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THE TIMES, WASKLfcTG-TOK, S UK DAY. OCTOBER 31, 3S97.
yiwm The Bostonians in
Lafayette Herbert Keicer ami
iStutntKim to ' A Coat of Many Colors."
Oohnnbia-AngtwLe Ytm Weiie, In "A
Grauil aiarte Waluwtigtot in "Shall We
AOH4eniy-U:M in "Human Hearts."
Myo Chartes Bttts wni (Alien;.
iKjmma Sew York Stems.
keaistee week 1kIc back a number 1
'0Cifl &LsMti and one newcomer, whose
fame grceo Mm. Augat&e Van Biene,
wbo ouit&efc a capacity fur acting with
a gettfu fr the 'cello, will play (drama
aiMl routfe) r the Colombia Ous week, Iu
ataate Harvey's A Musician's Romance."
lift - accustomed to accept weird imdi
dnnuiic WrtHs front the prolific Harvey.
lawyntosil toeroineand lugubrious heroes,
Iwt titae aucbor of So hem's 'An Enemy to
Ube King" wmte'The White Rat'"and"0!i
air. YaHBfeiH. reputation has preceded
41MB of a j-ood dramatic performance di-
TV with some good music.
ttim UlCI wm lie bccii an iuc nccn iu
VMiir Bi-twvi's btffesB, "The Serenade,"
aOeK. -oa Pawirday night, when "Ilobin
'Jlftftll will be giren once, because the de
mand lb too iftonouuoed to be refused.
At the I-afnyette two new btaris will
twinkle iutad-m-hand with paternal "V.
J.XtMOaeMtily a step In the background,
Wessiae tte banns, as It were. The fctellair
tNin arelldbert Keieey and Effle Shan
non Tbete people occupy a conspicuous
aad dignified place In the dramatic world.
aH3 tfcey donbtle bare a following ttill
'althfuUnsnenioryor the years of Lyceum
fooeas. The play Is Madelaine Lueette
Kfley'fc "A Coat or Many Colors."
Afarie AVainwright, an excellent artist,
will appear at the Grand in '-Shall "We For
give Dor?" The Academy has a tried and
iHeven sunness in 3Ial Beid and "Human
Hwte." Charles Ellis is at the head of
Tiie JMjoc vaudeville bill, and Steve Brodie
acaAdc ft the foreground of the company to
mipw at Kernan's.
J Lt Sunday there was in this column an
ojMmerttm of the vat-t numter of librettos
wlMCh Harry H. Smith has written, and tho
optatoti wi expressed that from a man
wiw writes with the celerity and pro-
docdveaese of a sausage factory we
ncaaa't expect much of the book of "Peg i
WuCfflflrtGa."' And so it proved. The
jgtery and spoken lines of the opera arc as
ortKleand faulty as ever writer had the ini
pwieiioe to pot before hib public.
The story C Peg Wffingfcon, as tradition
ana Chartes Reade has given her to us, is
ne which adapt itself mot 'eJieitouEly to
Mg ora Hie choice of the theme was
H insfvirtiou. Then tile carnage began.
StniUi waddles around In bis scenario, it
lie l-s! evea a plan of his puzzle, like a
dwnrf in a trnfSeld. He makes some sort
f a attempt to mHa Peggy's story through
MsXJrst net, and for about fifteen imuittex
of net two. not that it Is at all nis
Xacttrj. Itwn he brHncl.es off nu another
aetud, wWch ls nothing to do with the
Cheever GtodwIn was in town all weelc.
trying to revfcc the book The safess,
meet expeditious and most satisfactory
roftrit can only be Jiad from an entire
ettmiiuu.iitn of all Smith's story and
stKiken words, and plotting out u new
fXKwario with new dialogue. The songs
no& iKit he rewritten- They sound all
rjgbt- "I'erltaiw because no one ever knows
what a s-.ng In a comic opera is about-
There is everything about "Peg Woffiug
toa" to make a success except the lines.
Herbert's mnlc is enchanting. Nothing is
mora inspiring in Comic opera than the j Silver King," "Uncle Tom's Cabfn," "Tho
ii'fHow tri&zon of the brass. Herbert's i Still Alarm," "Peril," "Divorce," and
band experience has gifted him with a ! "The Private Secretary." Her first hie
skill akia to Kousa'n rr incorporating J in New York was made in "The Black
lot music -vritlHwit unpleasant ear-splitting Masque." Tru- was followed by a tempt-off-et-
He Is o Velio virtuos and lie doe.-n't jng offer from A. M. Palmer, under whom
target Ws fctrmgs. The sensuous swing of
some of the string music is iutoxlcatingly
(HdidiMt- The entiretj of tle fffect is to
expand Mr. Herliert', reputation as one o
oar best cjjjiirs ot light but musically
comic tipera. scores.
