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THE SUNDAY OREGONIAX. PORTLAND. JULY 21,' 1912.
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BY LEONE CASS BAER.
F LOCAL ttieatrical importance was I
I I the launching- of the Cathrlne I
Countiss season at the Hefllg last I
week. Portland playgoers have given I
warmest praise and loyal allegiance tot
their one stock favorite now returned
at the head of her own company. Her
week at the theater has been a series!
of ovations from old friends and new.
From the tremendously dramatic role
of Marie Louise in Henri Bernstein's
play "The Thief." in which Miss Coun
tiss opened, she steps Into the light
farce comedy role Grace George just
gave to us in "A Woman's Way."
Thompson Buchanan wrote it and
brighter, more sparkling arraignment I
of the divorce problem has never been
presented with a comedy atmosphere.
It's a new telling of the old story in
which a clever and sensible wife turns
th tables on a flirtatious husband and
his would-llke-to-be affinity.
Miss Countiss will portray the wife
who "finds the woy" and Sidney Ayres
will be the usual husband.
A big demand for a revival of "Merely
Mary Ann. which by many is consid
ered Miss Countiss" best and most last-I
tne portrayal in her stock days, has
occasioned the management to put
"A Woman's Way" opens tonight atl
the Hl!ig, with "Merely Mary Ann" to
follow on the week after.
Paradoxical as it may seem, Catbrine
Countiss. while being received with
great warmth. Is playing to a cold
house.' And It's because of the fine big
cooling plant which congeals the hot
waves and makes the Summer night
show visitor, suffering from outdoor
discomforts, feel as if relief had been
found in a cool grotto. Almost like
mountain breezes is the refreshing
coolness that sweeps out from the cold
storage plant planted neath the auditorium.
Of premier importance is the en
gagement at the Orpheum of Bertha
Kallch. the Jewish star, whose leap
into prominence Is similar in story to
that of Nazlmova. Madame Kallch will
be seen In "A Light From St. Agnes."
an Intensely dramatic playlet, with
John Booth and John Harrington . in
Headlining Pantages- new bill Is a
scenic masterpiece. "The Holdup," with
Perclval Lennon In the leading role.
At' the Empress "The New Scholar."
a musical comedy, is to be the big num
ber with Clarence Wilbur and seven
helpers to put It over.
Of local interest is the lecture to be
given at. Hotel Multnomah In the ball
room on -Tuesday ' morning by Emilie
Frances Bauer, the eminent critic of
music and the drama.- Miss Bauer will
speak on "Opera Writers Since Wagner."
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MISS" COVXTI.SS AT 1IEILIG
TaTorlte Actress Will Appear in "A
Cathrlne Countiss. whose first week
of the Summer season at the Hellig ha
been a series of ovations, will tonlgh
turn from emotional French drama
crisp, snappy American comedy.
Woman's Way" is by Thomas Buchana
a New York newspaper man. and
proved Grace George's most briliian
success when originally piayeq at
CHARACTER ACTRESS WILL HAVE EXCEPTIONAL OPPOR
TUNITY IN "A WOMAN'S WAY."
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LAI H I ADAMS.
Laura Adams, character actress of the Cathrlne Countiss com
pany, at the Hlelig. will find her first opportunity, as will several
other members of the Summer organization, in the long cast comedy,
"A Woman's Way." which goes on tonight. Miss Adams is to person
ate a grand dame of New York society, one of the rival mothers-in-law
involved in the funny complications of this novel divorce comedy.
Miss Adams. In the East, has supported Otis Skinner, John Drew.
Blanche Bates. Mary Mannering and other well-known atars. Upon
tie Pacific Coast her activities have been confined to leading stock
companies, notablv the San Francisco Alcazar for eight months, and
later the Columbia stock In that city. She has Just closed a spe
cial engagement with the Thurlow Berger Company.
Liberty Theater, Xew York. It is a
new and delightfully humorous treat
ment of the many angled divorce ques
tion a pluy of no doubtful propriety,
but clean, wholesome and prolific in
droll situations. Three snappy acts oc
cur in a fashionable Xew York home
overlooking Central Park. It might be
called a comedy of common sense, for
a level-headed, self reliant young wife
very logically tells her husband, whose
fancy has been captivated by a fasci
nating widow: "She is a woman and
I am a woman. You are a. man. If I
cannot hold you. I do not want you."
