1? splendid nor enthralling. But it was In fused with ardor, and his delivery of the lines was often fervid. And Juliet? Oh, no, I have not forgot ten. The simple, reckless, passionate love of Juliet was far to seek. "With a voice lacking In resonance, In sentiment, In deli cacy, with a personality utterly untouched of poetry, how can one successfully play Juliet? EARL MASLIN. 4900 THE SUNDAY OEEGONIAN, POBTL'AND, JANUARY 14', 1900. 1 1 1 MARQUAM GRAND j I - ab. oss, nryrAV hafubiadv ir - ft. w , "i" 4 - - WM.Unc CCli9 OCipiliiSHiiU ivaMa9 on-iiiM ivj 7 - .. .-.SO JiXiSZ. SSS I li MAflCl ( V &&& wt Km I M tBu'. m-5f Ballade of a NeYr Tear. 52i8 tour lias struck and the curtain la down. The play lfl ended, the lights are low, Ttaa Jester's cap hangs on a monarch's crown, And Falstaff Is one -with Borneo; "We have playei our parts with a pomp and show. Striving In common to reach the coal; But -what if te pace he last or slow 7 Tima la the prompter -and death our dole. We have stalked the Blase with an aching heart. And bowed to a palpitant pit below; Prince or peasant, we've mummod the part. Dives or Lazarus, bessar or beau; "We nave feigned the friend while -we felt the foe; Smiled when the Iron was in the ami; But to every tide is an ebb and flow Time is the prompter and death, our dole. Tlce has played Virtue in masquerade. She has shammed in a cowl of snow, .Poverty flaunted a gay brocade, "While -wealth was content -with a calico; But the pendulum's swinging to and fro. Clicking the seconds from pole to pole, The part is played ah, let It go! Time is the prompter and death our dole. ENVOY. Prince, ere the curtain rings up once more, 3t "us pledge the future with flowing bowl; The drama is grim but there's no encore. Time is the prompter and death our dole. John X. Hilllard in Dramatic Mirror. WARDE IS ALWAYS WARDE 'A Rinaldo or Romeo, or Something Ela, He IjaclaB Intellectual Keen- nesa Company Mediocre. I witnessed the descent of the curtain upon, the last act of "The Lion's Mouth" -without a single regret. I left the play louse unreluctantly, and "without the sense of parting from a personality. It is true that, in a broad sense, all art must be Impersonal; but it is true, and in a larger sense, that all art must be per sonal in a supreme degree it must reveal the artist's temperament and his personal vision. Mr. Henry Guy Carleton's play is a mere collection of situations and say ings which he has forgot to forget. One's tongue is forever trembling to say the exact passage in some classic of the romantic play which he has reclothed in Ills conspicuous rhetoric and spoiled by the uncertainty of his instinct. But the very faults of taste go to make the sources not Instantly recognizable' We do not ask that the quality Tvhlch "Words worth has called "the consecration and the poet's dream," so largely spiritual as it is, be ever present in every romantic drama of the passing day. What we ask Is that there be something of a personal vision, something of a voice, not wholly love, and has sounded all its stops. The coloring Is evr varying. Its beauty is singular and Intricate. All the redness turns to blood, all the water into tears. The story seems bent, as by miracle or magic, to the service of human passion AT MARQUAM THIS WEEK. Weill Company Playing: to Crowded Houses Everywhere. The Neill company, which begins a week's engagement at the Matrquam to morrow, has scored a splendid success in Its tour from St. Paul to the Pacific coast According to the unanimous ver dict of the press, the large audiences which have greeted it have In no case ' been disappointed. Every day during the past week the Seattle newspapers have reported that the seating capacity of the big Seattle theater has been taxed to Its utmost at the Nell performances. MR. JAMES NBILL, OP THE NEILIi C OMPANY. foredoomed to disaster. To the ardor of the Italian love-story Shakespeare gave his crowning imagination, and into it he infused his spirituality. The primary pas sions of the pagan "Veronese are retouched with a spiritual fragrance. I liked the Mercutio. The Queen Ma"b speech was given with much Illustration and Interesting detail, but the death scene MR. JAMES NEILI AT THE MARQUAM. ill As Zacd Chumley. As Chaunccy Short In "A Gilded God." As David Holmes In "A "Bachelor's Romance." borrowed, and, finally, something of me- , chanical and logical