The prodnction was beautifully tnade.
Miss D'Arville, Mr. Cliilvers and Mr. Hart
are onjoyaWeir; tiieir parts, but the balance
of the company, having speaking iiarts.
ought to be MuUsut uteri. Tiie chorus sang
proudly. od a good stage manager will
give them a dose of discipline which will
make their stage presence more pictur
The enmpany has hung over the rocky
precipice r Collapse for two weeks, but
some jiM-ncy was paid them the middle
or the week and tiiey remained to the
finish. This week will be given to recast
ing the piece and rehearsing the new
fioodwia i)(m. One week from tomor
.vw tiie piece will open in Philadelphia.
In view of tin- superiority of Herbert's
iraiwc In "Peg Woffington," there is ex
travagant promise for his "The Seren
ade this week, in the fact that two of the
lioptnumlersr the former opera were leav
iups frri the other. So in reason the ex
cellence or "The Serenade" should begin
where "Peg "Wofflngton" left off. Those
who attended the Columbia and the Na
tional lat week heard a sample of what is
to be given us this week. It has a fine
swing, joyous melody and some brilliantly
gathered harmonies, wliich pleased Im
mensely. The Estonians are a tradition with
"Wanbitigton. They are one of the "must
Ije seen" attractions of the year- ""Every
one ot the company Is well known to the
public. An incident exemplifying this
happened at the Lafayette last "Wednesday
afternoon. Mr. Earnabee, interested in.
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Mr- Herbert's music and a warm ad rairer oC
Miss D'Arviile. who was the original Maid
Marian of "Robin Hood," came over
from Baltimore with a couple or ladies of
bis company to see the new piece He re
loaincwl in hl box after the i-erfoimance
was over to permit the audience to pas-out
without hib having to mingle with them
anil surfer the stares of recognition
Vlwn the house wa cleared he strolled out
Tu hisaurprisehc found the whole audience
gutbered on the sidewalk beroi e thetheater,
and as they n-ade a pathway lor him as
they might lor a prima donna his eais
tingled with the whispers', "Mr. Bar
native," ""There he is," "les, the white
haired old gentleman."
At last a prophet ltasfounil "honor in his
own country," and mmint, versatile, genial
Sol Smttn Kin-ssli is receiving tne heartfelt
nnri ftuurviiii' i!:iiiillth of tile NeW S OrK
Tnu. interesting item is rrom u -New xorh.
presssheet. The quotation marksareorigina I
wltli Uie wuwr of the paragraph, though
he probably did not realize how he waa
accenting the humor ot this cheeky as
sumption. Honor in his own country! At
last! Is New York then, Mr. Uasvll's own
r.mirtrv' Tt. ivn s wupMllV MimlO.-t'd that
eVfirywhoro lMlt K(iW York had claimed Mr.
R a afi ,tg oWjif aad Jmd fed fat WsJ
tanK aC00UIlU tnal he m,Bht periodically
Wj aniblUon lo he receU 0(1 wJth
,..,rv with whie.h ho has
nothing in c-oramon. jlr.-Ru.-u paid rur
ttiat Item. For th sake of our belief in
bib fidelity to old friends let us hope he
didn't wrte and doesn't approve such rot.
Washington Is the reputed home ot a
great many notors, if we are to believe
tho press .agents' as they saunter hither-was-i.
.-- i.iafly, in fact, mat jne is
tempted to ask if actors are born any
wlnsre else hut here, or to tursi 'Jhomas
and doubt but that actors are all Homers
In the diversity and uncertainty of their
birthplaces. But actors, and especially
"Washington actors, are not all bunched
at the altltudtuoua end ot the ladder ot
merit. It Is therefore piea-vint to add
onto the eado the lengthy roster a name
which, rumor hath it, belongs near the top
"When Sol Smith Hussell began his Xew
York season he had Thomas Fuller, alias
Harold Kuaselt, playing the part in "A
Bachelor's .Romance," which Arthur Hoops
played here. He was unsatisfactory, and
Svdnev Booth was given a trial. Bue,
; the management were not satisfied. Mana-
j ger Berger is a Washington man. and
when he heard that Thurlow Bergen was
willing to icoi a roie :.- v.ireu ...m to
lia tne company. The newcomer made a
,Ht m u,s Inri Ml u,ux' "" JW" "-
says that he plays It better than any of
Mr. Berger is not a novice to the foot
lights. He was on the stage professionally
some yeai.s ago, but until he Joined Mr.
Iluasell he lus been engaged in wholesale
business In this city- The substantial char
acter of the hit he has made maybe under
stood when it is known that he has re
ceived offers from two other managers
who have seen him in "A Bachelor's Ro
mance." Ho has wisely concluded to re
main with Mr. Russell.
