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"THE MONK AND THE WOMAN."
Frederick Melville's eminently successful drama, "Tho Monk and the Woman, waa rovlved for a brief period by the Georgo Willoughby "Company at the Adelphi Theatre on Saturday evening. A large audience assembled on the occasion, and throughout tho ovenlng tho play was received with tho same enthusiasm that marked the last pro- duction,.
A play of the typo of the "The Monk and tho Woman" is certain to causo bitter feeling among a certain section of the com- munity, but, casting all biassed opinion aside, it must bo admitted that tho piece is a clean, healthy, melodrama, singularly free from that sordidness which has done so much to bring melodrama into disrepute. That it IB melodrama of the most artificially manufactured type, no one would hesitate for a moment to doubt. Clean melodrama, however, has a decidedly edifying effect on the groat masses, and In the present In- stance the "book" contains religious phrases as fervent as are to bo found any- where. One has only to listen to the ap plauso after these same phrases to gauge what moral effect the action has on the audience. The play demonstrates in a very forcible manner the power of Love, without which the world would bo a place of deso- lation. Under its divine ""influence, Paul, the monk, finds that ho was not created In» this world to spend his days in tho gloomy cells of a secluded monastery; and Liane, the little pearl of the court, the dainty out terfly fluttering from flower to flower, awakens to contemplation of the more serious things of life. Incidentally, a couple of villains-De Montralo and tho ICing-and a minor hero in tho perBbn of Captain Ormonde, are thrown in to empha- sise tho purity of the love of the monk for
The piece was presented again with, oti, the wholo, a strong cast, though soma changes in the characters had been made not for the good. Mr. Georgo Cross ap-* penred again as the kind and pure-hearted Novice, Paul, and was received with note- worthy applause. There was a now L»lane in the charming person of Miss Vera Romee. Tho nesveomor invested tho opening scenes with a lightness and gaiety that disappear- ed, as, under the influenco of Cupid, the true and womanly side of her chnracter was brought out. Mr. Arthur Shirley, also a nowcomcr, was not particularly convincing as the King. A chango was made in the character of Father Ignatius, tho part being taken this time by Mr. Charlie Taylor, ivlr. T, W. Lloyd mado a capital villain ns Henri do Montrale, and Messrs. Franlc Crossley and Frank Relss were again successful as the monks Peter and Jabez, the former of whom would "rather be a coward for flvo minutes than a dead man for the rest of his life," The staging, under the direction o£ Mr. Charlie Taylor, was excellent.