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Patrick, Warren A. (ed.) / Show world
(October 30, 1909)

Cort Theater opens in a blaze of glory,   pp. 25-26


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THE SHOW WORLD
October
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We've only been in business three weeks and have the biggest hit in town. Going some for a new house, ch? And we're going
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Miss Keim has a big following in Chi-
cago, and that she has a sweet and
winsome personality, but her present
vehicle is not a very good one. To be
sure it contains a clever idea, but it
is not worked out effectively, and as
presented at the present time, does not
create any great stir or enthusiasm.
It is one of those sketches in which
the players turn tables on the audience.
The playlet develops swiftly in what
the audience supposes is a tragedy,
when all of a sudden it is made known,
that the chief figures are simply re-
hearsing a play. Allan Murnane, also
a former Bush Temple stock player is
seen as the man in the case, and
Chauncey M. Keim, a stiff, stilted and
ineffective recruit from the north side
stock house is seen as the author of the
play in the play, and the stage director
of the rehearsal. Monday night, Miss
Keim, and in fact all three of the play-
ers were greeted with prolonged ap-
plause by people from the north side,
and flowers were piled over Che foot-
lights much in the fashion in vogue
at the Bush Temple on opening nights.
Miss Keim wears some stunning gowns,
andeit is toobad that her sketch is not
more effective.
Bird Millman, and her two assistants,
who has returned from London, holds
the attention near the close of the pro-
gram, with her aerial dancing.  Miss
Millman seems to be As much at home
on the wire, as on the floor, and'dances
and hops and skips along the shining,
silver strand, as though she had wings.
The Millman act is a good one, and it
is a pretty one also. And there are
monkeys in Clue bill, also, and several
of them. Miss Maud Rochez presents
what she calls "A Night in a Monkey
Music Hall," and it is a very funny
interlude between the acts and antics
of the human players. There is a mon-
key orchestra out in front, with a
leader, who is quite as excitable as
Creatore, and a little stage on which
several simians perform.   A  strong
monkey in tights lifts some heavy
weights, another one juggles with his
feet, and another one performs on the
trapeze, wile still another one plays
a sort of monkey tune on a musical
instrument. The simians are bright and
they give a surprising performance.
Along near the close of the perfor-
mance James Harrigan, who is billed
as the great eccentric juggler, arrives
on the scene, and he is a hit from be-
ginning to end.  He might well be
called the William Jennings Bryan of
the vaudeville stage, for he has an
oratorical way with him, and he "kids"
lhis audiences, and works them up to a
high state of hiliarity with his serio-
comic speeches. During his performance
of some neat tricks with cigar boxes,
he keeps up a running fire of comment,
and he often   levels sallies at his
audiences that hit the bull's eye every
time. He quotes liberally from the lines
of the players in the bill with him, and
his talks are topical also, and are right
down to the minute.
Emma Francis, a good dancer who
carries two vigorous young Arabs with
her, offers a brisk and original acrobatic
dancing number that is diverting and
well worth seeing at any time. Neal
Abel and Dave Irwin, are seen , in a
black-face dialogue with singing num-
bers, and they are popular entertainers
with some new material, while Summers
and Horn, in Joe Weber makeup, offer
some stale and some new jokes and do
the usual German comedy entertain-
ment. It isunderstood toat the players
have recently made hurried change in
their act, hence it is not going as well
as it did on Pantages' time. The boys
are at work on new material and will
probably be able to put up a good en-
tertainment.  The Brothers Permane,
in clown makeup, give the bill a circus
flavor, and offer some diverting antics.
The Masiroff Troupe of Russian dan-
cers open the bill with a whirlwind of
Slavic dances.  They appear in the
peasant garb of Russia, and start the
ball rolling with vigor and vim. Taken
all in all, the bill is above the usual
order of merit and deserves the hearty
ipplnns  and  ;ippreciation  it  receives.
A dainty feature inserted into the
middle of the program is billed as Witt's
Girls from Melody Lane. It is a high
class act, and one that has numerous
unusual and very pleasing features. Re-
duced to common pariance, it is a fe-
male quartet. It is composed of four
Chicago girls, each one pretty and pe-
tite and each one with a good voice.
