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THE SUNDAY HERALaSUNDAY, OCTOBER19, 1890.
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IN LOCAL PLAY-HOUSES.
ATTRACTIONS THAT HAVK GONE AND
THOSE THAT AUK COMING.
Tho Oporn Engagements of the I'nst AVoolc
."Minstrels, Molodrnmn, nnd Variety
Mnho Up tho mils for Tltla Weolt-Notos
of tho Stage.
Thero is a word which Is frequently, albeit
more or less inelegantly, used iu connection
with stago productions. It is a little word, hut
very expressive. That word is "rot," and it has
scarcely been moro appropriately applied than
it might ho to tho efforts of tho McCaull Opera
Company in its production at Albaugh's Grand
Opera Houso last week of what it designates as
an adaptation of Milluclccr's "Seven Suablans."
Poor Millocker I Surely ho is not responsible for
more than tho music of tho monstrosity which
ho is made to futher by this company. If so,
alas 1 ho should rest upon tho glories achieved
by his first-born "Tho Beggar Student" and
"Tho Black Hussar." Outside of tho choruses,
somo of which arc qulto tuneful, tho only really
pretty music of the opera is given to the tenor
rule, which fared rather nicely in tho hands of
Mr. Chauncey Olcott. Of tho dialogue tho best
that can bo said is that it was treated shabbily
by a poor cast of comedians. At best it is but a
conglomeration of puns reminiscent of tho light
est extravaganza, and when oven tho points of
such ordinary wit are lost through inefficient
handling it speaks not well for tho gentlemen
who attempt tho funny business. With the ex
ception of Mr. Olcott, Miss Lily Post, and Miss
Josephino Kuapp theio is no member of the
company deserving especial mention for meri
torious work. Tho chorus was large, but not
well drilled, nnd the scenery by Maedcr and
Schafer and Vocghtlln failed to materialize.
Altogether, tho production was not on a scale
to have been expected.
if. if. if.
Francis Wilson scored a most palpable hit
last week in "Too Merry Monarch" at tho Na
tional Theatre. Largo numbers turned out to
bear his latest operatic venture, and no ono was
disappointed. The opera is ono of the most
pleasing of recent born products and contains
many charming bits of musical fancies. Thero
is about an equal division between music and
dialogue, and both move with 6nap and vim.
In fact, tho spirit and energy with which each
member of tho cast enters into his or her work
constitute the most important factors in tho
success of tho production. Tho story of the
opera is original and unique and admits of suc
cessive situations of a highly humorous charac
ter in which an unusual number of important
rules participate. Tho principal part of tho
fun, of course, is in tho hands of Mr. Wilson,
Who as King Ansa 1 V gavo ono of his charac
teristically amusing personations. Mr. Charles
Plunkctt as Siroco, an ustrologer, was seen to
good advantage, and Mr. Gilbert Claytoa in the
serio-comic heavy part of Jlcrisson was also
most appropriately cast. Miss Marie Jausen as
Lazuli, a traveling peddler, was charming, and
Miss Laura Moore as IAlita sang with her usual
power and skill and acted with grace and ease.
Indeed, every member of the cast was good, and
Mr. Hubbard T. Smith, who made his Washing
ton professional d6but with tho company in tho
part of Kcdas, tho minister of police, achieved
a most auspicious beginning of his career and
surprised his most 6anguIuo friends. Tho
scenery was beautiful and tho costuming gor
geous. The chorus was 'very large and aided
not a littlo in tho general autonomy of the pro
duction by its excellent work.
Albaugh's Grand Opera House.
"Good Old Times" will open a week's engage
ment to-morrow night at this theatre. It is ono
of tho latest New York dramatic successes, and
is by Wilson Barrett and Hall Caino. It has
made a hit both in Boston and New York, and
comes indorsed by tho press of both cities. Tho
scenery is very elaboiato and tho acting of tho
company is said to bo excellent. The New York
Tribune of September 10 said: "If anything were
lacking to tho enjoyment of 'Good Old Times'
as given at the Fourteenth-street Thcatro last
night tho fault was not with tho audience. Tho
laughter that followed tho comic people of tho
play, tho groans and hisses that assailed tho vil
lains, and the clapping of hands, tho stamping
of feet, and tho cheers that greeted tho good
people and their virtuous words and acts might
well recall 'good old times' to any old lover of
the kind of play that forces tho righteous to
drag a wretched existence through four acts, in
which tho wicked prevail over thorn and enjoy
all the blessings that aro not their own, and then
reverses the whole situation iu tho fifth act and
leaves tho good prosperous and happy and tho
bad miserable or penitont, Thero Is a good deal
that is conventional in tho play. When ono
looks at tho characters thoy seem liko old ac
quaintances. But asido from this tho arrange
ment of tho scenes and tho development of tho
story aro skillful enough, and show at least a
knowlcdgo of what a stago production requires
and what an audlenco of tho kind that is ex
pected to como will like. Most of tho actors
were quite in harmony with tho nature of their
tasks. Tho mounting of tho piece was excel
lent. Some of tho sceues wore extremely pretty,
all were effective, and all worked easily and
without delay or accident."
