The Sunday Oregonian. (Portland, Ore.) 1881-current, January 22, 1905, PART THREE, Page 18, Image 18

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    AST -week was rather a lean streak
in the theatrical season. Not much
that was of prime importance
transpired at the playhouses, although
the attractions offered were in most
instances pleasing if not noteworthy.
"White "Whittlesey gave two good
performances of "Soldiers of Fortune"
and one of "The Second in Command"
at the Marquam for the opening of the
week. Tho Portland public likes "Whit
tlesey and not without cause, for he is
an artist of much merit. His plays at
1 arc above the average of 51.60 at
tractions, and it strikes me as a good
scheme for that young star to demand
first-class prices, brace his company
up a little and go in for the- dignified
addition of four bits to his entrance
The Marquam woek was concluded,
with .four performances of "The Sultan
of Sulu." a George Ade contribution
to contemporaneous stage literature.
There is nol much music in the piece
but it Is witty from beginning to end.
Its usefulness in . the East has been
worn out and so Colonel Savage sont
it to the Coast to travel on the
strength 61 fine scenery, costumes and
the extensive advertising it has re
ceived. He didn't spend much money
nor time in securing the present com
pany, and after one has seen Frank
Moulon and Maude Berri in it, the pres
ent edition doesn't satisfy.
"The "Wife," a play which is as staple
as old wheat, was given splendidly by
the Columbia players, and Mr. Baume
ih closing his engagement with the or
ganization had the satisfaction of a
line farewell rolo. The other members
of the company sustained their reputa
tions well and altogether "The Wife"
will be remembered as one of the good
efforts of the local stock players.
"A Jolly American Tramp," more or
less lurid and with little to recom
mend It was the Empire offering for
three nights, the house being dark for
the remainder of the week except for
a hypnotic eance on Friday night.
Tho announcement that the Bijou
and tho Lyric will deviate from vau
deville in the future and become stock
establishments is of Importance and
the future of the new movement will
be watched with considerable interest.
Some very enterprising advertising
of Mclba and Blanche Bates con
tributed to the gaiety of tho city and
the final decision not to play the Be
lasco star here occasioned genuine re
gret. "When it is summed" up the past week
was rather a lean streak, but It is re
assuring to know that some good
things are In store during the next
seven days and nights. A. A. G.
Henry Irvlng's Great London -Success
at the Columbia.
By rare good fortune Manager Ballard,
of the Columbia, has been able to secure
an attraction of far more than ordinary
merit to offer for the week between the
departure of Edgar Baume and the open
ing of Howard Gould, the new leading
man with the company, who will Join
next Sunday, January 29.
Starting with the matinee today, the
handsome, romantic young star, James
Kcane, supported by Miss Countlss and
the entire Columbia Stock Company, will
present for the first time In America Hen
ry Irvlng's great play, "The Crime of
Mr. Keane is seen to startling advan
tage in the role made famous in England
by Sir Henry Irving, Miss Countlss will
play the part first created by the great
Ellen Terry, while the burden of its heart
Interest Is carried by the role assumed
by Blanche Douglas. There are strong,
thrilling parts for George Bloomquest.
Donald Bowles, William Bernard, George
Berrell, Scott Seaton and "William Dills.
Miss Brandt and Miss Allen, and the en
tire company forms a perfect setting for I
th magnetic young star.
The play Is a strong romantic drama,
taken from an actual occurrence In
France during the 17th century. Joseph
Lesurques Is a young French citizen, kind
of heart and beloved and respected by
all. He bears a striking physical resem
blance to one Dubosq. a notorious crimi
nal, who has escaped from the prison of
Bordeau. Dubosq and three confederates,
Courriol, Chopard and Foulnaxd plan to
rob the coach carrying the mall from
Lyons to Bordeaux. They select as a
place for the robbery the Inn of Le
surques' father, where the stage stops
each night for a change of horses. The
robber takes place and the courier is
murdored. The elder Lesurques arrives on
the scene as the robbery is being enacted
and seeing Dubosq, believes him to be his
own son. The murder and robbery is also
witnessed by one Joliquet, a half-witted
boy. employed at the inn. Toung Le
surques Is about to be married to Julie
Dubenton. The wedding Is interrupted
by the arrival of the gendarmes with Cho
pftrd, whom they have captured, Dubosq,
ConrrioL and Foulnard having escaped.