perfection in the de tails of the plot. Sophomoric Rhetoric. "The Lion's Mouth" is often cumbered with the sophomoric rhetoric of its au thor. No regard has been paid to the necessity of brief and simple speech, which is the law of dramatic action. The lines never send forth the impression of Intensity, sincerity and distinction which Is the soul of poetry. In spite of the con stant and evident effort, there is not one line in the play which Is stamped with an arresting and alluring beauty; on the oth er hand, there is not a single passage which is not marred by some palnlul lapse from taste that lacks all literary decency. A well-written and finely-constructed ro mantic drama will always be a royal road to public favor. It is not the highest form of dramatic art, but it has Its place, and justly. Stories are what tired men and women want stories that shall en thrall and beguile, and touch the iron lacts of life with gold. He who can tell such stories has a gift not to bo despised. But it will not do to make the heroine merely a labeled bundle of beauties; she must be a woman. It will not do to hint that the knight is young, and then get on with the emprise. He must be a man. It will not do merely to say that the moon shines and the Mediterranean breeze is blowing. We must be made conscious of the moonlight; we must feel the wind on our cheeks. The gift of atmosphere, the gift of light and life they are lacking In "The Lion's Mouth." It is not romantic. It Is not poetic It Is essentially stagey. Perhaps a poetic play would fall where ""The Lion's Mouth" has carried the day, but there is always a treasurable audi ence, though it be a small one, In all towns, cities and societies, the applause of which Is worth much roaring of the multitude, for it carries with It the future. Lacks Snbtlety. Mr. Warde's Rinaldo is painted in fa miliar colors. Indeed, it appears much Mko every role that he plays. There is exactly the same earnestness, but there are also exactly the same gestures, exact ly the same intonations and exactly the same inflexions. Mr. Warde has not a little of what the French call "panache," the large manner appropriate to the ro mantic drama, but he is utterly lacking In subtlety. He has a certain passionate vigor, but little Intellectual keenness. Mr. Richard Mansfield has shown us that a dramatic personation may have breadth and depth, and yet be not altogether with out iineness of finish and execution; not iltogether without the qualities of minia ture painting. As for the rest of the company in "The Lion's Mouth," it im pressed me as being distinctly mediocre. In the long list of Shakespeare's plays there is none more poetic than "Borneo and Juliet" The story is one of youthful was disappointing. The Nurse is one of Shakespeare's great comic creations, but one would never guess the fact from Miss Meredith's personation. She wobbled in sipidly on the stage; she wobbled Insipid ly off. The Romeo of Mr. Warde was neither Manager Heilig. who has just returned from witnessing several of these produc tions, says that they are the most per fect that he has ever seen. The com pany is a new organization to theater goers of this section; in fact, this Is the first time It has ever traveled. It only recently closed an engagement of seven consecutive months at St. Paul and Min neapolis, the longest ever known there "A Bachelor's Romance." which will ba presented by the Neill company at the Marquam Monday evening and at the Saturday matinee, was expressly writ ten for Sol Smith Russell, a man' with very maiked peculiarities of his own, who possesses an individuality which fla vors every part that he undertakes; therefore it redounds to Mr. Neill's credit as an actor that he gives his own in terpretation of the literary bachelor, Da vid Holmes. His portrayal of the part has met with commendation wherever It has been witnessed. On Tuesday evening "A Gilded Fool" will be presented by the company. The play is one of the be3t that over came from the pen of Henry Guy Carleton, and in it Mr. Neill has also made a suc cess. By some ho has been thought to bear favorable comparison with Nat Goodwin in the role of Chauncey Short On Wednesday it atinee and evening, a play widely contrasting with the others of the Neill company's (repertoire will be given. It Is "Amy Robsart," a drama tization of Sir Walter Scott's "Kenil worth." In