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|Article Title||With the First Nighters|
Hi i 7!wnM V I N? tev 6? Firt Htfrnrnmt'1 H J ATTRACTIONS FOR WEEK OF MARCH 23RD. H' j Monday night, TJnlveisity of Colorado Glee club. Hj! Salt Lake Theatre. Tuesday and Wednesday, H 'Lovers' Lane"; Thuisday, Rose Coghlan In J" ' The Second Mrs. Tanqueray." The Giand Monday, Tuesday, and Wednea- day, Barlow Minstrels; Thursday, Friday and Hk t Saturday, Frank Maltese's "The Wrong Mrs. Ap- R pleton." Hpt & & & Hf "Lovers' Larv." y, m Another Clyde Fitch fancy comes to the The- M atre next week, when "Lovers' Lane" will be B i. played. It is said that the critical discussion and M popular attention attendant on most of the Fitch m ) productions, are the rule of this new departure in H s rural plays. It is a new departure because, aside H'j from a pretty orchaid scene there are no rural 11 realisms, such as farm implements, and the barn- fj yard animals so popular with the galleries. HH 'i It is a play of simple country life with plenty Vf , of shots at intolerance and prejudices which pre- K dominate in the average village. The play cen- B ' ters around a young clergyman, -with the courage m of his convictions and the girl he loves, with M many village characters in the support. H It is said that the staging is exceptionally H , good. Hff t t3 3 "t aaaaaaaamiSSaBBBaaBaaaaal jf JSI M ROSE COGHLAN. K O iv i6 H "When Knighthood Was In Flower." B If humble apology could make amends, 1 M should like to make the humble apology, for ie B j lying on the woi d of a supposed critic, and in m truth re-lying in the advance notice of Eflle Ell- H sler in "When Knighthood Was in Flower." 1 The modern dramatized novel is bad enough when played by a radiantly beautiful woman, but Hp when a play has been written with a dull chisel, Hj and is put on the stfge by an antiquated sou- H brette, assisted by a Vudly young man and a bunch Hj of fagots, it is too bad to start the generous play H goers into the high priced seats. H In all tiuth it must be said that Miss Ellsler ft I piays the role of Mary Tudor with a youthful vim H j that is charming, but the play stretches out H, j through five long dieary acts, and through many Hj I long dreary bad actors. Hi I Open-work hosiery with embroidered popples, H ? I and a real lace gown, would better become Wal- H i I ter Seymore who plays Charles Brandon, and H I the Icing's help! A pair of deuces could be B 1 looked at with much better grace, and all they Wtm i hftd was slzG, and all the audience had was sighs. MB I The rest of the cast were Impossible, and the B y gorgeous scenery was the dilipidated canvas B I which has been dragged from one end of the ' B BB 1 country to the othw, ftfift cftry $ one tWttg that does not Improve !tfc fr. " As a play this picture of the tlito of douttet and hose, is a sorry ttess, made more unsightly by this Perley collection of hnnvfattT. Reae Coghlan as "The Seodfttf Mrs. Tnhqiurny." Rose Coghlan will appear here next week in A. W. Pinero's famous drama, "The Second Mrs. Tanqueray." Every famous actress of the civilized civil-ized world has appeared, or clamored to appear, as the much discussed Paula Ray, afterwards "The Second Mrs. Tanqueray." The same storm of contioversy that raged around "The Notorious Mrs. Ebbsmith," and later around "Iris," some years past. That it is a brilliant play, written in brilliant English, and constructed with great finesse and skill, even those who assail it, on the ground that such social problems are unfit for stage presentation, freely admit. It is said Miss Coghlan dresses and plays the part superbly. 0 ? Next Saturday night Miss Ellen M. Stone, the missionary who was held in captivity by Macedonian Mace-donian brigands, will appear at the Salt Lake theater. the-ater. Miss Stone is under the direction of Major Pond, and it is said that her lecture is most interesting. in-teresting. She tells a vivid story of her 172 days of captivity, cap-tivity, and no doubt will be heard by a large audience au-dience here. & tf ELEANOR ROBSON VS. MAUDL ADAMS-SHAKESPEARE ADAMS-SHAKESPEARE FOR' ADA DWYER CHANGES AT WEBER-FIELDS. (Special Correspondence.) As compensation to Eleanor Robsbn for the failure of "Audrey" to place her In the ranks of the stars I iebler & Co. will give her an excellent oppoitunity to gain the necessary laurels in a spring tour of "Romeo and Juliet," the details of which have just been arranged. Of course the rumois that George C. Tyler, head of the firm, is to mairy Miss Robson will be levived again as a lesult ot his managerial libeiallty, mst as the same sort of rumors have been revived from time to time about Charles Frohman and Maude Adams whenever Mr. Frohman has planned to extend the activities of the little Salt Lake actress. There is about as much foundation for the one set of rumois ru-mois as the other and that la none. Mr. Tyler has great faith in the future of Miss Robson. She is a frail girl not more than twenty- ' W two years old, but she possesses the divine flame I- In abundant quantity and has more than once captured the severest of the New York critics. I She went with the Liebler firm just when she was & making her reputation in "Arizona," and since I WF-U theU Slie lms l)een puslled as steadily to the front L Mt&ifc as MIss Adams was y Mr Frohman. llllt? JNl0W slie is to l)e nonore(1 as few actresses ever W 1IIN are and Prol)al)ly