Salt Lake Tribune 8 Nov 1895 Review of DeWolf Hopper

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Salt Lake Tribune 8 Nov 1895
Review of DeWolf Hopper - grand larceny. The petit jurors who were...
grand larceny. The petit jurors who were temporarily excused from duty in the Third District court two weeks ago have been notified to be in attendance next Monday, %t which time criminal cases will be taken up. AMUSEMENTS OF THE CITY, A good opera never went begging- in Salt Lake. As a drawing attraction in Zion a comic opera beats a fire. De U'o.lf Hopper's drag-net pulled a fine lot of fish last night. Election winnings went Into tho theater box-office, flei'eated candidates wiped out the sorrows of the campaign in the fun of "Wang" and successful ones celebrated th'-ir election in the intoxicating draught of music, wit arid beauty. We have had cornic operas and comic operas, but the feelings of the visitor to "U'ang" are like those of the poverty-stricken waif on being taken to the seashore—"! never saw enough of ftnythmg to once be-fore." "Wang" is an ideal entertainer and "Vv'ang" in this connection means the op'-rfi plu.s Do Wolf Hopper, Where b" is known personally De Wolf Hopper i.s reeognixed as a mun who could make a barrel laugh. He is the out- Inn'st. of all that Is jolly, light-hearted find free, In the show lie IK only him- <-e|f, bev/igged, bogowned, bcsrnearod. nf fi.'ie proportions and exceptional stature, he is as rare in physical nature a« he is in mental attributes. But jhe \VoIf Stopper is only the diamond, and hns a setting as beautiful, brilliant and rich as ever delighted an audience. His wife, Edna Wallace, petite, graceful and bewitching, is a regular minx. Beside her husband, she looks like a fawn by a high-antlered deer. Her voice IK sweet and magnetic, though light. 'Bertha Waltzlnger, once here \vlth the P-ostonions. possesses a prvtty soprano voice, though only a few numbers in "Wang" make any demands upon it. Alfred Klein, keeper of tlie royal elephant, the quintessence of Ina.nity and suggest!ve of o, eunuch, rna.de a character .study of rich interest. His entrance was the signal for laughter. His exasperating conferences with \Yp.ng, his ma,.ster, convulsed the house. Edmund Stanley, the lieutenant, is glffed with a fine tenor voice, enjoyed both in solos and In the chorus effects. Trio scores of marchers, dancers and merry-makers that Interwoavod the performance did their work well. A much-enjoyed feature v/an the nursery rhymes by the little ones led by Wang. Without attempting a description of a piece an changing- and varlagated as a kaleidescope, it is sufficient to say that it is a model of burlesque opera, tho burlesque that does not affect to copy clo.sely, but touches with light and inoffensive hands the foibles of humanity. As an example of De Wolf Hopper's versatility we had a recitation on tlie line of a battle piece, with a baseball game for subject matter. The combination of lofty and ridiculous as I)o Wolf Hopper depicted with dramatic fervor and elocutionary concomitants (be fortunes of "Casey at the Bat" brought tears of laughter to the house. Tbe elephant is a remarkable piece of stf.ngo property, a model of Ingenuity. Scenery and costumes surpassed that of any production outside of Henderson's extravaganza, seen here In years. Mr, Hopper had his logs incasod in elastic stockings, surgeons' garters and other devices used to .support Iwistcd joints. Ho suffered a number of severe sprains through ati accident at Denver, so could not give swing to his dancing specialties. of

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  2. 08 Nov 1895, Fri,
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