Minstrelsy at the National.
Manager Kaploy, after somo weeks of high
class drama and comic opera, will give his
patrons another turn of tho rollicking merri
ment of minstrelsy, beglnulug to-morrow night.
Primrose and West's well-known troupo aro on
tho bills, and thoy promise a new and refined
entertainment. Tho company this season is
etronger than over, including the following
well-known artists: Georgo II. Primrose, W.
II. West, Lew Dockstador, tho Original Big
Four, Smith, Waldron, Daly, aud Martin ;
Georgo Powers, John Queen, J. Melville, Jan
sou, Swift and Chase, Cain aud Loreno, F. W
Oakland, Josoph Natus, Fred E, Reynoldsi
Joseph Garland, Frank Walsh, John West aud
Edgar Wilson, and a host of other comedians,
vocalists, dancers, and specialists. This com
pany has always enjoyed tho position of leadeis
In minstrelsy, and the same high character of
tho performances given by them will no doubt
contfuuo. This seaeou is their latest effort In
progressive miustrelsy, Tho company give a
carriage parade through tho principal etreots
"Tho Paymaster" at tho Bijou.
"Tho Paymaster," with all its startling realism,
will bo the attraction at Harris's Bijou Thcatro
this week, Tho terrific pluugo in tho second
act forms a sceno that must be witnessed to be
appreciated, The play has already been oeon In
Washington, and has met with tho unbounded
approval of tho public. It is by Duncan 13.
Harrison, who has sinco proved himself a most
efilclent caterer to tho popular tasto by writing
a successful play for tho slugger-John L. Sulli
van. Ho is a well-known flguro in New York
military and theatrical circles. Tho perform
ance is now on its farewell tour in this country
prior to an engagement In Europo. The com
pany includes a number of peoplo of recognized
ability. Little Elsie Grahetn Is ono of tho
features of tho entcrtainmont. Sho Is little,
pretty, and sings all tho popular songs of tho
day In a most charming manner. Tho greatest
incident in Mio play, however, is tho terrific
plungo of tho hero into a river of real water.
"The NiRht Owls" at Kcrnan's.
Bobby Manchester's famous "Night Owle,"
which opon at Kcrnan's to-morrow night for
ono week only, will present for tho first time in
Washington their very successful production,
ontltlod "Temptation," which Is said to bo a
most happy burlesque and repleto with funny
situations, now songs and music, sensntlonnl
dances, and protty scenes, as well as resplend
ent with brilliant costumes and glittering
sconery. Tho famous aud beautiful stago queen,
Miss Paulino Markham, appears in the leading
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rule, in which sho has mado a great hit, and is
ably supported by a corps of talented beauties
and funny comedians. Tho Police Parade,
which is introduced in tho burlesque, is a most
artistic feature Among other features may bo
mentioned "Our Social Club," a novel and beau
tiful first part, which vivacious beauties, wild
dances, and jolly songs enliveu, and "Our City
Base Ball Nino," introducing ton lovely maid
ens, who gracefully burlcsquo tho national
craze. Attention is called to tho great sensa
tion, Dolbauer, tho human frog, whoso contor
tions aro puzzling tho world. Besides these
features thero are quaint Sam Rainard, the musi
cal Bison Quartet, statuesque Mamio Irwin,
Dave Foster, Fannio Lewis, tho Nibbes, and
Lillian Granger. Ladies' matiue"c6, Tuesday,
Thursday, and Saturday. Next week, Hyde's
Big Specialty Company.
' Lincoln Hall, November 7.
Wo take pleasure In announcing that tho cele
brated "Scottish Balmoral Choir," of Now York,
will give ono of their grand Scottish concerts at
Lincoln Hall, Friday evening, November 7, by
request of the Scottish societies of this city.
This is tho original Bruce and Patrick's Scottish
Choir, which Is a sufficient guarantee that tho
houso will be crowded.
Notes ol" the Stage.
Rhea has returned from her vacation in Franco
and will soon resume her tour.
It is reported that Joseph Jefferson thinks of
building a theatre in Now York.
Roso Eytingo Is part author of a now novel
called "It Happened This Way."
Frederic Bryton will begin a tour of tho
country in a play called "Jim" on October 29.
"Tho County Fair" Company No. 2 mado
$10,000 in its recent flvo weeks' engagement in
Mario Walnwright has a new play by an
American author which she will produce in Now
York in April.
