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THE SUNDAY OREGOXIAX, PORTLAND. NOVEMBER 5, 191G.
cooing in their cotes, all literally hold
he audience spellbound.
There will be more than 100 perrons
In all used in the presentation of thij
pectaele and It will be exactly its seen
t the Century Theater, New York, for
ne solid year.
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NOT unlike the wight who said
"Nothihg can harm me, I have
dined.. today." Portland theater
goers mty isay. Winter can havci no
appreciable fury, the theatrical season
is well under way. .
The Orpheum last week brought a
most spectacular stage offering In
"The Forest Fire" and the Baker The
ater reopened as the home of a stock
company, this time with the Alcazar
Players. In every block along Broad
way electric signs blaze and beckon
the night wanderer and treat him
well. Broadway has taken on a life
not. to be denied. The Heilig, except
for thia week-end. Is reasonably well
booked 'up Tvith road attractions to
crowd in' at the end of each week after
the Orpheum bill. It particularly of
fers three worthy attractions for this
month In Schumann Hetak in concert
recital Saturday night, November 11.
"Hobson's Choice," which comes Friday-
and Saturday nights, November
16 and 17, with a matinee Friday,
. and in the immense production, "The
Garden of Allah." the dramatized
version of JKobert ' llichens' novel,
which- is the engagement Thursday,
Friday and Saturday. November 23. 24
and 25, with a matinee on Saturday. Of
course Eva Tanguay, with her inter
national vaudeville, which was to have
stopped here for a day or so, has
passed up the entire Northwest and
scootted back to New York apparent
- ly to bo away from the scathing criticc
whom she encountered at San Fran
cisco. But these are things of the near fu
ture. For today equally promising
events are at hand. The Baker Theater,
after opocing auspiciously with "On
Trial," iv mechanically attractive and
dramatically convincing production,
will present this week "the Eternal
Magdalene," one of the best sellers last
Winter in book form and undoubtedly
a powrerful preachment. It is the play
which drew Julia Arthur back to the
Mase.. If the dramatised version ad
heres closely to the book story written
by Robert Mclxmghlin there should be
presented a. magnificent night mob
scene, when a man's church goes back
on him and he defies them, to stand by
the woman the eternal Magdalene
f his life.. McLoughlin chose with
much wisdom when he hit upon his
title. .. It remains for the Alcazar
Players to imbibe the spirit of the play
and bring It home. It will make some
people squirm! From the work of the
Alcazar Players in "Or Trial" It is ex
pected they will give a good account
ing of themselves in "The Kternal
Magdalene." Miss ' Gates, the leading
woman, seems to toe the mark of re
quirements; to penetrate the person
ality of a character. Al McOovern
has bearing and dnamatic quality and
there are several members of the com
pany who appear to have resources hid
den from view in the presentation of-J
On Trial. we refer particularly to
Mr. V ebster, who is known among
many for his excellent work years ago
in the Northwest and throughout the
country. Next deek the Alcazar Play
era will forsake the heavier drama for
a week and engage their audiences in
"Nearly Married." This will give an
opportunity for them to display their
abilities in light comedy.
The Orpheum this afternoon brings
back to Portland, that wealthy and
wise vaudeville entertainer. Sophie
Tucker. But it is a-new Sophie, we
understand a Sophie -reincarnated in
the mould of public demand and public
opinion. Me has forsaken her "rough
house stuff." Her act this week is "Bive
Kings of Syncopation." and in it she
. will have some jiew songs songs not
"lifted" and spoiled in advance by the
cabaret singers and second-rate troup
ers. . But the Orpheum bill is not all
Sophie Tucker, notwithstanding she is
the headline act. There is a triumvi-
rate of leaders on the bill. The other
two are "Cranberries.", a playlet, and
. Bert Fitzgibbon. billed as "a clown of
glorious lunacy." Sounds good! Of Fitz
gibbon it. Is .said, of all the -"nuts" in
vaudeville he is the nuttiest. Thereare
many wno win nope so. lor nutty act
ors are much in vogue on the stage.
