The Sunday Oregonian. (Portland, Ore.) 1881-current, July 03, 1910, SECTION FOUR, Page 3, Image 41

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Creator of "Man From Mexico."." A Lucky Star," and Other Comic Char
acters, Discusses Art of Creating. Laughs.
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ANY people live under the irapres
11 sion that life Is a farce. If thla be
true, "William Collier's theory that
the success of farce la due absolutely to
' the seriousness of its players is an es
tablished fact. A dignified elderly gentle
man will fall on a. slippery pavement and
the spectators will laugh uproariously,
but to the dignified eledrely. gentleman
the contact with tse sidewalk is serious.
This similis merely explains why the
ctors appearing in farce comedy must
lo their work as though it were a matter
I There is probably no man in America,
Dr in the world, for that matter, who
understands more thoroughly the me
chanics of this form of theatricals than
William Collier, and for this reason his
Ideas should be accepted as authorita
tive. The success of his new play, "A
tmcky Star," is an example of the try
ing complications necessary to provoke
laughter. "
"If you look back at the famous days
Bf Augustin Daly, you'll find that farces
played a more important role In the
repertoire of his theater," said Mr. Col
lier recently. "One after another he pro
Buced them, and successfully, too. His
company was a school for actors of farce.
But since his day there has been no
school for farceurs In tnis country, and
I really believe that this is the only ed
ucated natlqn in the world which does not
possess a. scholo for that genre of act
ing. "I contend, and I do not say this be
cause I happen to be a farceur, that the
fccting of farce is the most difficult kind
Df acting. Take any of the big plays,
where you are given tense dramatic ac
tion and where for several acts a climax
has been in the making why. It must be
a very poor actor who cannot get away
with the situation at the crucial moment.
But, in farce, there is nothing of the
"The story hangs upon the slenderest
thread of action. . There is nothing vital
about the play, anyway, and yet you've
grot to keep the audience amused at all
times, and have got to coax laughs from
It as many as possible. Now, in
musical comedy which is general
ly nothing more than a showier kind
of farce there are the grotesque cos
tumes to help the actor, to say nothing
of the makeup, such as the nose that
curls heavenward and has a ri amine-
Tieedle point. th painted face end the
IN the current number of Harper's
Weekly appears a contribution by a
writer who has evidently been "in
vestigating" the conditions of chorus
ladles. "It takes all sorts of girls to
make a chorus," says one whom she
Interviewed. "You have girls from
most every state of the Union and
from nearly every country of the globe.
You have lively girls and scholarly
girls, improvident girls aid girls who
save girls who are fond of autos and
champagne, girls who are drudges and
never go out. The average chorus girl
Is a hard worker she has to be
and she is, as a rule, a good girl,
although she may be careless in her
speech and enjoy a good time." Which
may be an eye-opener for Aunt Eliza,
who fancied there was only one brand
of the critters, and that one was bad.
On Broadway they are asking "If
Dan Casey weighs 250 pounds what
does Eva Tanguay?"
m a
Louis Mann is now able to answer
to the roll call of metropolitan stars
by calling out "Here I am." In his
new play, "The Cheater," he scored the
biggest kind of a hit at the Lyrio
Theater in Allentown, Pa., when the
comedy was produced on June 13, for
the first time on any stage. Besides
playing the title role Mr. Mann is
the author of the farce, having adapted
It from the German of Wilhelm Jacoby
and Arthur Lipschltz. Mr. Mann's ve
hicle last season was Jules Eckert
Goodman's "The Man "Who Stood Still."
' Announcement has just been given out
of the wedding on June 12, of Rose Mel
ville, better known as Sis Hopkins, to
her leading man. Prank Minzey. The
marriage was a secret one, and celebrated
Jn true Laura Jean Libby style at the
i Marble Collegiate Church in New York.
' "SUt" has appeared in Portland a num
funny whiskers. They usually gef a
laugh, or they start t Jaugh, which Is the
important tlilng to do. But in straight
farce there are none of these accesso
ries, and an actor is dependent upon his
ability and his nimble wit.
