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AOELPHI— 'UNDER TWO FLAGS.'
At all points 'Under Two Flags,' wnich-was produced at the Adeiphi on Saturday last., takes the' shine out of 'The Baa Girl or the Family.' Tbe change from domestic melodrama to. melo- ' drama, with .picturesque scenic settings and 'a' romantic story was welcomed by* a ;, crowded. audience. In' the somewhat dismal piece;; with which Mr. Goorge Marlow opened the now/.Syd-,
ney playhouse, the scciiic nrtist and the:siago' mechanist had no show. In the:dramaUcRyorr; u'ion of Ouida'a novel the scene^paiiittsriyxndjtho, ?nechanlst have had a free handi and pno.'may, «ow see the big stage 'dressed' .as it shouldbq, tor melodrama up-to-date. Mr. Alfred Clint,' Junior, who, with Mr. George Clint, paintoditho scenery, «*s shown his wrtin a very. flno;.sqt-; ting of tne French military barracks ;in Algiers;, The landscape, with a strotchof desert iuj'tho ? distance, ' is wonderfully well ^.painted. JniTe -gard to the Battle of Zerailia; tableaux in; the second act. it must have ; been very.', gratifying to Mr.'Alfred Clint when, in response to sus tained applause, the curtain had.tb.be raised on ?the battle scene half a dozen times, n -Mr^C. Quealy managed the mechanical; effects .while' Mlsa Ethel Buckley, as Cigarette,-: was ' riding her Arab steed In the fourth act. .-slh'-.this 'ride for life' aracing track is used.-rf.Thc i; effect, of one horse on the 'roller' track ;Suffers by com parison with tlie race scene in' 'The Whip' or 'The Winning Ticket.' ; '.vS.y:.' ? , --~fj : The cast was as follows :— Bertie Cecil Roycl Uou (afterwards known as Louis': Victor), Mr.; Robert Inman ; Berklio Cecil Royollieu, . (his' brother). Mr. Arthur Shirley ; . Lord '. rRoyelllou. (his father), Mr. Horace : Nightingale ; ..Lord Rockingh&m (his friend). ;Mr.- John Cosgrovb ;\ Rake (his valet). Mr. Wilton Welch- ;; Colonel:. Chateauroy (the Black Hawk), Mr. Harry Diver;. Captain Claude de Chanrcllon,: Mr. Reginald Watson ; Marshal of France, Mr. PaulNorric ':?;? Ezra Baroni (a moneylender), Mr.xJ./P. O'Neill;; Babazum (a Turkish vendor), 'Mr.- Frank Reis; Lammericlero (a soldier), Mr. Wm.'Harold; Jean, Borgeau (a soldier), Mr. G. Brackenrig; Pierre Martin (a sentinel). Mr. Gibson Taylor;;. Ade-V cl-kan (an Arab Chief), Mr. Bruce Newham,; Bo Kassum, Mi Goo Cooper , Si Allum, Mr. E. Stephenson ; Xoiireddin. air Norman Bruce, Youssuf, Mr. P Lindsay , Princess -Vonetia Corona; Miss Nellie Tcrgusson ; Countess Olga, Miss Dorothy Mm !'.d% Buckingham. Miss Inn Alston; Lady Boat] ire Guinevere, Miss Essie Clay ; Lavinia, Miss Belli Murdoch , Cigarette ' (a vlvandiere), T.Iiss Ethel Buckley. ? ? The story is that of Bertie Cecil Royclllou (afterwards knov n at. Louis. Victoi), who at the opening of the di.ima is a member of the Household Guards,, but whose mode of living has landed him in the hands of moncj lenders. This does not deter the good-looking yoiiflj^ Englishman from the gas, indolent life that he and his- bi other officers are lead Ing. A younfer brother liai inherited the gambling fever .mil to meet demandb forges tne name of Bertie's best friend to a document This falls Mnto tno hands of n?ra Baroni, an unscrupulous inoncj lender U a fashionable ?ace gathering Bertie hopes to square things ivith a win. but his horse is 'doctored.' and,' then Baroni sweeps down on him There is a fiery scene between Bertie and Lord ltoi king- bam, his great friend Bertie c-cipcs fiom ar rest, and, accompanied by his \.ilet. Rake bnters the service of the French army in Al giers.' Here he meets Clt;ai.^tte the vi\andicro of the army. limit prows to be one of the best soldiers of the Trench army and his- deeds of daring make him one nt the herons of; the army. While Cigarette, i vi\.'n-Meie, is in lore with the man \.lio is pissing as Louis Victor, the inevitable romplieation oC icalousy arises. Princess Corona is the other woman. Cigarette, who has found out the real name of the man she loves, implores Victor to return to Eogland and take hrr with him Victor is seen ,-at the battle of Zoi.uli.i where h»* 'aves the ? day. Subsequently he moots the Prlneess at midnight in her tent, and Hl.uk Hawk, Colon'l
