Oakland Tribune from Oakland, California on August 18, 1940 · Page 25
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Oakland, California
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Sunday, August 18, 1940
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OAKLAND TRIBUNE, SUNDAY, AUGUST 18, 1940 d Development Of One-Night Stand Urged Le Gallienne Wants Tour Business Put On Sounder Basis By WOOD SOANE8 Eva Le Gallienne, returned to New York after a tour that took her miles to 127 cities in 42 States has expressed the belief that the 0 salvation of the theater lies in a further development of the one- night stand. For her part, she will SDend the first ten weeks of this season delivering a lecture on "The Value of the Theater," as a consequence 01 a cnance meeting with a concert manager while she was doing her msen cycle In the Bay area. Up to now Miss Le Gallienne has denied herself to the Chautauqua business on the ground that she fens had nothing to say. At last she feels that she is possessed of suf ficient information and a message to make it worth the while of students and theatergoers to listen to her. CRITICAL AUDIENCES what struck Miss Le Gallienne most on her tour was the fact that critical judgment was not confined to Broadway. She learned that the citizens of Abilene, Tex., or Fargo, i.u., aiso nave tneir critical yard sticks, and are, not above using mem, "In small cities all over the coun try, she observed, "one faces theater public that is distinctively American. At least half of the places I visited were college or university towns, where students who put on their own plays make wonaeriuily quick, responsive au diences. They catch every point In a penormance nothing escape! mem. "I came in close touch with, audi ences on this tour. After the per. formance in any college town, the Biuaenis in tne dramatic courses came backstage with the member of the faculty who directed their productions, and we would have discussion. They asked questions ana made comments. They often asked me about the business I used in one scene or another. d INSTRUCTIVE PARLEYS l "Ibsen wrote very few stage di rections and one must devise one's own things that seem to. clarify a line or a motive. There is such richness in an Ibsen play that even after you have been doing it for a long time you suddenly see some new implication. Thus these discus sions were fun for me as well as the students." But the tour didn't stop with col lege discussions for Miss Le Gal lienne. She got some pretty defin- itfi ideas about what the booking rmces need to take into consideration in the arrangement of tours. "The ideal itinerary would be to take in about one-third of the coun try at a time." she said, "and do that territory thoroughly. There is so much waste motion in the way road attractions are booked. Last year we began in Newark, made n excursion into the South, and then doubled back to New England. SURPLUS TRAVEL "I remember a week. too. in aich we did Ohio towns on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, jumped to Syracuse and Utica for Thursday and Friday, and were back in Youngstown on Saturday. Once we traveled 320 miles .to make a matinee. Draw a line on the map tracing our whole route and it looks like bad knitting a lot of dropped stitches." This is a perennial complaint of stars on tour. Gertrude Lawrence, vno is soon to end her four-week stay in San Francisco, will virtually hemstitch her way across the comment, bne moves north from here, drops back to the midsection of the map, goes north again and 'then retraces her steps to Texas, iinany snutting up shop In Phila delphia. n Charlotte Greenwood'! last tour of the East she played, in succession, Cleveland, Pittsburgh, Detroit, St. Louis, Toledo, Colum- dus ana uuaaio. It wouldn't be so bad if these excursions could be made on de luxe trains, but many of the Jumps set out by the United Booking Office In New York call for branch lines with wretched ac-commodations and ghastly schedules. STRAIN ON ACTORS Actors who have difficult roles, requiring physical as well as mental effort, need their rest Most of them are perfectly willing to play every night in the week, but they lack the stamina to do without rest, and rest is an unknown quantity on. a jerkwater line in an antiquated pullman. The boys who do the tooklng rarely travel any further than from Qir offices to Long Island, and n they go de luxe. I happened across a letter from W. A. Darlington to the New York Times the other day, giving a hint of the English reaction to war. England may bo having its blackouts. llgAUTV PLUS TALENT) v , .,.. ,.1 r- ,- i vL l - 'J A''-'Vil ft r .ffrC V' FHms of Past r ' v" ; , i , II ML I VLr! ft,? 1 " I t.(.fj):vfaM)' I ' and most of its males may be on AVljJ9 SM 51 1 mH-I' S f , duty at night to keep close watch t -irt' -T' tfitlR'iMC iTt'liH-li- f for raiders, but the theater carries j-. JgprjJ'J M 1 on with slight variation from cus- i- k 1 tom- .... ' .