But all the same she does want him.
and she holds him by characteristic
"A Woman's Way" opens with the
dilemma of a young millionaire with
too much money and leisure, who -fancies
himself tired of his wife. News
paper reporters scent a scandal In an
automobile accident, which befell him
while motoring with a rich widow.
There is much family disturbance. All
the relatives think the wife will re
fuse to live with him; but she Is not
the ordinary conventional wife. She is
a young woman of courasre. Independ
ence and humor. She loves her husband
and recognizes that his entanglement
Is a foolish and harmless one. Instead
of making a scene, she invites the
widow to dinner. This dinner party
proves one of the eemarkablo events in
the lives of all the assembled guests.
Before it Is over, the husband awakens
from his delusions, but not until there
has been a rapid fire of comic compli
cations. Miss Countiss, whose reception dur
ing her opening week has been remark
able for enthusiasm, will disclose to her
admirers quite a new phase of her act
ing powers the gay, vivacious, charac
terization, with Its moments of strong
sincerity and sentiment.
Sydney Ayres, too, as the harassed
and fickle husband, will have fine op
portunity foV comedy work In the role
created by the late Frank Worthing,
and played here with Grace George by
the English actor, C. Aubrey Smith.
His own reception by Portland play
goers has been most cordial.
The cast of "A Woman's Way" is a
large one. Introducing several . new
members of the Summer company and
others specially engaged. The distribu
tion of parts, aside from Miss Countiss
and Mr. Ayres as the principal figures
of the domestic storm center, will in
clude John C- Livingstone, as the bache
lor; Henry Hall, as the brother-in-law;
Robert Lawler and Myrtle Langford, as
the newlyweds: J. Frank Burke, os an
old Xew Yorker; Charles R. Schad as
a valet; Roy Clements, as a keen-scented
newspaper reporter; Claire Sinclair.
a8 the widow; Laura Adams and Marie
Baker, as the rival mothers-in-law, and
Marie Edgett. as a young wife.
OKPHKVM HAS GREAT STATt
Bertlia Kalicli. Emotional Actress.
Headlines This Week's Bill.
Madame Bertha Kallch. who is
termed "the greatest Yiddish star of
the age." holds first place on the Or
pheum bill to open with the matinee
tomorrow afternoon. She will appear
In "A Light From St. Agnes." a playlet
which newspaper reviewers have
pointed to as being Intensely dramatic
and staged with unusual care. Ma
dame Kallch . Bs supported by John
Booth and John Harrington, both of
whom boast long records of stage sac-
cesses. Madame .Kallch is noted par-
cularly for her portrayal of "Kreut-
zer Sonata" and "Kara" on the legiti
mate stage, and her rapid rise to great
heights on the English-speaking stage
Is the talk of the theatrical world.
This Is her first visit to the Pacific
Second on the new bill is Chick Sale,
rapid-change artist, who has appeared
In Portland before. . He wll be seen
and heard In "A Country School Entertainment."-
a one-man skit in which
he portrays several characters with
lightning rapidity, changing from one
to another without the aid of much
facial make-up. First he appears as
a typical echoolma'am. then as teach
er'B pet, then as the village cut-up,
then as the professor and -finally as
the "constabule' of the hamlet.
Next on the new Orpheum bill Is
Lydia Nelson, who Is making a vau
deville tour with her boy and girl
dancers. They come to the United
States fresh from London successes
and are proclaimed to have a novel act
In which specialities by each member
of the little troupe are featured.
Bobbe and Dale; comedians, will ap
pear In a brand-new act of their own
creation, which is fisted as different
from the usual programme of a mas
culine pair In vaudeville. One appears
as an American and the other as an
Americanized German. They make fun
of the customs of Paris and sing a
new comedy song for every change in
their patter about the oddities of the
Kathi Gultinl, billed as Europe's
foremost woman juggler, also finds
place on the new bill. She will per
form all the feats usually exhibited
by masculine Jugglers and has a series
of tricks all her own. John Reldy and
Elsie Currier are scheduled to enter
tain with a musical act in which songs
with harp accompaniment are featured.
