Patrick, Warren A. (ed.) / Show world
(September 14, 1907)
Drama and vaudeville, Chicago theaters, pp. 18-19
September 14, 1907. THE SHOW WORLD Indorses TheGirl Rangers,The Hypocrites And CHICAGOExcellent Productions Are Made At The L oc HalokT1bK scene of forelsi e 'lo, Iuenco and t I, meeting-plaee' of sunery hunanitarian ganizations and hero o i tie Sabiati. ulpit orators were wont to expound the trines of righteousness and morality, as, by the magic hand of George Ledorer, "n converted into a Tctmple of Thespis ,d song second to ttono in te couotry. 11th the productioni of'1le (t taigers, itch is a diversiled, but thoroughly en- taining affair, tItis miagniticent playhouse as been launehed iito a necwer field of tivity and that its promotrs will reap , goldoit reward their enterprise merits, -HI to mle to be abundantly assured. ile it is obvious to anyone who thus l has seen The Girl tangers that the odiletioni is not yet thloruugily in shape oas to Merit the full ined of praise, tle ttie synidicate" knownti as the Garden ty Aniusemtnt Company, composed of iJ. Davis, Harry J. Powers, George V. olerer and Lincoln J. Carter, is entitled , the oredit of having provided Chicago itha really proteitious attraction in the I aration of which at priiceIy liberality the iatter of expense, was manifested. is anothor evidence of the contidence of le average theatrical manager in te sta- ity of the Chicago verdict and the crowds ilch 0ale iitg the Auditorium their Ics airglty, gi00 amle proof that this ofidene ntill nOt he abused . The GitItangcro, al-though just now a Tille draggy and toeiglited down toith a lperabdlnace of musical numbers which dutoIuwt tNill be pruned b)y Mr. Lecudrer tetrefshingly novei in motif and treat nlnt.erly, Wilbur D. Nesbit wrote a otillating libretto, epigramnoatlal et'i- nces of it manifesting thetselves fre- uently. His lyrics are replete tith quip s t current fads and foibles, and the music rided by the immaculately-gloved Mr. W eld and WVallace Moody tvass original and itsing. lt the good fairy that endowed :eGirl Rangers with its multifold charimts *-sd a titde toilets it Matne to the second sstI. it is remnibeent of sthe atoketardi ... te totilb.lt served to i ntroduce the race 'Ifleet in Bedford's Hope, and thtis in thle Ifi blot on 'rTe Girl Rangers' proud utcheon. With this act strengthened, e Girl tangers will constitute a strong odsatra-tiv addition to the already for- ildahle" list o f successful Chicago prodoc- The stoy has to do toith a chap nated tingley, thi bonds and a bootm toot clled loin City. Th'iere in a graceful Indian lyden toiit a raint retc s accent oho *oindors ott and off, and echo finally proves heano biigine only by grace of grease lat; 0 stootishi ranch ototer toitto eight iall -y-tial doughter; ad tly lpier is ae detsetiso a city treasurer otd lon !,erminag daughter. 'rTe story is not -0 noton to botler oi, en it is just Ill. During the course of the evening, inleysthe bonsd mo ai, is aso froc being ched to e m aried, aen tae s uor a onlfor leack taxes., He is assisted mate- ally by tio lacty la dco, a d the piee is ol ted eel seasoned toitle a yip)-yip lot of ,heys avoic beautiful eoaidtes tie strad- fenc' loies, wto lok as alerting te ,s equstriants or pedestrians. Of tho cllpanly, Von Rensselaer -Wheeler Cis glelimeanly, hiotiesoeo, aeco he (tic- Iifs avoice tltat peneotlated ery pact of IleAuditoriom twithe pleasurabole effect. Ho lrtrays tile role of the ranger who lias ''en to college, but has cut his halir and fleotten !is colleg- .rcl, with littescom, 'se and a drawl that endeared him to lry ctimen of Indianea and