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GAY MACLAREN in George Ade's most brilliant comedy The County Chairman Based on a small town political campaign Now that we are on the eve of another Presidential campaign our thoughts turn naturally to politics. George Ade, with his keen appreciation of the comic side of the political fracas, has taken this phase of the subject for his theme, with a small town election in the eighties as the setting, and woven a comedy that will live forever. His characters are all lovable homely types, from the orators that run the government in front of Vance Jimmerson's grocery store to the County Chairman himself. Although the play is essentially a comedy, the author has not neglected the dramatic element. The big scene takes place between the County Chairman and his political opponent on the night before election and furnishes the necessary thrills and heart interest. THE COUNTY CHAIRMAN By GEORGE ADE CHARACTERS The Honorable Jim Hackler—The County Chairman. Tilford Wheeler—His junior law partner. Judge Elias Rigby—Opposition candidate for State's Attorney. Riley Cleaver—Editor of The Patriot. Wilson Prewitt—Editor of The Banner. Jupiter Pettaway—Manager of the Fife and Drum Corps. Sassafras Livingston—A touch of local color. Joseph Whittaker—The Traveling Salesman. Uncle Eke Mulberry—The oldest settler. Jefferson Brisco—A store-porch orator. Chub Tolliver—The smart boy. Lucy Rigby—Daughter of Elias Rigby. Mrs. Elias Rigby—A decidedly better-half. Mrs. Jefferson Briscoe—A boarding-house keeper. Lorena Watkins—The village milliner. Chick Elzey—An orphan. SYNOPSIS Act I.—The Main Street in front of Jimmerson's Store. The day of the Convention. August. Act II.—The Courthouse Grove. Opening of the Campaign. September. Act III.—Hackler's law office. Four days before election. October. Act IV.—The Town hall on election night. November. From the Springfield (Mass.) Republican Gay MacLaren gave an excellent recital of George Ade's play, The County Chairman, last night. Her portrayal of the different characters was remarkable. Miss MacLaren is a graceful little woman and as she walked on the stage, one could scarcely believe that she could have the power for the task before her. But after a smile of greeting to her audience, the artist in her dainty gown is lost to view, and, as in imagination, you see the corner grocery store and hear old Uncle Eke's squeaky voice in the opening lines of the play, you realize that Miss MacLaren is equal to the undertaking. We hope that Springfield may have an opportunity to hear this gifted artist soon again. Other Plays on Miss MacLaren's Repertoire The Enemy —Channing Pollick's great Peace Play. Helena's Boys —Mrs. Fiske's brilliant Comedy. Father and Dad —Miss MacLaren's own play. One of the most entertaining plays that the stage boasts. Clever and sparkling. —Long Beach (Calif.) Telegram. Enter Madame —Gilda Varesi's sparkling comedy. Romeo and Juliet —(in costume). Miss MacLaren is constantly adding new plays. Also one-act plays and sketches for all occasions. Affiliated with the Chicago School of Expression, Fine Arts Bldg., Chicago, Ill. MANAGEMENT THE ALBER BUREAU, 3608 Euclid Ave., Cleveland, Ohio. 442 Little Bldg., Boston, Mass. 215 West 33rd St., New York, N. Y. THE ELLISON WHITE BUREAU, 333 East 10th St. North Portland, Ore. Detwiller Bldg., Los Angeles, Calif. HORNER WITTE BUREAU, 3000 Troost Ave., Kansas City, Mo.
|Title||Gay MacLaren: in George Ade's most brilliant comedy "The County Chairman"|
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|Personal Name Subject||MacLaren, Gay Zenola|
|Digital Collection||Traveling Culture: Circuit Chautauqua in the Twentieth Century|
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