Pantages will have to offer on the
week's programme commencing with
tomorrow's matinee a bill filled with
the sort of vaudeville everybody likes
"A. Nut Sundae," embellished with lots
of pretty girls, skilled comedians and
catchy tunes, heads the list. Jules "W'a 1
ter is responsible for the music and
Virgil P. Bennett wrote the book. The
three Mori brothers, introducing Jap
anese pastimes, arwl valentine Vox. an
entertainer of some note, are -othe
. features. More than usual interest
is taken m the big motion picture se
rial. The Ias of the Cumberland.
which marks' the return of beautiful
Helen Holmes, the athletic heroine o
to many feature tllms.
Malvefn'.-i Comiques. six clever per
formers, offer a novelty pantomime at
the Hippodrome on the new bill start
ing this afternoon, to rim lintil Thurs
-. day. The Homestead Singers offer
' sonics that never grow old. There are
four talented people in this act. Four
other vaudeville acts and a motion pic
ture programme complete the Dill. To
morrow, Tuesday and Wednesday Kip
ling's "The Light That Failed" wili be
shown in animated form, Pathe having
produced a beautiful five-reel Gold
Rooster feature with this novel as a
The Strand offers a Peter B. Kyne
story set to film, in "The Three God
fathers," and a vaudeville topliner. "La
Petite Cabaret," a maniken musical
Buffoonery reigns again at the Lyric,
where "Abie, the Secretary," .holds
To revert for a minute, "Hobson's
Choice" at the Heilig November 16 and
17, is a sort of a leap-year heroine
play, sans crime, sans problem sex
stuff and sans tricks. It is all play.
There is an abundance of smart lines
and epigrammatic chatter that not only
ought to appeal, but which has ap
pealed to ever so many on the tour
Westward. One critic called it a -play
of judgment. We. shall see.
"The Garden of Allah" should mean
much to theater goers, for it was long
the talk of New York and for some
time considered too big a production
to tour the country. It is a gigantic
production. The nine scenes in it are
nine wonderful settings, an artistic
panorama. The stage director has been
made to draw upon -the desert for his
ffects because Robert Hichens writes
faithfully of things he observes and
places he invades.
The story is of a young Trappist
monk's flight from a monastery in
which he has spent 19 years. He meets
a pretty Knglish woman with whom he
falls passionately in love. She returns
his intense affection, and,, against the
warnings of friends, she marries the
mysterious youth and they depart to
spend their honeymoon in the desert.
Constantly haunted by his broken
vows, the young monk is led one night
to confess his true character to a
friend of his bride, who, in turn, bids
the monk confess to her. The young
wife, being a devoutly religious woman.
bids him return to his monastery, but
does not tell him she is soon to be
come a mother as she says farewell
forever to him.
Miss Sarah Truax will be seen in the
part of the wife. Domini Enfiiden: Will-
am Jeffrey as Boris Androvsky the
Trappist monk: Howard Gould as Count
Anteonl. and Albert Andruss as the
kindly Father Roubierv
Others in the.large company will In
clude Miss Pearl Gray as Suzanne.
James Mason as Captain De Trevignac,
Maud Grimm, W"3io Is In Mimical
Act at Strand Theater.
and Leo de Valery as Batouch. together
with 100 people who are required for
the presentation of this . spectacular
production, and it will be exactly as
presented at the Century Theater, New
York, for a ruh of one year.
SOPHIE TUCKER AT ORPHEUM
Song Hits Are Offered and Gorgreous
Gowns Are Displayed
Sophie Tucker, "The Mary Garden of
Ragtime," Is the star, of the Orpheum
show to prevail at the Heilig Theater
from this afternoon until next
Wednesday night. Miss Tucker is as
sisted. by her "five kings of syncopa
tion," who have been praised gener
ally as adding greatly to the effect of
her original songs.