Illinois in the alidence. Of his songs, "Little Blue Flotw- r," "You Have Me," 'The Corporal's Ditty" Ind "On the Trall to Santa Fe" wetoe the mst noteworthy. Reine Davies, who in private life is Mrs. George WN'. Lederer, atd Grace Tyson were two members of the cast that were particu- -lly distinguished by their clever work. iss Davies was too much engrossed in the Ioper hatnling of her frettlesome mount I her entrance song to extract all the olody from "Love Me, Love My Horse." -'t in ther succeeding duets with Mr. tleeler she displayed a pretty voice, and1 stage presence that is charming. i'ac') -son was a distinct hit. Her song, "Want to Send a Posteard Home," was much en- -ared, and her mobile face was employed t advantage in "Eyes." Lillian Shatw Iiced a eccentric cook after the fashion Iabel Hite, only not so well, and sang several songs in an acceptable vaude- le -mannor, although the ontissions of IWm at Coney Isle" would ensure added lternent. Will Rogers contributed fit- t minuotes of lariat manipulations, pic- tursque drawl and spontaneous humo r that --n him abundant applause. Perhaps the best number sung by Mr. flheeler is -On the Trail to Santa Fe.'' ritten by John 1'. Wilson. who takes the tart of thee Sheriff in 'To Glirl Rangers. Music by loeiis F. Gottschalk. The lyrics il pretty and sate tl tru w ttesta'I ring, "Pile the ctoelsicisetreel i'toeiiog Wilson is a noted song writer and duther of the faoous song, "A Son of the lsert Ant I'" 11e is a Californian and bespeak a brilliant future for hii. ahong theo others that contributed 'W1thy hits were John Bunny in the char- -"fer of aranchmtan, rich in flesh and im- ination: Marion Lorne at Little Feath- 'il Francis Sullivan. inclined to flipness, aRhWallace Mood,. The costuming was aill throughout, and the chorus may be 1tie dPretty without straining. The ensomhlles show' the dexterous hand iGeorge Lederer, and tile beautiful horses thoare introduced in the first act and thrugh ticers evolutions are a featue the Performance. The scenery it the act to Imy mind is somewhat garish, te edhoeems should he ont inspection teenrequntl thean it is 'nt present. B N, 1 of its itmmcensity and novelty The nger is likel to prove "the big Irat in ' IL leag dur (1in g its ltim i td stay at IIh( Auditoriuml. The Hypocrites Admirably Acted. 'iller' are few dull lilies or tedio us 0o- Ieets ill Heiry Arttur Jones' p oerrfli ,,lay o f 'du Ie Hypocrntee, triotote is doteiglit- ing paiced houses at Powers' theater these diei's. I have seen few plays which ir- fIltssed me as did this splendid arraign- Ilent of vice, this forroful sermeon upon the manifold evils of hypocrisy. The play opens ethi the exposure of two betrayals and but for tie admirable art of the playirs in- tIrpretin g tiee story, it might have suf- fered swceeping condemnation instead of tle success it achieved. As a rule, the exposition in 'lraiia of glaring social vices is a risky propositin-. It is merely repeating a story toith the t!e- fails of which every mae and woman 'who teas reached the age of discretion, is thor- oughly familiar, and in this sense, its repe- tition can subsore no far-reaching bne- fits. To stir up the depths of sonI tias- toatic swattmp in order to demonstrate the presence of an odor when the fact is as logically positive as the mathematical tru- istm that two and two make four, is a ovork of supererogation and ati absolute waste of time. But you do not think of those things when you watch the unfolding of Mr. Jones' story, absorb its wholesomi e philosophy and t study the weaknesses of human nature wohich the dialogue reveals in living colors to the imagination. If ever preacher has thundered against vice from the pulpit, arraigned the frailties of men, exposed the 11ideousness of hypocrisy in society, or pic- tured the beatific chari of constancy, hon- cst' and manliness, it has been done no more effecticely than it this superb or- 'aignment of double-dealing andl tkiy.0.ed evils by Mr. Jones. I earnestly advise ev- ery tminister in Chicago to see tits play and I doubt not that the sporadic minis.. terial attack upon the stage and its ex- 0o ars, speedily trill cease. 