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Patrick, Warren A. (ed.) / Show world
(September 14, 1907)

Kenmore, Charles
Drama and vaudeville, Chicago theaters,   pp. 18-19

Page 19

September 14, 1907.
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 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-
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-
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
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!  ,

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