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BELMONT THEATRE 48th Street East of Broadway Sunday Afternoon, January 30th at 3 o'clock Figure First New York Appearance of GAY MACLAREN America's Greatest Impersonator in RECITAL New York recital under the personal direction of May Stanley, 39 East 57th Street. Phone 3995 Plaza. Seats, $2.00—$1.50—$1.00—50c. On sale at box office. Boxes, seating (4), $10.00. H OW shall we describe her? She is a consummate actress—a mimic—a pantomimist—an illusionist—an impersonator—an artist. There has never been anyone like her with her peculiar dramatic genius. Her work must be seen and heard to be comprehended. Miss MacLaren has brought to the concert stage a new form of art. She attends the production of a play about five times and such is her ability to commit lines and retain impressions that she is then enabled to present, through her marvelous art of imitation, an exact fac-simile of the production she has witnessed. She has never seen the book or manuscript of any play in her repertoire. Taking the part of all the characters appearing in the play she presents them to her audience in such a remarkable manner that they seem to actually live. She loses her identity completely and changes from one character to another, from comedy to pathos, with lightning-like rapidity and never once intrudes her own personality into the scene. Her pantomime is exquisite—a thing of beauty. When Jimmy, the shipping clerk, mends the broken vase in Bought and Paid For the audience sits breathless for fully a minute and a half fearing he will drop the fragile peachblow. During a dramatic moment in Within the Law at Memorial Hall, Columbus, Ohio, a woman in the audience cried out, O! he shot him, and so completely were the audience under the spell of Miss MacLaren's superb art that the exclamation did not even bring them to a realization that the supposed pistol shot was only an illusion created by a slip of a girl in a dainty silken gown. The question has been asked over and over again, How can she imitate the masculine characters of a play? Just how she does it is a mystery. In appearance Miss MacLaren is small, dainty and exquisitely feminine, which makes her colossal task all the more wonderful. Press Comment : She acts the entire play, portraying each character with such remarkable distinctness as to cause her hearers to mentally witness the production enacted by a full cast and forget for the moment that they were being entertained by a single artist.— Asbury Park Daily Press. Gay MacLaren has added another profession to the list of things that 'women can do.'— American Magazine. She has the most wonderful memory known.— Detroit Sunday News. She is the original animated little theater of America—a human paradox—a mental sphinx.— Lyceum Magazine. She fascinated her audience and held them spellbound to the very close of the last act.— Paterson (N. J.) Daily Call. She is an amazing person.— Chicago American. Her interpretation was superb.— Battle Creek (Mich.) Enquirer. The imitations were so true that at times it seemed as if several persons were talking. A blind man believed, until told otherwise, that the entire company was on the stage.— Louisville (Ky.) Times. Had the room been darkened, one could not have believed that but a single person was on the stage.— The Saratogan, Saratoga, N. Y. Her speedy return is hoped for.— Fresno (Cal.) Herald. She is a living phonograph record.— St. Paul Despatch. A charming personality and a great artist.— Columbus (Ohio) State Journal. She is an artistic genius.— Marion (Ohio) Tribune. It seemed as if she had a large company of players at her call and as if by magic they entered, rendered their lines and exited.— Clveland[sicCleveland] (Ohio) Plain Dealer. Every variation of voice, manner and gesture, typifying the many roles were carried out with remarkable interpretative ability.— Erie (Pa.) Times. Beauty, charm of personality and great talent have been given to Miss MacLaren. Her recital was one of the big events of the season.— New Haven (Conn.) Register. The presentation of a play by Gay MacLaren is an exhibition of more different forms of genius than are often combined in one personality.— Palm Beach, (Fla.) Times. She is the idol of the Isthmus.— Panama Morning Journal. Her power of conveying unmistakable and often subtle meanings by a slight gesture or alteration of her carriage is a talent seldom seen in such strength and refinement. It is distinctly a privilege to see and hear her.— Wilmington (Del.) Journal. She acted the entire play, delineating each character with such distinctness and consistency that at no time did the audience confuse one characted[siccharacter] with another.— Des Moines (Iowa) Capital. Delighted audience with matchless impersonation.— Orlando (Fla.) Times. She puts it over all by herself.— The Green Book Magazine. She is not only a star, she is a whole constellation.— Burlington (Va.) Free Press. Miss MacLaren's repertoire includes the following plays: THREE WISE FOOLS Austin Strong BOUGHT AND PAID FOR George Broadhurst FRIENDLY ENEMIES Aaron Hoffman and Samuel Shipman OUT THERE J. Hartley Manners DADDY LONG LEGS Jean Webster THE MUSIC MASTER Charles Klein PEG O' MY HEART J. Hartley Manners THE GOVERNOR'S LADY Alice Bradley WITHIN THE LAW Bayard Veillier THE AUCTIONEER David Belasco Miss MacLaren gave more than two hundred recitals last season, including the following appearances: Century Club, Wilmington, Del. Syracuse University, Syracuse, N. Y. Artist Course, Augusta, Me. Chicago Women's Club, Chicago, Ill. Buffalo Club, Buffalo, N. Y. Carnegie Hall, Pittsburgh, Pa. Memorial Hall, Columbus, Ohio Artist Course, Boulder, Col. Post Theater, Battle Creek, Mich. Marlboro (Mass.) Women's Club. University of Arizona, Tucson, Ariz. Shakespeare Club, Pasadena, Cal. Whittier College, Whittier, Cal. Sacramento Club, Sacramento, Cal. South Dakota University, Brookings, S. D. University Club, Erie, Pa. Culver Military Academy, Culver, Ind. Women's Civic League, Elmira, N. Y. Dallas Women's Forum, Dallas, Texas Artist Course, Oswego, N. Y.
|Title||Gay MacLaren: America's greatest impersonator in recital|
|Topical Subject (LCSH)||
|Personal Name Subject||MacLaren, Gay Zenola|
|Digital Collection||Traveling Culture: Circuit Chautauqua in the Twentieth Century|
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|Archival Collection||Redpath Chautauqua Collection|
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|Number of Pages||4|
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