Patrick, Warren A. (ed.) / Show world
(October 30, 1909)
Cort Theater opens in a blaze of glory, pp. 25-26
THE SHOW WORLD October :;tiii;. r ALLCOHIOCO IS RAVING C=I1=I=C=A=G=O ABOUT 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 to do some more with the following hits: SOMETIME, SWEETHEART MINE, SOMEWHERE A Beautiful High Class Ball WE ALSO PUBLISH THE FOLLOWINC; DO YOU? DON'T YOU? WAY OUT IN UTAH OH, YOU TEASE MARY JANE, SHE'SCOT WILL YOU? WON'TYOU? ANOTHER SSEE ANOVELTY WALTZ SONC. ANY ACT CAN USE THIS ONE. oH D CSH AIRY FAIRY -SCPBLStN CASTLE LAND SEND STAMPS FOR PROF. COPIES AND ORCHESTRATIONS IN ANY KEY. Iss ~Luia treet, C uICAGO 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. 26 Pt E loi itiI Specialties, Staple Goods and Novelties Suitable for Prizes, Souvenirs, Premiums and favors for SKating RinKs, Games and 5c. Theatres. We have big variety $ t Send For FREE Catalogue. N. SHURE CO. 220-222 Madison Street [WHOLESALE] CHICAGO, ILLINOIS 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.