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Patrick, Warren A. (ed.) / Show world
(September 28, 1907)

Makee, Walt
Ball games hurt Quaker City shows,   pp. 16-17

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September 28, 1907,
BALL        and Rush totheBaseball GAMES  Heat,CutAttendance andHURT
The Grand Mogul a Pleasing Show--Lew Fields Draws
Large Audiences at the Lyric Theater.
Philadelphia Bureau
The Show World,
2138 Arch Street,
Walt Makee, Representative.
pIIILADELPHIA, Sept. 21.-A general
falling off of matinee business Is re-
ported from  nearly all houses. Base-
ball has been a big counter attraction,
while the almost Insufferable heat has done
much   to  reduce  attendance.  The night
business, however, has generally been good,
with the exception of one or two of the
high price houses, where, since their open-
ing, light business has been the rule. This
is due chiefly to the fact that their regu-
lar patrons have not yet returned from
their vacations. Within a week or two this
condition will be overcome.
There is some unfounded rumors to tle
iffect that the city is to have another cen-
trally located  theater.  Philadelphia has
just about as much as it can handle along
this line for the present, and promoters
would do well to think twice and do noth-
ing. Vithtin a few months they-and many
otheIrs-i ay see some big changes in cer-
lain playhouse policies  here  which   still
serve as a sure indication that ionsider-
able of their present profits is paper.
Tie chief theatrical event of thi we-k
was the opening of the Chestnut Street Ili,
ater, xitli the Orpheum   Dramatic St--
Orpheuns Stock Warmly Welcomed.
The weather and the superior social    I
ittilted in a warn  welcome to Pir   <
W\illian's Orphom  Dramatic Stock I ,
pany, which opened its season at ti n1 st
tint Street theater last Saturday  vening
to capacity business, in Justin Huntley M-
Carthy's If I Were King.
The coming of so excellent a stock cons
pany to tie Chestnut is generally look,.1
upon  as a fulfilltment of a widely ex-
pressed desire upon the part of the Phila-
ielphia public, rather than as a theatinal
business venture. The most marked char-
octeristic of this conservative city is its
hosse-loving qiality, and Mr. Williams has
wisely appreciated this fact, not only in
te genetral replannintig  ite Chestnut uin
l ines of tlie highest artistic mserit, lint in
the installation of a force of courteous
eiployes and a company of players wh-
otssanatc the atmosphere of refinement. Ev-
ry suggestion of clap-crap has ieen cli-
tated ais  the tatronage is tac to etnj
a delightuI seisatioa    wl dart-oxners  p iii
Itse ''itsissyness'' of tlie hiouse.
A better choice of play bilit host' ie-t
made to denionstrate cisc talent of tie ein
-Are comps~any. It I Were King is pslayt--
--bielly by four persons and the balance i-
scattered into thirty bits, wchichs, in cuis
itistance, xvore Itnvariably xwelI sdotse.
Actor Shows Ability.
1'm. Ingersoll's Francois stamps him its
in actor of exceptional abilities. He availed
himself of the many oportunities the part
affords for the expression of a wide rang-
otf etsotions. His sense of liumor is par-
ticulary keen, wxhile the fitier lights andi
shades of Villion recivedi a maost i1llit
and artistic touch in his hands. Josephin
Lovett's Katherine do Vancelles, despite th.
haraicter's complicity in crime, was a veri
symtipathetic portrayal and developed nts,.
only th    high intellectual qualities of tI-
player, but a delightfully xvell-modulat-l
voice of pleasing powers. In many respects.
hser work  excelled  that of the original
- Katherine." LeahA Winslow played Hug-
nette with that grace and abandon whili
will long be remsembered by those who wit-
nessed it. Moreover, Miss Winslow is very
shapely, and, as with the two leading play-
ers just mentioned, has a rare command
of elocution.  Her death scene was thc-
most impressive and powerful of the entire
play. The Louis XI of Robert Cummings
xvas begun raiher incoherently, but devel-
oped into a distinctly clever characteriza-
tion, which won him great applause in the
second act. Of the other prominent mens-
hers of the organization, the work of Helen
Reimer, Evelyn Francis, Lottle Briscoe, Har-
mon McGreager, Mark Price, John Step-
pling, John Flemaming, Fred Sumner, Ken-
nett Bisbee and Reynold Williams was not-
Play Masterfully Mounted.
