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THE SUNDAY HERALD, SUNDAY. DECEMBER 7. 1S90.
IN WASHINGTON THEATRES.
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"Slionnmlonli" Coining for tlio First Timo
to tliu National "Tho Henrietta" nt
Albnugli's Good Attractions nt the
Other Houses Gonornl Stngo Gossip.
There Is a good deal of quiet magnetism about
tbo acting of Jlr. liobcrt Mantell, who playoil a
limited repertory at tbo National Theatre last
week. If It were not so It could scarcely have
been expected that so many would have turned
out during the fore part of the week to witness
a drama resurrected from tho past, where until
last season It had reposed to tho requiem of Its
own dismal echoes. But such is tho order of
things 1 An actor whoso abilities qualify him
to create and In creating please tho public and
reap substantial profit for himself chooses rather
to plunge Into tho musty years pone by and
bring out "The Corslcan Brothers" as a histri
onic relic for tho rising generation. It Is not
progressive ou the actor's part and the rising
generation don't fancy it. "Tho Corslcan
Brothers" is well enough In its place, but its
placo is a respected tomb. But every one likes
Mantell as an actor. Ever Elnco his advent into
America he has claimed a popular favor, and in
his performance in "Monbars" during tho latter
part of tho week he awakened a degree of ap
preciation ou the part of his audiences that
should readily prompt his course in the selec
tion of plays. Last night Mr. Mantell made a
rather commendable attempt at "Hamlet," but,
while tho general prejudico against romantic
actors assuming Shakespearean roles should bo
no bar to such lofty aspirations, he might profit
by Mr. Mansfield's experience in "Richard III"
and make his innovation of brief duration.
Tho company supporting Mr. Mantell is a
competent one, the work of Mr. Mark Price,
Mr. Lindsley, MissBehrens, and Miss Monk be
ing especially meritorious.
if. if. if.
There are a few attractions the public never
tire of, and Macgie Mitchell is one of them.
Last week at Albaugh's she pleased the same
large audiences that have enjoyed her antics
year by year for two generations, and gave every
indication of possessing the necessary vitality
to retain her placo on the stage for several
youthful seasons to come. Maggie Mitchell
possesses more than the power to make her
audieuco laugh. Iter ability to present the
pathetic is also one of her strong points, and
she uses it at times to the border of the emo
tional. Humor and pathos of courso work
splendidly as alternates when artistically done,
and here is where Miss Mitchell long ago estab
lished her individuality. Last week she pre
sented a repertory including "Bay," "Fanchou,"
"Lorle," and "Jane Eyre," in all of which she
has been seen heie before. Those of the com
pany who did commendable work arc Messrs.
Howard Gould, It. I McClauniu, and Edward
Poland, and Misses Ida Burroughs and Jennie
"The HeiiriclJ,JvM at Albaugh's.
BrpnsoTr Howard's capital comedy will be
-Sheri at Albaugh's this week. It has already
been seen hero and heartily enjoyed, but a re
capitulation of the leading incidents of the play
will be timely. "The Henrietta" is a mine.
Old Van Ahtync has stocked it. More than
this, he owns the town around the mine, and has
a controlling voice in the affairs of various rail
roads. The old bull has a heart, too. That
heart, when stocks aro not jumping or dropping,
is tenderly Inclined toward a certain Mrs. Opdyke,
who is charming. He makes love to her at his
broker's under rather trying circumstances.
Young Nick takes advantage of his father's con
fidence and makes a break in Henrietta. In his
ambition to become. the Napoleon of tho street
he does not hesitate to conspire with his father's
enemy to secure his father's financial ruin. It
is while old Van Ahtync is proposing to Mrs.
Opdyke that tho stock begins to tumble. Just
in tho middle of a frank statcmeut of his fecl-
lugs in his own "rough, bluut way" tho suitor
hears tho ticker. A glanco at tho tapo and ho
ejaculates, "I've got to back out of this I" Mrs.
