Patrick, Warren A. (ed.) / Show world
(May 1, 1909)
A delightful play is Mary Jane's Pa, p. 9
lit Iigi cc'c'cci lli1,Cccc1 1ccccci c %c-lc THE SHOW WORLD May1,1909. IBoy AND THE GIRL FORROOF GARDEN. The Cale SongShowPlays Cincin- nati, Philadelphia and Then Goes Atop the New Amsterdam h1ce is no keeping tabs on The !0 III(! The Girl. The changes in ticast haV been So many that the lriforiers theiselves are 1no lon1ger iprfrised hliel soie <>11 ro Il olll icy it not Ieell iitroduced is cacuilciplaying opposite to thei. The iaY has Ibcl eni wonccde-rfulliy in- troved 11(d with the ciatiges no\e enateltl)lated should he just such a I tyle of clitrtaiilnmelit that \%ill a)- ie0l to N c Yorkers oi the Ner Am-- icrdain ronI. There Ire several goti cinuul1ers ill tile song-show and Katie, omlc all Ki, Ak M, provides the -atchy allr Which is so often miccssing Il lusical comedies. lAlarie Dressler is to have tice role ithe actrcss It wi havc to ien- l- irely reconstrtct(d to suit her blit hei play ill not suffer 'in the rceid- lilig. Hlarrv Kelley iS reported, to IccibeiCCec ngaged for the role played ll Tcby Lyons. It is easy to believe lat Kelley Will ind a coigenicial char- eter i tie fortune telling adventurer. . ladIelinc Narhal1 wxill also be added n tie ast. Ralph Iiertz wiI take ciclieGarvie's role. Garvihasbeen diroig very much in the role of clcctxx cc. iiclioed as l)rlcil Collie- lcct wasitte ccl flexer build it Iito c ceichc Niii add to hIs faime. artliv icrard \\ill take Lee Kohl- tarsonele and will likely be prvided i score to do. Kl\ imar has been iticle but had limited opportuni- ies at the \iitney. Harriet St;inkn \ill go cast with the show alL she i eligitfiil as the gir. Burrell licr- 1caretto \ill be retained as will Fehix I'antus.c The part of Allen s sister, the inci ccarriecd woiac, will have to 1ie chagced or elimicatcd altogether. It is t of (uceston to m ,take such a role cmuscng Gilbert Gregory as the aiter cwithi juggling aspirations is ani imlrovecment oxver iui predecessor andic Will be taken east with the com- !)ally. The coccpancy will play Cincinnatit ;nii Philadelphia after leaving Chica- an c pens in New York abit Cameo's Successful Stay. Iil clStudce hakerth ii t c II ll" Lilvclcilie re-cocc Ii dcricicg the pacst two years of the Dilinghain-Conno rCgimcce, and the Aiichigan playiouse cas beoie known fronc cie coast cc tile other as the theater of sic- ,cssftil productions and loutg runis. The latest offering to claicm title in tihe "ecord-Ibreaking Lngagement class is Cameo Kirky, ic which Dustin Icarci ccc has achiex-ed the greatest ar- tiStic success of his career. For the Pasttwo ocths the Studebaker has ein crowcded to the doors at nearly Lery pLrlrmance* cc, and Ir. arnim's ccneect vas extended twice in crcerto satisfy tie demcald for tick- ct )uricg tice ecngacgement of Mr. carcnm cccul hcisc admirabicl company, cI ,capacity" sigl hasa beell displayed at1 the Studceaker box oflIce with cnoticeable regularity and the iunsualn Iritahli of tice star accd play has oc- casioned no end of colmclent in tihe cetroolitac ceiters of the country. Now in Vaudeville. WVilclalurcess and ilita Proctor (tis, late of Tic Girl froim Rector's, ciil ppear at the majestic next week cccplailet, Acr's. li nner's iicc. M\as- vr Gabriel, xwiho cemClaileCd here when 1ittle Neino icsed, is aplicaring at lit theater ticxs week in Bluster C. W. Rex Here- C.'. Re., woxi \ill iavc the Grand )ix Lcanld Spectacle at the Seattle 'XpOSitiol, wxas here several days re- ntl, lavig WdnsdayN for the st Tile comccpany was organized i this city and will be taken to Seattle -ortly The ecoiid act of NIary Jane's Pa is Icateci inl the oftice of the Gosport ('larion. There is a casc or two of typec displayed, a stone- which is so laox that it must have been hard oil the printers' backs to iake uip the formis, a press which is in use, ai old discarded Washington hand press oii xxhicli exchanges are piled, and tie lesk of the editress. The walls ire decorated with what is supposed to be samples of the jobs tiried out. ini printinigoffice sale bills, auction post- ers, political aliotinccements and icc- variably a one-sheet of a Fourth-of- July celebration of a fexv years pre- vious which is the pride of the office, cover the walls. in