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Figure MR. ARTHUR FISCHER Redpath-Slayton, BOSTON, NEW YORK, CHICAGO, CEDAR RAPIDS. COLUMBUS, KANSAS CITY, DENVER, BUTTE, PORTLAND Redpath-White, 100 BOYLSTON ST., K. M. WHITE, MGR, BOSTON, MASS. Redpath-Brockway, 6101 PENN AVE, PITTSBURG, PA. Mr. Arthur Fischer Play Reader M R. FISCHER has met with unusual success in giving plays in monologue form before Lyceum audiences because he knows how. Without the aid of wigs, costume or make-up he depicts all the characters in a play with such artistic skill and naturalness that the platform seems peopled with the various characters, and the audience sees the play as vividly as though acted out by a company of players with the advantage over a stage production in that it is free from any false theatric atmosphere. Mr. Fischer's impersonation is effective because it is not an exhibition of mechanical expertness alone in portraying the facial expression, tone of voice, gestures and carriage, as he seems to get into the skin of the characters, as it were, thereby clearly presenting to his hearers the mentality of each one of his company of invisible players. His programs are both entertaining and worth while, as he believes that it is not necessary to give silly, non-sensical selections to be entertaining. There are any number of readers abroad in the land who can make an audience laugh but few who can make them laugh and think. Altogether, Mr. Fischer furnishes a delightful evening—fun without foolishness —improvement, without preachiness. Mr. Fischer enters upon his third season with the Redpath Bureau. Success after success has followed his work during 1908 and 1909. Press notices which may be found on this circular are but suggestive of Mr. Fischer's decided hits everywhere. The Bureau Representatives who follow up his work more closely say he always makes good and is often the best on the course. Mr. Arthur Fischer is not only a reader but a royal and unusually fine entertainer. He reads the good and the entertaining material and has the judgment to use it in a way to satisfy his every audience. In this particular point Mr. Fischer excels. He knows how to adapt himself and his program to his audiences. Mr. Fischer's time is booked exclusively by the Redpath-Slayton Bureau. In presenting Mr. Fischer to the Lyceum Public, we feel we could secure no higher authority for the genuineness of his work than that contained in the following letters from America's great impersonator Mr. Arthur Fischer is a young man whose work I most heartily endorse, and one whom I would most cordially recommend to committees and managers. He has great genius for impersonation, and he possesses a fine stage presence which is strongly enhanced by a genial spirit and a keen sense of humor. He is very fortunate in having one of the most pleasing, entertaining and uplifting plays in the English language, and his management of scenes and portrayal of characters is most accurate and interesting. He has studied with me for two years, taking the regular course at the school and also a regular course of private instruction. All committees that have heretofore been pleased with my special form of platform entertainment will be glad to know of Mr. Fischer. LELAND T. POWERS. Boston, Mass., April 18, 1908. Dear Mr. Harrison:— A Pair of Spectacles is Mr. Fischer's best play, and it is a splendid one. It is full of sunshine and good will. A sort of a preachment disguised under a most interesting and humorous set of situations. The characters are strongly characteristic, and Fischer impersonates them with ability and authority. It is just the kind of a play for the Lyceum. It contains a splendid lesson, presented with power and sympathy. You will like Fischer. He is a western fellow, (Illinois) and is straightforward, manly, unpretending and clean. I never knew a man more absolutely to be depended on, or more loyal to those who do depend on him. He is always ready to do the helpful thing, and he does it without fuss or ostentation. You will like him. With hearty good wishes, Cordially yours, LELAND T. POWERS. Mr. Fischer will present this season 1. A Pair of Spectacles 2. Taming of the Shrew 3. A Poor Relation 4. The Fortune Hunter 5. Miscellaneous program of unhackneyed short stories and monologues, humorous and pathetic sketches, lyrics, dialect poems, etc. PRESS COMMENTS Delaware (Ohio) Gazette The second number on the Leonardsburg Lecture Course was given on Thursday evening by Mr. Arthur J. Fischer, reader and impersonator. Mr. Fischer was greeted by a full-sized house, to which he recited A Pair of Spectacles, a comedy of three acts. The moment Mr. Fischer appeared upon the platform his graceful mastery of self captivated the audience. He has a keen and original sense of humor that keeps his audience alert. His portrayal of every thought in his reading was a delight to his hearers. It was a treat rarely enjoyed by the citizens of Leonardsburg. Alma (Michigan) Newspaper LYCEUM COURSESecond Number One of The Best Ever Brought Here. The second number of the high class lyceum course provided by the committee came last Tuesday evening and to say that it was a distinct hit is expressing it mildly. Arthur J. Fischer came an unknown quantity, he went away with the satisfaction of having registered another success and gained new friends. Mr. Fischer presented the comedy, A Pair of Spectacles, a cleverly written story of two brothers, one a pessimist and the other an optimist. The characters were all well portrayed. Mr. Fischer has a pleasing personality, a commanding presence and a rich, resonant voice, all combining to make his platform work most enjoyable. As an impersonator, he is one of the best an Alma audience has ever heard. Gibson City (Ill.) The reading at the Opera Hall last night by Arthur J. Fischer, of the Redpath Bureau, was one of the best things of the winter lecture course. Mr. Fischer rendered a character play, A Pair of Spectacles, and showed that he is worthy to be advertised as a pupil of Leland T. Powers. Petersburg (Mich.) Sun Those who were able to get out in the rough weather to hear the entertainment