The prisoner Is brought before the mag
istrate and identified -by Jollquet, During
h trial a-ounr Lesuraues aooears. and
f t- tJp?t'4 BisHT BKEiB I bcslJes, a voice and countenance
. jBr .KS I that will in a short time place her on
Joliquet, believing him to be the evil
Dubosq, identifies him as one of the mur
derers. In the meantime there appears on the
scene Jeanne, a woman whom Dubosq has
betrayed and abandoned. She has learned
of the murder and the fatal likeness, and
seeking revenge on Dubosq, tells the story
and reveals his hiding place. Dubosq Is
captured. Currlol and Chopard confess.
Lesurques is liberated, and all ends hap
Opens at the Empire Theater Matinee
With Wanda Ludlow In Title Role.
Lem B. Parker's latest success enti
tled "Nettie the NcwsgirL" -which will
be seen v the Empire all this week
starting with the usual matinee tpday,
comes Indorsed by the public and press.
It Is & pUy Uuit strikes home, acfl
from a scenic standpoint
nothing more to be desired.
In the days of - old. in California,
when all classes and conditions of men
were to be found in the mad race for
wealth, Lotta was discovered by these
rough and manly frequenters of the
places of amusements then in vogue
in San Francisco. Theaters there were
not but simply places of amusement.
Yet. how they must have served to
spread the fame of the little artist is
remembered by many. Lotta grew In
the affection of these miners to such
an extent that It was a matter of only
a few years until -she became ths foot
light favorite, not only of America,
but Europe. Since .her retirement but
one has succeeded her In wearlns her
mantle and the old-timers who retnem-
her tho charmlnrr tJl nwill Viir-
cleverness when tbey witness SYanda 1 Koldi, who- hare been heard here before.
Eudlow as Nettie, the. news girt 3tisa Ths greatest opera, of Italy great com
Ludlow nan the talent to make her j poser will be svg from beginning- to
ever 3 posalar ft the famous Lotta I end and enacted with all the fire at ths
The Jeffersons, William and Joseph,
Jr., In Their Father's Famous Play.
Among the many great comedies that
Sheridan wrote the one that has survived
-the ravages of time and lived almost a
century and a half is "The Rivals." now
as enjoyable as ever before on account of
the keen satirical wit, of which the au
thor was a master unsurpassed or even
equalled by the more modern of his nu
merous Imitators. As portrayed by the
Jeffersons who will be at the Marquam
Grand Theater tomorrow (Monday) and
Tuesday nights, January 23 and 24, the
caustic lines have lost none of their orig
inal penetration and the many laughable
situations are fully exemplified by the
j excellent company which these artists
I have in their support. Joseph Jefferson,
j Jr., is the Sir Lucius O'Trigger, and "Wlll-
lam W. Jefferson is Bob Acres, or
"Fighting" Bob, while Ffolllet Paget Is
the Mrs Malaprop and Verner Clargcs
plays the irascible Sir Anthony Absolute.
Others In the cast are all picked members
of the support of Joseph Jefferson, Sr.,
and therefore a high-class performance
may be reasonably expected. Seats are
now selling.
Celebrated Prima Donna to Present
"JI Trovatore" at the Marquam.
1 Thanks "to the management v6f the
! Marquam Grand, Portland's music-lovers
are to have one night of grand opera on
Wednesday, January 25, when the Man
telll Opera. Company will present "II
Trovatore," with Mme. Eugenia Man
telll in the leading soprano role.
By a rare stroke Tf luck Manager
Helllg was able to secure this celebrated
prima donna, who was with Maurice Grau
for several years at the Metropolitan
Opera-House, In New York, for one per
formance. Interrupting her original in
tention of golnij from Seattle to San
Francisco. Although it was necessary to
cancel another attraction, the manage
ment did not hesitate to make .the con
tract. The dearth of operatic attrac
tions during this season will make the
Mantelll event doubly noteworthy. -.A
strong supporting company is with the
Hlva InMtirilnc. K! Alii-fl nnrt Vmo
command of Italian artists and artistes.
Seats are now selling.
Clever Come'dian to Present "The Dic
tator" at the Marquam Grand.