- I I , ft S -T 1 : T t Mystery Play Brings Flora. Robson to Curran Stage '. Flora Robson. one of the most distinguished actresses of the London stage, made her American debut as a legitimate player last season at Henry Miller's Theater In New York. The play was the Edward Percy Reginald Denham murder mystery drama "Ladies in Retire ment" which comes to the curran in San Francisco on September 2 for a two-week engagement Miss Robson awoke the morning following her American premiere to find that her greatest London successes had been topped by her initial performance in this country. The critics were unanimous in their enthusiasm over her acting and the play, itself, was reported an instan taneous success. After1 a-'trhm-phant season on Broadway, "Ladl, In Retirement" ttarted without break, upon the present Coast ta coast tour. Motion picture audience hava known Flora Robson for her performances in "Wurthering Heights" with Laurence Olivier and Merle. ( Oberon, in "Invisible Stripes" with! George Raft, in "We Are Not Alone i with Paul Muni, and in the recently I completed "Sea Hawk" with Errol Flynn. j "Ladies in Retirement" provide the first opportunity that Bay region: I theatergoers have had to see thia distinguished actress upon the legitij mate stage. Major Bowes' Bill Closing Oakland theater patrons will have their last opportunities today to see Major Bowes' "Sixth Anniversary Revue" currently on the stage of the Downtown Theater. This revue, arranged to celebrate Major Bowes' sixth year on the air, has a cast of 20 people who appear in a variety revue that consumes over a full hour. Entertainers to be i?een in person include The Three' Flashes, "Novelty on Wheels," George Grantv "That Young Jitterbug," Ann Bradley, "Major Bowes' Own Sophie Tucker," Paul Jones, "Personality and Rhythm," Sheila Rogers, "Mimicry and Comedy," Frances Gibby, "Violin Virtuoso," The Five Jersey Farmhands, "Hilarious Musical Group," EUine Dowling, "Versatile Mistress of Ceremonies," The Bridgeport Foursome, "Name Band Imitations" and others.' Cm the screen is "Enemy Agent" with Richard Cromwell, Helen Vinson and Robert Armstrong. Another chapter of "Flash Gordon Conquers the Universe," a double edition of the latest news and a color cartoon go to rojnd out the program. and most of its males may be on duty at night to keep close watch for raiders, but the theater carries on with slight variation from cus tom. In recent, more peaceful Sum mers, "A Midsumer Night's Dream" ha? been a steady diet at the Open Air Theater in Regent's Park. This year is nn exception, although the blfckout orders interfered with the lighting effects, one of the princi pal charms of the production. So the starting time was moved up to 6:15 a return to the custom of Shakespeare's own day, permitting the playing of the piece by daylight On this side of the ocean, the drums are beginning to roll in advance of the new season. The Theater Guild, for one, is pretty cheerful in that Philip Barry has promised to have another comedy ready for Katharine Hepburn as soon as she finishes her picture stint in "The Philadelphia Story" and completes a road engagement which was interrupted at the behest of Hollywood. Richard Aldnch, Gertrude Law rence's new husband, is in posses sion of a contract with John Barry-more calling for his return to "My Dear Children" on September 2 in Chicago, scene of the biggest tri umph for star and play. NEWS FROM THE ROAD The Lunts will spend most of thi season touring with "There Shall Be No Night" John Pollock, in ad vance of Gertrude Lawrence, will leave her in Philadelphia along in October and ' move to the Lunts. Miss Lawrence will then revert to musical comedy, starting on Christmas night in Boston. A recent- survey of the half-'way mark in the Summer theater' sched ule indicated ihat these barn thea- n-i ii I It got the year's tfreat- est applause as a book! NOW screen audien- ri mi ces win nave a cnance to cheer the year's most exciting picture.' STARRING NORMA SHEARER ROBERT TAYLOR ;vJ ... tmH&HMI , , , I ' COMING SOON Urs arc not doing so well this year, an apathy ascribed variously to the weather, which has been un seasonable on the East coast, the election didoes and the war. Probably all played a part, but the chief reason for bad business is ' faulty memories on the part of promoters Originally the straw hat circuit was designed to provide Summer entertainment for resort customers and at the same time give actors a slight source of revenue in the dull months. Later it was ex panded into a testing field for new plays with drama school sidelights and finally source of Summer revenue for established stars. DRAWING CARDS Now the Summer theaters have discovered that when they have a Tallulah Bankhead doing "The Second Mrs. Tanquary" or a Gertrude Lawrence appearing in "Tonight at 8:30" or a Joe E. Brown doing "The Show Off" they are repaid by big crowds. If producers read their history they wotBd discover, wnat dramatic stock managers discovered but never actually learned years ago namely, that it is virtual suicide to go into the guest star business unless you have enough guests to make a season of it. It only takes a week to educate an audience to the better things. Time and again, when the Fulton, the MacArthur, the Macdon-ough and other stock theaters were operating, their managers