Opdyke cau hardly believe her ears. "Honrletta
down to 70 1" ho 6houts next. "Tho old lady is
getting mo into a trap. They've got tho old bull
in a corner." This is more thau tho pretty
widow can stand. Sho demands an explanation.
Old Van Alstyne forgets tho "ticker" and rp
suracs tho lovemaking. But the clicking goes
on too. Forsaking his charmer, who falls, not
into his arms, as lie hoped, but too solidly ou
tho stage, old Nick reads tho fateful legend of
tho tapo once more, "Tho old girl is down
agaiu I" But tho old operator comes out right
after all. Much against his will but fortun
ately for himself ho hadconeeutedto tho union
of his beloved Agnes with his stupid boy Jiertie
and gave him a check for $500,000. Young Nick
manages for a while to cast suspicion on Bertie.
A bundle of letters from a woman he has de
ceived came to tho knowledge of his wife. But
tho smooth-tonged rascal persuades her that
Bertie is tho party compromised. Mrs, Van Al
styne warns Agnes that her lover is a wicked
man, and Agnes, belioYiug tho lie, tells Bertie
that all Is over between them. Time, howover,
brings full justification to this much-harrassed
young "lamb." There aro some excellent points
about Bertie. His cheek for 400,000 comes ad
mirably Jnto play through tho ofllco of a sharp
but not "tricky" broker. Henrietta rallies at
tho critical moment of a panic. It is young
Nick and not tho father who 16 crushed. Tho
father learns the truth and turns ludlguantly
upon his unnatural sou, who before loug dies of
heart diseaeo. And when tho curtain falls ou
"Tho Honrletta" Bertie and his loving Agnes
are united and happy. The arch, scheming, and
merry widow gets old Nick, and so tho comedy
comes to a close. In Mr. Hobson's support aro
Gcorgo S. Woodward, Stanislaus Stangc, Ed
ward J. ltatcliffo, Franclyn Hcglld, Miss May
Waldron, Miss Eugenia Lindeman, Miss Olive
May, and Miss Amy Busby. Mr. Kobson will
prosont "Tho Honriett" all of tho week except
ing Saturday ovcning,a when will ho given "She
Stoops to Conquer."
"Shenandoah" at the National.
Bronson Howard's brilliant battle play will bo
presented for tho first time In Washington to
morrow evening, and great interest has bcon
manifested in the event. It comes direct from
Now York,whero It has just concluded a second
great run. It will bo given with tho original
Now York cast. Its run of three hundred nights
in New York, one hundred in Chicago, seventy
flvo in Boston, fifty In San Francisco, and now
returning from Now York, after another run,
indicates the deep interest taken in Bronson
Howard's masterpiece. Tho openlug scene Is
laid in a ball-room In Charleston, W. Va., where
tho principal characters aro assemblea. Col.
Robert Elhngham, a Virginian, and Col. Kerch
ival West, n New Yorker, both friends at West
Point, each vow love for the sister of tho
other. These vows aro made to Gertrude
Ellingham, tho Southern girl, and Madeline
West, the Northern girl, with all the faith of
true love. Tho first firing on Fort Sumter was
heard in the distance, and tho lovers hastily
separate. In the second act is a beautiful stage
setting, representing Three Top Mountain and
tho Shenandoah Valley. Gertrude is captured
while delivering Confederate despatches, and
falls into the hands of Col. West, her lover, who
renews his suit, but is not entertained with
pleasure by the Southern girl, who considers him
an enemy to the Southern cause, and therefore
an enemy to her. In this scene was worked
in some very bright comedy in relation to the
tryiDg circumstances of the lovers. There wero
realistic torch signals irom tho mountains that
were given in exact accoi dance with tho seciet
code. Tho third act shows a retreat of Sheri
dan's men from Winchester, which Is made
realistic by United States States Army uniforms
and cavalry trumpet signals. The love affair
continues. Gertrude finds Col. West among the
wounded, and then her old love for him returns
and overcomes even her devotion to tho South
ern cause. The Colonel is almost killed by an
assassin at one time, and these dangerous
escapes of bis from death fan into life Gertrude's
love. The consequence? Wedlock. A parlor
in Washington, in 1SG5, in the house of Gen.