the scene in Mary Jane's Pa the bills have been poorly selected and a itiber of thil are advertisecments of the Granby theater in Norfolk. ice scene is a very interesting once. The office is located oi the imaini street of a cocuctry town and tithe per- soils who pass provide anccusemcent for the aulience by stopping at the door and leavicng aii item for the paper. This is the lirst time that a print- ing Office scene has beei introduced into a ilay -which call be said to have been successful. Several attempts have been miade to create interest in the conduct of a niewspaper, but the pays iave ncever scored success. .long the -Mohawk has a scene -where the newspaper is printed but it was not a great success cas ac one-night stand productio. Title Is Changed. Tle title o)f NMarv Jacis Pa when it was irst prepared inl the fori of a novel was "Portia Perkins. Printer." lhe leading character could well be the noble wonman -who conducts a newspaper ill a country village and provides fori her two children. Marie Nor<1strom appcar o grea-ct advanlt- ccge in this role. le c%%ocvani has been deserted by her husband, who becomnes a tramp printer-a loxalkc scamp oi the order of Rip Vac Winkle. It is this character cwhich ecnry F. Dixey portrays ancd his conception of tle role is well sus - taillCd, being delicate, 11ub)tlC ex-en ancl IbetraVilg just the prlper touch of secctilment. 1ie gails the sympathy of the audience fronm the start, a syipathy which Should go to the iiother. Marjorie Wood as Lucile Perkins plays her role With caturalnCess and is rewarded with well deserved ap- plauise. Nlaude Earle as Ivy Wilcox, struggles with a part which is inpos- sibile. Gretchen Hcartmacc as NIary Jance gives one of tie iost dclightful hits of acting seen for a lcccng time. Thecre is a certain iaturitx about her handling of the part hicich the clever- est of stage children cailot he trained into evidencic, Play Will Live. Nary Jacc's Pa is a very enjoyable entertainment. Its nother is sc iucch better drawn than the mother in The Family, the cuict refined young lady whose hand is sought by anc actor is so much imore attractive than the bold, egotistical miss who is courted by the druinner in The Traveling Salesma, and the plot is so uicisuial yet ordinary enough that the play is destined to live as long ccs Mr. DixeC cares to retain it as a vehicle. There are many who believe that Mary Jane's Fa cal remain at the Chicago opera house until well along inl the summer. The show has been billed as far awav as Nilwaukee and visitors to the city are taking back spikndid reports which has a tendency to increase the size of the crowds. The I and of Nod which was to have been the silier attraction at that theater closed the scscIn cI April i7.-E. E. A1. RAY RAYMOND SOUGHT BY MANY MANAGERS Clever Star of The Candy Kid Approached by Producers But States That No Contract Has Been Signed. Ray Raymioid is appearing at the National this xeek i The Candy Kid and patrons of that popular playhouse have classed Iiii as the most capable cmedian that has yet enctertained Eniglewooccd ticecter-oes The Candy Kid xwas a good sliow wheci it was seen ait dox-ni town the- aters earlier ii the season, but the iim- provement iox that Mr. Rayiond is back in the cast is sco decided that the offering is considered one of the best attractions xlicc has yet played the National. On Suncicda- nieihit Ir. Raymcond took a ccurtain call at the cliciax of the secod act and while lhe aplause was sufficient to justify a speech evel, it would hiave been better judgient to hiave taken the curtain call at the end of the first act where lie appears in the center of the entire comiany. This -would have enabled Mr. Ra- mond to take tie honor lie so richly deserves and would cat the saie time 1lave given the other icemlbers of the company aci opoortunilitx to bask in the sunisline. By takinic the curtaic call at the conclusion of t(e secoid act, Mr. Rayiond cimared in ica nel- odracmatic scene aiii lie makes a mis- take to attempt to croxwd "iellow- draia" ctown the throats of theater- goers when they have tired of it and prefer such a star as Mr. Raymond i l scenes like the climax of the first act which calls forth legitimate applause. Louise Willis ic the character role is making the