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THE SUNDAY 0EEG0NIA2T, POWLAND, FEBRUARY 4, 1900.
CORDRAY'S THEATER SPECIAL -
People's Popular Playhouse
LAST APPEARANCE"""' '
LAST PERFORMANCE TONIGHT
The Celebrated Young
Supported by Clay Clement and a Most'ExceSfent Compaqy
5i?is Sunday ptrei)ii$, J eb. 4
William Skakespeare's Tragedy, '
"With the original XeHy sauaio.
PWCBS Orchestra, sad. lege seats, $l;4dcsa
cireie. 7at kwa H seals), $5 g&ftecr, "3Bt
featoear otrete. Site.
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Bvab trfld Gotbam'a wildest say
It'e positively shocking'
To eee Bteeofee Bates upon, the etase
Reaeve her silken stocking.
It wtgfet be -roll if gentle Blanch
Appear before tfeose men.
A4, Just to show her good Intent,
Put on her hose again.
San FranclKO N ews Letter.
VALE, BOSTONIANSI YALEI
America's Fmou Comic Opera Or-
Kanlx&tion Leaves a Trail of
The Bestoalans have come, sung their
way b&ok late our hearts, and gone on to
fresh conquests, leaving behind them a
trail of bewildering memories. We are
still hypnotized by the splurge of color
and satf&ng lights, the brilliant stage
trappings, tantalizing half-remembered
strains of music, and those saucy, co
quetting cborusrglrls, as they appeared
In "The Smugglers," In abbreviated flow
er dresses, with roses in their hair, and
roses la their cheeks, and flaming rose
garlands to flirt with beside. They
turned the Marquam stage Into a ver
itable Persian garden, but there was no
Omar Khayyam in the background to
philosophize on the mutability of human
life or the approach of death.
It is clever staging more than any
thing else that made the success of "The
Smugglers." Musically it comes very
near being a potpourri of other operas.
If one tries, in a reminiscent mood, to
hum one of the tunes, he is sure to get
tangled up with some other melody after
a few notes. It reminds one of a story of
the Thurlngian forest, wherein all the
roads are promising and well lntentioned
in the beginning, but each, after a little
way, dwindles down to a squirrel track
and runs up a tree. But the composer,
Minkowsky', has shown his originality
In one respect, at least that of putting
one of his prettiest numbers at the end
of the last act, just when the suburban
residents scattered over tr house are be
ginning to consult their watches uneas
ily, and thrust their arms into their coats,
and incidentally Into their neighbors' eyes.
AllHrlagr Marcla Van Dresser.
It was la this disquieting atmosphere
that Marda Van Dresser first brought
the anolsnco under the sway of her per
sonality; TtMre was a tender, glamorous
poetry la her singing that suddenly ar
restee banns that were outstretched for
wraps ant umbreitaa, and brought a hush
of wnndnting surprise over the entire
house She hai sung her way through
the epra. up to that moment, without
any & discovering the really alluring
beauty of tone that her voice possesses
within a certain limited range. She was,
to be sure, pleasant to look at; but mere
prettlness of face and figure, after all,
do not count for much with a public,
unless there Is a strong, conquering per
sonality behind it, and of this the audi
ence had not been convinced. She had
seemed a bit weak and Insipid, as com
pared with vigorous, breezy-mannered
Jessie Bartlett Davis. But now, when the
opera was nearly over, they began to
look at her with new Interest, and won
der If she might not, perhaps, In time, de
velop into something more than a mere
The next night. In "The Serenade,"
Miss "Van Dresser asserted herself with
more power and self-confidence, putting ' never hold a warmer place In the public
much sparkling life Into her acting. Her regard than the stanch, well-tried favor
coquetries as the duke's ward were lrre- ltes of yore, charming Helen Bertram,
slstibler and In"he scene In the monas
tery garden she made the most dashing
and beautiful 'Andaluslan boy that could
be Imagined. All her languorous, slow
moving grace of the preceding night left
"her. and Instead she was lithe, free-moving
and fearless, yet even In her feayest
moods did not lose her inborn womanly
dignity. But It is a pity she does hot
use her voice to better advantage. It
Is very deficient in carrying power; in the
well-known "Serenade" duet, for exam
ple, most of her notes were completely
The registers of her voice are not well
blended. This, and other defects, cama
out prominently in "O Promise Me"
("Robin Hood"), the song that many were
waiting to hear her sing before passing
final judgment on her voice. But, not
withstanding her weakness in this respect,
I she has made herself an undeniable favor
I ite by reason of her beauty, her arch ways
and piquant acting.