Toiaori'iw evening Julia Arthur risen
phoenix-like from the ashes of her De
troit disaster, will present Mrs. Burnett's
"A Lady of Quality' to New York city,
at Palmer's Theater. Mis-j Arthur has had
a broadening experience in drama, though
she is a young woman, and comparatively
unknown to those who do not carefully
follow the list of names underneath Uie
She-played in her early girlhood .the
heroines of Shakespeare, and before going
to England she acted In "The Galley
Slave," "Called Back," "The Two Or
phans," "Woman Against "Woman," "Cap
tain Swift," "Th Colleen Bawn," "Arra-na-Pogue,"
"Jim the Penman," "The
she played Jeanne, In "A Broken Seal;"
Lotty Fletcher, in "Saint mid Sinners."
and Lady Windermere In "Lady Winder
mres Fan," gaining both gold and glory.
But her itreat triumph came in th- title
role of "Merceries," by Thom.is Bailey Al
drlch. Ju this brief tragedy Miss Arthur
found a characlei peculiarly suited to her
personality; for with h?r lustrous eyes, her
raven haii, her soft, rich voice, hvr pas
sionate exprcss'oa, she is the Ideal heroine
of romance -tna woman men dream about
and delight to look upon. She has abio
played Rose Woodmere in "The Prodigal
Paughtcr," wnich ran for eight months at
the American Theater, New l'ork. Then
returning to Mr. Palmer, Hruscilla Ives,
"The Tianclng, Girl;" Mary Lonsdale, in
"Woman's Revenge;" Vera, in "Moths,"
&ud Constance Belmorc, in "One Touch of
Her last part in America bef&rc Joining
Henry Irving was Sister Mary, in Clement
Scott and "Wilson Barrett's play ot that
name. As Elaine, in "King Arthur," she
was a beau-eous vision, her performance
being delicate and poetic. Her reception waa
almost as generous us that accorded the
two luminaries ot the Lyceum company,
when sire played Sophie in "Olivia," and
Queen Anne to Sir Henry's Richard the
Third. As Rosamond In "Becket," she won
a triumph, her beauty and her art keeping
the most critical audiences from regret
ting the absence of Ellen Terry, as v as the
case when during Miss Terry's illness
she appeared as Imogen in "Cymbeline.'r
This is Miss Arthur's showing-la a -short
career of nine years upon the stage. It
epeaks for energy and ambitior; Itought to
display a broadened, mature art- We shall
not have the pleasure of seeing her CJorinda
Wildalrs until after New Tear's.
Play titled run In ruts. Just now we are
encountering an epidemic of rorrancea,
Mcret, and plays with France as the tag.
Sol Smith Uussell set one of the styles
with his "A Bachelor's Romance." Then
came "A Furitan Romance,'' which ex
ploded lust week, and "A Southern Bo
niance,'' irom which the romance all went
out weeks ago. Tills week we arc to have
"A Musician's Romance."
Franco has figured as the past possewdvo
of "A Ward," "A Cavalier" and "A Sol
dier." Then, hush! there are the Secrets.
There Is -'A Park Secret," "Secret Serv
ice." "A Secret Warrant," "A Koynl Se
cret," "Secrets of State," and so on. The
godparents ot plays seem to emulate the
example of the flocking sheep who follow
Leon tine Stanfield has discovered a new
fad in headgear, which may justify the ex
istence of the art of millinery all these
cenfirles if only to produce this. It is a
glass theater bonnet. The fad started In
Venice. Paris took the craze and before
long we'll have an attack of it here. A
glass bonnet is a very bright idea. Glass is
transparent, and ladies who dislike taking
their hut off at the theater will not be
obliged to do so. A few leaser, might be
inserted br the benefit of the people sitting
unci; of then, who do not own opera glasses.
The advent of the glass bonnet may be of
lasting beaefit to mankind. ( There are any
number of new "wrinkles'' the glass bonnet
W. F Rochester, Just returned from South
Africa, told the Mirror some interest
ing things about theiitcro In South Africa,
which will be rend with interest.
"All of the companies seen there,'' siild
Mr. Rochcster,"havet.eendiRtinctively Eng
lish, but th" visiting American is treated
like? a lord by everybody. Very few Amer
ican plays have evei reached South Africa,
but I to,k from New York three operas
whit'- had proven successful there and they
tepeaten tbeii success, showing that there
is a large field for the enterprising opera
manager disposed to so a long distance to
make big money- "When 1 left South
Africa there were then In the Immense field
one melodrama company, one comedy com
pany, a Loudon Uaiety Company, Mi Adoo's
Colored Minstrels, one high-class vaude
ville company, and one company playiig
a Shakespearean repeitolrc.