of Victors regiment, manes aix imputation, which is followed bv a. duel Victor .s then .ir rested for insubordination, and .condemned to death. Cigarette, healing of the sentence, rides fifty miles to the French Maishal pnd pleads 'for Victor's life and obtains tin- pardon After being captured and then released by a party of Arabs while on her return rido1 with the. ipar.don, .Cigarette reaches the -wood near the barracks ;just as the sentence on Victor'ib being cair'led out. The pardon has nnivd foo late. Fling ing herself on the breast of her hern, the brave girl receives the bullet which would hava ended the life of a soldier who had seined under two flags, Tin- curtain is lung down on the death of Cigarette, but not until the heroine has spoken some pathetic wolds of farewell to ih-: army and to the god of hei boul's idolatry It should go v ithout saying that the honors of Saturday's performance were annexed by Miss Ethel Buckley. In the pa.it of Cigarette the popular actiess, in addition to characteris tic brightness of sijle, showed a surprising amount of dramatic powei More than once Miss Buckley recalled in her voice and- manner Nellie Stewart in the fiibt performances of . 'Sweet Nell of Old Drury.' Mr. Inmari,' as Uic soldier hero, took things a bil-^too easy - while Mr. Harry Di\ei made Black Hawk a!. stage villain of the detestable class. Jn ?parts of the Black Hawk tjpe Mr. Diver Is at his best as a character actor Mit.s Nellie Fer gusson gave weight and emphasis to the charac ter of Princess Corona, and Miss? Essie Clay successfully presented a different quality oi femininity as Lad} Beatrice Guinevere. Two of the best played parts in the. melodrama wore Ezra Baroni (Mr J. P O'Neill) and Rake (Mr Wilton Welch). In the free-and-easy barrack sdene Mr. Welch sang 'I'm a Married Man' in an amusing manner. Mr. John: Cosgrovb' did good work as Lord Rookingham. N - Soldiers and Arabs helped to .make thV; Alge rian scenes' effective as spectacles Mr Frank Reis is entitled to a full share of : credit as stage-manager. Mr E Friedman, as conduc tor, supplied the incidental music ?Mr. Marlow announces that 'there will, be a matinee performance of 'Under Two Flags' to day, / ROYAL—COMIC OPERA COMPANY. i Miss- Olive Godwin as Alice Coudoi, tho ? daughter of tho American millionaire, 'and Hiss Florence Young as the adventuiess, Olga La binska, divided honois in the performance ol 'T,he Dollar Princess' at the Royal on Saturday night. On the comic side of the show, .\ti Bert Gilbert, us Hany Q Condor, and Mr. W. §. Percy as Bulger, were pillars of strength Mr., Langford Kirby lent his aid as Dick, and Mr. Reginald Roberts was again seen as Freddy Fairfax. 'The Dollar Princess' will be played all this week, with a matinee to-day Mr. Wybert Stamford is directing the 1 0- hearsals of ; 'Tho Balkan Princess,'. which , will be introduced to Australia by the Williamson Wew Comic Opera Company at the Theatro Royal. This is the cast of the, hew musical comedy : — Princess Stephanie of Balana, Bliss Florence Young ; Olga (lady in waiting to, the HPrinceds),' Miss Vie Parson; Magda- (Royal 'char-lady'). Miss Lottie Sargent' ; Sofia'. Miss Olive Godwin ; Duke Serglus of Balaria, Mr; Prank Greene ; Prince Boris of Matalia, .Mr. jangford Kirby ; Blatz (his accomplice),. Mr.