Must She Be Able to SineT
It seems sometimes as though the least
essential part of the outfit of a comic
opera singer nowadays Is that she should
be able to sing. Certainly Marcla van
Dresser Is making a brilliant success with
out It, and that, too, In the leading light
opera companj In America. But this the
ory, significant though it Is In Its relation
to the operatic career, Is not verified Jn
the case of another member of the Bos
tonians Grace Cameron. Nobody can call
her pretty, nor even chic; she has none
of the dramatic graces; she Is a mere
fledgeling, a tiny slip of a girl, entirely
unschooled In all that goes to make up a
stage heroine. But she can sing; and in
consequence of that accomplishment she
leaves Portland today the most popular
among the new members of the Boston
ians, whereas but six days ago she was
entirely unknown to us.
Her voice pleased because It is fresh,
sweet-toned and true, with more volume
to It than even the most hopeful would
expect from her wee mite of a body.
The American public has a big, warm
heart, and In It Is a tender place for all
that Is small and young and helpless. Per
haps that is the reason why It has be
come a stanch friend to Miss Cameron.
She la young, Ingenuous, full of the fresh
ness and ardor of happy living. And that
counts for something. There is nothing
in the world so attractive as simple hap
piness, even though it may belong to
some other person.
Frank Rushworth, the new tenor, ap-'
parently has all the requisites that the
leading tenor of the Bostonians ought to
have. He seems built after the model of
the Greek hero; he Is easy-mannered and
chlvalric In the lover scenes; he sings ad
mirably, and has a frank and ready smile.
"What more could be desired? And as for
the basso, John Dunsmure, as everybody
knows, he had not sung a dozen lines the
opening night before his forceful stage
presence, spirited acting- and superb
voice had carried the audience by storm.
But, after all, theso new friends will
Charles B. Honford.'
George Frothlngham, W. H. MaeDonald
W. H. Fitzgerald, S. L. Studley, the cap
able musical director. And perhaps the
plesantest memory that now stays with
us is that of the droll, benignant-faced
veteran, Barnabee, stalking with paternal
air among the coquetting chorus girls.
AT MAIIQUAM THIS WEEK.
Opens Wednesday Night.
The Bouls James, Kathryn Kidder and
Charles B. Hanford combination begins an
engagement at the Marquam Grand on
Wednesday evening next, and continues
for the balance of this week, including a
Saturday matinee. The repertoire Is an
nounced as follows: Wednesday and Fri
day nights and Saturday matinee, "The
Winter's Tale"r Thursday night, "The
School for Scandal," and Saturday night,
For each of these plays, Managers Wag
enhals and Kemper have provided an ex
ceptionally large and complete equipment
of handsome scenery, properties and stage
effects. These enterprising managers have
always maintained a high standard of pro
duction in attractions which they have
heretofore presented. They realize that
the better class of theater-goera fully ap
preciate the value of lavish and beautiful
scenic embellishments, and all the im
portant adjuncts which combine to create
Impressive and appropriate stage pictures.
Their production of "The Winter's Tale"
Is claimed to be the most elaborate the
drama has ever had, and It la not only
notable for the commendable care shown
In the matter of scenic illustration, but
also for the elaborate costuming of the
It is well that the public should under
stand the superior character of the com
pany that will support the three stars.
Messrs. Wagenhals and Kemper have se
lected their leading people with special
reference to their assumption of certain
roles. Mr. Harry Langdon, the veteran
Shakespearean actor, has been engaged for
a line of parts for which he Is particu
larly suited, and In which he has received
high praise. He has no superior as an
actor of the "old man" in' the classic and
standard plays. Mr. John A. Ellsler, the
other "grand old man" of the legitimate
drama, has been especially engaged for
roles with which for many years he has
Tjeen identified. Mr. Ellsler has been
closely associated with nearly every im
portant legitimate revival in the past dec
ade. Mr. Barry Johnstone, who, for the past
three seasons, has been associated with
Mr. James, Is one of the most versatile
actors in America, and has been equally
successful In heroic, romantic and char
acter parts. Mr. Collin Kemper, whose
schooling was with the late Augustln
Daly's company. In London and New York,
Is an artist of high -attainment. Mrs.
