Press Clippings for the week ending
Saturday, 19 September 2009

A random selection of clippings
from newspapers and magazines

Juliette Simon-Girard in
Le Voyage de Suzette
at the Gaieté Théâtre, Paris, 1890

Juliette Simon-Girard

Juliette Simon-Girard (1859-1954), French actress and soprano,
as she appeared in Le Voyage de Suzette

(engraving from Le Monde Illustre, Paris, reproduced in
The Salt Lake Herald, Salt Lake City, Utah, 4 April 1890, p. 12b)

'Among the recent successes in Paris is Le Voyage de Suzette at the Gaiete. It is a pantomime of more than usual elaborateness. Nothing has been overlooked which could add to the perfection of the presentation. It has been put on with an expenditure of money for costumes and scenery lavish even for Paris, and the French papers predict for it a long and profitable run. The piece is the work of M. Reichan and the music is by Offenbach [sic]. Mme. Simon Girard assumes the leading role. She has already become well known in Paris as a burlesquer, and her present venture promises to add to her popularity. It is said that she is paid a nightly salary of 700 francs.'
(The Salt Lake Herald, Salt Lake City, Utah, 4 April 1890, p. 12b). The music of Le Voyage de Suzette was not by Offenbach as stated but by Léon Vasseur.

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Bertha Ricci to return to the stage, 1890

Bertha Ricci

Bertha Ricci (fl. late 19th Century),
American prima donna

(photo: unknown, probably New York, mid/late 1880s)

'Bertha Ricci is to return to the stage. She was married less than a year ago to Jeff George, a well known New York man about town. She wanted to live quietly, but her husband didn't. Hence a disagreement, which, apparently, will result to the advantage of lovers of good operatic singing.'
(The Salt Lake Herald, Salt Lake City, Utah, 4 April 1890, p. 12b)

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James T. Powers and Rachel Booth
in a revival of A Runaway Girl,
Daly's Theatre, New York, 23 April 1900
and United States tour

James T. Powers and Rachel Booth

James T. Powers as Flipper and Rachel Booth as Alice
in A Runaway Girl, revived at Daly's, New York, 23 April 1900

(photo: Morrison, Chicago, 1900)

'James T. Powers and his merry-making companions of A Runaway Girl, began a week's engagement last night at the Columbia Theatre [Washington, D.C.] in the presence of an audience that taxed both the seating and standing capacity of the playhouse. The interpreting company is of good size and the rendering of the English musical comedy was a distinct success in every way. The swinging music of the piece proved inspiring enough to win from two to eight encores for almost every number. The organization is a decidedly able one and, besides Mr. Powers, includes such clever people as Van Rensalaer Wheeler, Maurice Abbey, Joseph Fay, Henry Stanley, Charles R. Smith, Arthur Cunningham, Marie Celeste, Rachel Booth, Mae Baker, Mariam Lawrence, Jeanne Towler, and Carolyn Gordon.'
(The Evening Times, Washington, D.C., Tuesday, 9 January 1900, p. 6b)

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Ida Conquest, John Drew and Isabel Irving
in The Tyranny of Tears,
Empire Theatre, New York, 11 September 1899

The Tyranny of Tears

Ida Conquest, John Drew and Isabel Irving in The Tyranny of Tears

(photo: Sarony, New York, 1899)

'John Drew began his annual engagement at the Empire Theatre on Monday, September 11, the vehicle being another comedy from Charles Wyndham's repertory, The Tyranny of Tears, by Haddon Chambers. Mr. Drew has not appears in an American play since he came to grief with Henry Guy Carleton's That Impudent Young Couple some four years ago. A cleverly treated portrayal of a domestic tiff, The Tyranny of Tears received praise from the critics and ran until Yuletide, but failed to do the big business of The Liars, its immediate predecessor. It required only six persons to play it, and these six were admirably chosen. Isabel Irving was sufficiently sprightly in her cheerful moments to prevent tearful Mrs. Parbury from getting on one's nerves, while Ida Conquest as Hyacinth Woodward, the trouble maker in the household, mad a capital foil. And the George Gunning of Arthur Byron was a veritable feather in this young man's cap.'
(Munsey's Magazine, New York, July 1900, p. 537)

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