January 28, 1914
Basco and his musical comedy company broke the record at the Page theater last night, not only forcing the use of the "S. R. O." sign, but even filling all sixteen of the boxes for the first time in the history of the house. More to the point, everyone was pleased. The contagious hilarity and ridiculous antics of Basco, who, from some of his contortions, seems to be an over-grown "Little Jeff," which, backed up by the clever impersonations of "Charley" Confer, kept the audience in a roar of laughter, were interspersed with just the right amount of "pony ballet" work (and the girls are young and pretty) to make veryone want more of each. It was also refreshing after all the "Apache" and acrobatic dances which have swept the country, to see Miss Schuler in her graceful floating toe dance. And then, just as we wondered how much more variety of entertainment could be furnished for 30 cents, came Walter Farnsworth, with his sweet, sympathetic tenor, giving us those fascinating Irish songs so reminiscent of Chauncey Olcott and Andrew Mack, assisted part of the time by Jack Thompson and "Curley," whose harmony resulted in encores until they were tired (not the audience). And it is certain that the illustration of the Tango, which was an added attraction, would have aroused nothing but hearty approval either at Queen Mary's court or at the Nat, and the performers were sure "some chickens."
This evening the bill, which is entitled "The Bull Fighter," although full of comedy, which has made the last two bills so popular, will feature more prominently the musical end and the management assures us that it will be the most elaborately costumed act yet produced locally.
Owing to numerous requests, Manager Burkhart of the Star theatre has made arrangements to show "Wild Animals at Large" or "When the Menagerie Broke Loose" for tomorrow only. This is the wild animal picture that made such a big hit here last week, and as a great many patrons wish to see it again and for the benefit of those who failed to see it. It will be shown tomorrow for one day only, both matinee and evening and will be in addition to the already extra strong program.