Henry Vendenhoff Is one of the most
finished artists of the company. She Is
the widow of the great Henry "Vanden
hoff, the English actor, and since her
residence in this country has been con
nected with many of the most notable
Among the other leading people are:
Norman Hackett, W. A. Lincoln, Thomas
Coffin Cooke, J. L. McVlcker, Harvey
Cassldy, George McCulla, Miss Helen
Singer, Miss Aphle James and Miss Emily
Grey Bether. all of whom have had Im
portant engagements with legitimate com
panies. The organization numbers 37 peo
ple In all and they have been selected so
as to enable the management to give al
most an "all star cast" of each play In Its
NEVADA'S RETURN CONCERT.
She Will Sins at the Metropolitan
Through the enterprise of Manager
Clarence H. Jones, of the Metropolitan,
Portland music-lovers will have another
opportunity to hear Madame Emma Neva
da, one of the greatest singers that this
country has produced. Nevada Is in her
prime, and this will, perhaps, be the last
Popular With the-PeopIc;
After the Minnows
.8 FunnyEnd Men 8
8 Great ,
Specialty Acts 8
A Gigantic Gathering of
Big Novelty Fea
tures. A Colossal Combination
In Colored Comedy.
6 NIGHTS- - tomorrow night -
opportunity to hear her, as sho has en
gagements abroad which will keep her
away from her native land for several
years. The present tour is the first made
In America since 1S86.
A glance at the subjoined programme
will reveal several numbers which have
never been sung or played here before.
Notably prominent la the tnad scene
from "Hamlet," by Ambrolse Thomas.
His florid style Is admirably suited to
Mme. Nevada's voice, as is' also Verdi's
"Caro Nome." Mr. Blumenberg, the
charming 'cellist, and Mr. Pratt, the pian
ist, are down for attractive numberst
Here is the programme:
(a) Nocturne ,
(b) Scherzo Chopin
' Mr. Pratt.
"Caro Nome," from "Rlgoletto" Verdi
.Hebrew melody "Kol NIdrel" (by spe
cial request) Max Bruch
(a) "Travonehka" (by request).... Gounod
(b) Waltz from "Romeo and Juliet"...
(a) "Traumerel" .MacDowell
(b) "Taccata" Sagambari
(a) Spanish dance, "ITAnda Couse"....
(b) "At the Fountain" Ch. Davjddff
.Mr. Blumenbargr3 -
"Hamlet" (ffiurth act. mad scene)
..w.. .,., ,i..t.),.. .Ambrolse Thomast
Prices for admission toTtHfs concert are:
$2, $1 0, $land'-50 cents. -The box she'et
opens at theMetropolltan tomorrow at
10 A. M. -
onmzh as ,lady macbeth.
TonishtVi Performance at Corffray's
r Should Be Worth Seeiner.
The production of "Macbeth," which will
be given at Cordray's tonight by Nance
O'Neil and her company of players, Is one
of the most ambitious efforts Miss O'Neil
has yet made. It' would seem as if the
talented yoilng actress should have a pe
culiar fitness for the character of Lady
Macbeth, possessing, as she does, so strong
a personality and much of the dramatic
fire which Is necessary for an accurate
interpretation of the role. Clay Clement,
who Is supporting Miss O'Neil, should
also make a good showing, and the re
mainder of the company is well cast. The
play will be well staged, and, with Edwin
S. Kelly's famous music, should make an
Impression on Portland theater-goers.
MINSTRELS AT. CORDRAY'S.
Richards fc Pringle's Company Will
Open Tomorrow Night.
Tho Nance O'Neil engagement at Cor
dray's will be followed tomorrow evening
by Richards & Pringle's minstrels, which
will hold the boards for the remainder
of the week. This sterling troupe presents
a new show this season, and those ,who
like minstrelsy right "upcto date will find
It at Cordray's. An orchestra df 30pieces
accompanies the vocal and specialty force
of performers. In numerical strength and
attractiveness, the show Is said to be up
to the requirements. Among other adver
tised specialties are a troupe bt Arabs
BUSS NAJfClE CXEIL.
known as the
"Whirling Dervishes of the
a military band including
FBAWLKT AT OBDItAY'S.
"Will Open With "Tbe Sporting? Dncli
ess," on February 25.
"In Paradise," the new made-ln-France
play of the Frawley company is said' to be
such an admixture of sweet devllishness
and coquetry that it Is difficult .for. the
prudes to pick out the faults that shock
their fine sensibilities, and there' Is still
a savorlness of th dining clubrooms
about the piece that makes It "catch on"
with great eclat. It will soon be seen at
The Frawley company will come direct
Comes the Whale
RICHARDS & PRINGLFS FAMOUS GEORGIA
II 1J I SALLO
50.. PEOPLE 50
2 SUPERB BANDS 2
The Whirlwinds of the Desert .....