Not only is Miss Tucker the best
known woman ragtime singer, but she
has the reputation of beinor the best-
dressed woman comedienne. In her
present Orpheum act she displays sev
eral gorgeous gowns, each of which 13
representative of the latest Broadway
style. Sophie Tucker Is the original
woman "coon shouter." After attaining
great success In that form of enter
tainment he took up the milder rag
time and made a sensational hit.
Miss Tucker's Orpheum act here. Is
exactly the same as that presented by
her in the larger theaters of the Cast.
In her Orpheum tour she is making
one of the greatest hits ever scored
by a woman "single" and in several
places the show over which she shines
as star has broken records.
"Cranberries," a little aide dish for
the epicures of vaudeville, is the extra
attraction of the new orpheum show.
This is a brand-new comedy playlet
from the pen of Everett S. Ruskay.
author of "The Meanest Man in the
World." "Cranberries" is a tale of rus
tle life centered about an automobile
mishap on a lonely New Jersey road.
It is presented by Frederic Karr. for
merly of the support of Mrs. Fiske and
Otis Skinner; Neil Pratt, a Salt Lake
City boy, and Miss Marion Day, daugh
ter of a prominent theatrical family. '
The other big feature act is Bert
Fitzgibbon. the original daffydill. Fitz-
gibbon is the king of ad lib artists In
the two-a-day field. He simply goes
out on the stage and acts as the spirit
moves him. his act Including songs,
dances, mimicry and various tomfool
ery. Reviewers extol Fitzgibbon as
a riot in laughmaking."
Remaining acts are Johnny Cantwell
and Keta Walker, favorites in Port
land. In "Get the Fly Stuff; Ruth
Budd. the girl with the smile; Beeman
and Anderson, speed boys; Estelle
Riche and Vera Burt in novel and
original songs and dances; the Or
pheum Travel Weekly, showing mov
Ing picture views of "Old Isle de
France" and the Kangaroo at home and
the Orpheum concert orchestra, under
direction of George E. Jeffery.
Election returns will be read be
tween Orpheum acts next Tuesday
night, arrangements having been made
xor a special service.
STRONG PLAY IS TO BE GIVEN
"The .Eternal Magdalene" to Be Pre
sented by Alcazar Players.
No play that has been seen in this
city in recent years has aroused the
Interest that has already been shown
In the announcement that "The Eternal
Magdalene," by Robert McLaughlin,
will be presented at the Baker for the
week starting this afternoon by the
No play In recent years has proved
more successful in New York, and
wherever the play has been seen it has
served as a magnet to draw hundreds
of people to the theater who cannot
in any sense be classed as regular theater-goers.
The universal appeal of "The Inter
nal Magdalene" is one excellent reason
for the extraordinary interest it b
aroused. Another may be found In
the fact that It is built up around a
problem as old as history and that at
one time or another has confronted the
people of every civilized .community in
"The Eternal Magdalene" tells the
story of a campaign carried on by the
well-meaning citizens of a fair-sized
American city to wipe out the so-
called vice district which has flourished
In its midst for years. The fact that
they have delegated to themselves the
right to sit in solemn judgment on
their fellow creatures, no matter what
their own fitness might be. does not
make itself known to them until
startling and unusual series of events
finally awakens the leader of the
movement to a realization of his own
unfitness. The action is rapid and the
soul-stlrrlng events which follow one
after the other with startling rapidity
hold the interest as few plays In re
cent years have succeeded in holding
the attention of their auditors.
As old as as is the theme of "The
Eternal Magdalene," its treatment is so
modern and new that It gains infinite
ly in strength by the very fact that its
auditors Instinctively feel they are
witnessing events In which they them
selves might easily have been promi
The -wonderful success of the new
Alcazar Players In their first offerin
the pest week augurs well for what
they will do with "The Eternal Magda-
lent, with Ruth Gates in the star role,
created by no less an artist than Julia
Arthur, and Albert McOovern In the
romantic leading man's role. Matinees
today, Wednesday- and Saturday, as
well as the popular bargain night to
PANTAGES OFFERS BIG ACT
"A Nat Sundae" Is Feature of This
Described as vaudeville's sparkling
musical refreshment, "A Nut Sundae'
comes with pretty girls and clever
comedians as the featured attraction a
Pantages for the week commencing
with the matinee tomorrow.
