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Patrick, Warren A. (ed.) / Show world
(August 10, 1907)

Marks, Adolph
Public amusement a science,   pp. [5]-6


Makee, Walt
Philadelphia to have new company at Forepaw's,   p. 6


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THE SHOW WORLD
August  10. 1907,
PHILADELPHIA TO HAVE NEW
COMPANYAT FOREPAWS
Edwin Middleton and George Barbier Secure Lease-Goo
Attractions at Playhouses--- -Personal Gossip.
BY WALT MAKEE.
Philadelphia Bureau
The Show World,
Temporary, 2138 Arch Street.
Walt   Makee, Itepresentative.
P   TLADE1111A. Pa., Aug. I-19r-
haps the most interesting news in-
nouncenent of the week, affecting
local theaterdom, is that Edwin Midll-
ton and George Barbier have leased Fore-
paw's theater and vill install a high-
class stock company there.
Both men are prime favorites with a
large class of theater-goors here. Mr.
Middleton was, for many seasons, come-
dian with the Forepaw stock, remaining
through several changes of management
and weathering the various vicissitudes
through which the house passed. Mr.
Barbier, during his short career with the
same company, won a large following.
The need for sc   a stock company
as is promised by these gentlemen is
admittedly a pressing one. At the pres-
ent time there is but one stock house of
English  sp'aking. legitimate players in
the city-tae Standard, whliicll season
in and out, does a land office business.
Under the old    Forepaw   management.
when such sterling players as Carrie
Radcliffe headed the company. Forepaw's
was equally a big paying proposition.
John Forepaw died. Fish, now a suc-
cessful stock manager in the West, suc-
ceeded him. But shortly after his com-
ing, Miss Radcliffe retired and   lesser
lights succeeded her in leads. Whether
her successors lacked   those personal
charms so requisite in a feminine stock
star or whether the patrons would have
none other than Radcliffe remains an
open question. Fish retired and was suc-
ceeded by Messrs. Miller and Kaufmann,
and efforts were made by them to regain
the former prestige of the house, but
after many unavailing attempts, the
stock company was dishanded and road
companies   were   booked.   Sometimes
ties companies were good and presented
good plays; again they were the best
the management could obtain. but it is
widely reported that the new manage-
ment did not reap any too liberal for-
tune from  the former treasure-1iox, al-
though it is clear that the splendid busi-
ness done at their other house, the
Girard Avenue, in a measure compen-
satedthem for any lose w  ich may have
been inicurred at Forepawx's.
Messrs. Middleton alid Barbier have
not yet completed their plans. They are
now in New York City engaging players
and a telegram   failed to reach them.
They announced before leaving, however,
that they xwould secure the best that
could le had in players and plays; that
while they would continue the popular
prices at the house, they would eschew
thesensational inmelodraa aand bid for
patronage of the better chase,
Trueconsesusteof opiion here seems to
be that the venture will prove a success.
The theater might lie better located. The
old neighborhood is not as lively as it
once was. but so high an authority as
Charles Frohman once said that it made
no difference where you put the play-
house,-the play was the thing.
Attractions at the Play.
Keiths:-An exceptionally strong bill
is agai offered to the Keithpatro  this
week, whoseappreciation was  anifested
by an afternoon and ev'ening attendance
last Monday which filled the house to
the doors. The audience at both per-
formances w'as unustally responsive, and
there wxas not an act which failed to
elicit a full and overflowing measure of
applause. Beginning with Belle Blanche,
who made tuxe lilt of the bill with her
Impersonitionse down te line to the
splendid film, showing an exciting hippo-
potamus hunt, each number of the pro-
gram   wa s  lotudly  applaxuded.  Behle
Blanche  introduces her Imitations   in
verse.  The poetic story relates that a
number of well known players hav'ebeen
arrested and the judge imposes a fine
upon each one with a promise of remit-
tance if the convicted player will prove
to the judge that he or she is ri-hitly
entitled to rank as "clever" among the
actors of the day. Eva Tanguay. Anna
Heid, Richard Carle, Alice Lloyd, and
other porominent players. furnish  food
for Belle Blanche. who, besides her rare
powers of imitation, is possessed of a
soprano voice of fine quality and wide
range.  Charles A. Kenyon's dramatic
sketch. The Operator, with AdelineDun-
lop and Albert Britton, is an indictment
of those railroads which force their em-
ployees to work to the limits of human
endurance. The story is that of a tele-
graph operator who, by reason of the
Illness of his assistant. is compelled to
remain at his key for seventy hours, and.