'The scene of The Hypocrites elf course 10 laill ill IC stmall towtn in Etngland aethee choarooters enobrace to 1ioomPuOIS O~toire, orho, hintg hloil att taffair lIe is youtho, ilecoolcn abnolermoally- pious ito lois celc age; it pr'oud i fe biho worships at the social shrine , and a son in whos, future her soul is cell- rol. TIhien there is a eurato'w oooI f'Iid iotra ceinde wins in tho distinrtion of be- hag cosanld e fantic, it re aonsert sith .slniso that he eatl ohl fanci finlsef ll iie ruSt toal C rea clzil-nothe wica, ottose lore for a good diner and ahsolote irlorage f ltie prceops of tile ooele ant trueiv Nopente, dreeit his cloth, are his ciiic-fo'iaraic'teristico; an astute locefertoho o he dis to get young cooles out of tlstot seaterc i stc vhiela hiir onretrained wo115- s iles hail plungecd them0; a suave youth, rhio ttloys i girl, agro es to esd another, anidr tti g ettics lts elatiocs with the first in alternate reoin, m st ho finally toI,osght to a tealizao ion of the tirong tie ia cdae anet itpi reactities it at tlo mnarriage altar; a couple of girls, foolish, tirsting. pethent ano remarably yielding t'e t' otties of ster n society an lastly, it tnierce, 10lef-cobbllg, pr'iny old sron- aI, gosstc ofm ndo hgo sohool. thes itisti- actors leave heen aly lrarn by M . aones air fleir glring fotets exposed tith stae ltrougho and prfciince ynifeted pen a didmnteiotrator of 11 0 in the dissection rol. cadeer. aTieal ticre a t times Is rrvolitinig. the dialeogue, often sh udderingly anoilnted, c one fltoo sight of this in the interet o fule story aen the uighty tm.oral it 5,'eties. I' cIt coniteeiond too iighly the artistic ulih-of Miss Jessie herissard, who, as Mrs. Wilihore, the sleming unscrupulous moth er of pet erring son, easily ed the stage throoghiout he perfornance iy her soplen- .ilt inerpretation of her highly ex acting rcole' She seas at all titoes swreet atne teoto- only and one felt Inclined to forget her acliretot faits Mil lwar t teift i ti. 1er oimgiier fefialce rotn ntfrototed by pbl extofre of ler son's fasth, uler or- Itlec' s tee btoe ficolly falls to crush her op . any lher sseq11ept recegnition oif loet virtues of nle girt hoer soln hod cmroiged. swere faultlessly expressed, effec- five al uoighly artistic. 'e ntet nior atr,s of Miss ill art's tleot is 11x ,atg of iaerfect 0ma. proft-ilres aced etc- cuient adl ocifero s le'a for the lift of the ofra e ea. TIhoe companyI~ wtithiout exeption 5500 - ceiento. As the hioiest curate sento rafs r lis goits ethen tiho rui thlessetentes, Richcar Be'net0 as all tiet the pos lr- acting taste could demoand. He aceol swith 'luetd oinity aned lee teeter co mm ittei floe fault of vehement phtrasing into wrhicht the situtints ho whlichc lee seass tle cenctral fig- tire, easily sotmit hiate lel a less talented Illay er. Loeis Maossect, os tbte Joucopous lord of the manor, who took to hypocrisy as naturally as a duck takes to water, forgot at times that he should have been more serious, but on the whole his work was exeellently done. Wi. H1. Denny, as the go<lmaoiing 'icar, vas at linsbst 