Jules Walter concocted the offering
Virgil P. Bennett served it. The pub
lie accepted it as a pleasing asset to
the amusement menu. Among th
stars in the cast are Ada Murray, vau
devllle's Geraldine Farrar; Otto Wight,
Phyllis Daye. E. U. Pitsor. Harry
Bransky and Mary Lamm. This cast I
supported by a chorus of Broadway
beauties who can sing and dance wit
The musical numbers -Include "Back
to Caroline," "You're a Dangerou
Girl " "Love Comes Stealing." "Th
Grecian Frolic," "Too Big for a Small
Town. "Those Were Happy Days;" an
others. Including tlje famous Pierrot
aance, wnicn Is a distinct feature ot tn
act. Handsome gowns and striking
scenery go to make the act the best
one-act musical comedy in vaudeville.
The three Mori brothers are remark
able Japanese athletes who entertain
in their performance of Japanese pas
times. They introduce remarkable
balancing. Juggling, risley work and
lmllar athletic features, which easily
make thern special attractions on the
valentine Fox. a member of the black
nd white, as he is known, is heard in
is original entertainment. Mr. Fox is
ne of vaudeville's brightest stars.
Sherman. Van and Hyman are ex-
etemly clever entertainers. They offer
rathskeller act tilled with catchy
unes and lively dances. Enough fun
s In the act to keep the audience
Elsie White Introduces her peculiar
characterisations which have made her
uch a favorite in the world of enter
Clifford and Mack have an extremely
classy routine of songs and dances and
they are certain to be numbered among
the best acts on the programme.
The public's attention is called to the
latest and best motion picture serial.
The Lass of the Lumberlands, In
which beautiful Helen Holmes makes
her return as a heroine. It is not too
late to start, for the second episode
will be shown commencing tomorrow.
Patrons of Pantages will be given
extra entertainment Tuesday evening.
when the election returns are an
nounced between acts.
Herbert Lloyd and his company, in
Peaches in Pawn," will be seen for
the final performances at the contin
uous bill from 2:15 to 11 o'clock today.
HIPPODROME ROAD SHOW BIG
Fine Acts and Moving Pictures Are
Offered on New Hill.
Another of the big road shows, that
are making the Hippodrome the most
popular place for vaudeville and motion-
picture fans In town, comes to that
theater starting with today's matinee.
There is an abundance of good variety
numbers and a motion-picture pro
gramme of excellent quality.
Malvern s Comiques present a panto
mime novelty that is said to be an
unusually attractive number. There
are six performers in this act and
everywhere they have appeared they
have received a warm welcome. The
offering is out of the ordinary.
One of the most popular numbers is
The Homestead Pinirers." appearing In
'Just a Song ,nt Twilight." Classical
songs never grow old ana tnese de
lightful singers bring baric memffrtes
of younger days to all who hear them.
Mitch and Mitchell, southern oanjo
boys, make a decided hit with their
work on the banjoes. They are per
formers of remarkable cleverness and
their work Is a rare treat. They are
masters of their Instruments.
Ilartz and Evans make the most out
of their singing, talking and dancing
act. There is plenty or comedy snd
good music in this number, as well as
some clever and attractive steps.
McClura and Dolly have an equtlions-
tic Juggling novelty that also goes big.
Novelties In this line of work are shown
and a better act of the kind is seldom
A real ventriloquist on the new mil
is Rodgers. known as the worlds fore
most colored ventriloquist. There is
no imitation about this remarkable
man. He Is the real thing and his
work is amazingly good.
There are excellent motion pictures
on today's bill and starting on Mon
day for three days only will be seen
p.ih'. Gold Rooster five-reel feature
production of Kipling's "The Light That
Failed. This Is a spiennm rinuic
its presentation at the "Hip Is a de
cidedly noteworthy event In local
rthntnnlav unnals. It Is a wonderful
plcturization or a treat gmry.
