Hopper in London: Review by Wilstach Iowa City Press-Citizen 19 Dec 1899

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I have given the subject a good deal of thought since then, and have come to the conclusion that. while the people of the stage may have degenerated, the stage itself has not. And I don't think it ever will. The young never see the so-called degeneracy. degeneracy. It is always the old who see what they consider a retrograde movement" movement" "In what light do you view Ibsen's influence on the writing of plays?" he was asked. "I don't care a great deal about answering answering that question, because I cannot cannot confess to being an admirer of the man. He has influenced to some extent extent the writings of plays, but not the spirit. He has also influenced the method of dialogue. Ibsen's dialogue is a great thing for the actor. It goes along as smoothly as the unwinding of a spool of cotton." Cyrano had a historical counterpart in Tycho Brahe, a Danish astronomer, who wore a golden nose. He was astronomer, poet, painter, fighter and what not. James I. of England, when "he was James VI. of Scotland, called him familiarly by his first name,, made him presents, and wrote verses about No cue enjoyed it more than Lang* try herself. She offered every assistance, assistance, lending me the manuscript and giving us every chance to study the acting of 'Degenerates.' Grundy told me he regarded it as a fine advertisement. advertisement. And so it is. Our triumph on the first tiight was due mainly to Charles Hawtrey, who happened to be behind the scenes when Blake, who was doing a travesty on him, came me with his nose bleeding. I was in despair. The whole seemed to be on the brink of ruin. But Hawtrey said: "Look here, Hopper, I'll go on and travesty myself.' " Miss Elsie Crescy of Chicago plays this season her first part in the world. Miss Crescy has studied long and hard in preparation for stage work. It is entirely safe to affirm that Miss Crescy's personality and her determined determined industry will in the neai future mark her as a serious dramatic possibility. Already in her very first part she shows much of the intuitive grasp of the actress that is born, made. A flexible face that easily takes dramatic impressions and retains them, a voice which has been trained into obedience, and a sweet person, combine to make her a very fortunate young aspirant. She is at present playing playing with very fair effect the part of Patty in "Mrs. B. O'Shaughnessey" (Wash Lady), with George W. Monroe. In these days, says the Dramatic Mirror, when New York is recognized a.i the center of the American theatrical theatrical world, it is hard to realize that than half a century ago this city occupied the second, if not the third, place in the business of the theater. Philadelphia Philadelphia at that time was reckoned Mecca of the engagement/less actor, as well as the goal to which the successful successful members of the profession journeyed journeyed in order to gain, if possible, the stamp of approval from the most crit- ELSIE CRESCY. him. Honors were heaped on him at home and abroad, yet he married a peasant girl, an act which raised such a rumpus between him and his family that the king was obliged to act as peacemaker. Like Cyrano, Brahe was ready to fight, with or without provocation. provocation. He lost his original nose in a duel, and made the substitute himself. It was of gold, skillfully covered with wax. Hopper has caught the London public public with his skit based on Grundy's DE WOLF HOPPER. "Degenerates," which was written for him by W. H. Post, who with his wife, Marion Giroux, Joined Mr. Hopper some time ago. Prank J. Wilstach, in a letter to the "Dramatic Magazine," says: "Mr. Hopper took up the Langtry Langtry play because it was a great success, success, and Mr. Post handled his skit in such a deliriously humorous way that it was impossible to score a failure. ical American audiences. Reputations were made there, new plays were produced there, and in the offices of the quiet old city the plans were formulated formulated for all of the important production? of the time. ' "The Visit" is a French play that tells the story of a man whose wife had such a mania for moving the furniture around that no room looked same for two days. He was methodical methodical in his habits and reduced to seeking seeking a divorce on the ground of incompatibility incompatibility of temperament. They meet again through a matrimonial agency and are about to be reunited when woman shows again that the moving mania is strong on her still. So they give up the idea of matrimonj, but decide to remain good friends. Alexander Dumas, the flder, not only wrote original dramas, but translated the classics of other countries into his own tongue. Among these were Shak- speare's "Hamlet" and Schiller's "The Robbers." It was recently discovered that he had also made a free translation translation of Schiller's "Fiesko," under the title "Fiesque de Lavagana." It was never acted. Dumas is said to have had greater admiration for Schiller than for Goethe, in whose works he found little that was available. Viola Allen, in "The Christian" has this season kept up the remarkable record for receipts made last year, in which in thirty-one weeks the receipts receipts amounted to $392,000. This season, season, for five weeks in Chicago, Miss Allen's receipts averaged $13,000 per week, and in Detroit, Cleveland and Pittsburg the takings were $12,000 a week each. In St. Louis the enormous amount of $16,200 was taken in during eight performances. a of I as if it

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