1h101 Arthur Elliott. as the scheming lawyer, appeared to great advantage. The efforts of Olive Temple. Grace Hadsell, H-felen Tracy and Mabel Morrison were praise- worthy to a degree. Manager Powers is to he congratulated upon the auspicious open- me of the season at his house. bul the public will have reason to deplore the briefeness of the engagement which I faecy could be made indefinite wcith profit to both he management and clientele of this play- house. Little Cherub Mildly Pleasing. Owen Hall's musical comoedy. The Little Cherub, which served to open the fall sea- son of the Illinois theater and introduee Hattle Williamasas a star, is iildly pleas- ilg. Tho book is of fie complacent sort titt ould never cause a conflagration on tIe Thaoes and the music soossesses the innate daintiness that is universall found in Tran Caryll's scores. The staging is really the pit at1011 ,f thei leforinlciil , iC lreal Iing lruced some of thI nmbII" rs ccith hi11' effect that earnre s ii t i tiI, IIgla ec le theoy wcould uthelee1s, fail As stir Miss Williams is pleasing like the pl s, but fails to toinie aoi p1ticular eas- sons1 flit bincg starred, allthoeugh ie, sings 'Experience" and "Poulal Songs" delighit- fully, anid has a most pleasing stage pores- The story of the play is chiidishIc' simple. An actress, Molly Montrose, loves a noble- mnan's son, and hier love is returned. Papa, hocever, is given to reform, and does not care for his only son and heir to mfalrry a lady whose working clothes -are abblreviated. liss Montrose Itoects the lord, captivates hicm, gains his consent for her marriage under false pretenses and then the wedding chimes ring out. Throughout thie three acts preparations aret being made for an amateur theatrical peirforoance called The Little Cherub. of wilich the four laugh- ters of the Earl of Sanetoburo are to be the stars, and front wiich ftoe piece de- rives its name. Of the supporting comipan- James Illake- t was the funniest after an Enlisli fashion. and his singing of "Little Wi'illie Brown" was one of the most laughable blits of the e'oening. Henry V. Donnelly, as the smug Earl of Sanectobury, miade a strenuous en- deavor extract hucor from a part that 1'onlatained none. Wild West as Single, the Ealrl's valet, promoted a desire to see more of him. He sang his costermoliger songs in a delightful fashion. The Misses Col- lins, Winter, Monroe and Francis contribu- tel a lady-like plaint, entitled "I Should so Like to be a lio,' that was tte most gingery of the performance. The costumes, with the exception of the first act, which swere noticeably olull colored, were tasteful and fresh, and there were one or two pretty faces noticeable aniong tle choirs. As an entertainment The Little Cherull needs quickening to a great extent. I'lhite Hen Reminiscent. Louis 'etamit is struggling heeroieally cNoitli 'IIt Whoite Hen at floe Garricke theti, tout tlie birod is neitec yotoe nor i seeing 1110o. 'trhe booke is hopelessly inano. aiiti mtt of the music that is of any value is reni- nisemt. The White len is purely It case f natmre fro ong. Roderick Penield is ene bck to te' aesinarcbes of hunor and eie ke aUoin tce b)as-is o f most farces, mar0ital ompIictio'ns,0i as the found io hth his ook. Mousmad Ilerle tsoet backeen foersir cofin oh, oirme cane to tirow togethr l, seer ao as a resnt as vte iuisie inol citeodies statking sanisebeedle 111ft Oh1 aiblake staon. mhe ste is te trite I, rcoerdl. Somitci- it to, 001' thet liece dreul its tme fnrond ale nn culei Th e W hite ae, of proich Lo uis Mann itfe propri00'r ant ehere lee m iacors te at ie is b comce opera higlmolt. 