'NEARLY MARRIED'' NEAT BILU
Alcazar Players to Produce Comedy
Following the two powerful dramas
of the opening weeks the Alcasar
Players at the Baker win oner ior is
third week starting next Sunday mati
nee Edgar Selwyn's clever, up-to-date
comedy. "Nearly Married." (It will
doubtless prove a delightful change
from the heavy to the light and frothy
side of life, and also give Baker pa
trons an opportunity to see the popu
lar members of the organization in
comedy. In "Nearly Married" the au
thor has Introduced a clever theme. A
young couple have separated and lived
apart awaiting a decree of divorce.
They happen to meet, however, and
really being much In love decide to
agree and also decide to run away on
another honeymoon. Just as they get
away the girl's brother lawyer, who
is the cause of all the trouble, arrives
on the scene with the decree. Then-a
party Is organized to overtake the
runaways. A terrific rain storm, shat
tered automobile tires and a number of
other original Incidents add to the ex
citement and the complications ar
most originally and humorously con
ceived and worked out.
The new Alcazar Players have proven
themselves In the heavier acting roles
and In "Nearly Married" we will see
them at their best In comedy roles.
Three Godfathers." has the Strand had
such a popular picture as "Glortana.1
As In the Kyne story, the plot revolves
about a child or rather, in Glonana,
the child makes the plot revolve about
her. The title paat is played by little
Zoe Rae she doesn't look to be more
than 6 years old and she makes good
big," In her first chance at a star
role. It is the mission of Gloriana to
set in order the tangled lifelines of
certain grownups, and she accotn
pllshes her happy task with charming
Little Miss Rae Is supported by some
of the best Bluebird talent, with the
added assistance of 25 children, includ-
ng Master Gordon Grilffth, with whom
she was seen in "Naked Hearts," in
which the two tots carried the first ac
through almost unassisted.
Billed as a "21st century novelty.'
La Petite Cabaret is a manikin muslca
comedy act, said to be the acme of me
chanical cleverness. Like the feature
film, it Is counted as being certain tc
please tbe grown folks because
pleases the children.
Bell's Four Comiques have a farce
comedy number that comes well rec
ommended and Laverne and Grimm.
"musicologists supreme," play a diver
slty of instruments and play them wel
according to advance notices.
The vaudeville section will be com
pleted by the Kolinsky Duo, man and
woman, in novel acrobatics.
"GARDEN OF ALLAH" COMING
Dramatization of Hit-hens' Novel
'"That beautiful and wonderful produc
tlon of "The Garden of Allah." which
comes to the Heilig Theater. Thursday,
Friday and Saturday. . November 23. 24
and 25 with a special matinee Saturday.
Is an almost unbelievable series o
stage pictures of Northern Africa and
the Desert of Mogar.
It is a dramatization of the famou
IWhert Hichens novel, by himself, a
sisted by Mary Anderson de Navarro.
Real people brought from that far
away continent, speaking their native
tongues, dressed In their native cos
tunics, real camels. horses. donkey
and goats, march across tbe dser
against a background of sand and
early morning sky above the eastern
horizon of which gleams a solitary star.
The star fades ns the morning su
creeps up and shoots Its red shafts of
light over the scene. A solitary camel,
a little behind the otlie'rs. bearing with
its load a native Arab, travels slowly
on the scene and sinks slowly to rest
on the sand wliil the rider dismounts
and makes his morning prayer to Allah.
Then slowly the curtain falls, leaving
the audience wondering and enthralled.
Pictures of travel and history coldly
depict such sluhtji but this stage pic
ture Is as near the real journey as any
thing could be.
What Is true of the first scene Is no
less positive about the rest of the per
formance. The "Garden of Allah" Is a
vast, beautiful dramatic entertainment.
There are nine scenes, each of which
forms interesting atmospheric back
grounds for the acting of the impres
sive story of the play. The realism of
the sand storm of real sand. the star
lit sky. the coloring of the dnsert, the
beautiful garden of the Count. the
charm of the early morning scene out
side the monastery with real dove
Whirlwind Success In East Will B
Produced at Ileitis.
