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THE; SUNDAY HERALD. SUNDAY. DECEMBER 21. 1890.
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THE HOLIDAY PLAY BILLS.
COSHC 01M3KA, VAKOiS COillKDV, 31HN
STIIET,SY, AND MKI,OJ)KAMA.
Thcso Aro What The Iocul Theatres Offer
This Wook "Poor Jonathan," a Now
Departure) In Comic Oporn, ntAlbfuiRh'fli
mid tho Irresistible "Pnrlor Mntcli" nt
the National Itovlows anil Notes.
It was n lively aggregation of big folks and
Httlo folks that gave a show at Albaugh's
Grand Opera H0U60 last week, but tho Httlo
folks were not young folks In tho general ac
ceptance of tho term. Thoy wero what aro
known as "Tho Llllputlans,'1 and thoy took tho
leading parts In tho performance. In tho way
of novelty there has been nothing hero for a
long tlnio that so successfully filled tho bill,
and, despite tho fact that tho German language
unanimously carried tho play, there was that
about tho acting of these clever Httlo people
that showed ability of uo mean order. "Tho
Tupll In Magic" is tho uarao of tho odd mixture
of music, dialogue, and ballot which they pre
sented, and taking It all in all tho entertain
ment afforded much enjoyment. Tho midgets
were all good, but the particular stars among
them wero Miss Groener and Mr. Franz Ebert.
Tho latter as Puck afforded much merrimeut by
his tricky antics. The ballet was large and tho
scenery and effects were beautiful.
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Reminiscences and traditions of the stage oft
times tell of tho exquisite productions of old
English comedy by the masters of tho histrionic
art in the past, but It would be difficult indeed
for even tho critical mind of tho present ad
vanced civilization to conjuro its imagination
Into a conception of a more nearly perfect per
formance than was witnessed at the National
Theatre last week, where the Jefferson-Florence
Company held the boards. How refreshing!
To see this company is almost a translation into
actual association with tho characters assumed
by its members. All of that feeling of artifici
ality on tho part of tho auditor is lost for the
time being in tho wonderful realism of tho
scenes and dialogue of the play. It is stago
realism in tho hio-host sense of tho word not
tho clap-trap realism of mechanical devices and
bloodthirsty sensationalism, but tho realism of
true acting; the acm6 of artistic achievement.
Sheridan's charming comedy, "The Rivals,"
was the play presented during the foro part of
the week, and "Tho Ileir-at-Law" comprised
the programme for tho latter part, the house
being well filled on every occasion. It would
be difficult to imagine aught but a typical per
formance by a company comprising such artists
as Joseph JefTerson, W. J. Florence, F. C.
Bangs, Frederick Paulding, George Denham,
Mrs. John Drew, and Mi6s Viola Allen. Each
one is a star in a brilliant constellation, and to
render tho individual commendation deserved
becomes as unnecessary as it would be to intro
duce them to a public which has so often before
paid homage to their abuudant genius.
"Poor Jonathan" at Albaugh's.
At Albaugh's this week wo aro to have tho
Qasfno's n&v opera, "Poor Jonathan," which
has achieved a triumph wherever presented,
and it will bo given by Rudolph Aronson's
Comic Opera Company, which is composed of
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sterling aitists. Tho story of tho opera is In
teresting, and it Is said to abound In bright lines
aud comedy situations. Tho music is by Carl
Milloecker, composer of tho "Ueggar Student,"
and is full of jingling melodies, waltzes,
marches, bnivuras, ballads, ensembles, and
catchy finales. Nothing more charming than
Miss Camille Darvillo's llaxrkU It is said, has
beeu seen in comic opera in many a day. Sho
sings like a capablo and experienced artist, and
her acting is nalvo aud graceful. Tho third act
of "Poor Jonathan" introduces tho West Point
cadets, and their drilling calls for three or four
encores nightly. Mr. Aronson's now march,
"Tho National Guard," is played by tho orches
tra during this drill. "Poor Jonathan" Is being
porformed with great success In soveral theatres
in Europo aud at tho Now York Casino, aud fts
already assured triumph hero will add another
link to its triumphal chain. Thero will bo a
matin6o Christmas Day and Saturday. Tho
cast will Jncludo Camillo Durvlllo, Louiso
Kissing, Eva Johns, J. II. Ryloy, Henry Hal
lam, Max Lubo, Georgo Olmt, and Fred Solo
mon, "After Dark" at tho Bijou.