n. .d. t-ercy ; -jouiu oociny irrime .uiinisicr;, Hr.: Pat Bathurst ; Capt. Radomir, Mr. Edmund Shejras ; Lieut! Varna, Mr. Cecil Outtrim , Pro prietor, of Bohemian Restaurant, Mr. Chas. Al bert ; Henry (waiter at Bohemian1 Restaurant), Mr: Bert GMbert ; Herman (cbucUer-out), Mr. Arthur Bayne ; Lounger, Mr. Redge Carey. 5RITERION— 'THE GAY GORDONS.' ? With the successful performance of 'Tho Gay . Gordons' on Saturday, the. Clarice and Meynell New Comic' Opera Company entered upon tho second week of their season at the Criterion! Theatre. Mr. Frank Lincoln, as Angus Graeme1, the soldier-lover, made the paco for the other members of the company.. Miss Florence Ime rfon again displayed lier attractive1 qualities as Peggy Quainton, and brightness characterised ' the work of Miss Nell Finnis as Victoria SSdV; dons. 'As oh the' opening night of the season,' Mr. Alf Deery scored with' his songs, 'Tho Gay Cordons,' and 'Here's to tlie.;Heallh.'of th3 Graeme.' Most of tho 'comic relict' was fur^ nlshed by Miss Nellie Cozens- as Charlotte Sid dons, and Mr. Tom Graves aWNat 'Sidddns'.Uhe ridiculous r-hi showmanl ' Thii Splaying .of the !.?i?i. ui. j-j,'.-it Mc-LTiod b.r .- Miss i Maggie Knight tfpuld hardly bo improved upon. !-: ? Miss Kathieon, Starling was applauded for her 'singing of 'Tho Pawn' in the Wngnor-llko opening of ; tho first act.' Mr. Dick Shortlandi 'an Australian, .''-lias! replaced Mr. Fred Winn as Speedy, the lawyer,'' Who brings the glad novvs.to'the highlands that Angus Graemo. is Earl of Meltro'se. Mr. Short' land is effcetlvp. vvithout bur.lcsquing ;thq part.. Therfi will be a matinee performance ; of ?-? the' musical play to-day. ?'? ? ; V , ?T, ? ??'??'?.''^'t^' HER MAJESTY'S— PANTOMIME;' ^??::':rr-':\n^i'fi^:\ Big houses are still being ' registered/ bylMhcr jputomtme company-ae- ^er Ma^e8t7'B;Tbeatt;«i-
Miss Sybil Arundalo, Miss Dorothy Firmin. the Dohor'ty Sister, Mr. Neil Kbnycn, and the Willy Pantjer troune are tho favorites. There will bp' a matinee performance of 'Jack and the Beanstalk' to-day, and another matinee on Saturday. / . iTIVOLI— THE COLUMBIA TRIO. i. On- ' Saturday night the Columbia Comedy ?Trio gave a crowded audience something m-.w in 'the: way of burlesque singing. Opening some Iwhat in the style oi tho Gothams, the turn takes on; the character of a musical farce. The trio jconsists of an alto, a tenor, aud u bass. Gro Jtesquely, got up in the dreS3 of a decayed clergyman, tho very tall man with the rich, irourid, rolling operatic bass voice, puts ins associates in the shade, vocally as well as in the physical sense. We have not had anything so amusing for a long time ns the intermit tent 'singing of' 'Rocked in tho Cradle of the Deep' by the sonorous bass, while tho alto and tenor are struggling with 'When Other Lips' as a duct. Good at all points, the turn of the singing comedians is rounded oft by a burlesque of the Prison Scene in Gounod's 'Faust' with !tlio bass as Mcphisto. , Mdllo Blanche. Charmeroy showed refinement of style in a sort of musical monologue. Seated nt a semi-grand pianoforte the French artist, c who, is new. at the Tivoli, played her own ac companiments while she sang several songs of the light order. 'All in A Summer Day' was' ^followed by 'Hello -..Tu Tu,' which was brought rto Sydney' by Miss Phyllis Hopwood Foldi, and :which Miss Grace Palotta introduced into 'Tho 'Girl From Rector's.' Mr. Ted Kalman made -h'ls; ? re-appearance as a comic singer. The rcom'ediau does not work on the same lines, as ?the dainty entertainer from Paris. ?'?'?-The Tivoli company this, week includes tho l'erozoffs, the-Kavanagh Boys, Brownand Rob inson, Black and White, Cadwall and Verne, .Scot- Gibson and Vaudo and Verne. Reichen's Dogs are still. an attractive feature of the pro
NATIONAL— DAISY, HARCOURT. Working to some e\tent Jn ibo lines of Mario Lloyd, the new 'lady lorai'.' at the National Amphitheatre on Saturday had good Mitson to bo satisfied with her icceptlo-i Miss Daisy Ilar couit is a returned Austnliau, .vho lcuus to have broadened her stjle while she has appeared as a music hall artist in the United States. Ihe lively lady eontiibuted 'I'm a Perfect Lady, '1 Don't Care,' 'Don't Be Foolish,' and It s a Little Bit Rough on Me ' Among the other iiei formers this week are the Valdnres, Watts and Lucas, Victor Myers (a midget lomodiau), Mabelle (the dancer), Hassan (the Indian Magician). Olga PenmnSton, D01 s ^all. Sandy Donaldson, George Banveen, 'he Tit Bit Tno,-and tHe Rovcll Sist^.s. ' 'KING HENRY VIII.' AT WEST'S. The experiment by Wests, Ltd , of illustrating =Ir Herbeit Beerbohm Trees wonderful spec tacular presentation of 'King Heniy VIII.' at Ills Majestj'b Theatre, Lo-idon, was awaited with juteiest. In th.s Instance ihe hopes and expectations of tho Australian management have been more than lealised, for at tho mati nee* on Saturday afternoon and at the evening show tho seating cai-acily of the Palace and Princess Theatres' vuis fullv tested. Tne film, vvhicli. by tho way, is the most heavily-insured pictuie that has been sent to any pait of tho woild. nroved to be the perfection of einemato giaphy.