Unstinted praise is due to Stage Director
Harry Mcttae Webster for the masterful
moustiog of the play. The action through-
out was unflagging; the ensembles, well
done. The exquisite costumes by Van Horn
of Philadelphia awakened widespread ap-
preciation.  Fifty  or more persons were
employed in the production, all of whom
were correctly and richly costumed.
The entire company was forced to respond
to the enthusiastic curtain call at the con-
clusion of act two. Mr. Webster appeared,
made a speech of thanks and introduced
the leading players, who, in turn, expressed
their appreciation of the welcome extended
them. Floral tributes were many.
There Is not the least doubt that the
Orpheum Stock has come to stay. The next
two productions will be The Cowboy and
the Lady and When We Were Twenty-One.
Interesting Bill at Keith's.
Keith's (H. T. Jordan, mgr.).-A varied
and interesting bill was offered to fair busi-
ness at the Monday afternoon opening.
For the first time in many weeks, Keith's
seems to hsve suffered with its neighbors,
from  the effects of the hot weather. The
Song Birds continue as the chief attrac-
tion, with Lasky's "Military Octette" as a
close rival for musical honors. This num-
her is in three scenes. The company com-
prises eleven persons, including Mabel Keith,
"The Girl with the Baton," and John S.
Leick, cornettist. The scenes are located
respectively in Russia, India and United
States, affordiog ansple opportunity for dis-
play costumes of which effective advantage
is taken, while the scenery by Albert is
very picturesque.  The musical selections
xvere international camp and field melodies
and the eight musicians did splendid work
with brass and solo and ensemble singing.
Miss Keith was accorded much individual
applause.  Two young women are used In
cicnit: they looked good in soldier nos-
it e if snow and whistling winds, but
Ibs,  players orc. satisfied to inaugurate a
new Christmas Night, without such effects
and dressed in summery costume.
Stage license is also stretched in that
it requires Miss Guise but five seconds to
take a dress saut out, pawn it, and buy
a turkey. With careful attention to such
details as these, Mr. Kelcy will have one
of the best comedy sketches on the cir-
cuit.  The plot is good, wholesome and
strikes home.   The comedy is clear cut.
Mr. Kelcy's work is very good. Miss Guise
fails to win her audience at rise, but im-
proves to a splendid climax.   Searl, Vio-
let Allen & Co. produce their parlor car
skit, entitled The Traveling Man. Some of
Searl Allen's speeches do not carry very
far over the lights.
The skit kept the audience in constant
laughter and yet the curtain fell upon this
act in utter silence, proving beyond doubt
the need for a better climax than is now
used.  The company works well, but the
ensemle singing is weak
Frank Fo-cty. fthne   Domalin  Minstrel,
1\:  t,  1,i      is--ln  f--ens  and]  i-s  tr-
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other excuse for their presence. Two wom-
on trumpeters would prove a valuable sub-
Catherine Hayes and Sabel Johnson of-
fered a heavyxveight skit entitled A Dream
of Baby Days. Opening with an interior,
afrnil story relates that "Mrs. Reggie Won-
derbuilt" has iotroduced "Mrs. Sing Song"
to society and as abashed by the fact that
the latter misuses and mispronounces Eng-
lish; an exhibition of which followxs. This
a la Malaprop affair needs some of the
superfluous flesh of the two players.   it
is a mere skeleton, handled so crudely that
one tires of listening to the bones rattle
and  becomes interested   in the sartorial
creations of some ambitious dressmaker
which are worn by the players. These two
woolen decide to sleep upon pieces of wed-
ding cake to dream of their baby days, so,
after rounding out the first part with good
vocal solos and duets, a screen Is dropped
and a moving film shows the two players
getting Into bed, and later, romping with
a lot of small children. When the screen
is finally raised, the two women, dressed
in Buster Brown and baby costumes, finish
their act with a rushing song and dance
which evoked hearty applause.