'Tte seasons are the reverse of our, the
winter beginning in February and lasting
until ug.ist. The climate la beautiful, like
our own California climate, and autumn
clothing with n light overcoat will becom
fcriabte all through the winter. Six
mini i (is- " (.-imtmuai sunsnlneareoffi t ed for
the theatrical season. About the trans
portation? Well, the fare from London Is
S180,rir&t ciass.orSllOstcond-clasA. Vau
dnville performers for the Empire, Johnn
nesbnrg, are guaranteed eight weoka, ind
are given free transpottatlon from London.
A route? Let inc give you the tour which
seems best to me and the details as I go
"Suppose we open at Cape Town, u
city with about 15,000 population. The
Opera House is a large, beautiful theater,
well stocked with scenery and almost
every comfort. As at.ev'ery South African
point, the house here is usually rented
by the visiting attractions.- The rent,
$37r, a week, include IjghCjayt all at
taches except orchestra. TrjceVare 50
and l cents, -1 and ?1.C0. The hotels,
not very good, offer first-class accomoda
tion at $20 a week, and second class
at $10 or Slli, American plan The
theater seats 2,200, and is almost always
coAvded From Cape Town, I should go
to Port Elizabeth, Natal, about 400 mile
by water. Here Is a cozy, pretty play
house, seating 1.S00 persons. Prices are
obout the same as at Cape Town, but the
hotels are better. Our next stand would
be East London, abo in Natal, two days
by water. Each ot these places is good
for a week In repertoire. The East Lou
don hotels are very bud, the theater is
wor.se than the hotels, and prices about
one-third more than ut Cape Town. Tho
house seats about 1,200, and it is impos
slbli to put up any enery.
"Thence we go to Durban, capital of
Natal, a day'6 journey. This is tne most
beautiful city in South Africa . It ha3 a fine
modern theater, seating 1,700, and a good
company might easily remain from four to
six weeks. Prices same as Capetown. From
Durban we goto Pieter Maritshurg.&ixtj
miles inl.md. This is an English garrison
town, where 20,000 or 30,000 troops .ire
quarteivd, and it is good for two weeks
Thetheater is brand new, seats 1,700, and
the prices are G2 1-2 cents, SI 25 and
$2.50, with boxes at $15 ami S20. We next
visit Pretoiia, capital of the Transial re
public, rwentv-f our hours by rail, a beauti
ful city, j.i:d a two-weeks' stand. The
theater is new and pricessame asatthelast
"From Pretoria we go to Johannesburg,
two hours bv rail, and find three first-class
therteis. Tiie town Isn't booming now,
but it supports an Edwardes Gaiety Com
pany at the Standard all the year round'
varietv at the Empire, and combinations
a", the Gaiety, where we played eight and
one-half weeks. There is very little sick
ness here, although the water isn't fit to
drink. "What is the substitute? "Well, we
tritii Scotch whisky at 25 cents a drink,
using with it soda at 12 1-2 cents a bottle.
English ale or Irish stout costs 75 cents a
pint At the laundry, one pays for collars
G ci nts each; for shirts, 37 1-2 cents each,
an'", for cuffs 12 cents a pair. From here
we return to Capetown, 1,500 miles or
thre- days and nights over the worst
railroad In the world, bar none, with no
sleeping cars. But it is a trip worth the
rrancls Wilson will be the Grand's at
traction week after next. He will be seen
in his successful opera, "Half a Iving,"
which he played at the National last
year and at the Broadway Theater, New
Tork, at the opening of this season.
Like l)e Wolt Hopper, Lillian Russell, and
the Eostoulaus, he is using a last year
production because ot its immense success
But the greatersurprl.se will be oceisioned
by Mr. Wilson's appealing at the Grand,
which is a popular-priced house, while
he always plays at standard prices and
in some cities at advanced prices. The
reason ot it is that Mr. Wilson has thrown
down the gauntlet to tho big theatrical
syndicate, which says "you must do as
we say or you can't play in our backyard."
It closes Mr. Wilson out of some of the
best theaters in the country, but he has
thub far found that eviction is not ruin,
for he is a public pet and the playgoers
lKint him in crowds wherever he is. They
Through some Inadvertence the adver
tisement of Mr. Goldsmith & Son was made
to read: "An extra inducement to pur
chasers of flat tableware, solid silver, in
oak or mahogany cases, atone dollar per
dozen." The printer should have made
the advertisement read: "One dollar per
ounce." This was a bad enough mistake,
but nobody will make any mistake what
ever by investing In the solid silvcrwnre or
tho Goldsmiths at the price per ounce
New .Rlau Bills.
