Midsummer lassitude has settled on Boston already. Three of the leading theatres are "dark", with no immediate prospect of reopening the Hollis, ye Wilbur, and the Shubert. In another week the Copley will close its doors, perhaps forever. The Stuart Street extension seems to be a settled doom, and what is to become of the Jewetts remains a riddle. There was a well grounded report recently that they had rented the Playhouse in Chicago for a summer experiment, with a view to permanent settlement in the West. But Mr. Jewett has denied any such intention, and the manager of the Playhouse has suddenly discovered that he was "taken in" by a clever crook who purported to be Mr. Jewett's personal representative. Is it significant that the Company is playing "Raffles" this week"
This week New York is to see another product of 47. The Neighborhood Play house is experimenting with "Makers of Light", the tragedy by Frederick Lansing Day which was the Workshop's second production this year. The play deserves to go well with the special Playhouse audience; but it is difficult to predict a reception for it elsewhere.
Another rarity in Boston; the St. James repeats itself! Thereby, we may suppose, it implies that it has risen from the ranks of Stock into the realm of Repertory. There is a fine distinction. The precedent is not a bad one, with so agreeable a play as Miss Lulu Bett.