Clever Sketch Is Seen.
A  Tale of a Turkey, by Burton and
Brookes, which is used as a vehicle to ex-
ploit the comedy talents of Alfred Kelcy
and Miss Guise, is, on the whole, decidedly
clever.  It is robbed of much vitality by
a lamentable lack of "local color."    The
traditional Christmas Night of the stage
peatedly recalled to finally exhaust his
package of fun.   The Permane Brothers
introduced The Nightingale's Courtship, 'a
xvhistling dialogue, xvhich, although a res-
urrected idea, is sufficiently unknon to
many to be a novelty. It is excellently done
by this team, beside xvhich, they offered
sonic acrobatic feats of a high order.
Corinne Has Fair Success.
Corinne's reception, while cordial, was
by no means very pronounced. Shte has a
voice of splendid caliber, dances gracefully
and plays the mandolin, making several
effective costume changes and finally ap-
pearing in black tights-black, because she
is verging upon embonpoint. Ah! if one
could but steal a breeze or two from the
Tanguay cyclone and give them to Corinne!
Tanguny, could spare them and Corinne Is
in actua need. Batty's Bears should rank
ansong the most expert animal actors in
Nessen, Hunter and Nessen introduce sev-
eral decidedly new tricks in their club-
swinging and hoop-rooling act, and won
generous applause. Roland and Duganhave
plenty of good material In their Hasty
Messenger skit.  The pathetic speech of
the messenger Is out of place unless it be
given a comedy climax. With this possible
exception, the act is very good.
Fred W. Morton gave a novel exhibi-
tion of trick harmonica playing and finger
whistling, and concluded with a paper tear-
Ing stunt that was decidedly excellent.
His voice does not carry very far and much
of his monologue cannot be heard. The
McCarvers, a singing and dancing team, sing
tot high. This gives a strained effect to
their work. They were accorded a warm
reception. A dead silence, mutely eloquent
of disapproval, prevailed  throughout the
singing and dancing turn of Carroll and
Clarke. One of the most interesting fea-
tures of the bill was the kinetograph ex-
hibition.  Some of the recently imported
Spanish films were displayed.    They are
full of local color and    highly  artistic.
id'x other amusing numbers     nee given-
Liquid Electricity and Twxo Thousand Bls
Without a Dollar.
Edna Aug Is Clever.
Forrest (E. D. Price, res. mgr.).-A light
attendance greeted Advanced Vaudeville on
Tuesday   afternoon,  despite  the   rather
meritorious bill which  was offered. The
Musical Cuttys easily won first honors.
James J. Morton, monologuist, canie into
second place nith flying colors. Indeed is
xcas surprising how much appreciative oo~ie
the limited audience could make for Mor.
ton.  Edna Aug's songs in character-cos-
tume went very well.     Miss Aug cleverly
introduces a stage fireman, and a man in
the box during her act. She easily ranks
aniong the most vivacious     of American
meidiennes. She Is inclined to be confl-
ilt-ntial at times and would undoubtdly go
lI tt-r if she could be heard throughout
t-ithuse. Her "business" is inimitable and
it siiably laugh-provoking. Barnold's Dog
tutd Monkey Circus, introducing ti intoxi-
eated dog, received an ovation and Barnold
wcas called to the footlights to i-oi his
Ithanks.  For   some   inexplicable  e ason,
George IV. Day did not repeat his firmer
hit in this city, on Tuesday aft-rn-on, al-
though his act continues to be as original
tit witty as ever. He introduced Arthur
-tngbrake's coon shout, "Brother Noah,"
tiI'ilcis tnt xerl ewell. Four acts, nes to
lliis ety, completetd the bill.   Of thsese,
t1- Four Lesters, three men and on wom-
it. scored the heaviest. This is it-niedy
s robatic bicycle turn in which considlrable
--id comedy is introduced by a ' tramp"
tut 'German."   The points of sptiil merit
sw-re the head balancing of tb     t rmp"
,.nl the "straight" mas on a high wheel:
it,- riding of single wheels b th   ntire
,-itspany: the remarkable "falls  if the
;-rman" and the carriage wcel Ialane.