Auguste Van Blene, the distinguished
actor-musician, who created so ravorablo
an ImpiesHion in America last season, will
bia Theater tomorrow night, appearing
with his own company in the new comedy
drama by Frank Harvey, entitled' A Mu
sician's Romance;" This play is said to
contain wit, humor and pathos, together
with some deftly-drawn dramatic situa
tions. The comjKufy which will support Mr.
Van Biene has licen very carefully selected
and embraces Mi8S Lena Burnlelgh, quite
a famous Englfsh'beauty, who shared Van
IJIene's success throughout; Europe for the.
past three yearstin','The Broken Meloily;"
Miss Annie Mack Berlein, Miss Julia
Hanchett, Mfss 6live Porter, Miss Grace
Thill, Mr. Wright Kramer. Mr- J. Frank
Sherry, Mr. w- i. Hurleigh, Mr, Frank A.
Connor, aim irronK vMnuour.
The cosrmnesot the ladies in "A Musi
cian's Romijjhcel? nre said to be really
magnificent, and the play affords ample
opportunity for Mr. Van Blene's unrivaled
talents as a 'cellist. During his one week's
engagement at the Columbia Theater, he
will be heard hi one of his most brilliant
repertoires, notably among the selections
are his own arrangement ot Gounod's
"Faust;" "The Hungarian Rhxpsody," by
Popper; "Nocturne," by Chopin; the gems,
or 'rniml.auser,'' by Ricard "Wagner, to
gether with the popular melodies of "Een
Bolt," "Home, Sweet Home," "Siiannee
River," und "Coinln' Thro' the Kjv."
It Is a matter of history in the world
theatrical that all too many blurring ven
tures come to grief, not so much from un
worthiness of the star as because ot inat
tention to some of the many details es
sential to a perfect performance. The
theater-going public have been educated
to Hie point of demanding perfection on the
stage, and in theselays refuse to pe sat
isfied with anythiuglcss. It is to u thorough
understanding of tills that Mr. Herbert
Kelcey and Miss Ef He Shannon, who come
to the Lafayette Opera House tins week,
owe in large measure the success that is
uttendiug them -in this their first season
as joint stars. 'Their first care was to
surround themselves with an entirely com
petent company, and that they have done
this i& show ii bythc personnel of their sup
IKirt, which includes William J. LeMojne,
Edmund D. Lyons, Bruce MaeRau, David
Torrence, Richard Brinton, Edward See,
Edwin James, Miss EHic Wilton, and Miss
Georgia Busby. t
"A Coat of Many Colors" is credited
with being oncof the liest things yet written
by Madelfnelucette ltyley. Its story is
said lo be-a pleasfug "one, admirably told,
sparkling with humor, yet not without
strongly dramatic-bits, and told in bright
dialogue, which comes from the lips of
natural men and women. The complica
In the highest degree nnuing, yet they
make no unreasonable demands upon the
Imagination. The piece has been mounted
with extreme care, and no single detail
that could add to the finish and perfection
or the whole has-beenjieglected.
The large seat sale, which has been In
progress at the bos-office of the National
Theater for the engagement of the Bos
tonians, indicates that crowded houses will
be, tiie rule during the week. No comic
opera company- hasfevcr been held In such
high esteem as theBostouiuusand wherever
English opera obtains this organization
lias a following- This year home slight
changes have been made In the personnel,
-and some brilliant yonng sopranos have
been secured tore-etfloice the old favorites.
The list Includes the genial Henry Clay
Baruabee; the, dashing baritone, V,'. 31.
MacDonaid; thatjuiarmlug contralto. Jossse
Bartlett Davis; the piquant soprano, Alice
Niehen: the talented bassos, Eugene Cov,le.
George Frothingham; the tennis, William
E. Fhllp, and Graftpn Baker, Harry Brown,
W. II. Fitzgerald, Charles R. Hawley,
Helena Fredericks', Jennie Hawley, and
a dozenotherprornl(ientand capablesingers
The novelty of the engagement will te
the first presentation in this city of Victor
Herbert's latest success, "The Serenade,"
which will be presented wltlL the original
cast and tne satn'G accessories that marked
its successful thcee months' presentation
at the KnickerlHjper Theater, New York.
Theoperahns UeeuunlversaliypraHed. From
all accounts it Issaid to be a worthy suc
cessor of "Robin Hood," and is as full of
tuneful melody as the first-named opera.
"The Serenade" will hold the boards the
entire week, with the exception of Satur
day night, when, hy.special request, "Robin
Hood" will be s'uug.
The most notable event of the season is
the appearance of the famous comedian,
Mr. Joseph Jefferson, at the N'atfonal next
week. In this city was given the first pro
duction of the now famous "Rip Van
"Winkle" at farusi's Hall, In the winter of
1859, under the management of John T.