"In my opinion, there is to more se
rious .undertaking for the actor than
the attempt to make an audience laugh.
If his fun making does cause them to
laugh, it is due to his absolute serious
ness. Farce should be played as se
riously as tragedy.
"Every farcical situation Is a serious
situation to those concerned, and the
more serious the actor is when he is
involved in a maze of complications, the
more spontaneous and heartier the
laughter of his audience. I endeavor
to play my strongest comedy scenes
with the saddest expression I can hold.
"The characters in farce must always
be in trouble and entanglements. All
trouble and entanglements are serious,
and so we play them that way, and
the audience, if we are fortunate,
does the laughing. I always play with
all the lights- in the house full on.
I want to look in the faces of the
audience. If they laugh I want to
catch them at it, and the more they
laugh, the more serious I am in my
effort. - I believe in being as natural
as possible in delivery and gesture.
"I have observed that some of the
Jokes that delighted Hamilton and
Aaron Burr land with a scream of
Joy today If they are sent over the
footlights as If they were the saddest
words of tongue or pen.
"To prove that it requires more care
and skill than an ordinarily success
ful dramatic play, let me say that when
ever a play is successful these days,
second, third and fourth companies are
recruited Immediately and the play is
sent through the provinces. Now, It
may be that managers can find enough
stars to people a second company, but
surely there are not so many as to fill
up a third and fourth company. . Hence
the play must succed with, let me say,
inferior people in the smaller cities. But
take a successful farce. Do you supopse
any theater would give house room to
a second company of 'A Lucky Star?'
Not in a thousand years. Which proves
that the charm of a farce is In the
acting, while a dramatic play dis
plays its merits in the writing of it.
"If you want to make your friends
laugh, never laugh at them; let them
laugh with you."
ber of times. She will not desert the
stage, though married, says -the announce
ment. -.
Margaret Illington, -who less than a
year ago "renounced the stage and an irre
proachable husband, Daniel Frohxnan, for
the more holy Joys of sock-darning and
children, has announced her intention of
returning to the grease paint and cal
cium. Apparently her millionaire Ta
coma husband wears hole-proof socks,
or else goes like the Immortal Jerry
Simpson with none, so that his bride,
home-loving little thing that she is, finds
herself perforce driven back in despera
tion tt the footlights. Naturally her
announcement has created a bit of aston
ishment, and perhaps a cynical smile
or two. In a recent Interview
the lady has to say, "It is true that
I intend returning to the stage," she said,
"but I cannot tell you at this time Just
what my plans are. My husband will
finance my theatrical ventures in the- fu
ture, however. Mrs. Bowes explained
that she had been living the simple life
and enjoying every minute of it if a
garage full of automobiles, a country
house, motor boat, riding horses, and a
town house in Tacoma may be reconciled
with the simple life. But in spite of all
these things she didn't want her talent to
go to waste. . "
Has any one really seen that flea
circus at the Oaks? -
Queer isn't It that the stage reaps
some sort of harvest from every trag
edy? Porter Charlton has killed his
wife and now It comes to light that her
brother. Captain Harrison, has in his
possession a play which she wrote sev
eral years ago. He has turned . it .over
to a New York manager for early, pro
duction. Just so.
'James Matthew Barrio has produced a
new 'one-act playlut "A Slice of Life"
at the Duke of York's Theater in London.
In the playlet, which . is said to be
"peculiar." a husband and wife, each
with an alleged past, confess to each
other that these pasts were mere Inven
tions and that they were each actually
pastless. ' The denouement, when each
discovers the other innocent instead of
guilty, should afford Mr. Barrie an ex
cellent chance for his well-known bits of
fine satire at the expense of modern
Mrs. Leslie Carter has signed con
tracts with John Cort whereby she will
be- starred under his management for
a period of five years. This coming
season she will be presented In a new
play by Rupert Hughes. The play Is
said to be of exceptionally good con
struction and pleases the lady with the
hectic temperament much better than
anything she has had In several years.
