13 Mins.; Two; One. Man and a woman with good voices, sing and attempt comedy. With comedy strengthened they will have a good chance for the popular priced houses.
10 Mins.; Full Stage (Special Set). Two people, a man and a woman, in a very fast act start things with experiments in water fountains, first shown in the country by the old Ten Ichi Troupe, a Jap organization. The two get a lot out of this style of work and immediately show a few so-called Hindu mysteries which, while not new, prove very interesting. This act should be kept busy.
15 Mins.; One. Grace Gibson, using a pianist, attempts the style of three different stars in her character song efforts. Irene Franklin, Connie Ediss and Bret Williams appear to have been her guiding stars. She sings a song recently sung by Miss Ediss at the Alhambra, London. Miss Gibson’s efforts, however meet with certain success and she should prove popular.
23 Mins.; Full Stage (Special Set). In England the revue craze grew out of the fact that a few of these shows hit London for long runs and big business, which prompted a couple of wise ones to put cheaper shows out for the smaller houses through the country. The experiment, as is known, proved successful. This same idea probably was responsible for this production to be built for the small time. But the producer should have made an effort to drill the chorus more effectively. Their work is ragged. One girl of the six almost killed the singing numbers by her very harsh efforts. The chief comedian is capable of gaining laughs by talking in a funny way, which, while not new, will always pass by on the small time. Two comedians, Irish and stuttering, assist, but the dialog employed recalls burlesque of ten years ago. Even the rubber-stretched snap-back is present. At the Opera House through the audience laughed at some of the comedy, the numbers did nothing. With a good deal of brushing up of the chorus work the act should be able to travel over the small time.
A good quartet, dressed as soldiers, sing old soldiers’ favorites in the pauses of war stories told by a man dressed as a Civil war veteran. While the stories are told battle scenes are depicted by a series of back cloths. Interesting and patriotic enough to be useful. It appears a later edition of old soldier fiddlers.
17 Mins.; One. A happy combination for the three-a-day. The boys have fairly good talk, several wheezes sounding especially new, while the singing end is capably handled by the “straight.” The shorter chap has a good voice and put over “Carolina” in great shape Tuesday night. It’s one of the best things in the act. the taller wears a comedy suit, also sings fairly well and does several dancing bits that varied the routine. Act made excellent impression.
6 Mins.; Full Stage (Gypsy Camp). Six men and two women form this acrobatic group. The “family” is dressed in the familiar grab of foreign nomads. They carry a gypsy camp drop and open with the women doing a tambourine dance. Pyramids, shoulder-to-shoulder leaps and somersaults, with groundwork the piece de resistance, are performed by the men. One of the women also puts in some acrobatic turns. The act has some flashy arabics, spirals and springboard (trampoline effect) somersault revolutions that are well done. The men are inclined to take their time with the work. Good act of its kind and a splendid closer for the pop house.