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I With The First Nighters I EDWARD TERRY. m The engagement of Edward Terry and his I English company in a repertoire which included . "Sweet Lavender," "Liberty Hall," "The Toy- f maker of Nuremburg," and "The Magistrate," at M the Colonial theatre early in the week, was one fm of the notable events of the dramatic season, though the treat they offered was scarcely appre- ciated by theatregoers here. H The audience atthe opening performance, WM "Sweet Lavender," was extremely small, though fl as the reports of the worth of the company and M the production were circulated, the plays attract-B attract-B ed more and more people. The plays and the B production of them were very English and fine H as were Mr. Terry's performances with the able B assistance of the clever people with whom he is B surrounded, it was all strange to audiences used fl to modern American productions and for that B reason most of those who enjoyed the engagers engage-rs ment were found in the ranks of the older thea-B thea-B tregoers with memories going back long before B the time of events of the past ten or fifteen B years. B Of the plays given here "Liberty Hall" and B "The Toymaker of Nuremburg" were the most B pleasing, though even had the company opened B in either of these it is doubtful if the patronage B would have been greater. As it was the Salt B Lake engagement, while a great success from an H artistic standpoint, was a miserable failure Hj financially. During Mr. Terry's American en- H gagement it has been often said that his plays H and the people in them are reminiscent of many H of Dicken's characters, and tills is particularly B true of his work as Dfok Phenyl in "Sweet Lav- H ender." Perhaps this character may be said to H1 be slightly overdrawn, but it was pleasing never- H theless, and portrayed with that degree of per- H fection that might be expected of one who has H played the part not hundreds but thousands of H times. H, It is to be regretted that considering the fact K that a large number of slap stick comedies, both H with and without music, are generously patron- H, ized, that such productions us those given by H Terry and his people must go begging; but the H tendency is probably only another evidence of H; the amount of froth and lack of solidity in. mod- Hl em American life. H ORPHEUM. H. Offering Its public a perfectly balanced bill, H', replete with clever acts, the Orpheum has had Hl, its hands full caring for the crowds of the week. Hf The entertainment opens with the Kuraa family, Hi who are clever equilibrists and whoso perform- Hj ance also includes many pleasing feats of magic H! and mystery. Elsie Durand, the female Caruso H (according to tho program), follows, and her H voice is quite unusual considering her sex, but H she gets a little beyond her depth when she tack- H lcs "Pagllacci". H "Maxim's ModelB", being living reproductions H of several of the world's great paintings, is a H beautiful novelty and one of the most attrac- H : tive acts of the circuit. The coloring and poses B have been perfected by a master hand, and the H' one fault to find with the exhibition was the B haste with which tho man behind the curtain H dropped it on "The Sirens" and "Evening H Harry Tate's English company in a travesty m on motoring is here again, to the delight of i everyone who has ever had a breakdown in a B motor car. It is nice to know that Mr. Tate i spared us the time to bring his sketch to Salt 1 VsL "' Lake, for according to tho newspaper notices the King of England, the Empress Eugenie and tne King and Queen of Spain are all anxiously awaiting await-ing his return to Europe. "The Visitor" by Oliver White as played by Porter J. White, Edward Wonn and Adelaide Fairchlld, is a very strong sketch of absorbing interest. Mr. White is a fine actor and he has a powerful vehicle in "The Visitor". Mr. Wonn, who plays opposite him, is entirely too stiff. Seymour Brown and Nat D. Ayer presenting their Wing-Train-Breakers potpourri, have been recalled time and again at every performance. Their fun and music certainly nits a popular chord, though at times it comes very close to The strongest plays of this kind are Sir Gilbert Gil-bert Parker's "The Right' Way," nd Eugene Walter's "The Wolf," but this play of Selwyn's which was one of the first to have its setting in the Canadian wilds, is excellent, and it is put on by the Garrlck players in a thoroughly finished manner. The Pierre of Mr. Durkin is especially strong, and the Jap Durkin of Walter Seymour is one of the best things he has done during the season. The fight of the two in the third act and the death of the latter is worked out exceptionally well. Miss Wheatley drops into such parts as Jen with a naturalness that calls for much praise. FANNIE WARD An English beauty at the Orpheum next week the limit in suggestiveness. William Ferry, tho original frog man is back again and has twisted himself into general favor during his engagement. engage-ment. "PIERRE OF THE PLAINS" The production of "Pierre of the Plains," Edgar Ed-gar Selwyn's first play, at the Garrick this week, again pretty well demonstrated the fact that the Garrick players are best in melodrama, and also that the patrons of the house prefer something to stir the primitive emotions combined with the drawing of red blood, as best exemplified in tho plays of the Canadian woods. Her work in this is a litle reminiscent r f that in "The Girl of the Golden West," though her performance would be more effective if she would forget those white petticoats. They scarcely go with high boots, coarse clothes and the yelp of the catamounts. David Herblin gives a splendid performance, and the others, including Miss Collier, Mr. Schuster, Schus-ter, Mr. Day, Mr. Crosby,, Mr. Hutchinson, Mr. Sayle and Mr. Butts are clever and convincing, at Jack Held and Neil Pratt are cast in the best roles they have had for many weeks, and their portrayal of the characters of Matt Brady and Val Galbraith