Theatre: Ladder & Scandals

A play called The Ladder opened in Boston this week. It closed in Manhattan last sennight, having run 107 weeks, costing its "angel," Edgar B. Davis, an estimated 10% of his estimated $15,000,000 oil fortune. As everyone knows,* the play concerns the theosophical doctrine of reincarnation, to which Millionaire-Angel Davis sincerely, munificently subscribes. It meandered between four theatres, was rewritten many times,† had a period of "revision" during which the public was admitted free. Frequently Millionaire-Angel Davis gave bonuses of $20-gold pieces, paid well the cast, the author, J. Frank Davis (no blood relation of Edgar B. Davis), onetime newscribe,...

Want the full story?

Subscribe Now


Learn more about the benefits of being a TIME subscriber

If you are already a subscriber sign up — registration is free!