Roucicault's celebrated play, "After Dark,"
will bo given at Harris's Bijou Tlieatro this
week with a wealth of scouic splendor. The
production has met with approval wherever
seen, and has already enjoyed tho indorsement
of Washington audiences. Tho play Is a master
piece of melodrama. Tho first act ends with
tho famous raid by tho police on a Londou
gambling-house, which is in tho twinkling of
an oyo changed to what seems to bo a very de
vout assemblage of Salvation Army people. In
the second and third acts, both of which aro
very realistic pictures, tho former of Old Lon
dou and tho latter of Kngll&h country life,
6omo excellent actlnc is done. Tho concert
scene In tho fouith act is a show in itself. It is
in tho flnalo to this act that the underground
railway is 6hown, with tho thrilling rescuo by
Old Tom, tho hero, of a train which wreckers
havo tried to destroy, In tho great river sceno
an immenso tank of real Yater Is used, into
which Old Tom dashes to rescuo tho hcroiuo
from drowning. Tho strictest ildollty to local
coloring is preservod, Tho situations aro thrill
ing and tho characters 6trongly and cloverly
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drawn. Tho famous eparrers, Kelly and Murphy,
appears in tho conceit-hall scene. Also, tho
Krotesquo athletes, Sherman and Morrlssoy.
Usual matinCcs, with special Christmas per
formance. Now National Theatre.
Having undcrgouo its annual rejuvenation,
"A Parlor Match" will bo seen all next week at
tho National. Evans and Hoey, whoso charac
terization of tho book agent and tramp oro
about tho only things In tho play that have not
been changed by tho evolution that takes place
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each year, aro still the priucipal attraction.
Messrs. Evans and Hoey will present for tho
first timo In this city the three marvelous
English Sisters Levey, who have been
meeting with such unbounded praise since their
appearance in America. Each one of theso
ladles Is over six feet high, and they aro pos
sessed of good voices. They appear in tho sec
ond act in their specialties and aro rapturously
applauded until their stock of songs is ex
hausted. Mr. Hoey will be heard In his great
topical song, "They're After Me." As sung by
him it has no equal. The songs, music, dances,
and specialties introduced are numerous, woll
chosen, and great successes.
Minstrelsy at Lincoln Hall.
In holidoy times it is the duty of the solemn
to bo merry and tho merry to bo merrier. There
are some people who And tho joyous spirit of
tho season enough to produce this effect, but
tho great majority ot mankind need a little out
side help. No better aid to jollity can be found
than a flrst-rato minstrel entertainment, with
its lolllcklng songs, its absurd dialogue, its
jokes, its grotesque plantation scenes, and
tho clever work of the dancers and speecialty
uruMs. oucn an entertainment, warrauteu to
put the most morose in harmony with tho spirit
of the holiday season, will bo given at Lincoln
Hall this week by Cleveland's Famous Consoli
dated Minstrels. This is now reenrded as one
of tho best, if not tho very best minstrel tioupe
on the road, and It gives a gi cat show. Thero
will bo mntlnJies on Wednesday, Thursday, and
Saturday. Scats are on sale at Mctzerott's.
Ariics Huntington.
Tho great fame achieved by Miss Agnes
Huntington during her engagement at the
Prince of Wales Theatre, Loudon, of over a
year, during which timo sho sang the titlo rfilo
in the opera "Paul Jones" 'MG consecutive
times, has followed her to Ibis country sincoher
return with her own opera comiquo company of
over seventy people. It Is therefore no wonder
that tho engagement hcio of .Miss Huntington
and her company Is looked forwuid to with a
great deal of pleasurable anticipation by all
lovers of beautiful music sung by a company of
unexcelled artists. Miss Huntington is already
a great favorite in this city and has a largo
social acquaintance here. Tho engagement
hero Is at Lincoln Music Hall for one week,
commencing Monday, Dec. 29, In Plauquctto's
beautiful opera "Paul Jones." Tho sale of
seats will begin Tuesday morning at Mctzer
ott's music stoic
The Passion Play 11 Inst rated.