A dramatic novelty will be eerved at the
Marquam Grand on Janary 26, 27 and mat
inee only, where William Collier, who Is,
now a star of the Charles Frohman firm
ament, gives the first performance here
of "The Dictator."
It Is generally conceded that In the
Richard Harding Davis farce the comedi
an has found a medium admirably suited
to his style of numor. The piece had a
successful career at the Criterion Thea
ter, New York, where an engagement of
five months was played. It la a satire
on the way things are managed In small
Central American republics. The leading
character, who Is a resourceful, nervy
American, visits San Manana and be
comes the American Consul. Then he
becomes Involved In the affairs of state
and assumea the position of Dictator.
Complications of various sorts naturally
arise, but he Is equal to every emergency
and enhances the humor of every situa
tion. Then there is a love story that
heightens the interest.
Scats go on sale next Tuesday "morning,
January 24, at 10 o'clock.
Pupils of Rose Eytinge Easily Dis
tinguished In Society.
Miss Eytinge. the well-known actress
whose delightful stage work has been
applauded by two generations of play
lovers. Is meeting with great success
here. Her classes in elocution are largely
attended, and she has enrolled a number
of private pupils anxious to learn the
art she is so well equipped to impart.
This embraces not only vocal modu
lation and the proper accentuation of
phrases, but also covers posturing, ges
ticulation and correct carriage. Although
Miss Eytinge has only been here a short
time, her pupils can already be distin
guished from others at social functions
by their ease 6f manner In entering and
leaving a room, and their ability to
enterlaln those present. Social distinction
of this character is well worth acquiring
and readily accounts for the rapid growth
of Miss Eytinge'a classes.
"The Silver Slipper."
"The Silver Slipper." a musical comedy
by Owen Hall and Leslie Stuart, of "Floro
dorx" fame, come to the Marquam Grand
Theater In the near future. This produc
tion had a run of six months at the
Broadway Theater, New York; eight
weeks In Philadelphia, four wcek3 In Bos
ton, and has proved to be one of the
greatest musical hits of the season.
Lewis Morrison.
Lewis Morrison in his celebrated play
of "Faust" will be an early attraction at
the Marquam Grand Theater.
Bill Will Be Headed by the Cham
eroys, Famous Equilibrists.
The Star Theater hill which begins
Monday will be headed by the Chame
roys, . hand-to-hand -equilibrists and
premier grotesque athletes in their
famous act entitled, The Lady Ath
lete and the Eccentric Clown." The
woman member of the team does the
heavy work and is one of the most
wonderful female athletes in tue
There are all kinds of singers and
songsters, but the famous Tourist
Trio, which opens as another feature
act Is without doubt the greatest sing
ing and comedy trio before the public
Another very excellent and musical
act Is the1 turn of Claudius and Cor
bln, America's premiere banjoists. A
rural comedy entitled "The Village
Billposter" will be presented by the
comedy sketch team Hanson and Drew.
Special attention of the public is In
vited to Miss Drew's impersonation of
Sis Hopkins, and all the keen philoso
phies of thl3 famous rural character.
Sanford and Darlington are two Jest
ers, whose work has that polish that
enables them to rank with the great
est entertainers of the day.
Daisy Vernon, the great singer and
doubrette, will appear in Illustrated
songs, and the greatest of all the
Japanese-Russian war pictures, enti
tled "The Hero of Liao Yang;" will bo
shown on the projectoscope.
"Venita," ths Wonderful Dancer, Ap
pears on New Bill Tomorrow.
Two tons of special scenery, properties
and electrical effects arrived In the city
from New York last week for Mille Venita,
wh6 has arranged to produce her mar
velous dances at the Fair. As her con
tract does not commence until June 13. she
was at liberty to accept other engage
ments, and was signed by the Baker The
ater. This "headline" act astounded tho
patrons of Haaimersteln's In New York
for ten weeks, and will appear at the
Baker Theater for one week, commencing
Monday. January 23. It Is the highest
single-salaried act ever In Portland. Mille
Venlta's salary alone is as much as the
usual entire bill of a 10c house costs, not
to mention the fact that In addition, the
act requires special electricians, six extra
stage mechanics. In addition to those she
Notwithstanding the Importance of tho
great act described above the Baker will
Breeeat nine other treat acts during; the
Will Open Its Stock Season With the
Famous Metropolitan Success.
