor.  ft should have been tihe nlaime
f the villain.  In our public school stud-
ie-n, ste remember hearing oinly of the fall
of Babylon, never of its rise.
As in The Ninety and Nine. there is a
prairie fire. Iow  a prairie gets on ti,
top of a hill is left unexplained, but cit
thing was evident, the fire stas exceedi
accommodating  to  both  the hero and    t,
"what goes with him."    It gauged its ad
vance according to the progress of the fat
cyclists, which in a way wasn't half lao
The acting in Under Suspicion is good
1Vallace Worsley assumes the role of het,
Miss Lillian Seymour, that of the heroin
said heroine being a farmer's daughter, ano
Jules Ferrar that of villain.
Good Music Goes A-begging.
Rigoletto has been sell sung at the Wee
End theater this ieek. THe \'aln Den Ben
opera fully kee bs up its reputation, lot
alasl the goats of Harlem sellm to be fickl
They flocked and filled the local theate-
to overflowing during the sloring season
encouraging the management to give tit
Nven better fare tois fall.  Notr they at
conspickous oy their absence.   The buti
ness has been bad, Albserti, an Italiut.
baritone tho sings in English, but not
that you mwol notice it, gave a flue p  '
formance as Rgoletto  H e cail act, aroi
tioat is a treat in Grand Opera. MII.-
Rernato, said to be a neice f the lat.
African moillionaire sang Giltia Isleasingly.
George Tollin   tas to  Duke, tMiss Paus
line Perry the laddalela, and the rest .f
tte cast st-as it  t capable hands,
tue Cas aot aheGo       m te S uah, a comet
of western life y Joseph yron Tortet
has dras    good houses to t e Fourtee t
Street theater this steek.   It in of tboc
well kiion coneitional type,
Froit oftoahisay  to tie  Boery,  bit
Chuck  Conners as lero in cief, soveti
over from   the Aoerican oteater to tit
New Star, thereby going east according to
the play's title,  The futhur froms Broad-
May and the nearer tie Bo    lery, the better
Chuck's chanice of success.
Bertha o  Sentrig Machine Girl has been
hrilie  that tiss a e Tuelia this oweek.
It's an eoity to sec the poor girl stiffer so.
Btt tig.k of the audience,
'haep  y and ro NineJ  Ramsay  Morris'
ruiral tintmot sritht a iiash of a locomo01ive
hron  is isat the  horkille theater tuis
Nreek, aomd te nttrctio  at the Metropolis
is ilae uoy u itt mtf e  ituodles Pioen just
flock to iii C'ams you blame then?
ihe Rose aill Folly Co. at tite Harlem
ora House, 'Thhetreamlaod ourlesquers
it te itere theater. Toe Tentiet   Cen-
tuiry Mido at tiie Glothamt, Tfhe Bermaon
Shoos  andt  Frnmk  Bryams's  Comngress  of
Ameicais  girls at oe  Murray Hill, all are
oaing a good tinie and giviug ore. rit
spite of the big boom    in vaudeville IIr-
lesie houses  one loting a bamner season
so far,.
t ith tie Stock Companies.
Lea   t he Fosde  a lori-ht to light,
after a leth years' sojournt  n atne shelf,
rat the Fifth AnuMe thenster, last Mon-
day   ith  the  stock  favorite Miss Edna
Ma   Spooner i   the tile rote, Te fre-
oent sols antio toar sheddiig of oer hearers
shooed tant yis Sloonor used oot- potters
as an emotional actress to thecir uitnmost
advantage. Iter portrayal of Mosenthal's
tnhappy  and sLronged     ne'ish  taidn  s
done sith feeling, and  her adequate sup-
porting comopany did their boest to nmake
tite play successful. Atugutus Phoilips. lend-
lng noan. stas rather fill at case in thi' part
of   itdolof He  ates the best, hosever,
sut of   a  thankless  role,  Meis essie
McAllister's Ishadelena was a refreshing bit
of acting, anod together stith Arthumr Evers'
portrayal of the villain relieved the play of
name of un  monotony, The cast includes
Itarrold Kennedy as Ludwig and Edwvin
Csurtis as L~orenz.
Keith and Proctor's Hlarlem Stoeok Com-
pany rev'ived the old favorite, JIin, the
Penman, wsito Beatrice Mlorgait and John
Cralg as Mr, slod hM. Rtalston. last Mion-
dlay. The cast is of exepttional moerit aind
in no stay impededi tile drmamatic situs-
lions and actien of tite piece,. Good wtorkc
stas done by Williamt Noton, Robert i-fill,
Agnes Scott and Lotine- Randolpo,
Not Yet, Butl Soon,
in spite of floe fart tht every Nest
York   theater, with  o ne  exception, the
Garden, is -    uphi( 1b  altraetions many of
wshichI will unuloubtdly run for mnis bt
come, there never was a period wthin there
was greater activity among the producers
of this city. Three new plays and an Ibsen
revital will claim  the attention of play.
guers and crities within the next ten days.
On Monday, Sept. 23, the Hurdy Gurdy Girl,
a  typical JtitarI Carle musical piece,
opens at Wallack's theater, displanting Au-
gustus Thomas's The Ranger, whith has
failed to hit the public taste. Ti same
evening Mine. Nazinova will appear in Ib.
isen's The Master Builder, at thn, Bijou,
playing the part of Hilda for the first
time in the English language. When the
Russian actress essayed   the role in her
native tongue, she was voted superb in
the impulsive embodiment of the ambition
of the younger generation. She has shown
us that she is equally magnetic and artistic
In her acquired language, and she may
eclipse her triumph as Nora in The Doll's
House. Later in the season Mine. Nazimova
is to appear in two new plays by American
authors, The Madstone, and The Comet.