BONOMER'S Famous Troupe of Arabs.
j& ; MARQUAM GRAND1
AND FRIDAY NIGHTS
AND SAT. MAT.
"The Winter's Tale" as presented by the
deserves to be classed as tn
oentury." Los Angeles Times.
THE SCHOOL FOR
Balcony, last 6 rows
Balcony, second 3 rows
Balcony, first 3 rows
Boxes and Loges
there on the ISth Inst., and will open ite
three weeks' engagement at Cordray's on
Sunday night, the 25th, with a magnificent
production of th& great English racing
drama, "The Sporting Duchess," which
so successfully inaugurated the season of
to Portland from its three months' en
gagement at the California theater, San
Francisco. It will close its engagement
(From a recent photosraph.)
this company at the California. It Is Mr.
Frawley's Intention to produce two plays
a week at Cordray's, which will mean six
productions during the stay of the com
pany in this city.
Mr. Frawley announces that he carries
all the scenery and properties for all the
plays in his repertoire, which is a very
Jarge one. We shall probably see, during
the Frawley season, "Mme. Sans Gene,"
"In Paradise," "With Flying Colors,"
"The Countess Guekl" and "An Uncon
"Tlie IJttle Minister" Coming.
'The Little Minister," J. M. Barrie's
dramatization of his famous novel of that
name, will be presented at the Marquam
Managers WAGENHALS & KEMPER
Present America's Foremost Theatrical Organization, Including the
sa Kathryn Kidder
In the Most Complete. Elaborate and Scholastic Productions Ever
Brought to the Pacific Coast.
THE WINTER'S TALE
James. Kidder. Hanford combination
greatest scenic and dramatic triumph of the
Balcony, last 6 rows
Balcony, first 6 rows
Boxes and Loges
Gallery, matinee and night 23c
METROPOLITAN THEATER I
ONE NIGHT, THURS. FEB. 8
RETURN BY REQUEST OF THE
AND ASSISTING ARTISTS IN
ENTIRE NEW PROGRAMME
Mme. Nevada will sing all e? Ophelia's part In the fourth act ef
Hamlet. THE ENTIRE ACT. Her greatest operatic role.
Reduced prices $2. $1.50, $1.00; gallery, 50c; loge seats, $2;
boxss, $12.50. Box office open Monday morning, at 10 o'clock.
CLARENCE H. JONES, Manager.
Grand theater some time during Febru
ary. The nresentation of this nlav this
I season in New York, under the manage
ment of Charles Frohman, was far beyond
I Mr. Frohman's expectations of results,
having been eminently successful there
and subsequently throughout the coun
try, jeany every Doay is iamnrar wiui 1
me novel ana us types 01 cnaracters, ana
these are so peculiar that people are
anxious to see what kind of a play the
author has made of it. Press reports say
the production has been greeted by large
and fashionable audiences everywhere.
"Too Much Johnson" Coming.
N?xt week, at Cordray's. will be seen
Gillette's amusing comedy, "Too Much
Johnson." The engagement will be for a
week, with the usual Saturday matlaee.
Cordray Receives an Offer.
John. F. Cordray received a very flatter
ing offer from McKee Rankin, manager
of Nance O'Neil, yesterday afternoon, to
JOHN P. CORDRAY, Mgr.
Parade at Noon
A MUSICAL TREAT
Every Evening at 7
J. Ii. McVlcker.
T. Coffin Ceelce,
direct the Australian tour of Miss O'Neil' s
company. The offer contemplated a hand
some salary and a percentage, transpor
tation, and about everything else that
would allure a good theatrical manager.
Mr. Cordray was justifiably nattered at
the offer, out it wae, he said, impossible
for him to accept It.
Return ef H. It. Roberts.
It will be pleasurable news to admirers
of that versatile and talented young actor,
H. R. Roberts, ha. combhmtfoa with Mag
gie Moore, that they will play a return
engagement hi this etty at Cordray's the
ater the week of February 1. The two
plays selected will probably be "Mrs.
Qtmm's Twme" and "Arrah-na-Pogue "
The ftrst Is a delightfully droll Irish com
edy; ta both plays Mr. Roberts Is seen at
Mb best la real Irish characters.
Waefeena (Bcarae, Darrew) is said to
have made a very faveraWe Impression on
the Juneau, Ateefea. pttotte. as the lead
ing feugr the Louvre theater aWcfc