Raymond. Besides playing Rip, Mr. Jef
ferson will also appear during this en
gagement in ''Cricket on the Health" and
"Lend Me Five Shillings." As the happy-go-lucky
vagabond, Rip, Mr. Jefferson is
as charming today as he was a quarter of
a century ago, and thousands of people who
enjoyed his appearance then return to hira
season after season, never thing of so de
lightfully natural and consummately capa
There will be seven perfornriu-jes six
nights and one matinee as follows. Mon
day. Tui"iay, Wednesday and Saturday
evening- ''Rip Van Winkle;" oil Thursday
and Friday evenings Mr. .Teffei son will
present his double comedy MI, ''A Cricket
On the Hearth" and ''Lend Me Five Shil
lings;" on Saturday matinee, ''Rip Van
The attraction t the Grand this week
will be the powerful Euglish domestic
drama "Shall We Forgive Hei?" which
comes here from its successful run at the
Fourteenth Street Theater, New Voik.
.Thestory tells of a woman who has made
a-' mistake early In life. She leaves Eng--land,;home
and 'friends to join her lover in
Australia. After living with him for two
or three years she finds that he is a scoun-trcL-
Ho has diagged her down almost to
his level, but she regains her courage and
deserts him, determined to begin life over
again. Friends aid fier. She returns to
England, securesa new foothold and marries -
an honorable man. She Is living happily
when n shadow from the past arises to con
front and persecute her in the shape of her
former scounctrellj betrayer. The husband
has not been made acquainted with his
wife's early life, and therefore is fearfully
shocked and indignant when he learns the
story told him by the woman's enemies. A
separation foltowa the admission its
trutn Dy ner.
The f jllowing act describe the efforts
made toward' fl .reconciliation, which
comes, of course. fn due time, and every
thing ends happily. Tiie Piece is said to
contain many, situation of real dramatic
strenR'h, and-thertfii an abundance of ex
cellcht comedy to lighten the more somber
portions. There Js h praiseworthy ab
sence or all mechanical clap-trap and sen
sational effectsin the drama, and its cli
maxes are obtalncfd by strictly legitimate
means. The leading role will be assumed
by that talenfed emotional actress, Marie
Waiuwrigbt, au'd Jhe cast will bo one of
the strongest'cvcr seen in a popular-price
theater. Thescenery is all new and has
been prepared especially for the produo
1 tlon, beiiig from the brush Of the -well-
KERNAN & RIFE,
MONDAY NIGHT, NOV, lt. AND ALL WEEK,
FIRST TIME HERE
Of the Great London and New York Snccess,
Jacob Lilt's Magnificent Production and a Splendid Cast
Headed by Miss
Her First Appearance
Sale of Seats, Thursday, Nov. 4.
First and Only Appearance This Season
King of the Bowery and Bridge
Hilda Thomas, Frank Barry, An nie
Hart, Curtis and Gordau, C. W.
Williams, Hiatt and Pearl, Coakley
and Huested, Leslie and Curdy
Concluding with the Original Farce,
A Night at Steve Brodie's.
Tomorrow night and all the week,
Beautiful Idyl ot
"Like a Spray of Apple Blossoms,"
Aj produced at H. C. Miners Firth Avenue Theater, New York.
The Author in the Cast,
BRXnf'Seats' - - 25c I ffrsbrfat3' - 50 and 75c
Matinees, Wednesday and Saturday, 25c. and 50e. reserved.
Next Week -THE CITY OF NEW YORK.
known scenic artit, Air. Homer F. Fmens,
of the Fourteenth street Theater,, New
York. MIfs AVainwright has achieved
marUd success In the leading part. It
is her first appearance in melodrama iu
munv years. Returns from all the State
elections will be read from the stage on
The second presensntion of Hal Reid's
"Humau Hearts" will be given this week
at the Academy of Music, with the author
in the leading character. The play is re
garded as one of the greatest melodrama
ftuccesses of the present day, and now in
its third yeai is achieving even greater
popularity than when first presented. It
won the indorsement of a two-seaons run
ot Miner's Theater, in New l'ork, in 1895;
likewise tn Boston and Philadelphia, and Its
success throughout the East and Middle
Wet during the last two seasons has placed
It among the greatest moneymakers of
U.e last few years.
The play has all the elements to arouse
interest with the theater-goer, combining
pathos with comedy and tears and laughter,
and a careful attention to scenery and
decail so essential to a pleasing and real
istic performance. The play tells a simple
story of country life, around which cling
human interest, love and sympathy, with
enough of unhappiness, tears and vil
lainy, and true humanity, laughter and
sunshine to maintain deep interest and
entertain from start to finish. The com
pany is strong and contains well-known
stage people that take their characters
in a manner to win hearty commendation
from the press.