Next Thursday, Sept. 26, The Struggle
Everlasting, a nets polay by Edswin Milton
Haste is to be produced at Hackett's Mhe-
ater, under the management of Henry B.
Harris.  By arrangement with John Cort,
Miss Florence Roberts will star in this, and
she sill be suported by Artour Byron.
Thin pias, swhich has a superintural ele-
ment stans evolved fi'ono a one-act piece first
sein at a gambol at The Lambs, in this
I  t1 K    - elok-r  thlat r  cn  71'AInday,
The   st r dancer   tf the Congress of
Spaunish Danmcers lots in tboc Klatt & Er-
langer  avoced vaudeviHle in Nes York
is La Alsiouemoita Site is an excellent
dansesne and ber Oriental beauty has
made her most popular.
Sept. 30, The Galilean's Victory, a new
play by Henry Arthur Jones, will be seen
for the first time on any stage.
Arnold Daly's venture at the Berkeley
Lyceum is being much talked about nowa-
days, and rehearsals of the first of the
series of one-act plays which are to form
lois specialty are in full swing. It is said
that he will open with The Arab Gardener.
from  the French of Pierre Elzear, Charles
E, Kenyon's The Flag Station, and The
tiartyr, in noicii a   Japanes-   tagedian
Mute, RHut Also, is to appear. others it
M r. Daly's repertoire are Becomuing an
Editor, by Mark Twain, The Shirkers, by
C. M. S. McLellan, The Monkey's Paw, by
W. Jacobs and Louis N. Parker, and Wash-
ington's First, by Charles F. Nirdlinger
Of the lighter musical shows sthich are
scheduled for early production in this city
the most prominent are The Girl Behind
the Counter, of English parentage, which
Lew Fields brings week after next to his
own theater in Herald Square; The Ho3-
den, in which Miss Elsie Janis is to star
at the Criterion when the Dairymaids is
stithdrasn about the middle of October:
and The Gay White Way, a conventional
musical frivolity of the Shubert type, which
is designed for the Casino wintr show,
and in whi'h Jeff. d'Angolis, Blanhe Ring
and Alexander Carr are to be joint stars.
Then there is The Merry Widow, which is
to succeed   The Round Up at the New
Amosterdamn theater under the management
of lenry WV. Savage, and in which Robert
E. Graham   is to take the principal male
part.  This is an English version of the
succccssfil Vienn-se comic opera by Franz
Many Plays in Active Preparation.
Rehearsals of The Lancers, in which Llw-
rence d'Orsay and Miss Cecilia Loftus are
to be joint stars, are at full swing. This
is aniother adaptation from  the French of
te samue polay from  wthich the late Augus-
tin Daly too  The Passing Regiment. Mis
Marie Doro and company are hard at work
puttine The Morals of Marcus into shape,
and there is much activity over the dra-
A Spanish dancer of more than al ordi-
nary amount if race, beauty and clever-
neon in La Belle Oterita, sister of tite
famous La Belle Otera. She is nlow      iii
vaudeville in New York,
lis Vinter, devoured the stilted heroics
of the tragic masterpiece, but it was mot
encouragiong to note the searied lasritcae
of thes younger men who samp le thteatrical
provender for the playgoers of today. It
seems likely that the Shuberts followed no
vulgar instincts of box-office policy when
they substituted Virginius for The Lady
from Lane's at the Lyric.
Only one    more   dramatic "c'ent"  to
chronicle this  teelk.  This is a personal
success for that dainty little comedienne
Miso Lulu Glaner, and also for hoer newly
acquired husband, Ralph C. Herz. Of the
medium  by wslich theyt reached this pleas-
ant result the less said the better
Ida Conquest Dominates the Spell,
While David Kessler scored an undoubted
success on his first essay to act in the Eng-
lish language, Miss Ida Conquest achieved
a complete triumph in Tht Spell, produced
for the first time at the Majestic theater
last Monday night.   What was intended as
a starring metium  for the Yiddish actor
proved the means of giving the American
actress the chance of her lifetime.   And
she took it. Made the most of it. Made
so much of it that even her most earnest
admirers were astounded. Henceforth Miss
Conquest is a star. Not a more twinkler,
either.  The work she does it The Spell
has seldom if over been surpassed,
From  the fact of Miss Conquest's extra-
ordinary stcss it must not be inferred
that Mr. Keossler failed to make good. He
did far more. Heo proved himself a thor-
ough artist, eaphble of portraying the most
subtle of emotions and tht very whirlwind
of passion. It wt'as perhtalps duie to the am-
thor of The Spell, Sminuel Shipman, in no
small degree, that the woman overshadowed
the man. ie has drawn the part of Donja-
min Miller from a well worn stage model.
He has sketched the character of Elizabeth
Miller, his wife, from life. No more por-
feet plcture of living, breathing woman-
noed, wilth her weaknesses, her follies and
her aehing wtonman's heart has bsen seen
upon the stage.
Story as Old as the Hills.
Th  story of The SIell Is ol1 sto the
hills. except that it dignifies th  Love of
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