Bucklhornc, who fought for the Union, is where
all the troubles are healed. Here Col. Elling
ham wins his suit easily.
"One of tho finest" at Harris's.
"One of the Finest" is a phrase that is famil
iar to every theatre-goer. It is the title of tho
attraction that Harris, Britton, and Dean will
present for the cnteitainmcnt of their patrons
at the Bijou Theatre this week. The company
is one of extraordinary merit, tho members ex
celling as specialty artist comedians and in tho
more serious veins of theatrical ait. Tho scenic
preparations for tbo production have been
most elaborate and complete. Tho Cincinnati
Enquirer Bays of a performance of this play:
"Tho pieco is full of amusement, pathos, and
dramatic force. A broad vein of humor runs
through it, and tho largo audience was kept in
hilarious spirits fiom tho first to tho last act.
The 6cenic effects preseuted aro realistic. The
dock scene In tho fifth act was particularly
good, and embraces a largo body of water, in
which men and boys swam about with ease, and
boats floated about, carrying passengers as they
would in the bay."
A New Company at Kcrnnii's.
Harry Williams's Own Specialty Compauy,
direct from his Academy of Music, Pittsburg,
will make its first appearance at Kernau's
Theatre to-morrow night. It Is refined and
select, Including favorite American and Euro
pean artists, headed by the celebrated Brothers
Byrne, from tho Hoyal Aquarium, Loudon,
whoso realistic earrlago rido and Its mishaps are
tho height of gymnastic daring and tho most
novel act ever presented. Among others aro J.
V. Kelly, the noted mimle; Von Gnfre, tho
European marvel; Sisters Coleman, European
vocalists; Billy Carter, tho great banjolst;Palles
and Cussick, tho traustlantic comedians;
Maccanu, Englaud's greatest concertina 6oloist;
Mathow, tho original juggler; Dacraor, tho beau
tiful Danish warbler; Napier and Marzolo, tho
gymnastic comedians; Byrnes and Hcleno,
crayon artists; Austin, slack-wire king; Larry
and Lizzlo Smith, tho favorite comedy duo.
Ladies' matlnGes Tuesday, Thursday, and Sat
urday. Next week Henry Burlesque Com
pany. JcITcrson and Florence Coming.
The first half of tho week of the Jefferson
Florenco engagement, beglnlng Deceilfter 15 at
tho National, will bo dovoted to tho production
of "Tho Rivals," tho latter half to Colman's
comedy of "Tho Helr-at-Law." Tho support
ing company is very strong indeed, Including
as It does Mrs. Drow, Mmo. PonisI, F. C. Bangs,
G. W. Denham, and others. It would bo dif
ficult to find on the comedy stago of tho present
day a happier conjunction of talent than that
which is brought together in this company. Mr.
Jefferson as Bob Acres, Mr. Florenco as Sir
Lucius, and Mrs. Drew as Mrs. Malaprops Is a
treat to tho lovers of gonulno comedy. In
"Tho Helr-at-Law" Mr. Jefferson will present
his impersonation of Dr. 1'angloss, which is a
charmingly finished comedy part, and ono
which ho has not protrayed for years. Mr.
Florenco as Ezckicl Homespun accomplishes
ono of tho most difficult task that Is over at
tempted by an actor, perfectly slmplo expres
sion of elemental feeling. At tho Saturday matl
n6o "Tho Rivals" will Ise presented. Tho salo
of seats opens December 11 at tho ofllco of the
The Iilliputians Coming.
Monday evening, December 10, tho celebrated
European operatic, burlesque, and comedy
company, the Liliputians, will make their ini
tial bow to a Washington audience at Al
baugh's. This company has achieved a sensa
tional success in Now York this season, whore
they ployed ten weeks before crowded houses.