last Saturday night had the pleasure of listening to a fine entertainment. Mr. Fischer's program was full of a rich, rare, quiet humor and good, sound, homely philosophy. May we all lose our dark-colored spectacles. West Bend (Wis.) News In spite of the stormy weather a large audience turned out last night to hear the fourth number on the lecture course, Mr. Arthur J. Fischer, reader and impersonator, in A Pair of Spectacles. Mr. Fischer held the closest attention of his audience from beginning to end, and it is safe to say everyone present enjoyed his rendition immensely. Berlin Heights (O.) Newspaper The impersonation A Pair of Spectacles, given by Arthur J. Fischer on the evening of Dec. 3rd was well worthy the fine audience in attendance, which was captured from the first by his pleasing personality and rare talent in his chosen field. Mr. Fischer certainly deserves our gratitude for his uplifting program and the most excellent little lessons so tactfully taught. Lowell (Mich.) Journal Mr. Arthur Fischer, Reader and Impersonator, who presented the play, A Pair of Spectacles, before a crowded house last Monday night is an artist in his line of work. His interpretation of the different characters, clothed them with a vivid personality while his gestures so thoroughly natural gave a tone of sincerity and power to the art of his delineation. The little play in three acts was a fine one, full of humor and interesting situations, while through it all ran the suggestions that could not fail to reach every one, to look for the best in life, in people, in every circumstance, to cast aside the dark glasses of the gloomy pessimist, and instead, through the joy-seeking lenses of the optimist look for the best in our fellow men and see only the good that is everywhere about us. Seville (Ohio) Times Mr. Arthur Fischer appeared before a splendid audience in the Town Hall Wednesday evening. Mr. Fischer is a reciter and impersonator of the highest type. Instead of the usual scrappy miscellaneous program he presented one piece, A Pair of Spectacles, which occupied the entire evening. When it was finished it was like rising from the reading of some intensely interesting book, only there was added what the book could never give; the real living presence of the author. Mr. Fischer presented eight characters in the play. The transitions and transformations were instantaneous and complete. The entire performance was one of consummate skill, grace and beauty revealing the work of a master artist, leading his audience on with increasing interest and delight to the end of the play. Augusta (Ill.) Eagle Saturday evening last, at the Christian Church, occurred the initial number of the lecture course. There was a large crowd in attendance, which shows that the people of Augusta appreciate good talent. The interest shown by the attendance is indeed encouraging to those conducting the course. The entertainment was exceptionally good, being A Pair of Spectacles, as interpreted by Mr. Arthur Fischer. The characters in the play are without doubt difficult to impersonate, but Mr. Fischer had no trouble whatever in making every character clear and distinct, and portrayed them in a vivid and creditable manner. Mr. Fischer is a young man and will without doubt meet with much success as an impersonator. The young people of the city are to be commended for the choice of their first number and it is hoped that the four numbers remaining will be as good. Cass City (Mich.) Newspaper Last Monday evening occurred the second number of our lecture course, Mr. Fischer, the impersonator. He chose for his subject, Borrowed Spectacles, pleasing his audience by his almost instantaneous change from one character to another. Not only was the selection well chosen to meet the approval of the people, but it conveyed a moral truth as well. The close, and sometimes breathless attention with which Mr. Fischer's effort was greeted showed that his art was thoroughly appreciated. Mr. Fischer is a real entertainer and possesses marked dramatic ability. His strong pleasing voice and attractive personality are qualities that, coupled with dramatic power, are sure to win for Mr. Fischer an enviable reputation. Pleasant Plains (Ill.) Press Mr. Arthur J. Fischer, impersonator and reader, was the third attraction of the Star Course at College Opera House on Tuesday evening. Mr. Fischer entertained the audience with his play, A Pair of Spectacles. Without the aid of scenery, make-ups or costumes he took the many parts of the play in a manner that brought out each character vividly, making it as clear to the audience as if the characters in the play were all present and carrying out their respective parts. Mr. Fischer is truly a genius in his line of work and our people were especially pleased with his entertainment. Hopedale (Ill.) Times-Review Mr. Arthur Fischer who rendered Borrowed Spectacles at Capps' hall, Friday night, proved to be an impersonator of unusual ability. He certainly is thoroughly competent to be The whole show, and do it so well that all who saw him would gladly go to some pains to see and hear him again. His power of impersonation is certainly marvelous and his ability to change instantly from mild sweet tempered Julia to the stern austere Uncle Gregory and the others, before your eyes, is certainly an innovation. With humor enough for all yet a deep lesson for everyone to take home and turn to use. The entertainment was all that could be desired and a happy surprise to all. Senecaville (Ohio) Newspaper Mr. Arthur J. Fischer, dramatic reader, impersonator and entertainer, gave a reading at the opera house last Friday evening which thoroughly delighted a large audience. His work was A Pair of Spectacles, which he gave in a finished manner and which was highly entertaining. As a character delineator and elocutionist Mr. Fischer is certainly an exceptionally fine artist who, should he ever visit Senecaville again, will surely be given a most hearty reception.
|Title||Mr. Arthur Fischer|
|Topical Subject (LCSH)||Readers|
|Personal Name Subject||Fischer, Arthur J.|
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