Mr. Cort is an extravagant producer,
and wants everything of the best. The
Titian-haired' Leslie is a stickler on
detail and as the scenes of the play call
for elaborate settings much may be ex
pected of the production. Mrs. Carter's
season will open In October.
Elbert Hubbard, who was recently
prevailed upon to desert East Aurora
long enough to vaudeville awhile in
Chicago, is reported as having a finger
in a new theatrical pie, in the nature of
a "Passion Play" at East Aurora and
which is being promulgated by the
same persons who were responsible for
Elbert's jaunt into the world of mimic
ry and mimes. These producers an
nounce that their home-made "Passion
Play" will be acted by "peasant per
formers," which will, of coutsc include
the author of the "Fra." By the way
the June number of this alleged maga
zine is a vaudeville number, wherein
Elbert relates at much length his trials,
difficulties hearf-breaks, joys, sweets
and success as a vaudevlllian. You
just can't down a good man, can you?
,A resident manager of a theater in
Youngstown, Ohio, makes public the
following citations as scriptural au
thority for refusing to issue passes:
"In those days there were no passes."
Numbers xx:18.
"This feneration shall not pass." Mark
Suffer not a man to pass." Judges lii:2S.
"None shall ever pass." 'Isaiah xxxiv:10.
"The wicked shall no more pass."- Nahum
"Thou shalt not pass." Numbers xx:18.
"Though they roar yet they shall not
pass." Jer. v:2S.
I "So he paid his fare and went." Jonah
Another alliance between the stage and
aristocracy is announced. 'Liane de
Pougy, the Parisian music hall beauty,
whose headgear was the '"motif" of a
fight the other day between her escort
Prince George Ghika and some French
townspeople, has promised to wed her
gallant chevalier. Prince George belongs
to the well known Roumanian family of
Ghika, one member of which is a claim
ant to the throne of Albania. It is not
so many years ago that the elderly Liane
was so hard up that even her bed was
sold for three francs. Now she has
saved her salary and owns a magnificent
home in Paris and a villa at Mentone.
Roy McCardell's sketch, "Mr. and Mrs.
Jarr," based upon his stories in the New
York World, had its first stage presenta
tion last Monday afternoon at .Morrison's
Theater, Rockaway, and was watched
with interest by many prominent vaude
ville managers and their representatives.
There is no disputing the fact that
Roy McCardell is one of the cleverest
writers of dialogue and current humor
now extant, and therefore much interest
was aroused by" the announcement that
he had made the Jarr papers Into a one
act comedy. Miss Mabel Rowland, who
has been a single headliner in vaudeville,
is the lucky owner of the producing
rights, and she has chosen to play the
role of Mrs. Kittlngly, the young widow
in the Jarr episodes. Instead of the role
of Mrs. Jarr.
Miss Rowland easily makes Mrs. Kit
tlngly the central figure of the sketch.
Lois Frances Clark and James Wilson
play Mr. and Mrs. Jarr, David Kirkland
is good as Uncle Henry, and Alfred Hud
son is very funny as Gus. Miss Rowland
is featured as the headliner, and judging
by her attractive portrayal of a young
grass widow, her stunning appearance
and the excellence of her one musical
number, the featuring Is well deserved.
"Mr. and -Mrs. Jarr" is a quick-action
comedy, full of life and ginger, and
should be a big and attractive feature
on any bill.
Before beginning their engagements In
new plays next year, Wilton Lackaye
and Dustin Farnum, both Liebler & Com
pany stars, will make short tours of the
territory recently opened up to Indepen
dent producers. In their vehicles of the
past two seasons. Mr. Lackaye will
bring Cleveland Moffett's "The Battle"
out to the Pacific Coast and Mr. Farnum
will tour the South In the Tarkington
Wilson romance, "Cameo Kirby."
