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-. "S-f- f $", r"?v C '- -t THH COURIER. v i - THE w.- " t-v PT .i & Odo week commencing Monday March, 16. Prices 10 cents to all of the house THE 5 ACT COMEDY BROTHERS 1 " - " Change of play every performance. HIIIHIIIIIUIIHIIIIMMIIMMMHNIHINIHIIHI LHEBilL. - 8 -"S-'- PylV NO 5 H '. JHPr -yf 15 FIRST GLASS PEOPLE 15 IKfMlU Wed. at -! and Sat. at 2:3o loo IPir-esarxt jgivon. arwety to dilldLrorx loo THE STAGE A noticeable feature of this, the fag end of the theatrical season, is the fact that we are getting fewer and better at tractionB than when the season was young and enthusiastic. A good many weaklings have fallen by the wayside. The local managers' books will show many cancellations. In most cases, there is reason to be thankful for what we're lost. From now on, most of the attrac tions that will seek to attract Lincoln people will be of the better sort. In these days a company that can keep payiDg salaries and railroad fares through five months is likely to have an entertainment of some interest. This month we have had Mr. Uoyt's "A Milk White Flag," the big burlesque review, "The Merry World, and we are to fin ish out the month with such fit produc tions as Richard Mansfield, Sol Smith Russell and Delia Fox are able to give us. A couple of weeks ago the manage ment of the Funke op9ra house tried the experiment of giving a minstrel show at popular prices, 10, 20 and 30 cents. Ihe experiment was not a fail ure. Neither was it a success. The people were afraid of burnt cork at the prices they paid to see the Spooners and Holdens. As a matter of fact the minstrel show it was Beach & Bowers was better than msny that have played here for 81. There were no heavy purple draperies; but in the essential elements of good minstrelsy it was quite up to the mark. There were some very good features. Moreover the eutertainment was clean, and that is a good deal in a minstrel show. Many of the witticisms in "A Milk White Flag, one of Hoyt's latest plays, only touched the high places as they were projected from the stage of the Lansing theatre last week. Some of them didn't touch anywhere. Seldom has a Lincoln audience manifested such dazzling stupidity. In "A Milk White Flag, there is a generous assortment of the old time Hoyt fun, which has a way of taking queer turns and bringing up in tho most unexpected places, together with an admixture of spectacle and glitter that admirers of "A Tin Soldier,' 4A Brass Monkey,' "A Hole in the Ground,' "A Texas Steer" and "A Mid night Bell," may have found a trifle in congrous. The posters advertising the play showed a girl in a yellow dress, with most beautiful red stockings; the stocking marking graceful lines. Hoyt goes in for hosiery, and the line he shows in "A Milk White Flag' is quite as attractive as 'his former displays. The play is a satire on the state militia, with plenty of broad humor. Much of the fun moves around a coffin contain ing a live corpse, lioyt's plays are large ly made up of paradoxes. As might naturally be expected some of the jukes were ghastly. In the last act when the general, a diminished Fechet, pre sented the milk white flag; a token of surrender, truce, to the officers of the militia, the audience failed to see any thing funny in it. It isn't fair to hold Hoyt responsible for the impenetrabil ity of a Lincoln audience. The play mved along at a smart gait, and meas ured up to the old Hoyt standard. Amelia Summerville is ten years older and nearly a hundred pounds lighter than when she helped Henry E. Dixey make a success of "Adonis. She isn't a marvel of grace; but she sings well, and as Trilby and Mme. Sans-Gene in ''The Merry World," she is the sama center of attention that she was as the "merry little mountain maid" in the Rice and Dixey burlesque. "The Merry World." as seen at the Lansing theatre Wednesday evening, is better than "The Passing Show.' It is more intelligible to the pro vincial theatre goer, and it a little less coarse than "The Passing Show." The burlesque of "Trilby" was the best that has been seen in this city,Miss Summer ville measuring up to the popular idea of what "Trilby'ought to be better than Edith Crane at least so far as appear ances are concerned. The operatic re view was good in places. The last act was a satire on "Mme. Sans-Gene," and the comedians and comediennes of the company made merriment to the extent of their ability. Willard Simms and others helped to make "The Merry World" a go. Canar3' & Lederer believe the people like to see worn n in ad vanced vaudeville attire, and that it is necessary to mingle wholesome fun with coarse jests. ANNOUNCEMENTS. The Woodward Theatre company will open a week's engagement at the Lans ing on Monday. March 1G, with the five act comedy, "The Brothers." This com pany has all the people who appeared here at their first engagement and two new specialty people. They give a change of bill every night and matiuee Wednesday at A p. m., and Saturday at 2:30. One hundred presents given away to the children at each matinee. Spe cial scenery, calcium and electrical ef fects are carried and a guaranteed per formance every night, all at prices never before attempted. Ten cents to all parts of the house. Seat sab opens Saturday 9 a. m. The company is play ing at Boya's theatre, Omaha, this week and turning people away every night. The Omaha Bee of March 9, say b : "The initial performance of the Woolward Theatre company at Boyd's yesterday was witnessed by a full house. A clever company presenting a first class at traction with elaborate special scenery at popular prices is a treat the masses cannot resist. It is appreciated in Omaha and the best evidence of the fact was the large houses at both per formances. In the afternoon "Not Guilty," a splendid five act comedy, was tho bill. It was rendered with as much attention to details as the profession permits. The company carries a large quantity of spe cial scenery and much of it v as dis played to advantage. The costumes were elaborate and the entire perform ance was very creditable. In the evening "The Midnight Watch,' a pretty melodrama abounding in interesting situations, was the attrac tion. Mr. Woodward's company, num bering fifteen people, appeared to un usually good advantage in this, giving much attention to the special features, always so popular in Omaha. Other large cities have given the Woodward company sufficient encouragement to induce the manager to play engagements of two weeks duration, being the best evidence of the merit of the Hggrcga tion. This is an opportunity to see somo exceptionally goad dramatic work at reasonable prices. See this excel lent company all next week at the Lansing. Phi Delta Theta will give a bauquet at the Lincoln hotel tonight celebrating Alumni day. Purple Pansy, Her Majesty's Per fume, is the gentlemen's favorite amongst the latest odors. At Riggs drug store. Twelfth and O sts.