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  • April 21, 1914

  • Last night Evelyn Nesbit Thaw and her company played to a good house and gave a vaudeville performance of unusual merit. The actors were all good, in their parts and the stage settings were appropriate and picturesque.
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  • Last night Evelyn Nesbit Thaw and her company played to a good house and gave a vaudeville performance of unusual merit. The actors were all good, in their parts and the stage settings were appropriate and picturesque.
    Miss Thaw's first appearance was in a group of modern dances, which were typical of the present day craze. If not so graceful in movement as the more classic dance of the past century.
    It was in the pantomime of the last act that Miss Evelyn showed to the best advantage. The story of the pantomime was one of Bohemian life in the Latin quarter of Paris. Many a famous dramatist has found his plot in the quarter's Latin Colony of art. La Boheme, Puccinni's masterpiece, is a touching little story of artists' life in the Latin quarter which he has given a musical setting that will charm as long as melody sways the human heart.
    While pantomime is the highest form of dramatic oppression, it is but poorly appreciated in this country, but in Europe it holds equal place with the opera and higher class drama. It is a story told in action with orchestral setting.
    I was granted a short interview last night between acts with Miss Thaw in which she expressed her delight at the first view of our beautiful valley which burst upon her sight as she rounded the mountain at Ashland. "Your valley is a little gem," said she, "with the great snow-capped mountains as a setting."
    "Do you enjoy your stage work?" she was asked.
    "Yes, it is all absorbing," said she. "I like it because success depends on hard work and honest effort. Life is long and sensational reputation is fleeting. The public will soon cease to be attracted by the tragedy of my past life, and I will be obliged to stand on merit. I am working hard every day to become more proficient in my profession. David Belasco came to see my performance several times while I was in New York and recommended that I continue in pantomime for a year as he considered it the best schooling for an actor, and then another season he will prepare a play for me and give me a thorough coaching in the dramatic work. He most generously predicts a successful future. Well, there is the overture to the second act so I must go. Tell your people that I hope for their kind remembrance."
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