The Dramatic Mirror says:
Motion pictures of King- Edward's impos
ing funeral show a phenomenal moment, at
which the nine Kings in the procession all
turn their heads and appear to be looking
straight at the observer of the pageant. It
was not that these royalties, like so many
actors, desired from vanity to "face the
audience." The camera man's foot slipped,
his elbow went through a window pane, and
the noise of falling glass caused the con
certed royal attention.
Force of habit. They probably fancied
a bomb had been thrown.
Annette JCellermann has returned from
a trip in Europe, in which she covered
more ground and traveled more miles
than the most famed globe trotter.
"The Divine Venus" visited London,
spent five days in Paris ,two days in
Berlin, one day in Vienna, then on to
St. Petersburg, remaining there two days.
Including the jump she will now make
to the Pacific Coast, Miss Kellermann
will have traveled about 14,000 miles in
five weeks.
. The new "globe trotter" said everything
good she saw in the amusement line is
Miss Kellermann went abroad solely to
visit her mother, who Is almost as fa
mous as her daughter. Madame Keller
mann is a noted concert pianist and has
just had conferred on her the honors of
the Instruction Publlque for forming a
conservatoire in Australia, and also for
her compositions.
Miss Kellermann opens an engagement
in Seattle today. Later she comes to
Portland and will appear at the Orpheum
for one week.
The original "Little Eva" died last
month in Philadelphia. She was Mrs.
Clara Pennoyer, a sister of Roland Reed,
the actor.- Rtm was over 72 years old,
and had been an actress In her younger
days, being known as the first imperson
ator of the. role of Little Eva In "Uncle
Tom's Cabin."
An operatic treatment of Ouida's
"Two Little Wooden Shoes" was pro
duced at His Majesty's Theater in Lon
don recently, and the scene, which is by
Edmund Missa, a Russian composer,
now dead, is described as dainty, tune
ful and light, and equal to any of Mas
cagni's best.
And now the cat is out of the bag.
Mrs. Nathaniel Goodwin, the mamma of
the bromidic Nat, has squealed. The
cause, she says, of all hr actor-son's
marital troubles is the fact that he
loved his wives too much. She says that
too much endearment has been the root
of all his estrangements. "He wanted
to play the lover all the time." said his
fond mamma, ' and as everyone knows
the sweet things that are all right dur
ing the honeymoon grow tiresome after
awhile. The New Yerk Telegraph pub
lishes this:
"Mr. Goodwin, Sr., admits his inabil-
3 Nights IKS? July 7, 8, 9
' ;
Maurice Campbell Has the Honor to Announce the Appearance of
By Percy Mac Kaye, Author of "Joan of Arc," "Sappho and Phaon,"
"Mater,'1 Etc
Lower Floor.. S2. 00, 11.50, $1.00
Balcony SI-00' 75c
Gallery ......... .50o
PRICES 2.00, S1.50,
fl.OO, 75c, SOe.
Tonight and Four Extra Performances of Izetta Jewel, Frankly n
Underwood and Baker Stock Company, in
And then eternal darkness for the historical theater for all time. Bid
the favorites goodby for the season and the famous playhouse farewell
' Evenings, 25c, 6oc, 75c. Matinees, 25c, Boc.
Note. Returns from the big fight read between acta Monday Matinee.
lty to solve the puzzle of his son's dif
ficulties, but suggested that Nat might
have, gotten along better if there had
been a generous family of youngsters
to serve as bonds.
"Mrs. Goodwin scouted the idea of
any trouble between Nat Goodwin and
his present wife.
" 'Just a little while ago,' she said, 1
had a letter from her. She said she was
ill and in pain most of the time, though
she didn't let Nat know, it, but other
wise was quite, happy.'