Dr. 0. D. Cheney, of Boston, who witnessed
the wonderful Passion Play at Ober Ainmcrgau
last summer, will deliver at Masonic liall,
Monday and Tuesday evenings, December 29 and
SO, a lecturo illustrated with many beautiful Ian.
ternviows, taken at tho time, of tho picturesque
villago itself, and especially of tho wonderful
tableaux of tho whole hlstoiy of tho Passion.
Both lecturo and vlows havo beeu highly com
mended by tho critical press and public of Bos
ton, aud many of tho clergy of tho District havo
expiessed their warm approval of Dr. Cheney's
lecturing hero and Intention to bo present. Tho
play may never bo performed ugnlii, aud this
opportunlry of getting a vivid idea of Its im
presslveness should not be neglected,
"The Glenienceau Case" at Kernan's.
A version of tho famous "Cleinenceau Case,"
in thi eo pretty tableaux, Introduciiiir a beautiful
living model, is one of tho features of tho Sen
sational Boom Model Burlesque and Spectacular
Company, which will open at Kernan's Theatro
to-morrow night for ono week ouly, including
Christmas matinee. Another feature is the
spectacular triumph which concludes tho open
ing burlesquo tbo crowning of America's em
blem. Besides many new and artistic features
thero is a grand olio, iucludlng specialties by
Harry S. Van Auken and Prod S. La Van, Mul
len and Duun, Ruby Hart, Frank Goldio and
Salllo St. Clair, Lillio May Hall, and Matthew
and Bulger. Tho excellent entortalnmeut con
cludes with a very pretty burlesque, entitled
"Golden Locks; or, Tho Beautiful Princess,"
rich in scenic effects and spectacular features.
Ladles' matiuCes Tuesday, Thursday, aud Sat
urday, including Christmas matiufie. Next
week, Williams and Orr's Meteors.
Notes ol' tho Stage,
Mrs. Leslie Carter is to add "Frou-Frou" to her
repertory.
A London funny uiun says that tho fearful de
struction ol tho American forests is uttrlbutablo
'fttgi
to tho over-iucreaslnff demand for sawdust for
tho great American ballet.
Llzzlo Evans has a now war draran called "My
Maryland."
Tommy Uusscll has retired from tho sttyjo and
begun to ko to school.
Myron W. Whitney snnjf In "Tho Messiah" at
Philadelphia Friday night.
Dlxoy has been on tho stago twenty-six years,
and he claims to bo only thirty-two now.
Miss Minnio Tracey, tho American dramatic
soprano, recently met witli nn enthusiastic re
ception In Geneva.
Emma Thursby Is hereafter to Bpendhersum
mors in Virginia, where sho will build ti lino resi
dence near tho Naturnl Bridge.
Tho now theatro which Is building for Agnca
Huntington In London will bo opened by her in
October. It will scat 2,000 people.
MascognlVCuoulllna Rusticana," tbo Italian
opera by a now composer which has created such
n furore, will soon bo sung in St. Petersburg.
It is said that Francis Wilson is contemplat
ing tho production of a now opera in which
Mario JanBcn's abilities will bo displayed to tho
best advantage. Another nrnlo costume part,
wo supposo.
When "Dr. Bill," the relgnlnir bucccss nt tho
Now York Garden Theatre, closes its I'ngape
ment there, it will go on n tour which will in
oludo Philadelphia, Boston, Baltimore, . and
Washington.
Tho first performance of Sir Arthur Sullivan's
now opera, "Ivanhoc," in London hna been post
poned until after tho Now Year, in order to glvo
timo for longer rehearsal. It is desired to make
tho ilrst porformanco ns perfect ns possible.
Hugh Fay, tho Irish comedian, has entered St.
Luko's Hospital, New York, In order to bo inoc
ulated with Dr. Koch's lymph for tho cure of
consumption. Mr. Fay recently left the "Mc
Konna's Flirtation" Company on account of
poor health.
Joseph Mack, who for utirae successfully man
oged Robert Downing, has lost his mind in conse
quence of a carriogo accident Inst summer and
has been placed in nn asylum. A benefit will bo
given him in Now York soon. Mr. Mack has
many friends in Washington.
Somo jocular individual has been circulating
tho story that Bill Nyo is to go on the stago and
star jointly with Stuart Robson. The truth of
the matter is Robson is financially interested in
anewfarco comedy in which one of tho charac
ters will bear tho name of Bill Nm.
