Cincinnati Inquirer, pt. 2
thori ara Oaorg C Haslrton. Jr., ana J. Harry Bemimo. Mr. Bmrtmo, who 1 noted play producer, lived for jmany yara In China. Ha there iturtIM the Chlneae theaters and ta thoroughly in touch with Chinese theatrkal cuatomi. In San Francisco he conceived the Idea of living the American public a romantic comedy Just as It would be presented in the ccleatlal empire. He dlacu.sed the possibilities with Mr. Hasleton. who became became convinced the p4an could be effectively effectively carried out. The success of the play, which was presented In New York three seasons al". was never In doubt. Brander Matthews wrote an able and scholarly exposition of the work, which afterward was Incorporated Incorporated aa a preface to the printed edition. edition. A number of eminent literary men taiued a round robin urging all Interested Interested In the uplift of the stale to see the play and the Drama League bulletined It It is the manner of Its presentation that has made "The Yellow Jacket" one of the most novel offerings the modern stage ever has seen. The primitive meui. oils that still obtain In the theaters of the celeatlal empire supplant the more sophisticated art of our own stage. The chorus, an omnipresent personage who confides to the audience that he It IS who wrote the plsy. drilled the players and la. in ronseo.uenc, solely entitled to Ing this will be under the aa a and set It will the applause; the property man. bored to J extinction with the progress of the plot that constantly Interrupts his consump tion of tea and cigarettes; the mustrlans. who occupy an alcove at the back of the stage a'nd play on native Instruments, are all In visible evidence on the stsge throughout the progress of the play. The property man announces the Be ginning of the play with his gong, the chorus outlines briefly the story and then takes a seat In front of the musicians, from which vantage point he announces the significance of successive scenes and the characters who fill them. There Is, no shifting of stage setting. In the ranee of the Western stars. Instead, the ecenes are Indicated bv the use of simple prop erties, arranged as they are needed by the blase property man and his assistants Thus a teakwood table and tiro chairs represent a chamber of state In'a palace; a pile of tables la'a mountain, and a bamboo pole a weeping willow. These methods, ouatnt to the point of absurdity to the Occidental mind, pro vide much of the humor of the entertain ment There Is humor, too. In the drawing drawing of the characters and the philosophy In which the speeches abound. Also, there are many momenta of exquisite beauty In the three acta. The episode to-day of the two lovers, for Instance, floating I In lar down stream In an Imaginary bars of flowers is of surpassing beauty and Im agination. The Tellow Jacket" is admirably etitt- etitt- ed to such an organlsAtlnn ss the Coburn Plsyers. Ths simplicity of the one setting which represents the stage of a Chinese theater sol re. the difficult problem of 16. of complicated settings which every touring company must face, and the rlchneaa. of . the Chinese dress Insures beauty In the coitumtng.