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1 ll I L XOHh the First JVigfters. ( II I Attractions for week of November 16th Salt 7 tr Lake Theater Monday Tuesday and Wednesday, Hjj hi f I I ' with Wednesday matinee, "King Dodo." HP' Ul i S ill Thursday an'd Friday nights Elks'Circus. Hf,, ijjl i f it t 3$ H' 1 t , ' EDESON. ' HP i ' H i! I I ! "Soldiers of Fortune" is one of the few plays Bf !t I i that has come to town with an honest recommen- Hgfj M-lj dation, and one that lived up to the guarantee. The B'j I' 'J J management said, "This Is the New York produc- Hi'l it ',1,1 tion," and the management told the truth. Hgj I 'a ; f I saw the play at the Savoy in New York k' ' jti 5 !' v just a year ago, and the staging is exact, while H,; ' i 'j. I not a single character has been changed, with the 1, j I ', exception of La.ngham, played by Frazier Coulter. HnM j j Many a play of merit is improbable, and "Soldiers Bj I ' ! ' ' ' 1 of Fortune" is no exception, though from the num- K m , i r ber of comic opera plots that could be based on m ? PI )r I any 0id cjnQ 0j a south American revolution, such E'f ; i a Play as this founded on Davis's story might be Hf ' '. S plausible. BlJ i I The action is fast, and the real time supposed HI J , j ' to elapse during the story is just about as long ! ; Is i as it takes to play it. But what matter? It is a I (, little different from most of the stuff we get. No i i 5 ragtime, no Shakespeare, no historical novel. m. ' That's one reason it pleases. It is different. The .'! 1 other reason is Robert Edeson. He is not an ideal I j actor in an heroic role, but in a quieter play, H ' I' j minus shot and shell and foot races he would be B, ,, 1 ' perfect. K ijpff'! In his love scenes, and in delicate humor he has H '"ll a charm of manner and a personal attraction that Hi I' i 1 1 1 is very appealing to men and women alike. Hu .( I 111 TilG Hope Langham of Ellen Burg was well done Ba':Ijli; but there is an indescribable something that is B" ' ' lacking in the young lady. The work of Taylor K ill!" Holmes as Captain Burke was splendid, and Macey H j j j $' Harlam's Captain Stewart was a most difficult task B Si' H ' 1 I well done. Really the strongest scene in the play B j $ I, is that between Stewart and Madame Alvarez. H j , j Helen Ware in the part of this Spanish 'woman is H II fine w"th a natural, pleasing and graceful ac- B l i J Si cent. B r I I1 Frazier Coulter had little to do as Langham, H ! ( ! but carried the bit well, and sustained the reputa- H J , . t'K tion he won when here with "Arizona." His wife B' li iMia was not In ne cast' sometnnS tliat ve &N should B 1 1 I J 3 be very thankful for. H 'PitS Dorothy Tennant's Alice Langham was some- R f ' -m thing that called for all of the sang froid at any Si '111 one's command, and she did It well. However, H i: ' SI ls yung Person does not seem to realize that BB 1! i II sne nas l116 t much feet, and should never Bl I ! 9 ' wear tan tbat far down. Bl I i S Harry Harwood as Mac Williams did a piece of H y 1 H chardcter work in which "quality will be remem- m ' I jflj bered long after price is forgotten." I think that's H hH the way an ad read I saw the other day. It was m ' j MM really the hit of the piece. H ! wm Al in all, the play was satisfying. The scenery H ,- H was good, the actors fine, and it didn't matter ' J I j 1 much who 'died. H 1 1 i 1 Come again, Bobbie Edeson. BBBl m I I I Wm I 11 j "OLD KENTUCKY." B ' f 1 ' The immortal "Old Kentucky" has come and HH g i! I, gone, and played to good audiences, full of enthu- Hm i'II siasm from cellar to roof. Hh ill "Old Kentucky" is booked with Manager Fyper Hnl b j for two hundred years, every season, with a full B ill ' guarantee for every performance. People who Hffl ,11 J"' don't like the uarkey stunts like the blood and Hjip til thunder, and vice versa, and 'nothing seems to B;! Jl stop the success of this queer mixture called "In Hfn iii ' " d K'entucky" J HELD'S BAND. Held's Band with its array of clever soloists, including the soprano, Miss Tilly Parks, rendered a beautiful line of musical selections at the Grand last Sunday night to the largest audience ever seen at a concerat at the Grand. The sale for the concert tomorrow evening is already very large. & fc5 t5 SUNDAY NIGHT AT THE GRAND. This is the excellent program for the Held Band concert tomorrow evening: 1. Mississippi Bubble Chauncy Haines 2. "Musical .Scenes from Switzerland" Otto Langey 3. Caprices (a) An Afternoon Tea Keizer (b) Laughing Water Hazer 4. Banjo Selection , (a) "Carnival of Venice". -. Soloist, Mr. J S. Donelson. Accompanist, Mr. S. Kenyoh. (b) Tell Me Pretty Maiden, from Florodora. Soloist, Mr. S. Kenyon. Accompanist, Mr. J. S. Donelson. 5. Grand Selection "The Chaperones".Whitmark G. (a) Pilgrim Chorus, from Tanhauser. . .Wagner (b) Slavonic Dance, No. 6 Ant. Dvorak 7. Soprano Solo "Leilas Song" Suppe Miss Emily Larson. With Violin Obligato by Prof. Youngdale. 