Clipped From The Cincinnati Enquirer
1J V? i'j ;;tn ItH p!"toi.ai beaut and mechanical effort an i In the strong flavor of tha deaei t Which it suk.icsis. VThe Ojrden of Allah." ta a Htase creation of exccstlinjr beauty anJ rastnes". It has been proclaim J the modi anassi'.'e atage production of the American Cieater. which Ntntement may ie tuken as a fact In the absence of authentic comparisons -as to wolght and mrasure. But. nelthfr her nor there.'. The poin. la that it provides rt-vercrl marrclous illusions and thjt It is a triumph of the scenic artist and the e'e-ctrician. Yti wonderful picture of the jrarden of Count Anteoni. With its wealth of tropical if; union, anu the Immense expjn.fe of the desert, with Us .Weak vista of fari3 and sand and itS!n? ailt Hand until tin- horizon and earth meet. the central features of the production vhich Is varied in' colar and kaleidoscopic In its moving brilliance. ' Tha story which is unfolded in th's set-4aa Is of lesser dramatic value though of "jHf--dramatic workmanship. So It was v sovei from which the play has -': Readers of i "The Girden of - s Ices Impicssed with tha tale .. 5 t. gade monk and his eventual re-tr. a monastery' than with tha de-" criptlons of the North African country, with Its oriental mysticism and the singular aairm of the great silence of the Sahara. 'The fact that the same Is true of the ramatlc version can be regarded only as feature!. Remove from the "Garden of jajlah" the glitter and the pomp of stage trapping and its Interest would be Immensely reduced, Just as the Interest of the book would be minimised were the pages of descriptive matter, the word painting, to be obliterated. Somebody has said that "The Garden of Allah" 11 the desert dramatised. Jt Is more than that, however, for It has also the garden of Count Anteoni as ons of its great-sat assets. That it should appeal primarily as a pictorial reproduction of the great silence of he Africsn tand waste is readily undcrtuod by any one who has an acquaintance witli the navel whence rt was taken. The Ltebiers saw an opportunity taken.- It was not a euextlon of stage management in aa for as it pertained to masses of peopla. pantomimic representation, mob effects and other tricks in which numbers of people count. The Painter and the electrician had to be the magicians In this In-atance. There Is weal:): Cjt beauty in the settings. for they are mood-creating as well as im pressive to the eye. The very first panorama and the succeeding pictures each In their own way aufrrest the locale, while the Arabs and1 Honrs In their picturesque boismouaes and kaftiinn, wandering to and zto. speaking their unintelligible tongues and suggesting, tire customs of their African home, gave vividness to the action. - The dramatists have succeeded better than might have been expected In presenting the- kernel of the story In dramatic form. Practlcallj- all extrane ous matter was discarded nnd the play de voted entirely to the telling of Father An-toine'a love for Domini, their marriage and the final solution of their strange romance. Tha character of the renegade, monk per mitted of the widest scope of emotional acting, thetkgh this struggle was nothing more than the old one between love and .duty, sv situation which ha been 'the source of Innumerable dramas under various guises nd oondlUoca He was a sort of pilgrim hi search of that Illusive something which We call peace and happiness.- Every human tielne; is searching for that. Human life Is nothing- more than one grand and overpowering search for the summutn bonura. for that satisfaction which no living being attains, for the simple reanon that perfection Is not a mundane quality, solne was more picturesque in his search and sought forJt in more picturesque sur-roundlngs than characterize the longings of the average human being. His material la dramatic In as far as It goes. The means employed for Its development and for the telling at! how It spent Its force are meager of dramatic novelty, though by no means wn I n teres In g. Music Hall., where the production Is be- raar given, is a targe auditorium, and It takes many' thousands to ml It even eom. fortably night after night. Many who are toot regular theater-goers must be attracted wy such a production to take up the audi ences, and this means that many out-of- town visitors must be brought here. It seem a mat mis is being accomplished. more true- make their becoming Is being atid that costuming people are provided production. care to come popular it was given little else to the rounds that the and the formance creasing. attraction' of not care to to do. The rwunlon has resulted which has have been here this Primrose happened th best, but they would support they the Lyric to patronise but three more than attendance As a waole, one at the Allah" grew along, though has not yet Widow" did minstrels Keith's had auto did well. better in the fairly good farce, "Don't burlesque bad good Bernhardt middle of American direction, at part of the calls for a the Orpheum III proceed Northwestern returning Orpheum West. The not yet been almost an hardt will tour a the fourth fifth act from "La Theodora." Borgia" and has never Madame America 28 the Barah the complete for each of present will Mile. Dasie.