The act is new to Chicago, but it has
been heard in New York, where it was
a decided hit at the Fifth Avenue the-
ater. The young women In this act are
Ada Adair, Eleanor Elliott, Anne Hath-
away and Nina Barbour. Their voices
blend nicely, and their solo work is
commendable. Miss Eleanor Elliott, the
mezzo soprano, is well known in Chi-
cago and has a voice of unusual sweet-
ness and effectiveness. The girls dress
daintily and the little song interlude is
most worthy.-W. R. D.
Star.
An ordinary bill is offered at the Star
theater this week. Aside from one or
two acts the performance lacks both
features and novelties. The Kalinow-
ski brothers, Italia, Smerl and Kessner,
andMaltese andncompany,ewhohappeared
at the Criterion last week, had their
acts reviewed in the last issue of the
Show World. The team of Innes &
Ryan offers an amusing act, called
"Smartly Dressed." They are pleasing
entertainers. Apple & Rossie, who are
billed as the "Heidelberg Students,"put
over some fair stuff. Billy Van, a burnt
cork comedian, is the hit of the show
with his songs and sayings. The Ca-
mille Trio, clever bar performers, and
the Kinodrome pictures closed the pro-
gram.-H. J. B.
Crown.
"In Panama," a musical comedy for-
merly used by the Rogers Brothers, is
the attraction at the Crown heater this
week. It would be like telling an old
story to review this offering, as much
has been said about it in days gone by.
The presenting company consists of
many people who no doubt have been
identified with something else besides
musical attractions. Gus Adams and
George Guhl head the organization, ap-
pearing in the parts formerly created
by the Rogers brothers, Gus and Max.
They are good entertainers. The bal-
ance of the company endeavors toplease
and do to a certain extent, but some
of the principals have poor singing
voices. The scenery looks as though it
had just arrived from the store house,
but then one can't be too critical when
a Broadway musical success is offered
at popular prices.-H. J. B.
American Music Hall.
It was a well varied bill which was
presented this week at the American
and, practically without exception, the
numbers were enjoyed by the audience.
The printed program was rearranged
before the Monday night performance
and the artists were arrayed in this or-
der: Holman Bros., Rita Redmond. Her-
bert Lloyd, Cameron and Gaylord, Ro-
many Opera Company, Intermission,
Loretta and dog, Geo. Day, Byron and
Langdon, Cecelia Loftus and pictures.
The erstwhile "Cissy" Loftus closed
the bill and Geo. W. Day was inter-
spersed by reason of the fact that one
of the Sandor Trio of acrobats met
witlh an accident at the nuatinee per-
formance and the act was compelled to
cancel.
The Holman Brothers, who opened,
had no difficulty in "making good."
Rita  Redmond   got several encores,
while Herbert Lloyd and his company
in a potpourri of nonsense, passed the
winning post without difficulty. The
act of Cameron and Gaylord formerly,
Cameron and Flanagan has lost none
of its interest-holding qualities through
the exchange of Bonny Gaylord for
Flanagan, and in consequence was ex-
trenely well received. The Romany
Opera Company, perhaps the highest
class organization of its kind now in
vaudeville has been vastly improved by
the exchange of some of its older mem-
bers for new. Alice Loretta and Dog,
a most original act, won its desert in
meritorious applause. Geo. W. Day, al-
though unannounced, held his audience
even longer than his allotment of time.
Byron and Langdon offered an ex-
tremely funny act and were repeatedly
encored. Cecelia Loftus was recalled
many times.-W. T.
Grand Opera House.
Miss Eleanor Robson returned toChi-
cago Monday evening after a two years'
absence, and received a welcome, the
heartiness of which proved the high
esteem in which she is held. The"Dawn
of a Tomorrow" is a play well suited to
Miss Robson's peculiar genius, and in
it Mrs. Frances Hodgson Burnett has
handled thoughts and emotions that
have been perplexing problems to each
of us in such a sane, convincing man-
ner that the result is both satisfying
and stimulating.
Miss Robson's beautifully modulated
voice, joyousness, sincerity and charm
wevere given full scope in her interpre-
tation of the London waif "Glad"-the
subtlety of a great art being used in
delivering the message of the self-pro-
tection of goodness.