while receiving a message, in his half
awake conditicn, makes an error which
threatens to  crash  two trains.   The
thought of his deed, which is discovered
by his wife, drives him to distraction,
and the pair agrie t dii-: Ito- bhulo
to shoot the wife  ud then kill himself.
At the Crucial moment a distant rail-
road whistle assures them that the two
trains have passed safely:-curtain. The
situation is absolutely devoid of comedy.
The met was well received and the work
of the two players was well done. Car-
roll Johnson, late partner of Frank Me-
Nish aixdi Bobby Slaxin, and more re-
centIy the star of The Ivy Leaf and
Fmiries' Well, together with a company
of twenty singers and dancers, intro-
duLiceed  a  rather  elaborate  plantation
sketch, which is an impirovement, in
ways. over that used by Primrose during
hIs recent visit here, although somewhat
along the same lines. The Great Sit-
cliffe Troupe of Scotch musicians, danc-
ers and acrobats, proved an innovation
and won the anidience fro m  tue stturt.
Loon Morris aind Compy with a col-
lection of ponies, dogs and monkeys. was
foxccd to remain beyond his alloted time
ere the audience was satisfied.   The
Murray Sisters, in "a high class singing
novelty*', two, well gowned, charming
young women with well trained volees.
made a deep and lasting impression. The
Young    America   Quintette  appealed
strongly to the upper house. A    lack
of Imiusical training  occasionally pro-
duced discords. but altogether the act is
very good of its kind. and the youngsters
all work hard. James Thornton,--a hit,
a big hit. of course, withi a budget of
sparklingly new jokes. Trovollo, ventrilo-
quist, responded to several encores. Oth-
ers who wore well received were The
Bradfords, Harlem Brothers, DeChaunt's
dogs, Stevenson and Nugent.
Chestnut Street Opera House.-(K. &
E., "Advanced Vaudeville")-The Fays
remauin-to draw even better than dur-
ing the first week. The act continues
to mystify and explanations fail to ex-
plain. Daisy James played a return date
at this house and incidentally bids fare-
well to American audiences prior to an
extended European engagement. "oEg-
land's Favorite Comedienne." as she is
called, has made a multitude of friends
which has been increased in numbers
dnuring her present engagement. An act
of especial interest to lovers of physiscl
feats, is the Four Raltus, who recently
have mde a great hit at the New York
IHippodrome. Their performance is one
of the most daring of its kind on the
vaudeville stage. Musical Lowe, with his
xylophone. demonstrated   unanticipated
possi1ilities of that instrument aud was
accorded   several  encores.  Galetti's
Monkey   Comedians proved   a  decided
treat. Mason and Bart, aerialists, did
some daring stunts and made their audi-
ence hold its breath. A special feature
of the program   was Aarons' Dancing
'Dolls, who have won a warm place in
the affections of Philadelphia playgoers
by reason of their work in His Honor
the lyor during its ruin in this city,
Thei' act is suibstantially the stiame as
given in the show.
Blaney's.-Opened to S. R. 0. business
with two performances last Saturday.
Charles E. Blaney's latest thriller. Lot-
tie, the Poor Saleslady; or Death Before
Dishonor,  was   the  attraction.  The
title is so clearly descriptive as scarcely
to need a detailed explanation of the play.
Mr. Blaney calls it "the most effective
emotional drama of the present day."
andjugig by the manner inwhich two
lig houses greeted it at the0 opening,
it is safe to say thast lir. Blaney his
not exaggerated to any great extent
The company is headed by Miss Lydia
Powell.