All Now York popers have pronounced tho Lili
putians to bo tho most interesting and most
pleasing novelty over seen on tho American
stage. The company consists of the ten only
midget actors in the world, who are from
eighteen to forty-three years of age, and from
twenty-eight to thirty-eight inches tall. Tho
leading soubrette, Miss Solma Goerner, Is gifted
with a beautiful voice and a rare histrionic
talent. Mr. Fanz Ebert, tho comedian of the
company, measures only twenty-eight inches,
and is doubtless the funniest little man to bo
found on the stage. Tho midgets and support
ing company of two hundred artists form an
excellent ensemble. The company will present
in Washington their most successful spectacu
lar play, "Tho Pupil in Magic," which has been
glveu in New York more than one hundred
times. Tho salo of 6cats will cbmmcnce Thurs
day, at the box office of Albaugh's.
Boston Symphony Orchestral Club.
Tho Boston Symphony Orchestral Club, com
posed of Mons. Alfred de Seve, violin virtuoso;
llerr Ernst Oehlhey, violoncello soloist; Mons.
Fr. Ruequoy, ilute virtuoso; Richard Stoelzer,
viola d'amour, and Mile. Lea Van Dyck
prima donna, will give a grand sacred vocal and
instrumental concert at tne jncw national tuis
evening at S o'clock. The programme will in
clude: Symphony in G-major, Haydn; ilute solo,
'Les Echos d'Alsiice," Fr. Ruequoy; aria,
"Linda," Mile. Lea Van Dyck; violoncello solo,
grand fantasia on "Le Deslr," Ernest Oehlhey;
grand waltz from Delibes's ballet of "Na'ila,"
(new,) Orchestral Club; violin solo, Zigeuner
dance, Alfred De Seve; viola d'amour solo,
Richard Stoelzer; "Hungarian Dance," Orches
tral Club. Tho box office will bo open to-day
for the taking of reserved places from 1 until 5.
Henry George and R. S. Horn.
The citizens of Washington will have an op
portunity of hearing these two gentlemen in
joint debate on the single tax question at
Lincoln Hall on Saturday evening next. Henry
George is one of tho most distinguished social
and political economists of his age. He has
written a number of books upon social ques
tions, among them "Progress and Poverty,"
and it is safe to say that from his point of view
it is ono of the most profound inquiries into
the cause of industrial depression, and of in
crease of want with increase of wealth. The
debate will probably not be confined to one
single question, but will take a wider range.
Hon. R. G. Ilorr is well known hero for his
oratorical abilities and for an irresistible fund
of wit and humor. While in Congress ho made
a reputation as a debater, and there are many
stories told of his keen wit. It will be quite an
cveut to have two such speakers on tbo plat
form on tho same evening. The salo of seats
will commence on Tuesday next at Droop's
music store. Tho prlco of admission has been
fixed so as to popularize the entertainment.
Boston Symphony Orchestra.
Music lovers will be glad to bo reminded of
tho second concert by the Bostou Symphony
Orchestra, under direction of Its famous Loip
sle conductor, Mr. Nikisch, which takes placo
at Lincoln Hall next Thursday evening. Each
programme by this splendid organization in
creases tho circle of its admirers, and its con
certs have come to bo looked upon as "red
letter" events of tho musical season. Mme.
Fannie Bloomfield Zeisler, tho distinguished
pianlste, will be tho soloist.of Thursday's con
cert, and will play with tho orchestra tho Saint
Sae'us concert for pianoforte. Among tho
orchestral uumbers aio tho overtuio "Oberon,"
Weber; tho "Unfinished Symphony," Schubert,
and Liszt's symphonic poem, "Tasso." A very
largo subscription salo insures a fine audience.
Intending purchasers will do well to make
early application for seats at Ellis's music store,
937 Pennsylvania avenue.
lUucolu Music Hall.