The local color of the Coster scene
was well worked up, the handling of
the London fog being particularly well
done.
Mrs. Burnett has wisely avoided many
opportunities for vivid effect, keeping
the dramatic action subservient to the
nain theme, "a faithful dependence on
Divine guidance."  The comprehensive
attention to details added greatly to the
forceful work of Fuller Mellish.  The
following gave fine support: Brandon
Hurst, William  Sauter, L. Race Dun-
robin, Ada Dwyer.-F. B. M.
Garrick.
M axine Elliott, tall, stately and as
beautiful as ever, is offering at the
Garrick theater a new play called "The
Chaperon."  It is by Marion Fairfax,
and it is an inconsequential play, and
yet, withal, very amusing and diverting.
It offers Miss Elliott opportunity to ap-
pear in bedraggled attire and also in
immaculate dress. There is a germ of
a pretty story in the piece, and as the
play affords Miss Elliott many oppor-
tunities to look beautiful, what more
does the public desire? For those who
love clean, wholesome and optimistic en-
tertainment, "The Chaperon" will prove
eminently satisfactory. Miss Elliotthas
a well-balanced company with her, and
the piece is produced in an elegant and
tasteful style.-W. R. D.
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Notes from the Chicago Operato'
Union.
"Why is a kilowatt?'"-Cooley.
Business must be good for "big noise
Manzel has a new suit of blue.
Fuqua wishes toannouncethatheI
going to serve a banquet to the i.
visory board.
Friend   (the  dutch  comedian) has
been spending his time in a certain slide
concern. Oh, you free ticket Joe!
Reid has gone in training to collect
that spot money.
Menzel, the next time you move don't
go lifting any pianos. Oh, my back!
Well, how much do you want to pay,
What do you live on Sprocket? (ans.)
Mullins.
Who was the red headed girl you
were with Moore?
"Oh you executive board." Kid Coo.
ley.
Mohr is the quitting kid.
Question ? Where am I on the list?i
Are you paid up?
"I love my Shamrock but, Ohyou
Bankroll."-Tommy Payne.
Hustling Bill Cameron is the author*
ity on first runs.
How do you like your new job, Spro-
ket (Clifford) first assistant
When looking for advice see Morey
A. Cohen, second    assistant business
manager.
"I rise to a point of order."-E. P.
Smith.
Shuster, the gentleman with the Bur-
ton Holmes is a high flier, that is, he
took a high fly on a point of personal
privilege.                         I
"You are out of order Moore, *!*!?':
SIT DOWN!"
Take your hat off, SOc fine.
"You can't do it.-icker.
"Pay it, pay it."-Kuhns.
"I love my three in one but, Oh You
one drop oil.-Louie Riner.
R I am building a new home in West
Rdavenswood, I love to work lIn the-
woods. -Coles.
Remember, the union label is Inside
the cigar. $50.00 and costs.
Forberg is still grinding at the Troc-
adero.
Did you get your license?
"I think it is cheaper to move than
to pay rent."   $00.00 Sproket.
L. Riner and Bro . Friend were seen
on Halsted and Madison streets man
animated discussion regardingthe wei
its of a new projecting macine which
will project natural clors. Friendesai
this machine has no shutter, Boor
strenuously objects.
W. F. Menzel, the man who neve
sleeps, was seen about 11 p. m. runig
up Milwaukee avenue. We think h
had a clue to a member who owes c.
George J. Gilmore, the king of the
north side was overheard telling Van
Runkle the advantages of non-ibflam-
mable films. To prove it George invited
him to come up to his theater. (UP) is
right, and three filights too.
A crowd (B. P. White) just came In'
with a new and bright idea, so we had
to adjourn.
Mabel McCane.
MabelMcCane, the talented and mag-
netic young singing co medienne whose
picture adorns the front page ofcthic
issue, is now  appearingo ver toe Or
pheun circuit, enroute t      pis
coast. Before occupying a coP iscsO
position upon the vaudevill stage Is
McCane had started in a nu.he
metropolitan musical productins. She
has a pleasing way with herthatde
mands favor from her audiences and
her cute mannerisms and spledidStin
ing have won her wide recognitiohnas
an entertainer. Miss McCanesalso he
the distinction of writing theSongsshe
sings.


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