It may be mentioned, in passing, that
the old Arch   Street theater. formerly
owned and managed y Mrs. John Drew,
was, in recent years. a financial buga-
boo. It has passed thro'h a half dozen
different anageents previous to its
occmation and change of title by Charles
B. Blanxey, since ",')rich it has proved at
veritahlegold mine. Decidedl there arc
few better judges of public need in the
matter of dramatics tan hMr. Bilancy,
ais anpIx' testified( hxy the box ofce
record of this playhouse.
Bijou.-The opening burlesque. entitled
School Days, which    introduced  Ruby
Jlackson. Ruth Wright and a chorus of
twenty attractive girls. was well receiveld
by a fnir-sized audience. In the o'io
a Spanish novelty was introduced in La
Tierra  producing  a  dramatic  sketch
called A Night in Spain. Others xxhxo
Wxx"1 well received were Comedian Al.
Wilson and the Grotesque Rauxolphs.
The program   closed with A Pienic for
Two. This theater is equinxed1 with one
of the finest cooling plants in the city,
installed when Keith built the house,
some years ago.
Lyceum.-The burlesque stock company
continue, to fair houses. Aside fromi a
strong olin and two hurlesques. an ath-
hetic earnival on Tuesdays. and amateurs
oin Friday attract large crowds.
At the Summer Parks.
There is either a lack of money or a
lack of good management in the publicity
d l rl iients  of  b     nr       k
A\lnn-c  Xi1%itlioui  x   t .;o I'~,  ii~v-tu
g"2    " spc  h" ,1 ul tl' 1"( 11"  "  It s
itle  often  of  salii  ient  size  (Yet,  too
often. too insignificant to command at-
niution), is devoted to the simple an-
nouncement of a     hand  or orchestra.
While it may be held as true that the
morage man or woiman is more inter-
estd in the mu ial offeiin s of these
parks than any other attraction they pre-
int, it would probably surprise the pub-
licity promoters to note the increased
ttendance 'which would certainlv follow
ni more detailed announcement of the
malifoid attractions which their paik
cffords.  Iley  might 'well take  les-
son from the press agents of the Keith
and K. & E. vaudeville houses, neither
of whom   would stoop to the folly of
announcing  only  their headline  acts.
Willow Grove, for example. uses up about
ninety  agate lines, in the Sinday papers,
with a bare announcement of Victor Her-
bert and hi s orchostra. Undeniably Vic-
tor Ierbert is a big attraction. but he
is, after all. but one of a half hundred
or  more interesting  offerings at this
park. Palpaibl' this is an injustice to
the many concession holders, vaudeville
acts and operators of mechanical de-
vices who. to some, at least, of the pub-
lie, are of equal moment with the fa-
mous operatic composer.
Willow Grove.-Victor Herbert and his
orchestra. Sousn Aug. 10.
Woodside Park.--TTaley's Wshington
Oiciiestra Band.
Washington   Park.-Roman     Imperial
Band, New York Quintette, Clam Bakes.
White City.-Hill. "World's Greatest
Canoeist."  Roller skating.
Beechwood.-Franklin   Concert   Pnnd.
Lyiic Eccentric Quartet.
Calls and Openings.
The Park theater will open Aug. 26,
withi Te Heart of Virginia, and not The
Gingerbread lMain. as has been announced
by certfin theatrical weeklies.
Lottie Villiams will open the Peoples'
Aug. 19. with an elaborate production of
Little Madcap, supported by a well so-
lected cast.
After mno  weeks of indecision it has
been finally determined to open the For-
rest, in possible, on Sept. 2. with vaude-
ville, which will be transferred from the
Chestnut Street Opera House. The main
executive office of the Nixon and Zim-
merman interests will be located in this
new show ship.
The   first combination  booking  an-
nounced for the Chestnut Street Opera
House, which. when vaudeville is moved
to the New Forrest. will le devoted, as
of old. to the legitimate, is September
the 23rd. The play is The Bell ofMay-
fair. If the Forrest is completed in time .
permitting its opening on Sept. 2, the
three weeks intervening at the Chestnut
Street Opera will be filled in with new
or standard attractions.
The date of the opening of the Broad
Street theater has been definitely settled.
Public Opinion will be the attraction Sep-
tembher the 16th.