Mr. Albert Kiddle, of this city, has joined tho
oxeoutivo staff of John II. Russell's "City Direc
It is rumored In English theatrical circles that
Gilbert nnd Sullivan havo patched up their"iato
Maurice Barrymoro will mako his dCbut bb n
star in Now York Octobor27 in his now play,
Miss Minnio Tracoy, of New York, has just
mado a very successful debut as Marguerite in
"Faust," in Oonova. ,
Looko and Davis's great spectacular drama,
"Claudius Nero," will bo produced at Niblo's
Garden to-morrow night.
"Tho Corker," tho now farco-comedy by Low
Rosen, tho well-known Now York journalist,
has mado n big hit on tho road.
Annlo Ward Tiffany will mako her first appear
anco as a star in Now York on November 3 in hor
new play, "Tho Stepdaughter."
Young Sothern's success in "Tho Malstcr of
Woodbarrow" has been so great that ho is likely
to dovoto his cntlro season to it.
Mario I're6cott aud R. D. MoLean havo added
"Herraaohls," a dramatization of Rider nng
gard's "Cloopatra," in their repertory.
Fay Toraploton denies that sho is going to run
away to Europo again. Sho has settled down to
studying her now part in "Tho City Directory."
Sydney Rosenfeia has named his now piny,
written for production at the now Garden Thea
tre, Now York, "Tho Club House." It is a farci
cal comedy in three acts.
Francis Wilson played to lino nudlences
throughout tho week at tho National. It was tho
largest business any company with which ho has
beon connected over did in Washington.
A season of old English comedy will begin at
tho Boston Musoum to-morrow night with "Tho
School for Scandal." Later "Masks and Faces"
aud "Sho Stoops to Conquer" will bo given.
It is said that Henry E. Abboy is organizing a
comlo opera company for next season of which
Lillian Russell is to bo tho star. Miss Russell's
contract with tho Casino expires next May.
And bo "Tho Clemonceau Caso" was too
naughty oven for Boston Aldermen and thoy
olosed it up on Wednesday night. This ought to
bo n groat advertisement for tho show in tho
The Kendals were greeted with great warmth
by a largo and fashionablo audlenco on their ap
pearance in New York at tho Fifth Avonuo
Thcatro Monday night. "Plncros Squlro',' was
Clarn Loulso Kellogg has decided to venturo
out again this season aud has begun to gather a
concert company about her, Sho has ougaged
Mr. aud Mrs. William II, Leo, of tho former
American Opera Company.
Tho London Pail Mall Gazette publishes tho
following: "Wo aio requested by Mrae. Patti to
O00 .-A a r t
contradict positively tho statement thnt sho has
adopted tho Jewish faith or Is about to build a
syiiniroiiuo at hor Welsh home."
It Is said that tho Fourtcenth-streot Thcatro is
preparing a sign which reads, "Mr. llllllard
escapes from tho buzz-saw at 0:15." Now for a
play whloh will lntroduco Wilton Lackayo under
a descending pllo-drlver." iV. 1'. Mirror.
Marlon Manola is going to quit tho Duff Opera
Company, whether becauso sho was or was not
photographed in tights is not stated. Sho has
begun suit ngalnst Do Wolf Hopper's managors
for one week's unpaid salary, $250, and half tho
cost of her costumes in "Castles In tho Air."
It is said a numborof prominent actresses aro
going to form a society for tho purposo of pro
tecting tho profession from tholnilux of ama
teurs who havo had no experience. Lillian
RiiBsell.Gcorglo Parker, and Helen Dauvray aro
among those mentioned as In tho movement.
Tom Kceno says America has but three trage
dians left Booth, Barrett, and himself. As nn
amendment to this It is suggested that America
has but two tragedians Booth nnd Barrett
whilo sho hns a largo number who aro "loft" reg
ularly over j' season as far as making money goes.
It is said that before signing her engagement
for twclvo performances at 1,000 guineas each In
St. Petersburg Mmc. Pattl refused Mr. Abbey's
offer of SICO.000 for thirty operatic performances
in America. Ono of her conditions in accepting
the Russian contract was that sho Is not to attend
a single rehearsal.
Margaret Mather expected to open her Phila
delphia engagement last week with a spectacular
production of Shakespeare's "Cymbcline," but
sho had to change tho bill nt tho last moment.
Some of tho scenery or properties did not arrive
from Now York In time, nnd "The Honeymoon"
had to bo substituted.
Augustln Daly, first of American managers
nnd greatest of American snobs, has scored an
emphatic failure with Joromo K. Jerome's "New
Lamps for Old." Aud now tho New York critics
are nagging tho puggish AuguBtln unmercifully,
showing tho dislike in which ho is held despite
his successes of many years.