'The 1oieno elacv(ties 101011f t w to acts, ancd leectes tile 0utl0100, ottit esiell wt liertenseo oo Morheco or' sue floe Shoolerts. mouis Mon, as thee asucizariel mm leeooer clivc-cee a bitg osrule- of Etnglicst as it is 'eroken' a111 suceea in liftlnie the ofanet of e , oselss and elo e- sin teat enorots Tre thise He. 'The' lie-etn withO her-ll oligsiane rtnitoion ofeiit aopla sonsineGermanhocidenta Loin thlin a great atsto ceas-e,' lie is, 1'lt--- Dlorothye Russell. se-lo toselilets hier fat- cetos actother, ic emei as tiona Sobbier .a IThNter's cler. She cas tllawrli- ain eaqng ]loon socnys elaittils'v. Lautra tiffl-ar farriedr time pitae otiee . Can adffe- total manner, a1 Carrie Beli'. erhetulatel site role of Hcdrtng at hrelaliff of tfe the eoper. sto the grenathst lakue oh ft Ofthein t iith a hl nublg a renitisn of Aolar songs in Fishin" werietal teo m .seconed act the inclitale itmittionsi toedlel tup. Tho Theetl t state - aiwt fhtanoe ianditatn of Goset ft. Cohan and sott1ee do1' a stage maotncesen si Il 10>rdeeiuaf- tius faoe by cuintaiing the fchorts ,o tile notit i ous ch 101p Opens coomaon th a1- I m aiipt. Of the musical uemeur. "wt Lhtet We Aro Alone" and Bising sore th ost toneful. The setieg of ill acts Ase wastdsoe onel ie de se e t fo the of oe roe- hutnis mee elit bn te dtcoLe orois. Btshl Temple Opens Setasons. I alm tinac-eil10tll' lose ito toetilolig the fetct, lout it etes at gala toighiI at 1110 Bush e i ke theale Agust l thaiencthe sea- sen ad Iftager Marker's coo.' playhiouse openod. 'rho Marriage of Williacm Ashe s-as Ilie total' selected for t1hc 01001ingy bll. leut it mlighot haive toeecn East 51Iane 01' Bill VPact Wine, so for on Ohio 100111 01cc Nt'S concerned. for they were there to voice their welcoet to Adelnide Kelm. If I-an- ager Barker lead any doubt as to the Ipop- ularit' of his star, it must have been e - Moved before the end of the first act. It wvas typical Bush audienco whi filled every seat in the house. and paid close attelenlion to the poerformoance, whic , bY the way, lasted four hours. Ai's Heim's reappearance on the Bsh 'ene stage, after tin absence of lwo vears, was indeed dramatic. W'ith the on- tire company of ush Templo Ilayers grouped on the stage. gazing expectantl` at a doorway in the rear of thoe scene. a brief wait, the sound of footsteps, and then- Adeclaide Kim, respl1ndant in a gown of pure white, appeared in the doorway and wtas greeted esith a round of aplau ser which lasted fully five milltes. Again at the close of the third act. after teing called before the curtain for the fourth til, she was presented with so many hougu-ts. floral pleces and flowers of every description. that it required the heroi services of Mr. Fitz Simmons to get them over the footlights. After moore applause and more fil's, Miss Heinm stelped to the front of ile stage and in thanking the audience, do- elafed that she was "the happiest girl in bite world.'- Miss Keim is a handsome and talonted young woman, and an actress of excep- BY CHARLES KENMORE. NORIENE CARROLL. A Chicago sop'aco of note who is well known to patrons of dto La, Salle thcater is Noriene Carroll. Shte oon ler spurs ini HIS Highnecss tile By aund The Timte, The Place and T ' id. She is a dash- ing brunette, cle- -d fascinating. was a stately stophen Bric, and dignified, calicm and mes-ed as usual. lIar'y Von Metet's Hloploer weas one of the best drawn eharacters in the pla3', and Van Barrett woas a good Carl Richter. E. Lawrence Let oade a capital Clarence Colfax and Morris McHugh as Judge Wihipple did a serious role Nrc-il regardless of the fact that the audience, for