The engagement, ot Charles T. Ellis, the
famous star of "Caspar, the Yodler," and
his talented support, will be the headliner
at the Bijou this week. The Ellis Company
wid appear In a new one-act comedy, en
titled "Mrs. Hogan's Music Teacher," dur
ing the action of which Mr. Ellis will in
troduce his famous lullaby and yodel songs.
This act alone will undoubtedly par n the
oo3y theater. Notwithstanding the extra i
expense of this attraction, a long iwi o
high-class vaudeville actors will.appear,.iu
cluding the eminent comedian, Harry Bud
worth, supported by Miss Nellie Brimmer,
In a nat, satirical, up-to-date sketch en
titled "Schemes;" the Asbeys, the ilhiscra
tors of modern and ancient statuary, in
beautiful conceptions of artistic worth:
John Brock, the well-known Irish come
dian, singing his own original, peculiar
songs, and his witty opinions of "Why tho
Irish rule America;'' Miss Ada Boulden.
locallstrfind instrumentalist; Needham and
Jones, a pair cf comediansand dancers that
are considered among the best before the
fnoMlghts; the brothers Farnum, athletes;
the favorites, Byron Harlan and Edward
Marsh, in their illustrated songs: and several
other meritorious acts that will serve to
?make ap an entertainment that will be In
accord with the Bijou s regular weekly
bill. The citizens of Washington are ap
preciating the efforts of the Bijou manage
ment by crowding tho theater to the doors
and at 10, 20 and30 cents-
The attraction this week at Kernan's will
be Steve Brodie in his new act, "A Night
at Steve Brodie's," In conjunction with
the variety organization, the New York
Stars, a group of stage luminaries favor
ably known to the footllght patrons.
Brodie's act takes place in a scene repre
senting his saloon on the Eowery. New
York city. This scene has long been recog
nized by the critics and public as some-.
thing really unique in the way of life-like
comedy. It w'lf be found one of the most
J realistic portrayals of New York llf
- - - - Managers
Here at Popular Prices.
will be read from, the stage on Tues
in Half a King
Full and complete election re
turns read from the stage Tues
Since the first production ot "Human
Hearts it has never received an adverse
criticism of Press or Public.
third successful season of
the Arkansas Hills,
among the lowly that the itage has ever
Brottie himself is too popularly known to
need any introduction. His specialty and
surrounaiugs will be a complete novelty
ln. every way. Prominent people wjth
this company are Hilda Thomas and
Frank Barry, Annie Hart, Coakley and
Hue.sted, Lesiieand Curdle, Hiatt and Pearl,
Curtis and Gordon, who give a mo t exciting
boxing and bag-punching act. Fnll and
complete election returns will be read
from the stage of the Lyceum next Tues
"The Girl Flora Paris" will move from
the Chestnut Street Theater, Philadelphia,
where it is now in its seventh week, to
the Lifiyette Theater, this city, andbegir.
an engagement November S. This inuctt-talked-of
musical comedy has been pre
sented in London for 1,000 nights, and
fascinated New York playgoers at' the
Herald Square Theater for 300 uighto.
These runs are evidence enough that it Is
liked equally as well in this country as in
The c-at that comes here comprises most
of the players who were seen in New Yoik
city, including Louis Mann, Alexander
Clark. Nick Long, Frank Smithsou, Ben ja
min Howard, Edwin Chapman, Harold
Vizard, Clara Lipmau, Josephine Hall,
Chc-ridih Simpsou, Phoebe Coyne, Anita
WiNrti, Millie Wilson, Ida Rock and others
equally well known. The sale of eats
opensa t Lite box officeThursdav morning.
"Tne statement that has lately gone the
rounds that theatricals were at a low ebb
In this country," said Fercy Weadon, of
the Bostonians, yesterday, "is misleading.
1 believe there are more people patroniz
ing the theater than ever before, but the
overproduction In theater bnlkllng is such
that managers are forced to play Inferior
attractions tr- keep their 'house open. The
hardest problem in local management Is to
secure a first night audience. In the cities
which support the Sunday theater attrac
tions 'ire generally greeted with aiaigebuc
"AS n rule big opening nights do not
obtain. In San Francisco and in one or
raore other cities there is a regular first
night audience, who pass in judgment on
your wares. This, apparent apathy or dif
fidence Is due, I thmk, to the many ex
travagant claims made for alleged novel
ties, which, upon hearing,.fail to realue
the fulsome puffery that has beu expended
in advance And yet no star nor attraction
can flourish without 'material.' 'The play's
the thing' and will ever be. Overbooming
an attraction Is the worst eVil that oa-i
befall it: a plain statement of facts carries
more weight than all the adjectives In the
world. Another problem with an attrac
tion is too much success.