would get a bright idea and hire a Leslie Carter, a Florence Reed or even an Alice Gentle for a brief interlude.! Business would soar upward in fine style. Then the season would end and the stock leads would resume playing to empty houses. Now it is happening in the straw hat circuit Already this season has seen several of the promoters forced to close by the sheriff. Next year it will probably be worse. The Sum mer theater, it seems to me, has a place, but It should be as a testing ground for new plays and new actors. Then it will serve some useful purpose in the theater and may eventually be self-sustaining. Until then it will be minor show business with red ink in evidence. ' State Fair Books Popular: Bands Three of the Nation's top "name bands, all of which will appear at the California State Fair in Sacra mento, August 30 through Septem ber 9, owe a vote of thanks to Call fornia. Kay Kyser, who opens the fair and plays the first three days, played his first successful engagement in a San Francisco night club. Ginhy Good Music at Ice Follies Ernie Kratzlnger, musical director of the Ice Follies, now appearing nightly at Winterland in San Francisco, is said by press agents to have real genius in preparing Bjrmyiiuiui; tuTuiiKemenis wr soio and ensemble work. For years the music for skating acts appearing at ice arenas was blared out" by organs or brass bands, not unlike circus bands. Only marches requiring plenty of "brass" were considered acceptable. With the advent of the Ice Follies, it was Kratzinger who insisted on a better balanced and a more symphonic musical organization. The string section and the woodwind section are just as important and valuable to him as is. the brass section, he says. Slmms, his featured girl singer, also appeared there. Horace Heldt, who plays four days at the State Fair, was born in Alameda, and got his start in music by forming the Californlans while at the University of California. ' Orrin .Tuckef and Wee Bonnie Bakerr.also to. be heard four, days at' the State Fair, skyrocketed to fame by their rendition of "Oh, Johnny, Oh" while playing an engagement at a San Francisco hotel. Great movies of the past to be shown daily at 2:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. at the Palace of Fine Arts of the Golden Gate International Expo. ition during the week until next Saturday include the following cinema masterpieces; ' Saturday, August 17, : through Tuesday, August 20f'Thef"nh Three" (1925), wlthLon JChanefc Mae Busch, Viotor McLaglen. One of Lon Chaney's best remembered films. Wednesday, August 21, through Friday, August 23 "Maedchen in Uniform" (1931), with Dorothea Wleok, Hertha Thiele. The prixe-winnlng film, made on co-operative fcasls. Saturday, August 24r-"The Italian Straw Hat" (1927). Rene Clair's fa. mous comedy, one of the rare Euro. pean masterpieces of the comic cinema. - ' Berkeley Product Gets Dramatic Lead i . Kenneth Tobey, , whom theatergoers here' will remember for his work at the Little Theater Vat the University of California, has a lead ing role tn the current production "Excursion" of fhe garter Theater, Abingdon, Va, j ' , V' 'v,;'':"i-V.; Tobey, who har beew ttefidmg the Neighborhood Playhouse In New York City for1 the past year, has appeared in a number of Barter Theater productions this year, including "Family Portrait" and "Mar-gin for Error." Adagio Team Trains Daily To break up the monotony of their routine acts no matter how. strenuous they may be tha adagiou team, the Rita Borden Trio, taken to vigorous, outdoor exercise evarjfl day. Three husky men and tiny girl. they are. Each of the brawny fel lows standing well ' over six ' feet and each weighing in the neighbor hood of 200 pounds takes to horse. to swimming pool, to mountain byways or to the golf links every. day where they work out at some, thing "different than throwing a girl around." I All three are expert in cracking the bull whip, juggling, tumbling and. in the general art of acrobatics. They keep busy all day long and are. always in good shape to carry. on their three-a-day in the Califor nia Auditorium where they ar headliners with Clifford C Fischer" New Folies Bergere. 'SKYLARK' ON LONG TOUR Following the conclusion of hevj engagement In "Skylark" at the Cur-. ran Theater on, Saturday, August 24, Gertrude Lawrence- will begin ! long tour arranged; by John Golden.! Alter tne run nere tne .company, will journey northward into Canada, then through the Middle West and North as far as Duluth. From there the actors travel South into Texas) and conclude the season In Philadel phia -early In December. - Golden is one of the few producers who insists upon sending the production on tout exactly as it was1 seen in New York. Because Of this. "Skylark" suu has John Emery and Glenn Anders. In the cast ' A CALIFORNIA T lDMlCS .2300 com. rrom-xfc.m. THE MORTAL STOItW'-Jamel Stewart .larfaret BuUavan. Robert YoUna - and Fran Morgan: alo, "Captain H I4y' "CUFFORI t FISCHER'S MUTHT ftOOWTWII The All New .DQQGQLa! OF 1941 3! TICKET MU-ROWVCD SCATS IHI1MAN CUT CO ANP CIAMI X Vtt t .IHHMAN CUV AT UPW.U1. 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