"Mrs. Goodwin read the following ex
tract from a letter written by her
daughter-in-law Just before she left for
California to go abroad:
' 'Everything in our dear home seems
to grow more fascinating every moment
and brighter from the sunshine in our
" I think,' added Mrs. Goodwin, 'that
a good husband is a good son grown
up, and I believe Nat treated his wives
just as well as any man could. I have
had them all here In my house, even
Maxine, and I thought he was beauti
ful te them. Now, if Nat was a rakish,
unreliable sort of man, I would have
sympathy with them, but as it Is I can't
understand it, unless it was that he
was too affectionate.
" 'Perhaps if they didn't go in for
style so much it would be better. You
see, he. has a busy season, and when he
gets through he wants to rest. They
then want him to tog up and go out
and meet society, and I don't blame him
a bit for objecting.'"
Speaking of Nat, the announcement
has been made by Klaw & Erlanger
that they have completed arrangements
to star him In a new play by George
Broadhurst, next season.
' (Continued from Page 2.)
Russian with his marvelous band could
be secured for but two days, July 9 and
10, as his engagements elsewhere made
it necessary to abridge his visit to
This week there has been an added
attraction installed at the Oaks in the
dog and monkey circus, which is an
other free feature Introduced especially
for the- entertainment of the young
sters. Take cars at Fast Morrison and
East Water streets, or go by launch
from the foot of Morrison street. Tho
Fourth of July will be observed at the
Oaks in a special band concert of pa
triotic airs and songs, and Professor
Cavill will give some special "stunts"
in the big swimming pool.
Latest Films to Be Shown by Mov
ing Picture ' Theaters.
"The Fire Chief's Daughter," -one of
the most realistic fire pictures ever
produced, heads the programme to be
presented at the Star Theater today.
This tells in pictures the story of a fire
chiefs daughter who falls in love with
one of the firemen. Her father, -in the
The People's Amusement
Sunday Changes at "The Big Four,"
JYjpgJy g Most Popular Picture Theaters In the
The Fire Chief's Daughter. An up-to-date drama.
'J'JjgggJ Old Glory. Patriotic Sensation.
Mnggsy's First Sweetheart. Biograph comedy par ex
The cellence.
Feature House Cy ConfePj ln a jate baiiad. Travelogues.
Kew Today Thome and Carney ln splendid musical selections
Odeon Theater Oh Joy Theater
New Today ' New Today
Colonel's Errand. American Soldiers Saved by the Flag.
Fighting the Indians. Fourth of July Special.
St. Pan! and the Centurion. ?d M"n' "
Splendid Drama. . , Beautiful Drama.
Rebellion. Betty. 'wi.-oJ VFf"
c w .r. m i t-. w liBOn m nc'm t. on ii tenancy
Screaming Comeuy. Clever Comedy.
Craemer in Illustrated Song. Sather in Song. Musical Numbers
Travelogue, Music and Effects. and Effects.
AlCcldC The Stars and Stripes. Great Fourth of July Number.
TV oaf. aw Go Wet. Youna- Woman. Western Comedy Feature.
7. Mux Folia the Police. Comedy Drama.
HOLIDAY PRO- Splendid New Singer. Travelogues.
MOSDAT Musical Kumbera and Picture Effects.
L '. L : '. , :
ISth and Morrison Sts.
Phone Main 117, A 4224
Lower Floor $1.50, $1.00
Balcony '. 75c 50o
Charles Frohmsn Presents
The Funniest Person on the Stage,
Today, In His Newest Success,
meantime, has other plans, having con.
eluded to wed her to a rich and prom
ising young man of his acquaintance.
Ellen, however, foils all his plans by
marrying the lover of her own choos
ing.' This so enrages her father that
he turns his back upon them both, and
is only reconciled when Jack, the
young fire hero, saves him from a hor
rible death when his house is burning
down, saving the girl's mother as well.
