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The Gladiator

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Undoubtedly nearly every person in Ann Arbor has in the last four or five years heard Clarence E. Holt, in some one of his many plays. Mr. Holt formerly played with Ida Van Cortland and won for himself such a name that last fall he was secured to play leading parts with one of America's greatest actors, viz, Robert Dovvning. The Detroit Free Press speakingof Mr. Holt's success at th'e Detroit engagement, last fall, said: "He is a young man of commanding stature, fine voice and natural grace. There is in him fine promise of usefulness and distinction." In the notices given by the dramatic critics all through the season and wherever the Downing Company went, Mr. Holt is never overlooked. After the company presented "Darnon and Pythias" in Detroit the Free Press again said of him: "Clarence Holt's Pythias won for him renewed expressions of good will and justified the predictions of future success in his new line of work. He looked his part and presented a well-considered piece of acting." Since Downing closed his season Mr. Holt has been presenting those plays which have been made famous by some' of America's greatest actors. Chief among them is that mighty play, "The Gladiator." In this play Holt has gained a reputation second to none. Of its presentation in Peru, Ind., the Peru Republican says: "'The Gladiator ' was presented Tuesday night tö a large audience, with Clarence E. Holt in the title role. Mr. Holt more than sustained his reputation as a tragedian of the first order. Those who have heard the greatest have no hesitation in classifying Mr. Holt with the stars of the first magnitude." Another opportunity of seeing such a tragedy as the Gladiator will not be given to the people óf Ann Arbor again in some time. This play, (May 30), closes the regular season at the opera house.