this play some especially line opportunities are offered for the dis play of p'cturcsque scenery; in fact, the production is .one of the most elaboiate presented by the Nellls, while the period of the play, being in the 13th century, the costuming is rich and elegant Thursday night E. H. Sothern's brilliant comedy success, "Captain Lcttarblair," will be the bill. C. Haddon Chambers' drama, "Captain Swift," will be given Friday evening, and Saturday evening ,! I rgCW O miiunn qg, .fTMtwa UMSaM2" C" QX33&2TT' G WASSRSMO 0 i q tjfUiiiji t fc. i rw, Visa s enstaggga Pitst-Tim i.ii o ' rfmwi.i srES2enao 4 S52ceC& f MISS STELBAR BOMAR, OP THE "CHEERFUL. WAR" COMPANY, i MANAGER CALVIN HEILIG HAS THE HONOR TO ANNOUNCE THE INITIAL APPEARANCE INV PORTLAND OF THE INCOMPARABLE SL&& DIRECT FROM A SEVEN MONTHS' RUN IN THE TWIN CITIES WITH MR, JAMES IN ESLL PRESENTING THE FOLLOWING EXTRAORDINARY REPERTOIRE Monday Evening and Saturday Mat. "A BACHELOR'S RO MANCE,"So! Smith Russell's greatest comedy success. Tuesday Evening "A GILDED FOOL," Nat Goodwin's Best Comedy Success. Wednesday Matinee and Evening "AMY ROBSART, a Dramatization of Sir Walter Scott's "Kenllworth." Thursday Evening "LORD CHUMLEY," E. H. Solhem'a Success. Friday Evening "CAPTAIN SWIFT," C. Haddon Cham- bers Powerful Drama. Saturday Evening " CAPTAIN LETTARBLAIR." written by Miss Margaret Merrlngton. Children under 7 years of age not ad mltted. "I take pleasure in commending Mr. Neill and his compyJ'-pnator Cushman .Davis. aI"JhoTfhSugh eee Mr. Neill and company will miss a rare treat"-Governor John Lied. Minnesota. Lavish scenic mountings, xnrougn special arrangement, tnere win. oe no uuvance iu yuuea. EVENING PRICES. Lower Floor, except last three rows.. 51.00 Lower Floor, last three rows oc Balcony, first six rows oe Balcony, last six rows Gallery People's Popular Playhouse - - PRICES - - 1 5So. 4 , CORDRAVS THEATER MATINEE PRICES. Lower floor, except last 3 row3-. ,.TSo Lower floor, last 3 rows .....EOo Balcony, flrst 6 rows .....50a Balcony, last 6 rows- .......25a Seats Now Selling. JOHN F. CORDRAY, Manager Return Engagement ONE WEEK, COMMENCING TONIGHT SUNDAY, JANUARY 14, MATINEE SATURDAY That Grand and Beautiful Play... The Idyl of the Arkansas Hills &, o The companion and successor to "SHORE ACRES." Direction Wm. E. Nankeville. An exceptionally strong company, with special scenery for every act, and exactly as produced at the Fifth Avenue Theater, .NEW YORK C!TY THREE HUNDRED CONSECUTIVE NIGHTS ' U5UAL PRICES fsferf5z!VL Next Attraction RENTZ-SANTLEY COMPANY. n METRO P0LITAN OPERA Clarence H. Jones, Manager Third and Yamhill Streets - WEEK BEGINNING SUNDAY, JANUARY 14, 1900 MATINEE SATURDAY n IbJnliddlaMJr U iu JU1L1UD1 I i - Great Musical Farce DO NOT FAIL TO TAKE IT IN v 1,000,000 PEOPLE HAVE SEEN IT .PUN I FUN! FUN! 250 NIGHTS IN NEW YORK 200 NIGHTS IN CHICAGO Theater Remodeled; New Bali-Bearing Opera Chairs; New Drop Curtain; New Scenery will be devoted to the presentation of Sothern's comedy, "Lord Chumley. "HUMAN HEARTS' AT CORDHAV'S. Wcelt's Return CiiBaseiiicnt Begins Wltli Tonight's Performance. "Human Hearts." which will begin a week's engagement at Cordray's- tonight, is one of the plays of which ihe lover of melodrama does not readily weary. It tells the old story of love beset by trials and tribulations, and It is none the less absorbing because the hero is a simple blacksmith and the surroundings those of quiet rural life. Indeed, the picture of the homely village folk is one of the secrete of the success of this popular drama, and it lends to the play the same charm that have made unending suc cesses of "Shore Acres" and "Tho Old Homestead." The company is one of un usual merit, and the fact that It has recently played a week here to crowded houses shows that it is appreciated by the Portland public. The "standing-room only" sign was out for the most of tho flrst engagement, and many of tho regu lar patrons of the theater were not able to seo the play at all. Now they will have their opportunity. ."Human Hearts" will run the week, with tine usual Satur day matinee. OPENING THE WINTER SEASON. "A Cheerful lilar" at the New Met ropolitan Tonight. The Metropolitan, Third and Yamhill streets, newly painted, jfrescoed and fur nished from top to bottom, will open its winter season tonight, with Frazer's mu sical farce comedy, "A. Cheerful