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NEW PLAYS AND BOOKS

Season 1925

ONE ROOM, PLUS By Elizabeth Calder & Walter Ben Hard

A dramatic comedy in three acts. Three males and three females. Scenery a single easy interior. Plays a full evening. This laughable play blends youthful spirits and intense modernity with the kindly wisdom of the previous generation. Frank Carmichael is trying to provide Julia, a pleasure loving wife, with city life and freedom from household care. Their home is a collection of mechanical conveniences, assembled in a combined living, dining, and sleeping room, plus bath and kitchenette.. Into this "ONE ROOM, PLUS" of Fred and Julia, “Dad" Carmichael is warmly welcomed for a visit. H¢ immediately makes himself at home finding the top of the bath tub à convenient place to sleep. John Carmichael Fred's elder brother, and his wife, call on “Dad" and criticise Julia's extravagant tastes and aspirations and their influence on Fred. They flaunt their economies and exhibit, in con. trast to "ONE ROOM, PLUS," a real home of their own in the suburbs. “Dad's" kindly philosophy, whimsical wisdoni, and ability to see both sides, brings about an unexpected harmony. Before he leaves "ONE ROOM, PLUS," the recently antagonistic young people have to some degree, the aspect of a mutual admiration party. The six characters have equally prominent parts. That of "Dad” Carmichael with its shafts of homely wit will become classic.

This is a play from the production of which actors and audiences alike will

derive keen enjoyment. Especially recommended to Little Theatres and schools. During the third act the characters enact their own story as it would appear in the movies. In submitting the manuscript of this play to a member of the faculty of one of our representative schools, the reply came back: “This is the best naturalistic play that I have read for many a day. The play reading committee of our school simply went wild over it and I hope that you will allow us to give the premier performance in this part of the

country." Royalty $10.00. Price, 50 cents. JON

By Dorothy O. Savage This is one of the strongest and most touching short plays written in recent years. Laid in a fisherman's cottage on the bleak and stormy Scottish coast, it has in its very fibre a touch of the stress of the storm-tossed and wind-swept land. The types are fisher folk, primitive and vivid, and its tragic story marches relentlessly to its inevitable ending with that simplicity and truthfulness which marks real drama and real literature. Few plays of the day will be found more impressive by that public which wishes to find the theatre what a well-known critic has called "an adult art." Three males, three females. Time of playing, about forty minutes. Royalty, each performance, $5.00. Manuscript onįy 50 cents per copy.

BAKER'S PLAYS, BOSTON, MASS.

A COMEDY IN FIVE ACTS

BY

RICHARD BRINSLEY SHERIDAN

Printed from the prompt-copy of Miss ANNIE CLARKE, MR. WARREN
fellow-player for many seasons, by her kind permission, and

exhibiting all the usual cuts and stage business.

BOSTON

Wallir H. Baberola

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Original Cast,
Covent Garden,

John St. Theatre, Boston Museum
New York,

(first time)
1925

London,
March 14, 1792.

Feb. 18, 1846
Jan. 17, 1775.
SIR ANTHONY ABSOLUTE, Mr. Shuter. Mr. Heard.

G. C. Germon.
CAPT. JACK ABSOLUTE . Mr. Woodward. Mr. Arthur Hallam. Louis Mestayer.
FAULKLAND
Mr. Lewis. Mr. Martin.

Jacob W. Thoman.
BOB ACRES
Mr. Quick. Mr. Harper.

W. H. Smith.
SIR LUCIUS O’TRIGGER. Mr. Lee.

Mr. Robinson. Mr. Rogers.
FAG.
Mr. Lee Lewes.

Frank Whitman.
DAVID.

Mr. Dunstal.
Mr. Ryan.

C. H. Saunders.
Boy.
THOMAS

Mr. Fearon.
MRS. MALAPROP
Mrs. Green. Mrs. Rankin.

Mrs. J. Reid.
LYDIA LANGUISH
Miss Barsanti. Miss Tuke.

Mrs. Geo. Barrett.
JULIA

Mrs. Buckley. Mrs. Hamilton. Miss S. Kirby.
LUCY
Mrs. Lessingham. Miss Gray.

Miss Stuart.
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NOTICE. - This arrangement of “The Rivals,” together with the business indi.
cated, has been duly protected by copyright, and cannot be reprinted without permis
sion of the publishers. Performance free.

Il Quirls 6:28.56

INTRODUCTION.

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Any lover of the play who has studied from a printed book the text of a piece familiar to him on the stage must have discovered i that there was a wide difference betewen the published and acted drama. This difference is due to the additions and cuts and de

veloped business which have altered the piece in its progress to success in the hands of players. It is possible for any student to secure the original text of such plays as have become literature. There appeared, however, every chance that, unless some special effort was made to preserve in an acting edition of plays that have become almost classics, such innovations and alterations and eliminations as have become a part of the acted plays because they added to their effectiveness, they would be lost.

In the days when these plays were acted in all theatres, there was no chance that these traditions could disappear. But in the present condition of the play-house, when few actors have a répertoire, when the players identified with the old comedies are dying out, it seemed imperative that an effort should be made to preserve, for the present and future, stage editions of these plays, in which business and cuts, additions and mechanical suggestions, should be carefully incorporated. The texts of this edition, which represents the first effort made to provide players with such books, are edited either from the prompt books of one of the best-known theatres in America, or from the books used by special actors, whose reputation and success give them authority, and are offered with confidence, as entirely reliable, both as to lines and business.

It seemed appropriate that, in adding this edition of books to stage literature, the opportunity should be seized to identify it with the name of the actor who for forty years was most closely associated in the experience of Bostonians with “the old comedies, ” — William Warren, unrivalled actor, sterling gentleman, an ornament to the profession he honored, an example to his

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