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THE LONDON 8TAGE,
MR. rORBKg ROBBRT-BON AS MACBBTH? AN ARTI8TIG b*HAKE8PEARIAM RBVIVAI LObdotl, Reptember 10. The piodu. ti.-n of "Macbeth" at the Lyceum Theatre on Baturday alghl offerad a watooaac relief tram tbe Inaalty aad baftooaery of the mi.l-omin. r Hv-atr.-s. It wa_ a proof that with all the eabtle cjmlcbnn of the tlmea and tbe eoatentment of a jaded and thoughtleafl pubhc wih enfeebltng amuaetneat, th.- drama retalafl Its ehl( ( fum tmn of fltimulatiflg the imagina tlea of play-geera an.l of appealiag to blgh in telllgi n..-. and that there ls fltlll a fe. ling of revereacc for the greal tradltlona of ihe atage. lt may rmt have been an Ideally perfecl per formaace, but it was one >.f real artlstle qaal lty. and it s. i v.-d to dignify the theatre as a medium of publlc educatlon, It has been fol lowed Ibhi mornlng by Ihe publicatlon <>f many columna of dlssertallon in tbe preaa on Shakes peare'fl proceeaea and dramatic motlvea lt can hardly fail. s>. Kmg as ii bolda tbe Lyceum Theatre, t<> promote lntelllg.nl study of ibe tol of th. play. Wli.ii Mr Porbes-Robertaon produced "iiam let" a yar ago, he consider. d it ner.ssary to eatabltah a tkeory of the metancholy Dane'a complete sanity by miuimi-.mg the effectfl of tuip-inatur.il revelatlOBB and a arcctral mission of vengeaace 11?- has been eonteal to eaad the part Of M.n b> th without raising any COB troveraial queationa. Be has followed the tim ple and direct cuea which ar" provlded by Lady Macbeth- commenta i-.p.-n h.-r busband'a > har Bcter ta her openlng lines. Ho has not BOUght to prove that Macbeth wa* ap ambilious and crafty aa Lady Macbeth; that hc was a man of action wlthout conaclence, and that inst.a.l of being tlr.iNNn IntO crime by h.r flOllcItatlonfl and lareasms. he not only niet her fully half way. but spe.dily outpac d ber. He has BCi epted Lady Macbeth'fl pbotograph of Ma. beth in the text as the only eartUCt UkenagB, and has im peraonated the Irrflsolate, vaclllatlag conaptra tor. who was "too full of Ihe milk of buman kladaeafl ta catch the ocareal way" and who needed la be goaded on t>- his destlny by his Wife'fl snp. ri.-r will and mettlc "Macbeth" la ladeed tbe one play of Bbakea peare lvsp. cting whleh analysis of character and tbeorlea ot motive are fluperfluoue, for th. two leadiag caea are la tbe t~xt and are clear an.l uafl?atakable. As boob iv* Lady Macbeth appeara she tell., what manner of man her lord and maater Ifl. and explataa her own mission and the meana by wblcb she kt to accompllsh i; Havlng eonrlaced beraeH that bla weak neafl and anatable character are Incompatlble ivith the decreefl ??f fat.- forecaal by tbe witches, Bhe callfl aloud for Bupernatural ai.l to enable her to unaex herself, to tblcken her blood, to atee! h.-r-. if to InBenBlbillty to raroorae an-i t<> earry him akmg by acceafl of her own will and ami-ition. Tba whole play is luminoafl with the lnt. nse light of these tWO paSBBgBB, lt is inn vert.-d into a btudy of the effectfl of the wltch craft of crime upon character. The woman pours her merciless spirit into Macbeth'fl car and iliflflllflflfl him with the valor of her tOOgUC, and when the goMea round of sovereignty is passed ends in insanity, __s prefigured by the frenzy of the sleep-walking scene The man Who is irresolute and has to be spurnd on and whipped into crime gradually hard.ns, re gains his Agbtlng spirit and wlll and ends wlth a spasm of desperate valor. Mr. Fbrbea-Robertaon has carried out wltfe out reserve these plain dirvctions of the text ln his ImperaonaUon of Macbe.h. In plaee of Dun can's victorious soldier in the intriguer. who do-s not know hi,: own mind, even when the weird sisters summon him to his distiny, but is dependent upon the supcrior will of tho MedUSB behind him. Fore of character is repnssed by Bubtle art in tho openlng scene with the wit.hes on the heath and in the conference? wlth Lady Mav both, and her BOld upon hlm is not relaxe.l ln the murder chamber and In the ban.iu.t.ng ball when he is torturcd wltb iciuorst aud ba KPPIR RHANNON, ??The Moth aad th* Plaase" Harlera Opera House. ; fled by epectres. Whilo the wit, h. raft of ambi i tion ifl the