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ff 6 GOaDWfN'S WEEKLY.
Hffi i . , IE; Jlramatie. . Hj j The "Jolly Musketeer." , H I The Salt Lake Opera company with H j Emma Lucy Gates, presents the "Jolly H f Musketeer" 'for the first time tonight. H I George Lask has been giving the company a Hj j taste of professionalism the past week, and m there is a snap about the work in the "Jolly H Musketeer" that savors of something past 1 the amateur. H ' The house has had a big sale for to- M night, and success is assured for next week. H I H 'f Julia Dean with Goodwins. H L Good work little girl. We watched m t you play Cinderella at five years of age in B ' the old Continental, we saw jou play Hearts 1 j in your girlhood days, then at the Grand Hj ' theater, next with Jefferson, then you came 1 home again with the Neils, and now with H ' Nat and the beautiful Maxine. We can't H t write a stereoty)ed notice, little ingenue Hi V with all the host of your old Salt Lake B t friends and playmates we wish you the suc- m if cess that must be yours. H l Jonas. H -fj Jonas played a piano at the theater H Wednesday evening. Jonas treated us. It H j,, wasn't solely an exhibition of beautiful nie- HL , chanic action, it wasn't with the poses and H J mannerisms that most musical geniouses H most affect. lie played music for all of his H L audience, and there was no one who left the B I theater unappreciative. H , i The programme was a most' popular H ' one, and was selected from Chopin, Scliu- Hj j. mann, Liszt, Rubenstein, Wagner, Schubert H ' and Delibes. The professor also played two H i of his own compositions. ;; Calder's new Steinway was the piano H v . used. H H Such a Kidder. m j Kathryn Kidder like Blanche Walsh is jU very unfortunate in not being able to find m a play, but that is no reason why she should H bill an "immortal comedy" and bore a pa- m jj tient audience for three hours. jH J As Peggy in "The Country Girl," Miss M j ! Kidder is clever, but she is becoming a tri m j 'fie gross for her old romp act, and she is H ! not attractive enough to hold an audience B j through anything as "talky" as the inflic- H tion of the last two nights. Every now and I then there was a breath of relief in a j if' bright line, but there weren't enough of Hj IS them to compensate for the arid dialogues B Hj in every act. Of the otlier ladies in the BjpJ company Miss Ashworth is particularly H If strong as a poser, and Miss Plinck did a M W rather smart bit as the maid. H II And then a Mr. T. V. Hamilton played H; Moody. A lack of intelligence, and utter i stupidity in his interpretation of the part, Blj was a guaranteed cure for insomnia. As jf "a actor," he is most vealy. Messrs. Hack- HII ett, Ferguson and Orr Cash gave an artistic HM performance, and especially is tliis so in the H case of Mr. Cash "Orr Salisbury." This B is not said bcause this city was his home, HSU HmOL and his friends are here. He gave a fin ished performance. Would that we could say as much for the rest of the support. The company goes to San Francisco from here, and if the Kidder springs "The Country Girl" Mont Pelee will be as a toy firecracker beside Peter Robertson and Ashton Stevens. i Mansfield. It has been years since Mansfield fa vored us with his presence, and his engage ment at the Salt Lake theater next Thurs day, Friday and Saturday will be the most notable theatrical event of the season. He will play "Beaucaire" on Thursday evening and Friday afternoon, "Beau Brum mel'" Friday night, and "The First Violin," on Saturday evening. He is the first actor on the stage to day, and the productions his management has scheduled for next week, are among the most eminent successes of his artistic rep ertoire. Mansfield's "Beaucaire" has been his only play this season, until starting on his Western tour, and from the interest in the story of the barber-prince and the fact that it is to be played but twice there will be a great demand for tickets. Beau Brummel on the stage, as por trayed by Mansfield is historical and is one of the most fascinating of his creations. Mr. Mansfield will be seen for the first time here as Eugene Courvoiser in "The First Violin." Jessie Fothergill's story of the musician in the Elberthal symphony is familiar to nearly everyone, and with Mansfield as the princely violinist, the play will be charming. A Startling Production. Not so very long ago, before eminent theologians found their time engaged by the task of tearing to tatters various tradi tions of Christianity, the drama could not have marched f ' r into theological territory without meeting stern challenge. The de fenders of the faith must be very busy now, however, ior the glare of the footlights is being turned on most sacred things and not a word has been heard from the pulpit. "The Christian," with its frank discus sion of the ways of the English clergy, has paved the way for "The Eternal City," in which the Pope will be represented in the flesh, while "Ben Hur," 'in which the pres ence of the Savior of mankind was 'indi cated by a white calcium light, has made possible "Mary of Magdala," in which the personality of Christ will be a prominent factor in a dramatic love story. Miss Viola Allen's venture in "The Eternal City'" will be watched during the next theatrical sea son with an interest that will be exceeded only by that in Mrs. Fiske's appearance as the woman who wept at the tomb of Jesus. It is all the more surprising that noth ing has been said in protest against these coming productions in view of the trouble caused by the project to present the "Pas sion Play" in New York. When Salmi Morse undertook the task twenty years ago the clergy united against him and the power of the city administration was used without stint to defeat him. So bitter was the cam paign that he finally drowned himself in the Hudson River. When it was proposed to bring the "Passion Play" from Montreal during the season just ending there was every evidence that the experiment, would have similar results. The Lamb's club was almost disrupted because it gave in private a few tableaux from Clay M. Green's "Nazareth," into which the person of Jesus was not introduced. Mrs Fiske wisely takes the position that her new play is in no sense related to the famous Oberammergau drama. She holds that it is not religious, but strictly his torical. It is an American version of a drama by Paul Heyse, the dean of the Ger man playwrights. Mr. Heyse left this work until he was in his final years of activity. He has been a disciple of the German lead ers of liberal thought on religious matters and has echoed their views of the events surrounding the death of Christ. He has made use of only two Biblical characters in his drama. They are Mary of Magdala, the Mary Magdalene of the New Testament, and Judas lscariot. Both will cause no end of discussion, both because of their intrepretation from a dramatic stand point and the bearing of that interpretation upon the life and character of Christ. Mary is first presented as a profligate, a woman of wealth seeking to pass her life in the enjoyment of the pleasurs of the world. Sold into slavery in her youth, her parents lost, she has nothing to bind her to the conventions of society. Her master in Magdala was wealthy and to her was left his wealth. Her ways become the scandal of Jerusalem and the populace determines to drive her forth from its gates. She is pursued by a mob which would stone her except for the intervention of one who goes to her aid and faces her tormentors, repeat ing the words of "the Master," "Let him that is without sin cast the first stone." To this deliverer Mary turns, lavishing upon him her love. Though "the Master" does not appear it is shown in the next scene that the profligate woman has come under his influence. His presence and na ture awakens her spiritual nature, so long unrecognized in her life, and after long Continued on page io. Qalt Lake Cbeatre. GEO. D. PYPER, Manager. SALT LAKE OPERA CO. WITH Emma Lucy Gates IN "THE JOLLY MUSKETEER" Saturday Matinee and Night, ana MAY 26th-27th-28th Prices, 25c, 50c, 75c, $1. Matinee Prices 25c and 50c