Wir.slow and striker, expert skaters,
will appear in an act entftld "A Skat
Mrs. Louis James, widow of the emi
nent tragedian, will appear for the
last time at the Orpheum tonignt in
her comedy playlet. "Holding a Husband."
"THE HOLDUP" IS STIRRING
Taylor Granville's 3Bstei-picce to
Be Presented at Pantages.
Greatest of all dramatic productions
that have been presented in vaudeville,
"The Hold Up." Taylor Granville's-masterpiece
of life in the. great South
west, will hold the top position on
the programme at Pantages for the
week commencing with the matinee to
morrow at 2:30. Principal in the cast
will be Perclval Lennon, the creator
of the role of the telegraph operator
who proves a true hero.
Even melodramatic at its best never
gave such a wonderful exhibition of
stage craft as that shown in "The
Hold Up," for the sight of the huge
limited dashing across the stage with
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Making of grimaces won place
In the vaudeville field for May
Elinore. who will appear in
Portland this week. She is one
of the famous Ellnore sisters and
only recently broke away from
the rest of the family to do a
"single" in. vaudeville. Miss Ell
nore Is known fh the stage world
as "the topsy-turvey comedienne."
a billing earned not by her
tumbling, but by the odd faces
she makes and the anti-fashion
costumes she wears. She is on
her first vaudeville tour in the
United States and is booked
solidly for more than a year
along the Sullivan & Considlne
circuit. She will appear at the
Empress Theater in an act that
Includes several new comedy
songs, new eccentric steps and
new patter. A feature of Miss
Elinore's act is that she uses lit
tle facial make-up. the all-face
grimaces she makes not permit
ting bountiful use of paint, or
all the thrilling Incidents makes the
act sensationally real. As the train
steams into the station, the bandits
attempt to rob and make their get
away, but they are anticipated by the
operator, whom they have bound and
stored out of what they considered
harm's way. The dramattc situations
come fast and there Is not a dull moment-
in the action of the play. Mr.
Granville is the author of "The Man
Hunters," "The Aviator" and other
dramatic successes and "The Hold Up"
was written and staged by him after
the episode had befallen a friend 01
his who was coming westward. Mr.
Lennon created the role and has played
in It for several years. Practically his
entire support has remained the same
since the act was first produced.
. Direct from their Continental suc
cess, Mons Bankoff and Mile. Lulu
Belmont will prove welcome additions
to the programme with their extreme
ly sensational whirlwind and acrobatic
dancir.g. They attracted the attention
of Richard Pltrot, Mr. Pantages" Eu
ropean representative, and he Imme
diately booked them for an exclusive
tour of the Pantages circuit. Their
dancing Is of a sort that has never
before been attempted and their gyra
tions are remarkable. Mile. Belmont's
costumes are exceptionally attractive
and sufficient comedy Is introduced to
keep the audiences In the best of
Howard and Delores will be seen in
a happy creation featuring "The Rag
time Model Girl." Songs and merri
ment pervade this act and the players'
winsome personality will make them
No better head and hand balancers
have ever been seen In local vaude
ville than the four Janowskys, who
are recently from abroad. - They work
in lightning manner and their feats
are new, original and daring.
Bert Lennon (no relation of Percival
Lenon) Is a raconteur of rare per
sonality whose witticisms keep his au
diences laughing from rise to fall of
curtain. His Jokes are new and his
parodies delightfully funny. The Pan
tagescope will show new animated
Frederick Ireland and his dancing
Casino girls will be seen for their final
performances this afternoon and even
ing, supported by a programme of un
EMPRESS BILL IS SPARKLING
"The Xew Scholar" Musical Comedy-
Is Headlined This Week.