8. Caprice Darkies' Jamboree Puerner 9. .Grand Overture Fest Leutner 5 v t7 THE ELKS' CIRCUS. The giddy, glittering, glorious, glamour of the circus 'ring will be seen at the Salt Lake Theatre next Thursday and Friday evenings to crowded houses both nights. The boys have been working work-ing like Trojans to make this show the event of the year, and all signs point to that end. e & c THAT QUESTION OF LICENSE. Attorney Nye Says Elks' Circus Is Exempt, City Attorney Nye is not in full accord with Mayor Thompson on the subject of a license for the Elks' Circus. The mayor contends that, inasmuch in-asmuch as it is represented that the show is even larger than that of Rlngling Bros, or the Bar-num Bar-num show, it would be inconsistent on his part I to permit the performance to take place .without H first being paid to permit the performance to take H place, when one of the other shows would be H compelled to pay up this amount befbre exhibiting H here. The mayor, reaching a final decision in the H matter at the solicitation of a number of Elks, H agreed to submit the question to the city attorney. H Mr. Nye yesterday afternoon said that, while the H mayor was perhaps technically correct, he thought H the city ordinance regulating circus license was H sufficiently elastic to justify the mayor in fore- H going the enforcement of the lcense in this par- H ticular case. He thought that, as the perform- H ance was to be given entirely by local talent, and, I as he understood it, for the benefit of charity, it H would be manifestly unjust to demand as large a I license fee as is priid by traveling companies. Ho H has privately advised the Elks to proceed with I their arrangements, being confident that the may- H or will take this view of the cae before the time H set for the grand exhibition. H fejf 0 4v H Fay Templeton has a new song, beginning JH "How much wood would a woodchuck chuck, if a fl woodchuck would chuck wood." .Must have some- H thing of the compelling literary flavor of Mark Twain's "Pink Trip Slip" vevses. . Charles J. Ross, the player, enjoys the profes- sional duties keenly, except when he is cast for fl a "pretty" part. That is why he likes best to act H in the sketches which he prepares for himself jfl when a Fagan or a Bill Sykes is about his meas- ure. But in companies he is almost as sure to get H the handsome juveniles as the show girls are to H receive stunning clothes. H The last engagement he played with "Weber H and Fields, Charlie had a part of about eight H words handed to him, with three pages describing his costume. He felt sore, sore down to the hem of the gorgeous robe into which he climbed for his shadowy part. As he stalked gloomily amid the gorgeous scenery, especially painted for the burlesque, he met May Robson, from the Froh-man Froh-man forces, who was also to appear in the piece, and her first line as Charlie loomed up in tho glory of spangle, jewel and full calcium was: ' "What do you represent? What are you made up for?" Charlie, mad ar a hatter, said savagely, indicating indi-cating his crimson array: "I am made up for a nice, large bottle of catsup." cat-sup." Then he walked off and handed in his res-ignation. res-ignation. g p It is announced that Blanche Walsh is to be j the first of the actresses of the American stage to attempt Maeterlinck's "Monna Vanna." Her man-agers man-agers are reported to have engaged a "well known dramatist" to prepare a translation of the Flemish playwright's powerful drama for Miss Walsh's use next year. The opportunity to hear the play in English will be welcome, but there are few of our actresses who, it would seem, are less fitted to play the role of the fair deliverer of Pisa than Miss Walsh. Mrs. Fiske is the ideal Monna Vanna. i 5 Richard Mansfield received word last week from London that he Wad beeu elected to membership mem-bership in the Royal Channel" Yacht club, one of the oldest clubs in England. This entitles him to fly from the masthead of the Amorlta, the blue burgee, a privilege enjoyed by no other yacht club except the Royal squadron. In cruising in British waters Mr. Mansfield is entitled to all admiralty ad-miralty privileges. He can make fast to any admiralty ad-miralty buoy and enter any British port free of duty. k ' & & De 'Wolf Hopper is arranging material for a H,t-tle H,t-tle volume, so says the Chicago Tribune, that will 'deal with the hotel landlord. "In the book, which will be entitled 'Landlords Who Have Met Me,' he will give,spme imtortan1)Yefiifes for one-night one-night standvcoffeo, and various rules and regulations regula-tions for proper' conflict in hotels in small towns which have been impressed uponhis mind. The Pullman porter comes in for a share of description descrip-tion under the general title of 'landlord? Slippery Slip-pery elm towels, the unerring whisk broom and early morning calls are mentioned among the joys of life in a Pullman car." o& tC ( A story is going the rounds in New York of a happy retort made by Mr. Sothern when Mr. McCarthy Mc-Carthy ventured to joke with lm about the title, "The Light That Lies in a Woxran's Byes," gives to the new play the actor has written for Miss Virginia Harned, his wife. "Aren't yon afraid, Sothern," asked McCarthy, "that people will put the emphasis on the fourth word in that tfye "The Light That Lies in a Woman's Eyes." "No, my boy," retorted the actor. "You might put it th,ere, but not thei ordinary man. It's en-thely en-thely a question of experience as to where we place our accent." Jessie Bartlett Davis is in a state of mind all because two foolish chorus girls threw up their jobs in "Erminie" when they found that they had to wear tights. It is quite possible, of course, that the girlshad very good reasons for their actions, ac-tions, but