*Ono followed with inteiest fie fine per trajal of the stately Cardinal Wolsey by Sir Hoibert Tree, while Mr Aitbur Bourchier as King Henry and 'Miss Violet Vanbrugh as Queen Katherine 'furnished models for the Shakes pearian student. The dressings and mountings as reproduced are superb. The scenes depicted are: The Cloisters, the Banqueting Hall, tho King'sAntc-eha'mber, and Westminster Abbey. In his final scene as tho deposed Cardinal statesman one could almost henr Sir Herbert Tree- speaking the lines : 'Had I 'but served my' God wi.th half the zeal I served ,my king, Ho would not in' mine age havo left mo naked to mine enemiies.' The. historical pioture-'play should draw thousands for two or threo weeks to the Palace and Princess Theatres. Mr. L. Do Groen's Viice-Regal 'Band supplies the musical accompaniment. v . ' ! . LYCEUM — SPENCER'S PICTURES. - ~ MrXC. Spencer has followed lip 'The Fatal Wedding,' at the Lyceum, with another- pro- duct of Australian cinematographic, art.' In 'Dan Morgan', the patrons of the popular, picture house have realism .without so much jis a sug gestion' of romance. To phrase tho matter bluntly, ' the new film reproduces somo of the sensational, incidents in the infamous career of a fierce outlaw, who' stained his hands with blood. The glorification of Australian bush rangers , iii .moving pictures having been con cle;mned on all sides, Mr. Spencer claims that no hjirm can bo done If. 'as in this instance, the true character of the outlaw is presented. Still, it is a point, for argument whether the .doings
of bushrangers are proper subjects for exhlbi tlon when- there is a danger of the young receiv ing bad impressions at a picture show.. No. good purpose is served by illustrating the criminal side of life ? in Australia. Mr. Spencer's artist has apparently taken the raw official records of the heartless Dan Morgan and constructed a picture story in all its natural .horrors. One is shown a series of sensational encounters, in which Morgan murders his colleagues in cold blood, shoots wholesale his pursuers from bo hlnd safe shelter, and robs indiscriminately throughout his brief career, with never more than a natural suggestion of wavering courage on the part of other people. The laat stand of the bushranger, when 'he is shot by a dozen bullets, closes the story. 'In the technical sense, tho 'Daii Morgan' pictures' are admir able. SOUSA'S BAND. ? The boom of Sousa and his band reached its height on Saturday, when the Town Hall was crowded at the matinee and' evening concerts. Another' concert was given on! Monday night. Tho series will be resumed' to-morrow (Thurs day), with a concert in' the afternoon and oac in the evening. The Adelphl Theatre has beer, engaged for the matinee concert on Saturday next. The. great bandmaster leaves for Mel bourne, with his sixty players, on June 4. SOUSA AS A SPORT. In the course of an interview. on Saturday, John Philip Sousa, the March King. stnd :— 'We finish this great tour of purs Just before. Christmas I should very much litce to tomo back to Australia next year — not with my l-and, but with a Sousa shooting party. .Simetlmtts vvl'.h, sometimes without, the consent of my luanagers I give up concert work and live a lire of frof-dom and sport in the South, Icavinc my wife' and family in New York. I am fond of l.orses, dogs, and guns, and I cuntrivi to spend a couple ot months every year aa a forest
.rover. My wife 'can toll you that r hav3 isn impeding collection of prizes and trophies as a shot. When I am not riding or shooting during my holidays in the South, 1 imi):o'a ihe Shining hour by writing marches or arranging new pieces for the band. As I haven't brongnt my guns with me I fear that my . shooting in 'Australia while we aro on tour will lie harapaioil by limits. But wait till I come with ray con tingent ct crack shots '.'
VALDARES, THE COMEDY /CYCLISTS, AT THE SYDNEY NATIONAL.