Sydney Phillips, with songs, stories, a dope number and an impression of Al Jolson singing “Rock-a-bye Baby,” stopped the show at fifth position. Phillips possesses a good voice and puts stories over effectively.
Boothy and Everdeen provided a strong number two. The girl in the team carries the entertaining almost entirely alone. She scored best with “Mrs. Bradley’s Jazz Affair,” which afforded an opportunity for dialects and mimicry. For comedy she effects a deep prop cough somewhat mindful of Willie Solar’s vocal calesthenics [sic].
Jack Clifford and Miriam Wills with “At Jasper Junction” were fourth (baggage delay had them next to closing at Monday’s matinee). Following the Doree opera carnival the singing in the rube turn seemed slight, but they fared very well considering the spot.
Challias and Lambert made a corking impression with a classy song and piano offering. Miss Challias with mannerisms and voice similar to Irene Franklin imitates the latter’s “Janitor’s Child” number perfectly.
Jeanette Childs looks like a recruit from the small time, but her showing here indicated that she is a big time possibility. She has ability enough to remain in the bigger houses. She is an exponent of character songs, including the usual Italian and Yiddish characterizations, but as a novelty has a rube song. What she needs the most is material and wardrobe.
Two men two women in full stage special set representing a seashore scene which is all that calls for the above name. A singing offering with comedy talk with a burlesque on a loving picture. Act has a novel finish which gets them away to a big finish. Went good.
Character song delineator, featuring “The Dope”; opens up in full dress; does several talking songs, finishing with “The Dope” – making up in full view of the audience. 18 min. in one; went big.
Character songs. 14 minutes in One. Miss Russell works hard. She has some dashing costumes, going from a red costume to green, then to purple and gold, then to white. She sings well. Went good at Sunday matinee—much better Sunday night. Act open next week.
Introducing songs and impersonation. Her various numbers were moderately well received, none of them scoring heavily. Her changes are made behind an illuminated screen, and of course this added to the interest of the act. All in all she fared but moderately well, finishing fairly strong.
Man and woman in singing specialty. The man portrays the character of an English chappy. The girl makes several changes of costumes, with a fairly good voice. Their patter is that of the dull Englishman who fails to grasp the American humor, they finish with few steps of dancing. The act is clean, nicely presented and, while the house does not enthuse, they manage to get by. Thirteen minutes in one.