Miss Davis chose to deliver a rehearsal rehear-sal sermon on the subject. She fixed her eyes on Francis Wilson, who trembled, but could, not flee, and delivered herself as follows: "When will the stage women know that it is not the role, but the woman who makes' the tights obnoxious or respectable? The real actress loses herself in her role. She is not a woman in boy's clothes, but a boy at heart as well as in tights. Why are these young women who can carry tights witl absolute dignity anf others-who-pan-not raise lace-trimmed skirts without, making the act indecent?" Wilson faltered a moment, and then bravely answered: "You can search me." b? v Sam S. Shubert and Nixon and Zimmerman's gorgeous production of the "Toreador," which will be produced here soon is the work of George Eflwardes, and was the musical hit in London at the Gaiety Theatre. Jefferson De Angells will head the attraction. t (w v The majority of theatre-goers would probably vote the "Bonnie Brier Bush," with Mr. J. H. Stod-dait Stod-dait in the stellar role of Lachlan Campbell, one of the most satisfactory dramatic entertainments seen in this city last year. The veteran Stoddart has always been a favorite here, and never was he so warmly welcomed or so cordially appreciated as when he appeared last year in the tremendous climax which marks the close of the second act of Mr. McArthur's dramatization of Ian MacLar-en's MacLar-en's charming stories. Mr. Stoddart will be seen again at the Salt Lake Theatre soon for an entire week, supported by Reuben Fax in his familiar character of "Posty," accompanied by an excellent acting company, together with a superb scenic production. tzfi t5 w Joseph Hart and Carried De Mar at the head of an organization said to number fifty persons will present "Foxy Grandpa" at the Salt Lake Theatre for three nights, commencing Thanksgiving Thanksgiv-ing Day. The piece has filled an engagement at the fourteenth Street' Theatje, New. York. During the Metropolitan run many features fea-tures were added to the entertainment, among them five songs, respectively entitled, "Polly, Pretty Polly"; and "Different Ways of Proposing." Mr. William A. Brady has supplied a completely new investiture of scenery and costume, it is said. Comic operas, as a rule, are conspicuous for the absence of plot, but "King Dodo," with Richard Rich-ard Golden as the King, which comes to the Salt Lake Theatre on Monday next, for throe nights and Wednesday matinee, not only has a real plot, but it is interesting, and the story is not finished until the final curtain falls. "King Dodo," the ruler of Dodoland, in his declining years begins to fear death and the infirmities, incident to old age He wants to grow young again in order to marry his ward, Princess Angela, a girl of eighteen, eigh-teen, formerly betrothed to Piola, a young soldier sol-dier of fortune. Pedro, the Court Chamberlain, in love with Annette, the daughter of Sancho, the Innkeeper, against the strict "orders of the King, releases Angela An-gela from the palace for a brief interview with her fiance. The King surprises the lovers and orders or-ders their arrest and confinement. The resourceful resource-ful Piola tells the King he has discovered a fountain foun-tain in a far-off country whose magic waters make the old young. Thereupon, he is respited and made the leader of an expedition to search for the mythical liquid rejuvenator. A year later finds Dodo and his court in Spoopjuland, ruled over by Queen Lili, who sits on her throne until the ar rival of a man in her domain possessing the requirements re-quirements of relieving her of her sceptre and whom it is her intention to marry. When King Dodo arrives in search of the fountain of youth, she exercises all her wiles to convince him that youth is a delusion and that hk proper course is to remain in his present state and become her husband and sharer of her throne. Dodo looks with favor upon the arrangement and actually orders or-ders his troops bafck to Dodoland, declaring his intention to accept Queen Lili as his spouse. He names Piola as his successor as King of the Dodos and gives his consent to his union with Angela. During the nuptial fete, which Queen Lili orders, the King asks for a drink of water. A cup is filled from a nearby spring, which proves to be the long-sought fountain of youth and in spite of himself Dodo is transformed into a boy of ten upon draining the vessel. The Queen promptly repudiates him and the misguided monarch mon-arch finds himself without a throne, without a sweetheart, devoid of all power and left with nothing noth-ing but youth. He tries in vain to re-establish himself with Queen Lili, but is repulsed again and again. But by an accident the discomfited Dodo tumbles headlong into the magic spring and upon being rescued another transformation has taken place and he is once more the decrepit ruler of his people. Queen Lili expresses her willingness willing-ness to procede with her original idea and marry the King, thereby adjusting all complications. Musically, "King Dodo" is surpassingly catchy and there are no less than a score of songs which produce that whistling quality to a marked degree. The production is made by Henry W. Savage on a thorough scale, the scenic embellishment of which is exceedingly elaborate, while the ensemble ensem-ble effecest are rarely beautiful.