Tho Choral Society will give a complete per
formance of Handol's great oratorio, "Tho
Messiah," at Lincoln Hall next Weduesday
evening. Tho soloists will bo Mrs. Jennio
Patrick Walker, Miss Gertrudo Edmands, Mr.
Herbert Johnson, and Mr. Ivan Morawski. A
trumpeter from Seidl's orchestra has been se
cured for tho great solo for that instrument.
Tho chorus numbers 200 this season and has
been well trained by the director, Mr. II. C.
Shormau. An orchestra will assist. For tho
second concert of the society Miss Mary nowo
Is aunouueed as soloist, aud at the thli d Dvorak's
"Spectre's Bride" will bo given, with Mi6S De
Vero aud Mr. William Ludwig.
Notes of the Stage.
Bob Downing plays in Philadelphia this week.
"Faust on Toast" is tho name of a now bur
lesque. Verdi's "Otello" seems to havo been u deoided
success in Madrid.
BUet, composer of "Carmen," is to have a
statuo erected to his memory iu France.
"Tho Last Word" seems to bo a big success at
Daly's Theatre, Now York. It may run tbo sea
Tbo stago is to bo enriched, it Is said, by an
other Uttlo Eva tho Eva with whom Robort Ray
Hamilton mado his mesalliance.
Jefferson and Florenco aro playing a two
weeks' engagement at Mrs. John Drew's Arch
stroot Theatre, Phlladolphiu, to big business.
Some American manager is negotiating with
Emil Goetzo, tho German tenor, who is said to be
really great, for a concert tour in this country.
"Tho Islo of Ohampagno" is tbo announced
tltlo of a comlo opera which Charles Alfred
Byrne aud Louis Harrison aro engaged in con
structing. If therois auythlng in n narao tho
opera ought to bo sparkling, but Its authors may
bo trusted to seo that nothing or that kind oc
curs. Tho mnnagera of Fny Templeton in "Miss Mc
Glnty," her now piece, aro advertising as a dis
tinct novelty that their star appears in long
Tho .Tuch Opera Company opened tho now
Duquesno Theatre at 1'lttsburg Monday last.
Tho theatro is salt! to bo ono of tho finest In tho
It is announced that Cora Tannorls meeting
with llattcring success in her now play, "Tho
Rofugco'a Daughter." Some people nro easily
Woolsoa Morso aud J. Cheever Goodwin, who
constructed "Tho Merry Monarch" for Francis
Wilson, bavo anew opera on tho stocks for De
Mr. Giles Shine, of this city, who is in Margaret
Mather's Company this season, has received very
pleasant notices of his impersonation of Cloten
Mr. Hobart Brooks returned on Thursday from
tho West, where ho went to look after his theat
rical venture, "The U. ". M ill," which he found
In n nourishing condhi... .
De Wolf Hopper is building his "Castles in tho
Air" at Chicago tho present lortnlght. Ho finds
the ntmospherc of tho future groat World's Fair
City very congenial to that sore of thing.
Sir Arthur Sullivan's "Golden Legend" was
sung for the first timo in New York on Thurs
day evening by tho Now York Chorus Society.
Among tho soloists was Miss Clementina De
The latest novelty in tho theatrical world of
London is an afternoon theatre shortly to bo
started for the convenience of tho suburban pop
ulation who do not care for evening perform
ances. Tho Philadelphia Item has discovered that
Augustin Ealy is the most unpopulnr manager
in Now York. It Imparts this important in
formation without any extra cbargo to its sub
scribers. Ross David, the tenor, who was In Washington
a while last summer with the Lamont Opera
Company, recently made his appearance in "La
Cigalc" in London, and is said to havo been very
New York has never had a more popular Sen
ator than tho one who is now serving a long
term nt tho Star Theatre in tho metropolis. W.
II. Crano'o drawing power In his play of Wash
ington lifeseems unabated.