woman's beari la a eonauming flre under which sho benda and breaks, he gradually regaina the temper "f a soldier nmi is a foeman worthy of MtcdulTa ateel it ls the traditional I Macbeth, fasclnated by and feeling his- way toward crime, and Bubsequently racked with I remorae and misery, but perishlng wlth tbe lnstlncta of a soldier and never degenerating int.. an Inaensate aavagi murderer wlthout . ons, i> t;< - or morai aense. Mr Porbes-Robertson has nelther Iba face nor i the tigure for Ma. I- th as h. had for Haml.t. and h? lacks tbe lemperamenl requlred for tbe part; but h- baa a perfecl barytoae volci for ! the llnes, and his acurat, knowledge of the technlque of his art enaMea him lo overcome ; dlAcuIUea aeemlngly lasuperable. With his I red wig an.i beanl, ruddy face and plctur IleBQU. s. mi-l.ai t.aious co.-tuiin.s, hls makeup f LULUGL-A-CR r /ind ^ brraelORPO^AL) THEATPtT phato9raphs^ topyngritea. 1857, * by-A pupoat is an Origlnal and artistie study of the deventh centory Bcotch thane. He ander played Ibe part on tbe openlng night. and lacked tragic Intendty an.i force; bul hls rotee, alter naloly rnii and t. n.i-r, was B IBUIU-BB instru n,nt foi expresaiflg emotion, and then was dlgnlty of gesture ar.d movement nne of tho lii.cst dfect* was produced ft Ibi dellv ry >.f th- dagger sollloqoy, whea to lateaalfled the llaa., Th. re is ii" aucn thlag." by pulUug ius cloah over hia face, cautlously peering over Ua edge of .1 and smiling with rellef wher. th.- air-dag g. r vaaished. Bqually effectlve was the llne, "Thou cBBd nol say I did it." Which was boaraelj whiepeied instead ..f being fluag at th. audtence. Ti.. pari was played wlth flne van. ty from flre. i" laat, and tbe gradual bar denlns of the roi.ust qualitiea of character was Indkated wlth conaummate skill Mis. Patrick Campbell ha.i riudied tho linea with inti.- intelllgence and had n.a suc. eeded ln readlag beraelf into her part Bhe wai a welrd llgure in h-r atrange jeweiled eoetumee, copied from old prints, bul auch fascinatlOBfl and charms as stn bad vv. i. thoae ol a uiihiuo peraonallty, which wa- neither reiled imb trans Rgured. As Lady Macbeth sh- neither < bastised h?r lord with burnlni aarcasma noi uns.-x..! h.-rs. !f. iht was tran. foi med Into a statins.|in Medusa through a Bupreme effori ..f wlll. She was neither merclleea In ber taunta, nor haugbty in ber bospltality, nor cold and withoul plty f"r ih. man whom sh. waa draggiag into crl. II ih.it waa tne iu h.r h. .ni there was n., glow of traglc intensity in hr?r mnnner Her best mom.-nt was when she wdCOBafld the King with high-bred courtasy and courtly grace, ar.d there was varlety in her play in thfl baaqaet hall, but ua the flteep-walkbag Bcene tbere was no Lady Macbeth on the stage, but mer.-ly Mrs Camp bcll in a dainty and be oming white robe, care fully 85i tting down the c.-mdb- on a table, wringing h.r hnnds and repeatlag the lines in a me.i'ur.-d, monolonous tOflfl. The audience app'au.le. her warmly, but this wai less of & per.onal cmphni.-nt than an .fBBftBfflflBfl trib u<? to the gealufl of Bbakaapi ar.. by whlch the sc<?ne h.tii liecn contnved. Ti..- aaa tatt of genulBt trairic actlng Nvas sup plicd by Mr Robett Taber, whOflfl Macduff thrilled the audience. It was unstudied and Bnpetaoaa, but fairly pulsated with llfe and cmotion. When Ma. duff recerved the tidings that his wife and chlldren had been murdered hls face was convuls.-d with feellng his eyes were wei with tears and his yolce trembled and broke lt was as perfect an exampl- of the art of UlnalOB as has b. . i, witncss.-d on tl.< LoodtMa Btage f"i many a day. The audlenc. was deepiy movcd, and the young Amertcaa Bl tor was rewarded Nvith a apontaneoaa oatburat of applause from gall.-ries, pll and stalls. Th. play was .taged wlth great artlatlc akllL The aeml barbart. coatanaea Nverr earlcbed with buralabed metal, and then- were harmoaioaa effecta <.f coior in every groap of aoldlera aad servanls. The Bcotcb landsiape and witches* beath were well pauited. and the .