Sparkling with comedy and looming
as one of the most varied vaudeville
bills of the season, the programme
assembled, for the Empress . Theater
this week bids fair to climb to the
highest heights of popularity. Clar
enc-e Wilbur and his famous funny folk
preside as the headline act; Keely and
Wilder, singers, are the special added
attraction; a physical culture team
will be seen In feats of strength and
daring; a comedienne brand-new in
vaudeville will appear; a Western play
let occupies fifth place on the bill and
a slelght-of-hand performer will en
tertain with countless mysterious
"The New Scholar" is the title of the
sketch to be presented by Clarence
Wilbur and his laugh-provoking seven.
The title comedy is - owned by the
famous actress beauty, Billie Burke,
under whose auspices it Is produced.
It is a tabloid musical comedy, ' fun
making, singing and dancing prevail
ing throughout the 'piece. Clarence
Wilbur is recognized as one of, the
foremost eccentric comedians of the
day. "The Xew Scholar" was a great
hit In New York where re-vlewers
called It "the season's big scream."
Spencer Keely and Marlon Wilder,
billed as vaudeville's sweetest singers,
are well known In Portland, having
been, an Immense hit on the Sullivan &
Considlne circuit last season in a med
ley of old-fashioned songs. Miss Wilder
has been referred to as one of the most
striking women in vaudeville, and she
possesses a wonderfully sweet voice.
Keely has a 9trong, mellow baritone
which blends exceptionally well with
the soprano of his beautiful stage
Hanlon and Hanlon. brothers, are the
gymnasts on the new bill. According
to the measurements accepted as the
standard they are physically perfect.
They will execute daring and difficult
feats.- particularly in hand and head
Then May Ellnore, one of the famous
Ellnore sisters, will be seen in her first
vaudeville tour. Throughout the stage
world Miss Ellnore Is known as "the
topsy-turvy comedienne," and her stage
gyrations prove her worthy of the
programme billing that is all her own.
She has a most laughable collection of
grotesque mannerisms that have made
her a big hit along the Sullivan &
A Western comedy playlet, "Rained
In," occupies next place on the Em
press bill. This will be presented by
Le Roy, Harvey and Company. Mr.
Le Roy was a big favorite on the legiti
mate stage in "Strongheart," and Miss
Harvey was equally prominent with
"The Commuters." The situations and
dialogue of "Rained In" are extremely
Then over the mystic part of the new
bill E. J. Moore will reign supreme.
Moore Is called "the gabby trickster,"
a title earned by lively talk he main
tains while performing extraordlnary
Professor Nlblo's trained birds that
speak In three languages will be heard
for the last time here at the Eyipress
tonight, and Harry Hay ward In "The
Firefly," will close his engagement at
the same time.
SENSATIONAL FILMS TO RUX
"The Lion's Revenge", Will Be Head
liner at People's Theater. -
"The Lion's Revenge.'1 a reel of the
most sensational film ever produced,
will be the headline attraction at the
People's today. It tells the story of
a rich family who in their beautiful
gardens have every possible bird and
animal, among others four powerful
Hons. These Ions are cared for by a
wicked keeper, who, being discharged,
conceives the idea of freeing the
beasts Just when the hostess is enter
taining a large party. The beasts break
In among the guests and are conquered
and driven back to their cage by a
courageous woman, not, however, until
the biggest of the savage animals tears
limb from limb, the treacherous serv
ant who is thus caught in the trap
which he laid for others.
"The Ranchman and the Hungry
Bird" Is a Western story replete with
excitement, yet containing a vein of
manly courage and sentiment, making
It peculiarly attractive and genuine.
"The Alibi Club" is one of the richest
comedies ever presented, telling the
story of how hubby deserts his wife
to go fishing, and how he is caught and
punished by his better half. "Cuba" is
a beautiful scenic film, and as a
proper finisher of this splendid enter
tainment, "That Trio" Confer, Bauer
and Wilson will sing. The manage
ment also desires to announce that' on
Wednesday next a special production
of "Fra Dlavolo," in three gorgeous
reels, will be featured, and as a realist
ic effect "That Trio" will sing the prin
cipal song from the opera, with spe
cial stage setting and costumes.