Having decided to change the policy of
the Lyric, the management secured the
best company of experienced stock actors
to be employed and engaged the rights for
one of the greatest comedies ever writ
ten with which to Introduce the Lyric
company. "What Happened to Smith"
has enjoyed one of the most successful
careers of any play In the past ten years.
It is similar in many respects to "The
Wrong Mr. "Wright," "Charlie's Aunt" and
the well-known Broadhurst farces, but the
New York critics placed it upon a higher
level than any of Its predecessors.
In addition to the play incidental vaude
ville will bo introduced between acts and
the vitas cope and the illustrated song by
Thomas "W. Ray will continue to be a
great attraction. Tho closing bill of
straight vaudeville will be repeated today
for the last time, continuously from 2 till
10:30 P. M.
A Strong Organization of Actors and
Actresses Open In "The Colonel."
Tomorrow afternoon the Bijou Stock
Company will give its first perfor
mance, appearing In the famous French
comedy in three acts, entitled "The Colo
nel." The piece is one of the brightest
and most interesting ever produced and "
has scored a tremendous metropolitan
success. After its premier in New York
the critics pronounced it the best comedy
In the generation. The talented artists
who will appear In tho Bijou production
are well known oa account of their con
nection with some of the best traveling
The closing vaudeville bill will conclude
with continuous performances today from
2 until 10:30 P. M. It 13 the best la many
The Grand's New Offerings.
Everything on the new bill at tho
Grand, from the illustrated song to tthe
moving picture, this week Is brand new,
catchy, sparkling and varied. The pro
gramme is headed by Cora Miskei and her
plckannlnles, a turn that has made good
wherever presented. The next sensation
13 Huntress, a mysterious being, who ac
complished undreamed-of wonders on a
revolving globe. Scarcely less in impor
tance Is Fanny Donovan, the parodist,
who has an act that is a laugh from
start to finish.
Up to this moment Theodore Xremer has not
announced a dramatization of "Frenzied Fi
nance." Henry "W. Savage has had a sever attack of
the grip la Baltimore, and for a time his symp
toms were alarming.
Edna. May was awarded aa absolute divorce
from Fred Titus by Justice Clarke and a Jury
in New Tork City, January 4.
Edna Foley, the dainty, little singer, who la
now appearing at the Bijou, expects to go
into musical comedy next year.
"OTin Ellsler, who was here last week as
manager of "The Sultan of Sulu." la a. brothtr
of Effle Ellaler. of "Sl'llss" fame.
Tim Murphy is preparing revivals of "Crick
et oa the Hearth." "The Rivals" and "Lend
Me Five Shilling," which will he put on dur
ing Easter week.
George D. MacDowell, son of Melbourne Mae-I
Dowel!, has gone Into business with the Sus
quehanna Silk 'Mills, in New York City, and!
will not return to the stage.
Josephine Cohan, who has been called "Thel
Maude Adams of Musical Comedy," expects tol
star next season. .Miss Cohan is now leading!
woman with Rodgers Brothers.
Among the good things underlined for Port
land in the near futuro are Ounston FarnuroJ
la "The Virginian." and J. H. Stoddart, In
"Beside the Bonnie Brier Bush."
James Keane, who will appear at the head oi
the Columbia Company thte week .In "Thd
Crime of Du Bosq." has secured a new supj
porting company, and will go an extended toui
In the piece.
John F. Cordray. the veteran manager, ftndJ
it Impossible to keep out of the show business!
He has secured a valuable concession for thl
Lewis and Clark Fair, and will have, an at
'ractlon on "The Trail."
Ethel Fuller, wno appeared hereHhls seasol
with the Baker and Columbia, companle
Joined Thomas Jefferson's company to plal
Gretchen In "Rip Van "Winkle," and opened i
St- Joseph. Mo.. December 29.
Helen Crantley. who has been starring fd
two ceasons m the South and West in Mar
Morton's "Her Lord and Master." will be se
in New York City at an early date as Rosa
Und, Farthenla. Juliet and Galatea.
Richard Mansfield and Thomas E. Shea, bol
of whom have "Dr. Jekyll and. Mr. Hyde"
their repertoire, are now engaged In a dlspul
over the rights of tho play Mr. MansfUil