Rehearsals ofthe Western Gingerbread
Man, which are to be held at Ye Park,
will begin next Thursday. The comnany
opens at Asbury Park, Aug. 26, with Ross
Snow in the lead.
Rehearsals for the Eastern company of
Tue Gingerbroad Man will begin at Ye
Park. Aug. 24. The company opens at
Norristown. Sept. 14.
Simple Simon   Simnie rehearsals are
called for Aug?.. 3ii. The play, opens for
the setisoni at Norristown, Sept. 21.
On oftheNixon nd Zimmerman ur-
prises willlie Mary Enierson in a recent
new Metropolitan success which will be
made public in a day or so. Rebearsals
will beamn in this city Augn. 231. The
first dat is Coatesville. Pa.. Sept. 12.
The   Standard theater will open   its
regular stek season Aug. 10, with Up
York State,
Miss Bob lWhite. Willard Spencer's per-
eniialxy popular comic onern. is booked
to open at Wilmlnneton. Sept. 7. with a
strong company. Rehearsals are called
for Aug. 17.
The Girard Avenue theater will open
Aug. 17 with Owen Davis' Since Nellie
Went Away.
Notable Advance Bookings.
Among the plays -nd pllavers Ixo will
pioiably be seen   e the Shiuhe rt houses
during the coluiins earson, mayvbe noted:
.Tulia  Marlowe. Faothern  and  Florence
Reed in Shakespeare. T-Tenrv Miller and
Mlargaret Aiiglin in The Great Dix'ide,
Mary Manneiring in Glorious Betsy, Er-
mete 'Novei. ITow Fields & Company in
Tue Girl Behind the Counter, Chxailes
Bigelow in The Scow Man. Cecelia Tof-
tas nd .awrene D'Orsay in a new play,
Virginia  Tharned  in  Anna   Knrenina
Rl-nche Rine and Alexander Carr in a
cew   lay caled Jack in the Box. Touise
Guilling, starring  in  T.e Paradise ho-
Mahoniet. Marguerito Clark, starring in
a new nily b Rida Johnson Young.
At the Grand Oiera     House will be
son:-The Rays in a     new play, and
Wine, Womnn and SonS.
At the National:---Ednna the Prott'
Typewritter. The way of the Transg'es-
sor. Pointing the Town. The Evil Eve,
Never Too T ato to Menl. A Chorus  irl's
Inck in New York. Thoe Gambler From
the TWest and Bunco from Arizona. xvith
Lillinn Mortirmer as thw star.
At the Chestnut Opera House:--Txe
Girl in the Clouds, a new. scenie. sousa-
ilolal  novelty  produced  lv  Ti'1ismi
Woods. rnannger of the Brondivay thea-
tar (N. Y.), the tabloid musical eonedx.
College Days. featuring Fred V. Bowers.
At Keiths:-Mary Ann Brown, the
Fiitz  Ili-ih  Trio,.  larriy  Iavit niprt and
liss 1"ii"i ii   " a n(-x" shin.  Iulcn and
ol I i. lit-ill Sn'xlit  th~e A\ li Comedn
Four, Clifford and Burke, the Rose Went.
Worth Trio, Carlotta.
At Blaney's:-A Child of the Regi-
ment and A Desperate Chance.
Ye Park:-The Heart of Maryland, The
Gingerbread lan.
Announcement is made by Managers
Hunisch   &  Addicks that the German
theater will open Sept. 14 with an elabo-
ito prodution, in German, of .loan of
Aic ("i Jungfrau von Orleans"). Re-
tearsals will begin about the lost week
in Augist. Aside from the prodction of
Schiller s splendid drama, a xery am-
1itious program  of German light opera
and   the higher class dramatic work
of native German and foreign authors
will be staged.    Among    the operatic
masterpieces will be    the best selee-
tions from   the works of such com-
po1ers as Strauss, Milloecker, Suppe and
Lebar. Among the dramatists to 1e rep-
rose-nted  will be   Hauptmann, Fulda,
Halbe, Il:sen, Sudermuann and Bornsen.
The theater, which was but recentl
built. is operated by a corporiitn whose
stock is held by the forem.i irerman-
Aniericans of Philadelphia.
Interesting Film Facts.