The Heilig Thoster offers for a lim
ited engagement Thursday and Friday
ights. November 16 and 1. with a spe-.
lal matinee Friday, the important
ramatic novelty of the year, "Hobson s
Choice." direct from a whirlwind cf
success In New York, Boston and Chi
cago. Opening In New York last sea
son without the usual herald'ng of th
greatest comedy the stage has ever
ad." It was acclaimed by the critics
nd public as one of the btst comic
hits In years.
"Hobson s Choice. Is the work, or
Tarold Brlghouse. a young North-of-
Knglnnd playwright. It was staged bv
B. Iden Payne, at the time an entire
stranger In the ranks of New York
producing directors. For both reasons
departs widely from the ordinarv-
conventions of comedy. The seen
of the story is laid in Jancashive In
the early '00s.
Maggie Hotigon. a clerk in her fath
er's shoe shop, has two sisters snd a
very domineering father. Tired of beln
ordered about" under the parental
roof, she starts a domestic rebellion.
Being a typical leap-year heroine shA
makes one of her father's shoe bands
arry her. having discovered that h
Is a cobbling genius, and leaves her
father to his own incompetence. Tb
stratagems of Maggie in winning out
and finally making everybody happy
are said to provide a continual succes
sion of amusing surprises.
The Messrs. shubert obtained for thi
lively and original role the services of
Miss Viola Roach. As an actress Miss
Viola Roach has won warm praise In
this country and abroad.- Theater
goers. It is said, may look forward to
an evening of apt and telling charac
terisation. The balance of the cast In
cludes Galway Herbert. Peg Green
wood. Lionel B"vans. J. E. McGregor.
Venie Atherton. W. F. Hill. James K.
Malaidy, Noel Tearle and Thomas
Donelly. The players were carefully
selected and directed by B. Iden Payne
whose active association with tho
Manchester drama" caused the Messrs.
Phubert to entrust him with the stag
COUPLE WEDDED 50 YEARS
Mr. and Mrs. A. S. Bates Celcbrato
Near White Sainton.
WHITE SALMON. Wash.. Nov. i.
(Special.) Mr. and Mrs. A. S. Bates
celebrated their golden wedding Oc
tober 25 at Kabekona ranch. The
couple were recipients of many pleas
ing remembrances, and a most enjoy
able evening was spent by thosa
Among the guests were: Mr. and Mrs.
Matt Clark. Mrs. Sarah Stimson. Mrs.
J. P. Mann, of Portland; William 1
Bates. Mr. and Mrs. W. H. Hall. Mr.
and Vrs. E. E. Mills. Mr. and Mrs.
Chester Dewey. Wilmer S. Bates of Ta
coina. Miss Nancy Bates and Mr. and
Mrs. R. I. Bates.
Apple Crop Ready for Market.
RICKREALL, Or.. Nov. 4. (Special.)
The heavy apple crop harvested in
Polk County this Fall is about ready
for the market, although the picking
was delayed on account of the short
age of pickers. School pupils were en
gaged at the work for awhile after tho
schools started, but the change to older
help for a time threatened embarrass
ment to the growers.
Seat Sale Wednesday
9 A. M.
Floor 5 50, $2.00
Balcony ..$2.50, $2.00, 51.50, ?1.00
Gallery, reserved, $1; Gallery ad
Lower Boxes . j. $3.00
Upper Boxes ?2.50
HAPPINESS FILM SCHEDULED
Four Vaudeville Numbers Also on
Four widely varied vaudeville num
bers, supplemented by an extended
showing of the Bluebird feature film.
Gloriana, a Drama of Happiness,"
which has been running since Wednes
day, compose today's new programme
at the Strand.
Not since the Bluebird picturization
of Peter B. Kjne's famous story, "The
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BRILLIANT COMEDY SUCCESS.
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: rluc11" MAT, FRL, ALL-ENGLISH CAST :
Eve's $1.50, $1, 75c, 50c; Fri. Mat. $1, 75c, 50c :