some reason, persisted in giggling ohting some of the most serious scenes. , Smith DaVics twas a natural southern colonel and Carrie Clark Ward, whomi I first saw in California years ago, and Virginia Keating were suitably cast. A olan Kelly's Joseephus w'as one of the finest southern darkies I have seene for some time. The staging of the production was a rt improveme-nt oer last week, thb- second Scene being especially effective. This week A Gentleman of France is tile bill. George Cohan's eo11erly. The Talk of New York, was enthustasticalIy roceived at the Clonial theater Sunday niglet. Victor Moore, as the Kid, was given an ovation. Blanche Valsh appeared in The Straight iead at Mc'ic' theater, Sunday light. I''Ilu n t ont both ptoducltio'ns is deferred. Chicago Man Arizona Manager. F. A. Sater, for years afliliated swith the 1VY-tern Vaudeville Managers' Associatim; has assumed the management of the new Orpheoun theater at Bishee, Ariz., and it future will have full charge of that play- tooue. Fe m1ore than tcwenty-five ear80s Ml. Satr has ioen associated with the Asocia- lion and during- that time has establilid a reputation as a manag-- of grat abilit, Alhout two leontis ago he was aclisel , his lysicians tee goe to Armic-ona and sp-n1 a few Imonths there. tIional ability eelo has had a varied ex- l''-ri'ce 'atd who is well enough schooled in ter art to insure more finished acting titan rulIes iteI tolost stiK 1houses. I ii te, ct otu Iady Kitt o her transition from on, icnood to another, heIver was a"eta I- plIshed too suddeenly and some of 11cr t oe',-ton twere illattco he this fault. f1 sa r nB. Haas lhe neh leaing mian at ite Bush. 11,, forlee rly a tmatiee idol alt tilea Poit in teitlore\tli t Cttc' l, at it' o t ,1 ile's tht er Itt 11 tti' 10,-st cei''. He is. i tll-i,lsntg tell, andl it foeece- fil adl sine'ereItk actor who has enough as- surance aetnd dramtatic abilit% to imike him a wel(.om In addition to th, n1, \ compiany. W ill D). Iorl,,tt, 1s the Io'it, Cliff, mald a ha deome villain and plae d w le.1 . .1. J Fitz Simmon was an ,xcellent Edi Iie II I- ston and made ontoe of the distinct teits of th1- evning. John Mac Murtie wlas i pious little Dean: Will W.Da, is t ltaed tie erime Ministr intelligently, and Peter Lang made an imposing Lord ross ile. Florit, Arnold teas amusing as th partl 1 1y Parlia. Gertrude Binley is grace- fill as Mariy, and Caroline Hiarris is de'Sery- ineg f praise fi llome of tile best acting in n ll pay in tle role of llanche. Ioulu Mari Towser was rather lifeless as Lad' Tranmore. Frank Meyer, Sheridan G. Da- sdson, and (Chune Keim were acclot- abli, in minor rles. The Crisis at the College Theater. Last week at the College theater the Patrots' stock company presented fith, dra- noatic version of Vinston Churchill's war- time novel, The Crisis. The new com- Iant gave a performance that ce-ill serve to Intae the Siettild aenIe playhouse very 1, otir trifl tIhe n'th sie ltygoers. Toe ulat1e is t flor ctsetilh ctoer a eriod of six years, boginnino just before the oltbreak of it Ie ivit ar, and has to o10 with the Io''v, afTair of one Stephen Irice, a0 yonig Soettlenler ' and Virginia ''arvel, the daughter of a southern colonel. It is a pretty etor, feull of emotion and war-tiot spirit ane eals with strong, brave, patiotic mnt. and courageous 'wom- ,n, and itile much of the imt of the book is ost i n the tlamatic 1ersioct still there is nougn iatetao to last fe feu acts and I found it a cood eventin' ecitecftan Louise Iliote gv agod accotnt of httet-,'ll' s1 \Omeelola Iite, ;I r',le 85'tll.t re- 'Ille- ol~fl hlldln ll in , ;oi! , 19 I'