At the Star "Tom Butler." another
big three-reel special by the Eclair
Company, which recently produced
"Zlngomar," will be chief feature. This
Is a story on the order of Sherlock
Holmes, and is of thrilling interest
from start to finish. The story Is log
ically worked out, full of climaxes and
the photography is perfect. "The .Four
Flush Actor," a rich comedy, completes
the programme here together with the
"Roma Trio." a great singing act. At
the Arcade Theater "Slippery Jim," the
story of a reformed criminal, contains
much excitement and teacheg a splen
did moral. "Love's Surest Proof fur
nishes comedy. "Telltale Shells" Is an
other big Western triumph, and "The
Miller's Daughter. '"a farce; "Old Town,"
scenic, and a song, complete this enter
talnment. COUNCIL CREST KEEPS COOL
Scenic' Amusement Park Does Not
Feel Excessive Heat Wave.
Isplte the oppressive heat down
town last week, the Scenic-Amusement
Park on Council Crest was cool. At
an altitude of 1200 feet the place sim
ply couldn't have helped being cool.
Nothing more refreshing during the
torrid afternoons and evenings than
rides on the two-mile scenic railway,
which was patronized so heavily thai
the management had experts go ovei
every foot of the winding elevated
tracks cai-b. morning to be sure there
were no breaks, and to otherwise
guard against accidents.
At the top of the lofty observatlor
tower there were veritable baby cy
clones all the time and when one wai
there it seemed almost impossible tc
believe that the city of Portland, ol
which a birdseye view was seen, wat
suffering from such humidity.
The weekly displays of Artwork
were resumed last week and pr ved
banner attraction. Today there will
be added features in the way of con
cessions which have been placed on
the park's "midway." Eighteen pie
nics constitute the park's outing list .
for next week.
MISS COUNTISS AS "SLAVEY
Commencing July 28 "Merely Marj
Ann" Will Be Seen at Hclllg.
Cathrlne Countiss. for her third Sum.
mer week at the Heillg. commenclni
Sunday. July' 28. will appear In her
favorite role of the London lodging
house slavey In "Merely Mary Ann."
for which there have been innumera
ble requests. Israel Zangwlll has giv
en to the stage a play with a human
appeal, in which teats are close to
laughter a simple, pathetic ttory of
an uncouth little Lancashire lass who
learns to "talk like a gentleman, and
wear gloves like a lady." It is
charming romance that Involves her
with the gallant young song writer
and eventually leads them to meet In
a fashionable London drawing-room
after she has come Into fortune, and
becomes a lady of accomplishments.
Miss Countiss has her own concep
tion of Mary Ann, and an Eastern re
viewer wrote that "she lost her own
personality and merged It Into that ol
the tired, drudging little slavey whose
hands are rough and speech unculti
vated, but whose soul and heart are
so poetic and sweet as to fascinate
the man of temperament even amia
the grime and squalor of their first
Miss Countiss also has In prepara
tion her starring success of season be
fore last. "The Awakening of Helens
Richie," In which she succeeded Mar
Iron-Jawcr Man at Oaks.
One of the real features In the Boyd
& Ogle one-ring circus at the Oaks
amusement park today is Joe Denuef.
known as the iron-jawed man. Denuef
has teeth that would seem to be made
like a steel vice, as with no apparent
exertion, he bites large Iron nails in
two. He lifts up 13 chairs at one time
with his teeth and finds his molars
strong enough to pick up a plank on
which a doten persons are sitting.
Denuef performs a number of similar
feats of strength and Is said to be one
of the best performers in the business
Van thlen Collects Fruit Samples
ESTACADA, Or.. July SO. (Special.)
H Van Uhlen. who has charge of the
preserving of specimens of fruit for
the Portland Chamber of Commerce,
visited the Garfield country yesterday
and obtained a number of samples ol
loganberries for use in the .Oregon
Product Show. He was accompanied
here by Albyn Esson. president of the
Slate Board Christian Missionary con
vention, who inspected a number ol
fruit ranches with a view to purchasing.
Regan Is Hibernians' President.
CHICAGO. July 20. James J. Regan
of St Panl. was re-elected today presi
dent of the Ancient Order of Hiber
nians. Right Rev. John P. Carroll,
of Helena, Mont., was elected chap
lain. " '
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PERCIVAL LEKO IN THE DRAMATIC SUCCESS, "THE HOLDIP,"
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