Lenore Ulric (originally Ulrich), a well known American actress of both stage and screen, first attracted attention in Oliver Morosco's production of The Bird of Paradise, which opened at Daly's Theatre, New York, on 8 January 1912. The play transferred to Maxine Elliott's Theatre on 22 January 1912 where it closed on 13 April before setting out on tour.
'Bird of Paradise Coming
'Strong Play Here Monday [3 November 1913]
'Dick Tully's Beautiful Drama to Be Produced at Majestic [Nevada]
'Oliver Morosco's production of Richard Walton Tully's strikingly original play, The Bird of Paradise, will e seen at the Majestic theater tomorrow evening for one performance only.
'Amid the confusion of financial and political plays, the bewildering mazes of society comedy and the sometimes nauseous mess of problem and sex-drama, The Bird of Paradise stands forth in powerful and refreshing relief.
'Dr. Paul Wilson, a bright young American, is fascinated by the apparent idyllic beauty and care-freedom of the native life of Hawaii. To tell the truth he is most of all fascinated by the beautiful Pele girl Luana, and when Luana, alike fascinated by his culture and blasť manners, insidiously summons him to her existence - he goes. The tragedy at the end lies in the hopelessness of poor Luana. Paul Wilson, waking at length to his race sensibilities, is ultimately redeemed. But Luana, the native girl, with her longing for indolence, and the saccharine music of the ukulele, and the Kanaka intoxicants, and primitive life, finds these inborn traits and her unutterable love for Paul hopelessly apart. It is Luana's Caucasian love and Malay life which gives the last act its intense realism and somber dramatic power.
'Mr. Morosco has assembled a masterful company. Lenore Ulrich, will in her teens and a veritable miniature [Sarah] Bernhardt, gives a touch of almost lurid fire to her portrayal of Luana [the part originally played during the New York run by Laurette Taylor], the child of Pele. William Desmond, a splendid American actor just back from a starring tour in Australia, is to be seen as Paul Wilson [originated by Lewis S. Stone]; and David Landau, a western actor of convincing power, returns to the role of Dean which he created [sic; the part was actually created by Guy Bates Post]. The rest of the cast is splendidly efficient and includes the original troupe of native musicians and dancers brought from Honolulu by Mr. Morosco especially for the production.
'The volcano scene of the last set is a terrific bit of realism.'
(Nevada State Journal, Sunday, 2 November 1913, p.2b)
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