as no actress of her age in Am- y llr erica ever was She is to g0 out as a co"star with S Hi Kyrle Bellew in "Romeo and Juliet," and it is a P IP' sate wager that she will be featured more than Li Wt anybody else in the company. That is saying a 1 By,' great deal, too, Tor in her support' will be men , and women who have each seen starring days. ! Eben Plympton, W. H. Thompson, John E. Kel- K f lerd, Edwin Arden, Forrest Robinson, George j V; Clarke, W. J. Ferguson, and Salt Lake's own Miss ,' Ada Dwyer not one entitled to less than leading lh honors will be in the collection of mummers who " Jrvi wil1 help to make secure the position of this girl. Mjfo Salt Lake will be interested to know that it 'ft was by no mere chance that "Romeo and Juliet" Whl was chosen- That was tne tragedy In which Miss t Adams scored her greatest success and there is no 1 ' ' doubt that a serious effort is being made to force Miss Robson into direct rivalry with Miss Adams in her own field. New Yorkers have already begun to divide on this subject. Since the success of "The Little Minister" Miss Adams has undoubtedly had the greatest following of an American actress among i the women of the country. Her box office receipts iv would prove that. If possible this newcomer will Hffr divide this support with her. When "Audrey" !'l; was running one could hear constantly compari- f I W sens between her and Miss Adams. Harry B. $ Smit,h remarked to me the similarity in their gen- " oral style and method and there were many cham- I piers of Miss Adams at the Madison Square the atre during the run of that play fo observe precisely pre-cisely how formidable was this new aspirant. Salt Lake will be further interested in the development de-velopment of this incident from the fact that Miss Robson is a daughter of Mrs. Madge Can Cook, who played for several seasons in the stock company com-pany there. Another homo tie exists in the fact that her closest friend and guardian in the years that she has been making her reputation has been Miss Ada Dwyer. Miss Dwyer watches over Miss Robson and sees that she does not waste her A strength. Mr. Tyler would not think of casting I his little star in a play without finding a role for ' the Salt Lake actress. "ijj 0f course in the end it will be found that "there is honor enough for all" in the theatrical J field and that Miss Adams will not suffer no mat- ! ter how successful Miss Robson may be. Still there is a time of heartburning coming for the matinee girl when the rivalry really becomes 1 acute. What will Weber and Fields do next year? That is a question that is agitating the theatregoers theatre-goers as the end of the season approaches. The little theatre that they transformed from a cheap music hall into the fad of the metropolis certainly is destined to see some radical changes next season, sea-son, and all Broadway Is wondering how extensive they will be. Miss Fay Templeton is to go and star in musical comedy, Miss Lilliam Russell, who is losing her voice but still retains her wonderful beauty, is casting her eyes towards the legitimate, and William Collier is to be sent out starring again. How they can be replaced Broadway cannot can-not see. In fact when Weber and Fields bought the services of "Willie" Collier for a round sum and paid him a salary to do small parts with their aggregation, it was realized that they had about reached the climax. Novelty is their capital and it is to be feared that a change of policy will be their only resort now. It seems to be the history of Hallen and Hart over again. When they came into Broadway with tneir Irish comedy they were made a fad. They stayed one season on the strength of their popularity popu-larity with the leaders of the Broadway smart set. That was sufficient to keep the visitors and the less smart people going to see them for about five seasons more while the smart ones were hurrying hur-rying off after other gods. Weber and Fields have come through their fifth season. Their Dutch dialect comedy has been laughed at and repeated from one end of the country to the other. They have sent actors and actresses out to make great reputations and have developed burlesque as it had never before been developed on either side of the ocean. But Broadway nc seems to want something new, and I think that these two shrewd men were among the first to realize that they must look into other fields for their future prosperity. Nor do I think that they will feel at all disappointed. dis-appointed. Broadway has been kind to them and they have each put aside a fortune. It would be only natural if their ambitions should make them wisn to reach higher and gain more success than could come to them from their own acting. It is significant in this connection that they have been buying and building theatres, so that they are getting get-ting a formidable circuit and that much of the time of Weber is taken up with these fhterests. while on the other hand Fields is surprising New Yorkers with the skill he has displayed in staging stag-ing the latest and best burlesque put on at the music hall. Fields has some original ideas on stage matters, mat-ters, and Weber would relish successful opposition opposi-tion to the plans of Klaw and Erlanger to control the theatrical situation. So it would not be at all surprising if they should find it advisable to retire re-tire from acting within the next year or two. E. J. Y.