Liar," built for laughing purposes only. Th:a play had a run of nearly a year In New York, and 20 weeks in Chicago, and has been produced at the Strand, London, 10 packed houses for six months. It comes to Portland, heralded as a bright, clean melange of good things, in the hands ot clever people. At their head is Miss Stella BOmar, who ha& beauty . and youth, coupled with, a roenlnollnc nowfinfllltv find fl.' COOfl Voice. Others in the cast arc: Frank Camp, Max Stelnle, Bernard Jaxon, Jack Howard. Robert Hall-croft, E. B. Gerard, Eunice Mm dock, Rose Summers ana Leonle Leigh. There is provided an abundance of bright music and catchy songs and, as in Hoyt's farces, there is a lavish display of handsome gowns. If "A Cheerful Liar" meets the expectations held out by advance notices, it will serve to All the new house for the week. "TRIPIE ALIilANCE" COMING. Louifl James, Charles B. Hanfortl and Kathryn Kidder Expected Soon. Negotiations are pending that WjII prob ably bring to Portland early in February one of tho most important legitimate the atrical organizations on tour thi3 season ter's Tale." The revival is said to be one of tho most perfect in detail of any production ever given of a Shakespearean play. The scenery, costumes, draperies and properties are as handsome as money can provide. Moreover, the triumvirate have first-class people in their support. Louts James and Charles B. Hanford stand in the front ranks in heroic trag edy, and the work done by Miss Kidder as Mme. Sans Gene and Lady Teazle has given her an enviable reputation as well. Miss Kidder possesses the happy characteristic of approaching and cross ing, when necessary, the thin border Una which separates pathos from merriment. Mr. James has never sought notoriety, and has won his high position by legiti mate means only. Since reaching the Pacific coast, the SCENE IN "HUMAN HEARTS." Among- the plays which Mr. Frawley has put on this season ie "With Flying Col ors," a big spectacular and mechanical production, which has received, favor able attention from tho critics of tha coast. The sceneryfor this piece was paint ed especially for Mr. Frawley and under his direction. Harry Duffleld. Harrington I Reynolds, J. R. Armory, Theodora Hamil ton. Clarence Montaine and Mr. Frawley play the Important male coles, whdla Mary Van Buren, Marian Barney, Phoea McAllister and Pearl Landers assumo the principal female ports. Mr. Frawley will, in addition to "With Flying Colors," produce a number of standard playa which are new in Portland. Nance O'Ncil's Return. Miss O'Neil has had a successful tour since she left Portland, her newest suc cess being in "Macbeth" and Ibsen-s "Heddo. Gabbler." both of which will bo given in Portland on the occasion of her return engagement at Cordray's. Clay Clement is now supporting Misa O'Neil, and Barton Hill, "W. L. Gleoson and other well-known actors who were with, her earlier in the season are still members of her company- Miss O'Neill, after playing Portland, will sail from "Vancouver direct to Australia, her engagement at Cordray's being her last appearance in America. A the Louis James, Kathryn Kidder and Charles B. Hanford combination, which is appearing in elaborate revivals of "A "Winter's Tale," "The School for Scandal" and "Othello" throughout the country. The "triple alliance" of stars is making the chief feature of its repertoire this season the costly production ot "A "Win- business of the company has been bet ter than was expected, the receipts aver aging $1200 to ?14G0 .nightly. The FrawlOT Engagement. Interest among theater-goers is still centered on the coming- engagement of the Frawley company at Cordray's. "Will Follovr "Human Hearta." Following "Human Hearts" at Cor dray's will come the big Renz Stantley burlesque company, one of the oldest and best-known organizations on th road. Good houses have greeted it, and it his been well spoken of by press and public The engagement will be for a wek, with the usual Saturday matinee. "Solving the "Wind" Coming. "Sowing, the "Wind," with what is said to bo a fine "cast, will be the attraction at the Marquam Grand, January 2ff and 27. Dramatic Notes. Katherine Oliver, the reader and Scotch l impersonator, did a good business during her recent tour tiirougn souinern -California. She spent the holidays at her home in Illinois, whence she will mals I a tour of the East and South.