The announcement that Dixey belongs to thir
teen clubs will to tho superstitious go far to ex
plain tho poor luck tho former hind legs of tho
"Evangellno" heifer has been having of into,
both at tho poker table and on the stage. Harry
should get himself expelled from a couple of tho
clubs.
Ono of tho events of tho Washington musical
season will bo the concert to be given hero later
by tho famous pianist, Franz Rummcl. Mr.
Rummel ranks high nmong living pianists and
ids magnificent work lias-received tho warmest
praise from tho great critics or Europe and
America.
Giles Shine was called upon at very short no
tice to play the part of Jacques d'Arc at tho
matineo performance of "Joan of Arc"nt tho
Fifth Avenuo Theatre last Saturday. Mr. Shino
is to be commended for tho successful manner in
which ho acquitted himself of this difficult taBk.
N. Y. Mirror.
Emma .Tuch has brought suit ugainst the St.
Paul Gounod Club for $500 duo her for singing nt
tho May Festival of this year. She made n con
tract last spring to sing for 31,000, and received
only half that amount, owing to tho failure of
tho festival. Sho garnishees half a dozen promi
nent citizens who aro among tho guarantors.
Tho big spectuclo of "Nero" was to have
moved from Niblo's Garden, Now York, to the
Brondway Theatre, on Monday last, but Mana
ger Gilmore, of tho former house, seized tho
scenery tor debt at tho last moment, and so
thero wero no "Nero" performances last week.
Wilton Lackayo has retired from tho company.
According to the dramatic papers, thero is tho
liveliest sort of bidding among operatic mana
gers to seouro the services of Lilliun Russell next
year. Ono story Is that sho has been offered $200
a porformanco to sing in German light opera,
whilo Aronson, of tho Casino, declnres ho is will
ing to givo tho fair Lillian a 6alary almost equal
to that of tho President of tholUnlted States.
Bob E owning produced at Newark on Monday
evening last Dumas's "Saracen," in which ho
will star for tho rest of tho season. Tho play
deals with tho civil wars in Franco during tbo
reign or Charles VII, and is strongly and well
put together, Mr. Downing filling tho character
of tho Oriental brought to Franco by tho Crusa
ders splendidly. Ho noted tho part witli caro
and ability and was warmly received by a largo
audlonec.
"Tho County Fair" bids fair to oxceed tho
famous run of Denman Thompson's "Old Home
stead." Noil Burgess's play continues to draw
big houses nt tho Union Squnro Theatre, New
York, whilo tho company which is doing it on
tho road is playing ovory where to big crowds.
A recent souvenir given nwny at tho Union
Squaro is an nrtlstio medallion in bronzo ot' Neil
Burgess. It is n very beautiful pleco of work,
and tbo fact that Nell Burgess can afford to givo
his patrons so exponsivo a souvenir is tho best
Indication of his prosperity.
Ben Storn, tho well-known theatrical manager,
who, with Marcus Muyer, has somo of tho big
gest attractions on tho road this season, includ
ing Agnes Huntington and Fanny Davenport,
is now in AVaslilngton looking after tho interests
of Mls3 Huntington, who appears at Lincoln
Hall, In "Paul Jones," next week, Dnvonport's
great production or Sardou's "Cleopatra" will
be seen for tho first time at tho Fifth-Avenuo
Theater, Now York, on Tuesday night. Mr.
Stern says it will, m every essential, bo an oxnet
reproduction of tho ono seen for tho first timo in
Paris a couplo of months ago, and in which Mnie.
Bernhardt created tho titlo rOlc. Among Amer
ican actresses no ono is hotter calculated, by
training, experience, nnd physical gilts, to por
tray Cleopatra than Miss Daveunort: nnd
for tho fourth time sho will repeat in
tho English language tho Frouch successes
or Sarah Bernhardt, the others being Fedora, La
Tosca, and Theodora. Upon tho production
which will bo seen on Tuesday night nc tho Fifth
Avenuo Theatro something between S10.000 and
$30,000 have been expended. Tho ranterial pro
duction, that which appeals to tho oyo by means
of glitter, richness of stuffs, historical acouraoy,
etc., will uover have been surpassed on tho
American stago in any dramatic work.
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