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 - The Theater ;By ARTHUR POLLOCK 'Lost Horizons'...
The Theater ;By ARTHUR POLLOCK 'Lost Horizons' Concerns a Girl Who Killed Herself and Would Have Done Better If She Hadn't A girl committed suicide In the new play at the St. James Theater und it took 19 scenes thereafter to prove to her she had made a mU-take. Going to a Hall of Records after dying, she learned what would have hardened in the world U she had lived. It would have been a happier place for her continued presence in it and she could have been t.h. hrirtP of an adorine dramatist. "Lost Horizons" is the title of the work. The play, presented last night by that Laurence Rivers who gave the country Marc Connelly's "The Green Pastures" five years ago and has had no such good fortune since, Is by a dramatist permitted by the program to remain anonymous. The story Is that Harry Segall wrote it and John Hayden did various things to t later. It Is offered merely as "a new play, staged by John Hayden." The movies ought to find delight in it, for "Lost Horizons" Is complicated, needs swift changes of ecene to keep it lucid, and tells a story in which all sorts of things happen. Even on the Stage they happen neatly. At the St. James the scenes follow one another about as quickly as Is possible in the theater, the acting and direction are sound, the settings themselves, the work of J. Bradford Ashworth, who ought to have been represented on Broadway long ago, are of a supple variety and yet support unobtrusively the hmii f the nlav. But the play It self takes on such a nature that the audience Is forced to watch a series of incidents that have no meaning at the time, are given a meaning only In the last act when the waiting has been a little too long. , . It is ingenious. It Is cleverly put together. It Is honest. It remains, however, a curiosity. And the curiosity it awakens hardly takes satisfactorily the place of the suspense plays need If they are to be successful. Perhaps the novelty will atone for that. Certainly it is novel. Its prosperity will depend on the willingness of audiences to wait a inns while, loneer than necessary, for the answers to be found only in the back of the book. The girl, a young actress who Is giving up the stage to marry a bright young lawyer, shoots herself when, sure of success, he refuses to marry her. Then, being dead, she is told in the dramatists' Hall of Records to read the lives of several men and women whom she floes noi know and learn eventually how much good her living would have done for others and herself. The lives of the living are so interwoven, a kindly old gentleman tells her, that they affect each other, and the death of one being alters the course of the lives of many others. So for a lone time, all of the Xlrst act and part of the second, she reads the stories of girls and men whose names she has never heard. And as she reads we see on the stage a dramatization of the reading. We, too, of course, meet a number of people of whom we know as little as she. We sympathize with her when she objects that their troubles have no significance. A girl In a lodging house has been deserted by a man who promised to marry her. A girl In a rich home Is about to marry a man her father distrusts. He is the man who deserted the girl. A friend of the father's accuses the suspect of being a crook he met once on ship. This friend is murdered. These are all quick individual scenes. There are more of the mysteries. The head of a Kansas City stock company has put on a play of his own, which is ruined in production by the leading lady. A manager who liked it in manuscript dislikes it now and will not buy it. The Tost Horizons' A plav presented at the St. Jame, Theater by Laurence Rivera. Inc. S(aed By John Hayden. Settings by O. Bradford Ashworth. THE CAST Janet Ivan Jane Wyatt Rita Rogers Kathryn Otvney Ralph Bondley Arthur Plerson A Youth Vernon Crane A Banker Robert Connesa A Guide ... William Norton A Scrubwoman Rooert Smith A Young Man Robert Smith Guule-ln-Charge ... Thomas Louden An Attendant Prancesca Lennl Elsie Marshall Betty Lancaster Mrs. Condot Kathleen Comegve Oliver Reynolda Oswald York nohh Alf Helton Diane Reynolds Cynthia Rogera Robert Potter Leu wnasiy Gary Farwell Gage Clarke Albert Orayson ....J Arthur Young Keegen Orandon Rhodea Daniela Joseph Doncourt Wormser Wallace Wlddecombe David Preacott Jonathen Hols Adam Thaver Walter Oilbert Eddie Lewis Forrest Orr Maude 'Irevor Irene Shirley Chrlei Dehlman ..Lyster Chambera Dudley Clarence Rock Sybil 8ally Washington Character Woman Mabel Paigt Paul Duttlne John Oallaudet Edna Winters Ruth Lee An Astrologer Fred Sutton A Doctor Charles Lalta First Stagehand Fred Sutton Second 6tagehand ...Clarence Rock First Actor Burton McEvllly Second Actor Robert Connesa Third Actor Joseph Doncourt Fourth Actor William Norton First Actress Mabel Paige Second Actresa ...Sally Washington Fifth Actor Harry Hanlon Maid Ruth Carl Mr. Flu6aer ......... Edwin Hodge Mist Smith Brendt Dahlen RESTAURANTS MANHATTAN author reaches for a bottle of iodine to forget all. In the company Is the girl friend of the girl who In the first scene committed suicide. Now we begin to get connections. In a new scene the girl who killed herself comes to the author and asks for a little job. She is given the leading role In his play instead of the actress who ruined it. The play is bought by the manager who refused it before. The girl plays the leading role in the Atlantic City tryout prior to the New York opening. Everything is rosy. A rich man pursues her. A doctor bandages a stage manager's sprained ankle. Now the connection with the inex plicable goings-on of the earlier part of the play are suown more quickly, the things brightens up, becomes thrilling. Even the threads that appeared to form part of another design altogether are seen to be part of this. The girl in the lodging house is saved. The girl about to marry her deceiver experiences a salutary disillusionment. The murderer is made known. Complicated, you see, and ex tremely Ingenious. A little too ingenious for the play's own good. A little greater ingenuity and the playwright would have given his drama Just the simplicity needed to make it a hit. Jane Wyatt plays the girl in sober earnest, ending with an affecting scene of sincere feeling. Kathryn Givney, Betty Lancaster, Walter Gilbert, Ruth Lee, Cynthia Rogers, inomas iiouden, Lyster Chambers, Charles Laite, John Gallaudet all do unusually well. Here is a monument of industry. And I am afraid monuments are not too esciting in the theater. -Mrs. a

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  1. The Brooklyn Daily Eagle,
  2. 16 Oct 1934, Tue,
  3. Page 11

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