Business was rather slow    in coming,
the early portion of this week, for the
moving   picture men.    Monday opened
with a rain storm  which continued well
into the afternoon, and, as a ease-
quence there were few persons on the
streets.  Today's business was an im-
provement. in many quarters, over yes-
terdaiyandtheweekpromisestomakeup
for the falling off of its start. Here and
there, a private moving picture then-
torium has taken advantage of the antici-
pated slack and has closed for altera-
tions or repairs. It is the exeeptional
manager, iowever, who has any com-
plalnt whatsoever to make upon the
summer season's business as a whole
Anli announcement of moment is made
bv S. Iiubin, who, xithin a fortnight, will
remove is executive office and factory
from its present location in South Eighth
street to more commodious quarters at
926 Market street, occupying the four
floors above his new   theatortun. The
building is 172 feet in depth and some-
what over 30 ft. in width. He will hate
the  advantage of six    times the floor
splce of his present quarters, which, in
future, will be devoted to his film rental
depairtment.  He is now   operating two
]9,2g 4ga lories; ole a daylight roomt
912-14   Aich   street. aid   the  other
equined  for pieture  taking under all
conditiins, either day or inight, at 92i
Maket.
Ali interesting feature of the new Lubin
thettorium. asil to lie 1niiquet is tle
s-steni of liahting. Tue old iethudci
shutting out all light in order to em-
phniize  the piletures thrown upon the
screen is obviated bY a lnse of high
Dowr. This lenso which is not Yet In
the market is a Lubin inventioiand wi
form  apirt of his 1908 model picture ma-
Afte ra successful summer season, the
Vitarxlii ptcture show. which has beet
oenpyinig Forepiw's theater, will soon
1iev Ixcto co estocka moliy tro be in-
stl'cdIi lx-Mliddleton anti Barliler.
Lewis M. Swaab's business is increal-
Ing at a woniderfn pace. Nobetterevi-
dcce could  e wanting of the valueli
judicious advertising hacked by a polite
of promise-koeniig. It is easy enouri
to make a iaiinss promisein print;ke,
dliffciiitx-. too ofteni, is tofnilfiullthe prom-
ient Mr. stysa1i does not seem to if-
ferenliate b'etxxeen the two. To hint,
boli propositions are apparently easy.
Professional Gossip.
targaret Baxster (Fininiw), of Simple
Siimon Simple, was married in New York
City last Tuesday to Walter Morton, of
Rily the Kid Company. ile ceremonY
xwas performed in strict privacy, there
beiing kut two avitrsses, and theseeret
xvas kept for five days. Mrs. Merier.
xio   i retain her maiden name for
stage  use.  has   been  re-eiigaged tot
Simple Simon.
Arthur.1. Lamb. recent benedit, author
of a dlozen song hits, incluidiing Alic
tIlou's "Splash Me", never does thin!,
bv halves. His latest venture is in te
field of drtiatic writing. His play
cail1ed The Crime in Mid Oceai. Itmilsl
have been a very desperate nd sakil"
crime, requiring as it does. five acts If
explnation. Mr. iTamb is widely known
ili professional circles here, and several
of his friends refusing to accept his '
cent effort seriously. have suggestedt13
lie ttike sonietliug for it. 'Nevertheless
he has substantial visions of an earlY
production of his play.
Charles H. Yale will probably open sl
of the local theaters next month, ie
liguirting the twent-sixth season of be
Dovil's Auction. In so doing lie will h
folloxving  precedent of twenty-five sea-
sons' stinlding. Mr. Yale is quite ct
aincd tiat the treasures of this world
are corntled in the shop of Satan and
thrat the suplv of bidders at his annual
sales is incxiialustible.
John j. Farrell, well remembered her
for his splendid work as leading man oh
thl late Forepow Stock Company, is el-
iovilig a s'ierssfuil sensoni with the od
Sto-k of Worcester. iacs. It is saei
that his charming wife Valerie Berge.,
will be an  arly attrictiol at Keith's.
Florenice  Reed, daughter of the ile
Roland Reed. is to be E. H. Sothernse
leading x-onan next season.    Her rier
in the profession has been rapid. BOI
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