same big hit that she dloes everywhere, and 1Vada Ludlow, who plays opposite Mr. Raymond, is a beautiful women with more than ordinary ability. Frederick V. Mer- shon plays four small parts and each one creditably. He is particularly clever as the tramp ill tie second act and does forceful acting as the fatier icc the last act. Several managers have been out to the National this week, looking over Mr. Raymond's work and it is re- ported that he will be seen in a new play next season which xwill play the dollar houses. When approached on this subject Mr. Raymond stated that ie had not tip to tie present timie de- terimined his plans for next season.- E. E. M. In Luck. Ike Oliver, 1orest Doolittle, Beat- rice Wingfield and Emrnia Arnsler, late of The Flowcier of the Ranch, closed vithl that company inc Fort Waync last Sunday night, arrived her NMonday, called at Armstrong's office and left that saice niigit for Winii- peg to join the San Francisco opera company. As there are so imany seek- ers for places they have reason to coisider tic-mselves ic Iick. 9 A DELIGHTFUL PLAY IS MARY JANE'S PA Many Believe That the Attraction Can Remain at the Chicago Opera House Until Well Up in the Summer. SYNDICATE STILL CLAIMING THEATERS. Official Organ States that Reports Sent Out of Western Managers' Meeting Were Incorrect. George B. Peck recently visited New York and to judge from the con- ferences held with his chiefs before his deplirture, his visit is an important cicce. iTcis imicpresit gai s stregthc xvlci it isnoticed ticcitthe Synccicate cs laiin tt iathere as been a lie seit Ict regrii tg- defection of te toxva-ilicois circuit aind -estern ticeaters. The Syndicate would make it ap- pear tiat it will control these houses ntext season as i tihe past. The meeting of xvestcrn managers at Cicago recently was an important one tncd tile action taken was fully cdescribed in this paper of the current week. A week or so liter one or two other dramatic weeklies had some- thing about the meeting and a few clays ago the news reached another publication which devotes much space to acmiusements. When next season rolls around it will be found that the managers of the micdle west lire iiccepeCIdent to le extent tat they will not pass ip attractions controlled by one firm be- ccuse a postal comes from the office ofthe syndiciteadvisingdsuch action. Tice xvestern managers do clot xwishc to be unfair to the syndicate ut ice clay of scaring thei into submission is past, to judge from the remarks of prominent managers and froni the resolution which represented the sen- tinent of the meeting although it was iot passed. Business Good, Says Bennett. A. Milo Bennett, proprietor and manager of Benncett's Dramcatic Ex- change, in a letter to THE SHOW XVORID says:- Bucsiness is niighty good at pres- ent, and we have all we can possibly do. I am placing quite a good many plays also. Among those recently placed by us are The Little Minister, stock, San Antonio; At Piney Ridge, stock, Kankakee; Charity Ball, Port- land, Ore., also South Bend, Ind.; To 1Die at Dawn, stock, Portland: Holy City, Gaiety theater, stock, Galesburg, fit., and otcers. Bythe way,I have ccst bought tileplay, State's Attoriey. Weihavecrecently added adepartment fort ilei"adli oofbook plays, as we pcresucmceyoucknoxw." Thearle Signs Contracts. Hiarry B. Thearle, general manager of the Pain's Pyrotechnic Company, made his headquarters at the Wash- ington Hotel, Seattle, Wash., last week and consummated contracts with the Alaska-Yukon Exposition people for Pain's Fireworks producc- tion. Wedding Postponed. Boston, Mass., April 26. Fefic Fay's wedding to Ensign Ander- soin has been postponed onc account of scarlet fever on board the -Missouri.- LOU. Church Goes to Seattle. John P. Church spent a few hours icc Chicago last week on his way from Chattanooga to Seattle, Wash. It is probable that Mr. Church will be identified with one of the leading at- tractions on the Pay Streak at the Yukon Exposition. Ed Whelan Leaves. Ed Whelan left Monday for Ro- chelle, ii., to join the Sage company xvhicl is to play airdones. Sadie Raymond Ill. Sadie Raymiond is reported to be ill at the home of her sister in Palestine, Texas. Offices Moved. The Winterburn show print noved into its new\ xoftices this week.