Other good things are "Old Glory," a
senaational picture of . the flag from its
birth on through its many . successes;
"Muggsy's First Sweetheart," .showing a
lad when he first falls in love, and the
many mishaps which befall him and his
At the Odeon "The Colonel's Errand"
heads the bill, being a heart-touching
little tale of a brave Colonel whose only
little daughter is about to die.- She
sends him on a perilous errand, as the
last thing which he can do for her, and
he finally returns after many adven
tures. "St. Paul and the Centurion" is a
semi-rellglous drama with beautiful cos
tumes and staging. "Rebellious Betty" is
one of the best comedies ever produced.
At the Oh Joy, "Saved By the Flag," a
great war picture, appropriate to the
date, heads the bill,- closely followed by
"A Bad Man's Last Deed," a drama with
a splendid ending. "Inside the Earth," a
great mystery, and "Wilson's Wife's
Countenance," one of the cleverest come
dies, are to be given.
At tho Arcade a special holiday pro
gramme is offered for Monday: "The
Stars and Stripes," a great celebration
number heads the liat; "Go West Young
Woman, Go West" furnishes much merri
ment as does "Max Foils the Police. The
new singer will be heard.
Fight Returns at the Baker.
Manager Baker announces that be
tween the acts of "The Three of Us,"
at the Fourth of July matinee tomorrow,
complete announcements will be made
of the returns from the Johnson-Jeffries
fight. This will enable everyone to sit
Cor. Vaughn and- Twenty-fourth Sts. -
Jane 28, 29, 30 "
July 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10.
Games Begin Weekdays at 3 130.
Sundays 230 P. M.
Admission Bleachers, 25c; Grand
stand, SOc; Boxes, 25c extra. Children:
Bleachers 10c, Grandstand 25c
Boys Under 12 Free to Bleachers
V (ft
Monday Matinee, July 4th
By Oscar Wilde. Cast Including Miss Adele Blood and Mr. Templar Saxs.
James Thornton promisor AroAi.E 8
Favorite Author of "When You Were ZOO CirCUS
Sweet Sxteenetc. in Song. Novel and Interesting Animal Feature.
The Imperial Musicians p?efe5tonIr&
. -T . . ... Present an Irish Comedy. Singing
A. New Musical Military Act. with Playlet Entitled
Eleven Bolol.U. -Where Thwe-. a Will There", a Way"
Godfrey & Henderson ,,.. -Rvr
Predentin? the One-Act Comedy Fan- VdrSOn J3l03.
. tagy, A Daughter of the God.." ' Sweden's Representative Athletes.
Evening Prices 15c, 25c, SOc and 75c
DALLY MATIXF.K 15c, 2Sc, 50c : (Holiday Matinees Night Prices.)
comfortably witnessing' one of the best
plays the Baker Stock Company has been
seen ln and at the same time be apprised
of the events of the ring lust as they
come in over the wire. These arrange-
.me Hate
Special Programme Fourth of July
"Star-SpJfngled Banner," Miss Klarer, the Noted Soprano.
Dog and Monkey Circus to Please the Children.
NEXT EXTRA SPECIAL The "World-Renowned Russian Bandmas-
ter, Thaviu, and Band for Two Days Only, July 9 and 10.
. . -. Every Form of Amusement on the Grounds.
Transfer to car at East Morrison and East "Water streets. Launches
at foot of Morrison street.
Last TimN Thla Afternoon and Tonight of "The Twins."
Week Commencing Tomorrow (Monday) Matinee
The Edw. Armstrong Musical Comedy Co.
With Ben T. IMlloi, Ethel Davla, Will KInar Clara Howard, Arthur
. . Matkews and the Baby Doll..
Thursday Night, Handsome Gold Watch Given Away
Friday Night, Chorus Girls' Contest
Two performances nightly, 7t45 and 9)15 P. M .......15c and SSe
Matinees dally, 245 P. M. Any ..SOe
Coming week Jnly 11, "Halley'a Comet"
26o BALCONY. 2 So GALLERY, 15c
Phones Main 6 and A 1020.
monts have been made at the request oi
a great majority , of the patrons, who
want to attend the holiday matinee and
I yet are eager to learn all about the big
event as soon as the news arriVes.