Agnes Huntington closed her Boston engage
ment in "Paul Jones" last 'night. It is said she
could have remained thero all winter with profit,
so great was her success. A little Bait raav be
taken on this bean, however.
Forty thousand dollars is named as tho sum
which Fanny Davenport will spend in puttintr
her production of Sardou's "Cleopatra" on the
stage. It will be seen lor the first timo at tho
Fitth-nvenue Theatre, Now York, December !i2.
Theodore Thomas is given as referenco for the
truth of tho report that Campauini has com
pletely recovered his voice. Everybody will
hope it is so, and that Italo will take care of his
splendid tieasure, now that ho has it back again.
Some ono is going to utillzo tho sensational
Birchall murder case on the stage. The person
is said to bo Mrs. Lockwood, wifo of a Toronto
lawyer who was conspicuous in tho case. She is,
of course, a "society belle," and sho will soon
make her theatrical dCbut.
In addition to Sheridan's famous three-act
comedy of "ThoRlvals," the JcITcrson and Flor
ence Company will present at tho National
Theatre next week "The Heir nt Law," Mr.
Jefferson appearing as Dr. Panolos, nnd Mr.
Florence as Zclilcl Homespun.
Fay Templeton is out in an interview in which
sho ndmits that America leads tho world in many
things, but adds with regretlul reluctance that
our dramatic artists lack tho finish and fmeme of
tho French and even the Spanish. Fay no
doubt reached this conclusion by menns of self
study nnd a looking-glass.
E. H. Sothern closed last night tho largest en
gagement played by any company nt tho Broad
street Theatre, Philadelphia, this season, the
"standing-room only " sign having been displayed
at every evening performance. "Tho Maister of
Woodbarrow" is proving an oven more emphatic
hit on tho road than it did at tho Lyceum Thea
tre, Now York.
Hattio Harvoy. the young actress who became
famous by spending n nmraber of weeks as tho
truest of Adelina Patti in her castle in Wales, and
who is described as a clever comedienne, will go
a-starring about December 23. Miss Harvey will
bo seen in W. G. Wills's musical coracdy-drama
formerly known as "Tho Llttlo Tramp," but re
christened "Jessio Daw."
Managers Harris, Britton.and Dean, of tho
Bijou, and Manager Hassan, of "Ono of tho
Finest," havo extended an invitation to tho chil
dren of tho members of tho police forco to at
tend the performance on Tuesday afternoon
Acceptances havo been numerous, and a largo
number of llttlo ones will eujoy tho perform
ance. Tho Invitations are neatly printed, and as
tho hero of tho play is a policeman himself it
will bo quite an occasion all nround.
Miss Elizabeth S. Blasland.of Washington, who
is now a pupil of Miss Clara E. Smart, of Boston,
sang at tho muslealo given by Miss Smart nt
Hotel Hoffman recently. Tho Boston Times, in
alluding to tho affair, says: "Tho affair was of
special interest, being tho occasion of tho first
appearance of Miss Elizaboth S. Blasland, a
young lady from Washington, now studying
muslowith Miss Smart. Miss Blasland adds to
an attractive personality a voico of unusual
sweetness and purity and power. Her rondoring
of an aria from 'Lucretia Borgia' gave promise
of u brilliant and successful future."
Mrs. Frank Leslie, who is now on tho lecture
platform, modestly confided tho following to a
Philadelphia Interviewer; "It has always been
ray custom to appeor in tho daintiest of gowns
and a profusion of diamond ornaments. I deter
mined to mako a change. Sol loft off tho bril
liants aud wore no jewelry but my wedding ring,
and I would havo loved to havo omitted that,
too. When I mado my appearance tho comments
of tho nudienoo wero not 'Aren't her diamonds
lovely?' but 'Hasn't sho an oxqulsito figure V
and 'Her oyes are as bright as tho stars.' You
soe, tho Hash of tho diamonds took all thosparklo
from my oyes."
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