"I can name at least four operas pro
duced by the Bostonians, which, if pre
sented' by an inferior company, would hare
been hai'ed as striking successes, but
with the Bostonians, so much is expected.
that unless an Ideal entertainment is found
the public call to mind Robin Hood,' and
hence comparisons. 'The nect piece' Is
a serious matter to grapple with. With the
Bostonians the musiclovcrs expect all their
favorites in star roles aiid this Is one ot
the reasons for tho success ot 'The Sere
Said n. L. Dunklnson, ahead or "Human
Continued on Page "17-
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WEEK NOVEMBKU 1.
Every Day, 2 p. m., 10c, 20c.
Every Night at 8, 10c, 20c, 30c.
Show for Gents, Ladle, and Chil
dren. The very best stars or the legltimata
first-class attractions will be seen each
week at the
The ramous star or CASPAR. THE t"OD
LER, and his talented company.
The high-class illustrators.
In beautiful productions of aucientstatuary.
The Eminent Comedian
Miss Nellie Brimmer.
The Greatest Acrobats in the World,
The Beau Ideal
Miss Ad Boulden,
vocalist and instrumentalist
Byron G. Harlan,
And Edward Marsh, in New Illustrated
TEN OTIIKH ltnr, mcm-CLASS
The Bijou Stock Company
IN A NEW FARCE COMEDY.
New National Theater.
BARNABEE& Ma DONALD, Proprietors
Direction FRANK L. PERLEY. .
Presenting lor tie i;rst time in this city
TIIE NEW C MIC OPERA,
By VICTOR iiLRl'.hKL and HARRY B.
Enlisting the "following brilliant ensembl
HENRY CLAY BARNABEE,
WILLIAM li. M.ulONALD,
WM. E. PHILP,
W. H. FITZGERALD,
JESSIE BARTLE1T DAVIS.
S. L. STUDLEY, Musical Director.
SATURDAY NIGHT-iJOrfirJ Hfif!
By Special Requeti- iCUOJii ttUU-J
Nov. 8-Mr JOSEPH JEFFERSON.
EXTRA NEW NATIONAL.
BEGINNING MONDAY, NOV.S
WED. AND SAT.
Cricket on the
Lend Me Five
RESERVED SEAT SALE
?.XS,T,IERSD-AY NEXT, 8:30 A.M.
PRICES, S1.50, SI. 00, 50c. aad 25c.
Columbia !l FB- & D- s- etxerott,
CUIUlUUld. j Managers.
ThpiltPr A Nixon & Zimmerman,
lllWltfcl .. j., Directors.
"There are two tilings weith
living for: To hear Adelina Pattt sing,
and .Auguste Vau Blene play the eeHo.
England's Greatest Critic.
TQMomiow xiunr-oxE atees,
Tlnm-diiy urd Si-mrdny Matinees.
Thursday, Bargain Matinee, 25c.andS0c.
THE WOilLbS tiltKATEST
A CTOK-31TJSIC IAN
Augosfe Van Blene
AND JUS UNiIVALEn C03IPANY,
Under the Management of Mr. JAS. W.
After Completely capturing New York,
Boston, and Philadelphia, with his won
derful acting and playing, will appear in
Washington in a
Of Frank Harvey's Latest Successful
A fvlusictan's Romance,
WHICH WILL BE PRODUCED WITH
JSNTIiifcl.V .NEW SCl'N'fiKY
M AUNIKK'KNT CVS FUMES
Production under the direction or Mr. BEN.
TEAL( by permission or Messrs.
Klaw & Erlanger).
li CXl W CCk, -7'" C. Kl In
Hirtetl Info Court."
Lafayee Square Opera House
J. W Albaugu, Manager.
Nixon & Zimmerman, Directors.
ONE WEEK. COMMENCING MONDAY,
Matinees Wednesday and Saturday.
SPECIAL SOth IMixT-OicrfAftCS SOOVEalX
Mr. Herbert Kelcey
Miss Effie Shannon
In the New and Successful Comedy, by
MADELEIN LUCETTE RYLEy.,
A ooat Of
From Wallnck'sTheater. New York, with
all the beautirul special Scenery used
there and the original comrany, Includ
ing: Wm. J. LeMoyne.
Bruce McRae, Edward See,
Edmund D. Lyons, Richard Brintoa,
David Torrence, Miss Eilie WQton,
Edwin James, Miss Georgia Busby,
BEGUTAB S.AiOr.K PRICKS.
REGULAR LVENING PRICES.
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BEGINNING MONDAY, NOV. 8,
Matinees Wednesday and Saturday,
E. E. RICES production of the Latest
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