John P. Medbury, local author, registered another hit through his latest play, “Hitched Up,” this week’s offering by Will King Co. King is a wealthy bachelor, Ikey Leachinskey, a victim of amnesia, and while under on of these spells is married, but when again himself cannot recall his wife. Lew Dunbar as Mike, his friend, finally discovers Ikey’s wife, who proves to be a widow with about ten children, all piling into Papa Ike’s room as the curtain drops. Reece Gardner as E. Pluribus Unum does a dope fiend who is anxious to sell his flea farm and uses real dollars as his business cards.
Robb and Whitman, a mixed team in “one,” were the comedy hit. Dressed as school kids they brought laughs throughout. The girl is attractive and cute and has a pleasing voice, while the male member knocked out a hit with original schoolboy stuff.
Goldberg and Wayne, two men at a piano, were the hit of the show with their comedy song offerings. Both are possessors of pleasing voices. “Love Lies” was the King offering in its usual spot. The gowns worn by the principal and the chorus were especially attractive, mainly the wedding gown worn by Clair Starr. King scored again with his magnificent stage setting, getting a big hand on that alone. The book was good and interspersed with musical numbers went over big. A Sunshine comedy completes the bill.
The International Revue, carrying seven men and one woman, made some poor attempts at comedy, bringing few laughs during their 15 minutes. The yodeling song by the Italian impersonator received good applause, the other members of the company lacking good voices. A patriotic closing featuring the Statue of Liberty makes an effective kind applause finish.
Florette, opening the show, received well merited applause for clever routine of acrobatics and contortion. Although her act is rather short, it is interesting throughout, the feature being the manner in which she effects what appears to be a complete dislocation of the neck.
Binns and Bert, billed as “daring trapezists and pantomimists,” opened the vaudeville and fully lived up to their title. The act is clever throughout, their work on the trapeze bringing much applause.
Excellent bill this week; comedy and singing well divided and delivered. Will King scored again with “Your Honor” as the offering. Although ordinary janitors in a courtroom, King and Lew Dunbar as Ikey and Mike, respectively, occupy the bench during the judge’s vacation and bring laugh after laugh with their comedy. King caused a riot of laughter when he walked into the courtroom with a cash register and placed it on the jurist’s bench. The two “jurists” then proceeded to soak everybody.
Troutner and Heffner, two men in blackface, one a comedian and the other straight, received a fair return for their comedy talk. “Oh, Look,” the King offering, was replete with laughs, making a good impression as the closing number. A feature that brought much favorable comment was the scenery in the background.
“Spivin’s Corner,” a well balanced rural act in “three” consisting of three men in rube character, one straight and a pretty girl, is the hit of vaudeville. Hoke comedy by the rubes beings laughs in the early part. The dancing of the girl and the offerings of the rural trio which put over several good number were well received. Especially good is laughing.
A school act having seven people billed as “The District School,” depending on hoke for their big laughs, but otherwise containing good entertainment, went over exceptionally big. They conclude with jazz orchestra playing following some good singing and dancing specialties.