-. urt within the caatle was ptetureaqae and Impreealve The wit.rhes were Mt. lan Robertson and two men, and their work was cleverly done in an atmos ph< re of bluish haze nnd cloud. The mur.ler ?eene waa cloaed with a Bne efre. t of torcbllght upon the tcrror-stri. ken faces of th. throng in the inurt-yard Mariijuo'r. ghoflt wai maaaged ln tbe only sensilile way. Ther* waa no ipectral ja. k m-the-box rising from a trap-.loor. but the Bcter Nvho had been laklBg the part came in from the back ..f tb. stag.- m ghoatly*attire and Wenl "ot at the side of the stag. The medi.eval combata <-f th. Bftb aet wen fuii ?.f move ni.-nl aml coi.ir. an.l were fought with spirit and realiatk effect Th.- acttoB ?f the play waa rai id. OCCUpyiBg a little ICSB than thr?-e hours on the opeatag night. Th. dilettanteiatn of currenl i rltldfltfl ia <iis pofed tn underrate thla productlon <>f "Mac? beth," Jual aa it overrat.-.1 last year'i "Hamlet" as an id. al performance, My ?>nvh preference is for th. later work. altbough i hardly expeel it to hav.- th. aame meaaure "f popalartty as the e.irli.r one Tb. r.ally deep thtagfl ln the play have been asslmitated by Mr. P-rbea-RobertiaB, who is in Bympatbetlc toacb iv ith its poetry and mysterv as a parabl. of hiiman d.-stmy with tbe wltchciafl <>f ambltion working in the blood and tln fltaiBfl of guill that CBBBOt be waahed away Hia Macbeth is a Bhaheapeariaa Dgure wblcb mast.rs th.- mlnd, if it daea not fully s.ati.-fy th. .?>??? With ar, aceeflfl >-f tragie Intenalty it will tOUCh th. heart. as Mr Tab.-r's Impctuoufl aad Intenaely hanaan Ma.duff al? ready does Mr. Foil.e* UoUrt.M.n's Macbeth will Increaee in Btretgtfa and earaeatacafl every w.-ek, bul tb. Ladj Macbeth of Mra. Campbell i- altogether hopeleaa a-- .t aerloufl work of dramatic art. Buch tatereal as it haa conBlstfl in th.- artlfletal adaptatlon of a Btrlklag per aonality t.. tb. r<-?iuir. menti of a charactei mas querade Imperaonatloa th.r.- is aooe. Mrs. Campbell is alwajra herself. charmiag aini weird, l.ut not Bhakespearian Bhe -veara brllllant and marvelloualy beautlful roetames, but oaly sug geata what Lady Macbeth would have been like ii sh, had been Mrs Campbell Th. beal trtbut. t< Mr ^rbea-Robertaoa'fl tai.nt a- it. actor-manager la not implled by crlttcal eatlmatee ?'f tn-- performance bul by tln attention which he command- whenever he makea a freah appeal for publlc support. <'rii.. s who requlre two columna ir. ordei to condemn hi.-- M H !?- th with falnt prais. .-r t>. rldicul. it with Um Ironj aa a pre Raphaelite study of a s.'iiiii wlth llllea iincnnsciously accord t?. him full honora bm ont of the greal actors of the day. H Ifl ta. small achievement t. divid. "he Lyceum with so masl. rfu! a gen ua ??- Sli Henry Irving, an.l to organix. Bhakespearian revivalfl which are comprehenaiv. triumpha ol artlstio effort. I ."?'. P. ? /// A.V/.ll .-l CBICEEN, Pr< m Th. Chlcago I:- ? rd Quatal flaylnge and doinga cbaracterixed tbe chlldren who attended the vacation ?choolfl which wen- op. ii durlng July and '. igust of thii ye.u Particularlj " ii-'M th- little onea were taken !? tl:. couatrj then v\..-- an excurslon each week- were they a aource ol dellght to the dtrectons BBd teaehera of tb. sd.la Many .-f tbem had never been on ?? Btreetcar, a train or a b.at and the commoneat aighta of country life were woaden t. them. Hen Ib on. of th. Incl dents of th. flrat trlp, which wai t< Ltacoln Park <-ie of thi boyi seeing a chlcken, aaked: "Teaeher, w< t'a dal l Ing ?" "That is a < hi. ken, lt'-- tbe" "W> t y.i glvln me? Dal aln'l no cblckea. Its get feddera on, 1 Iohw a chlcken. I P"*1; My it... she ii.-.l .. i in ken oncet fur dlnner 'a lt didn' hev nut'ln* or. but skm " -o DIVORCE BY CANDLEB. Tram Tbe Amrtta Baaar Patrika, When a Burmeac huaband and wife .i.-.i.!.' to ?eparate th.- woman goea oui and buya two uttie candlea of equal length whlch are made especially for t.'o- us. Bhe brlnga tbem bome. Bbe and ber buebaad sit down on the Bo. r and placiag the candlea between them, light them Blmultaneoualy Om candle atanda foi h.r- the oth.-r for him The one wiiose candle goea ouc anrl rlaea aad goea -mt <-i th. houae forever, with nothing but wb.it b. -i ah. may bave on, The ..ne wbose candle haa survlved th. longer time even i-n a aeeond, taken e**rythlng. s.> the diN.-rce und division oi the rmpevty, if one can call lhai a linsiuu, aaar BBttled.