Agnes Huntington seems to havo recovered tho
old form which won her such immediate favor
when Bho mado her first appearance on the con
cert Btago several years ago. Her eucccss in
"Paul Jones" in Now York seems to bo beyond
question. Sho is said to wear tho privateer's
breeches with charming grnco and esprit.
Although the now theatrical season Is stll1
young, already there are indications that tho
public will not accept much of the trashy stuff
that has beon sent out on tho road. A number
of companies have closed their season and others
are reported shaky. This is hard on the poor
actors, but it is a good thing for dramatic art.
Minnio Palmer has mado her debut iu light
opera ut Professor Hermann's now theatre, in
New York. Sho appeared in "Suzette," a work
which has already been sung by tho Bostonlans
without notnblo success. As given by Minnie
Palmer aud her company, it drew from somo of
tho Now York critics articles that no friend of
Minnie's will caro to roprint.
Mile. Rhea, who shows her artistic Instincts in
nothing moro than in her exquisite costumes,
brought with her from Paris recently several
new gowns embodying tho very latest concep
tions of th e great Parisian modistes. These clief
d'ecuvrcs, Washington ladies will learn with in
terest, will bo worn by Mile. Rhea at Albaugh's
next week, when sho nppears In "Josephine."
Now scenery has also been provided for tho play
Tho fourth year of "The Old Homestead" is
being Ingeniously advertised in Now York. In
stead of tho usual placards tho shop windows aro
ornamented with huge pumpkins, on which is
stamped tho announcement of the play's return
to tho Academy. In addition to this the Gothic
covering which ornaments tho dozen entrances
to tho big play-house is strowu with mounds of
hay and farm implements of every description.
Otero, tho latest importation In the Spanish
dancer line, is said to be pushing Carmenclta hard
for tho placo of first favorite in Now York.
Meanwhile SoHoritn Tejero y Torre3, who was
seen here somo tlmo ago with Horrmann'sTrans-
ntlantiqucs, has joined the company which will
will bo remembered, claims to bo tho only genu-
ino first-class Spanish dancer.
Most of tho leading men aro young follows who
nover dream of suggesting any other personality
than their own, and many of tho leading women
aro moro automata for tho display of costumes.
Thero nro exceptions, of course; but, speaking
generally, thero probably nover was a tlmo when
so many ignorant and incapable young men and
women wero employed In responsible positions
upon tho stage simply on account or their physi
cal attractions as thero nro to-day. Tho nbsurd
est part of It all is that they are accepted nt their
own valuation, aro paid fancy prices for being
so good ns to exhibit themselves, and havo plays
written downtothelrnrtistioincapacities. iV. Y.
Hero is another view of tho Obcrammergau
performances, by Frank Harris, editor of tho
London Fortnightlv licviciv: "Thero is no placo
a Christian should so carefully avoid as Obcram
mergau. Irrespective of anachronisms, one's
tendorest sensibilities aro shocked by seeing
Jesus shaking hands with his frlonds, and a
Roman soldier, In a pnntomlrale dress, inserting,
at tho Crucifixion, a spear In a bag of olarot
placed under n fiesh-colored shirt worn by tho
impersonator of tho crucified Saviour. The Ian-
guago placed in tho Saviour's mouth is common- ,
ploco and vulgar, and tho vholo story Is debas
ing oven to caricature"
"Poor Jonathan," MilUickor'snow opera, pro
duced at tho Now York Casino on Tuesdaj night,
is a deolded uovolty for that houso. It is tho
first drcss-ooat opera over sung there. In "Poor
Jonathan" thero Is no picturesqueness or ro
manco or poesy gained from tho locale. Tho
scenes aro laid In Now York, at Monaco, and at
West Point, and only in tho last named is thero
an opportunity for rich coloring and striking
costumes. In tho other aots tho main characters
generally wear tho sombre evening dress, making
a contrast to tho brighter but not fanciful toi
lets of tho ladles that is as novol ns it is surpris
ing in n Casino production. Tho work was a
good success, much of tho oredlt being duo to
For tho first tlmo In tho history of tho stage,
probably, tho deadly buzz-saw has beon worked
into a drama. In tho most thrilling sceno in
"Bluo Jeans," Josoph Arthur's now play, recently
produced in Now York, tho hero is thrown onto
tho curriago of a buzz-saw in an unconscious
state, and as tho carrituro approaches tho saw is
at tho last moment hauled off by tho heroine. It
is olalmed that tho buzz-saw is a gonuino busi
ness artlolo, and that if by any accident tho hero
should not bo rescued at tho right moment ho
would bo out in two. It is stated that on account
of tho danger of tho onlsodo Arthur was all sum
mer getting nn notor who was willing to tako tho
chauces. It nowromalnsforsomo realist to work
tho koroseno can, tho dynamlto torpedo, and tho
electric-light wiro Into dramas.
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