in"ag of the "tramp."  The act will b moe
heartily received by a warmser house. The
Alexandroff Troupe of Russian dancers, in-
luding five women and four me  gave an
exhibition of their national dances, made
familiar to American audiences b. such
ixcellent predecessors as the Rapie Sisters.
''ll, actioti never lags anti thett-i sut'
t1ient merit in the xwork of the t-supe to
isure it liberal booking in this country.
Hart's Musical Fantasy.
it The Military Girls, Joe Hart li s an-
-ter tusical fantasy, full of sowgs, ores-
-,s dances, drills  and     electrical i flects,
i tiny of  ich ace unique.  It is divided
lti, four  scenes-Posy   Land,  in Owhich
I-tis Mink, as a tacose boy, sings ab solo
ii good voice and   is accompanied by the
Is raos whiose heads protrude through a
it tilier ot set paper roses. A frog appears
- t,,,orge O'Malley) and changes the roses
it ie ftogs  The second scene shows the
- t-co  dressed as frogs, sitting upon else-
isacls   a lighted frog stools   A frog dance
i istoducedl  This is  ollo ed by aln wh
latire, with Frank 'Tierney as tiii GiMI  A
t    is used here, containing a notsmf r of
os Lxith electric eyes.  When the drop
is tated eight giant fire   crachers pare
tted at either side of the stage and the
tiners is a osass of painted firewcorks. Al
hack is a large Anserican shield, wchich
-- talls opetis, disclosing a sort of Goddess
-f Iibetx  The chorus enters by doers
liIt cis giatit crackers anti fronss ctis point
it- chc finish the poor old eagle siscches.
The songs were "Posey Land,"     I' le Woo-
ing of the OwvI and the Frog, 'lite Tale
of t ie Pretty Rose" and "Military Mary,"
all of which were tuneful and catch. Miss
Mink made an effective farmser boy and
sang well. Neither in singing or dancing
was this act much     above the medioicre
and it was rather as an effective series
--f stage pictures that it elicited fair ap'
plause. The much heralded La Esmeralda,
Spain's Greatest Dancer,' assisted by Senor
Fant!ino, will not increase  the American
estimation of Alphonso's fair terpsichore-
ans to any great extent.     She is by no
means beautiful, even when judged by her
national standards. She is not very shape-
ly.  The management has passed by hun-
dreds of more graceful native dancers on
its way to Spain to secure this act. How-
ever, La Esmeralda    exhibits a form   of
Spanish dance not seen every day and If It
is her mission to introduce a series of "ex-
tra added" lascivious motions to the Amer-
ican knowledge of Spanish dancing, per-
haps she will succeed.   Her costume was
gorgeous.   Very  entertaining  films were
Song Shows.
Reviewed by Howard M. Shelley.
Garrick (Frank Howe, Jr., mgr.).-To
Gustave Luders must go all the credit due
for the making of "The Grand Mogul."
His music is melodious and catchy and the
duet, "Nestle by My Side," is perhaps as
good as anything he has yet composed. Mr.
Pixley's book, however, is sadly lacking in
originality and were it not for the excellent
cast the situations and lines would fall
decidedly fiat.
A fair audience greeted Frank Moulan &
Co. at the Garrick, on Monday night, In
the first local production of this musical
comedy. The show quickly caught on, and
the applause was spontaneous and generous.
Moulan In the character of G. WashingtOn
Barker, a circus side show manager, did
as much as he could with the material pro-
vided.  Maude Lillian Berri has improved
in her singing, since last heard here, and

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