respectively only goes to 'show that they need nothing but the opportunity and a year or two of experience to make them perfectly good troopers. ORPHEUM'S NEW WEEK At the Orpheum next week a strong bill is headed by the English beauty, Fannie Ward, "by jg, special permission of Klaw and Erlanger." y Every Englishman knows Fannie, the young widow of Sam Lewis, the famous multi-millionaire money lender of aristocratic London. She is traveling in her own special car and this little actress who for four years in succession won the annual prize for the best dressed woman in England Eng-land is destined to make a hit with her own company com-pany in the playet, "An Unlucky Star." John P. Rogers and Max Hart, the Cohan & Harris talking and singing comedians, offer an entertaining little act in which singing and patter are the prime ingredients. "The Brainstorm Comedian and the Telephone Girl" is the title of another singing and dancing skit which will be presented by John Neff and Carrie Starr. Al Lawson and Frances Namon present comedy cycling cycl-ing and fancy bag punching. Miss Namon is said to be the only woman in the world who has mastered the Fitzsimmons trick of breaking with a blew from her fist the cord from which the bag is suspended. "An Artist's Dream" is the title of a local act that is breaking into vaudeville. In .his act RUTH ST. DENIS In the Radha Dance Then Frank Tinney is on the bill. This clever burnt-cork comedian is a host in himself. His , last visit here nearly created a riot and he is said to have some new and even better stuff on ' this trip. Of all the "cat" tribe, leopards are the least responsive to human blandishments. Therefore when Mme. Vallecita comes with a cage full of vJ& them, all highly skilled in doing stunts, the class of the act may be easily seen. Mme. Vallecita is the one woman who has succeeded in handling leopards, and her assortment of them is exhibited exhib-ited in a strong aluminum arena, the intrepid woman uses nothing but a small whip to control them. Ifclli iMiwiiiiii mmmmmKmmmmmmimmmmmmmm George It. Pyper presents Ernest Langton and Bertha Hart in an interesting story of an American Ameri-can artist in Paris. The act was put on for its initial week at Ogden where It made a hit. RUTH ST. DENIS The Hindu dances which first brought Ruth St. Denis to note were so unusual and so fascinating fas-cinating that their success determined her to build a cycle of dances picturing Oriental life. Ancient Egypt was selected for the scene of the second series because it was, as far as history records, the first country where dancing attained the dignity of an art, and because of the effect H the manners nnd customs of those people had on H our present day civilization. Henry B. Harris H will present Ruth St. Denis at the Salt Lake f theater next Thursday, Friday and Satur- H day, ad there will be included in the H progi. n , the new series of dances of an- H j cient Egypt as well as the most famous of H the Hindu numbers. Miss St. Denis is assisted f by a company of some fifty people and a special H , augmented orchestra will be engaged to interpret 1 the music under the direction of Walter Mayro- H i wltz. H The program is in two parts, the first being H given over to the Egyptian and the second to H the Hindu numbers. The first of the Egyptian H dances is called "The Tamboura" and formed a H part in. the famous Feasts of Eternity" in. which H the wealthy folk of that old time indulged; the H second is v"The Veil of Isis" and therein the B dancor appears as the ancient Goddess in man!- H festatlons of the great Egyptian trinity Neith, H Hathor and Isis; for the final number of this B series MJs9 St. Denis will give "The Dance of r" Day," in which she typifies the rise and fall of H, ancient Egypt. For the Hindu series in which she is to ap- B pear Miss St. Denis has selected "The Cobra," r H dance of the snake charmer, the dance which ' embodies the symbol of devotion in "The Spirit 1 of Incense" and "The Nautch" dance. B In setting the stage for the Egyptian dances B Mr. Harris has exorcised the same care and at- M t, tention which marked the Hindu numbers. Miss B, St. Denis personally made the drawings fro-" B which the settings were made and they are as B nearly as possible photographic reproductions of- B the architecture of the times. B H THE BONCI RECITAL B The program for the song recital to bo given by Alessandro Bonci at the Salt Lake theatre next Tuesday evening has been completed, and is published below. Bonci will be assisted by Harold Osborn Smith, the pianist, and the program as arranged will prove most attractive to those who have been waiting for a real musical treat. It is as follows: Spiaggo amate (Helen and Paris) Gluck Caro mio ben Giordanl Chi vuol la Zingarella Paisiello On Wings of Music Mendelssohn Who Is Sylvia Schubert Hark, Hark, the Lark Schubert Aria M'Appari tutt' amor (Marta) Flotow Piano Solo Allegro Appassionato. .. .Saint Saens Vieille Chanson Bizet Romance Debussy Embarquez-Vous Godard Aris Clio gelida Manina (La Boheme) .. .Puccini Long Ago MacDowell A Maid Sings Liglit MacDowell Mattinata Leoncavallo "Rosalind at Red Gate," a play of mystery, dramatized by George Middleton from Meredith Nickolson's story of the same name, takes the Garrlck Sunday night for a week's stay and if the success which attended the production at that house of its companion play, "The House of a Thousand Candles," is any criterion, the new show will run to some heavy business. There is a charm and originality in the Nickol-son Nickol-son yarns that Mr. Middleton usually succeeds in retaining intact in his dramatized versions of the stories and reviews elsewhere of "RosaUnd at Red Gate" indicate the play has scored a distinct success. With the exception of the wrestling match at the Colonial Monday evening, that house will be dark the coming week. Beginning Sunday night, April 1, "Father and the Boys" will be seen for a half a week and "Alaska, a melodrama, will follow for the balance of that week.