American Theatre Companies, 1888-1930

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Some critics suggested the rotating repertory system Robertson used was no longer familiar to playgoers and confused or disenchanted them. At the very end of the season, Robertson gave up the rotation and played the last three plays separately: The Triumph of Youth playing four performances in order, Madman or Saint ran for seven straight performances, and A Curious Mishap ended the year with six performances.

The selection of the plays may have accounted for the lack of support from the general audiences of the city. Chicago offered a great many professional theatricals of a more popular and topical nature at the time, and when a serious piece of dramatic writing was produced professionally its cast usually included one or more stars who had sufficient drawing power to overcome public indifference to such plays.

Robertson himself was greatly respected both as an individual and as an actor. Some of this respect was passed on to the young, unestablished actors in his companies, and they were always encouraged. When they gave a good performance, they received due praise. When their performances failed to find the mark, it was attributed to their amateurishness. In such an environment, Robertson continued both formally and informally to be an eloquent spokesman for civic theatre in Chicago for many years.


PERSONNEL

Director and Manager: Donald Robertson.

Actors and Actresses: J. R. Barse, Florence Bradley, Yvonne DeKerstrat, Alice John, Herman Lier, Edward Longman, James Nelson, Adolph Pierrot, Marion Redlich, Donald Robertson, Robert Robertson, Milton Sills, Miss Anna Titus, Robert Vivian, Olga von Brause.


REPERTORY

The Miser, The Triumph of Youth, Rosmersholm, The Coming of Peace, A Blot on the Scutcheon, A Night in Avignon, The Intruder, The Intruding Widow, The Law, A Gauntlet, The Man with the Iron Mask, Keep Your Own Secret, Sigurd Slembe, The Inspector, As the Leaves, Madman or Saint, A Curious Mishap.


BIBLIOGRAPHY

Published Sources:

Chicago Daily News, 1906-8.

Chicago Record Herald, 1906-8

Chicago Tribune, 1906-8.

Unpublished Source:

Highlander James L. "An Historical Study of the New Theatre and the Robertson Players of Chicago (1906-1908)." Master's thesis, University of Illinois, 1952.

James L. Highlander

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  • Title Page iii
  • Contents v
  • Preface vii
  • A 1
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  • APPENDIX I CHRONOLOGY OF THEATRE COMPANIES 493
  • APPENDIX II THEATRE COMPANIES BY STATE 497
  • Index of Personal Names and Play Titles 501
  • About the Contributors 535
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