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Hghtful Sir Peter it is not for any one of
these reasons that we draw our breath
with delight every time the -curtain goes
up In the '"School for ScandaL" But rath
er because of the courtly graces of the old
school, the bepatcbed and powdered love
liness of the women in their trailing gowns
and soft fall of laces redolent of laven
der, the gorgeous brocaded coats of the
men, sparkMng with jewels. The atmos
phere of aristocratic old England as It
was a century ago Js more successfully
caught In the "School for Scandal" than
in "The Rivals. Mrs. Vandenhoff and
Mr. Langdon are the only members of the
company who carry it with thorn in the'
latter play. While these two are on the
stage the Interest never flags. It is the
former In particular whose Incomparable
flow of humor in the famous old role of
Mrs. Malaprop keeps the audience in con
vulsions of laughter. She is a precious
adjunct to any company that lends itself
I at Cordray's will be William Gillette's
I famous comedy, "Too Much Johnson,"
which, for simple, unadulterated fun, has
not many equals on the American stage.
, "Too Much Johnson" was one of the first
j and best of the farces that have been so
1 long the rage, and It has not grown old
in the public favor. It is said to be this
j year in the hands of a capable company,
MONRAYr TUESDAY AND WEDNESDAY
FEBRUARY 12, 13 AND 14
and to be staged elaborately,
"THE LITTLE MINISTER.
Barriers Successful Flay- at the Mar-q-naitt
Portland theater-goers are to have An
j opportunity to see the famous play, "The
Little Minister." It will he presented at
the Marquam Grand for three 'nights, com
mencing tomorrow evening.
"The Little Minister" has achieved a
; . IcIMR.' CHARLES FROHMiAlf J
. ft N PRESENTS &
to old English comedy.
I success and is greeted everywhere by large
ana rasmonaDie audiences:- It Is Scotch,
through and through. "Wha 13 thalr
BACK AGAIN AT CORDRAY'S.
Moore-Roberts Company- Begin a
Week's Engnsement Tonight.
After a considerable absence from Port
land, the Moore-Roberts company of
Australian players will return to Cord-
are the first words of the play. But dlnna
I fear, lassie and laddies. The dialogue of
the-play la not peppered with 'hobt mons"
, and "dlnna kens," and the Scotch burr Is.
but little In evidence. In face, there Is
THE'sOdCESS OF THE" CENTURY
THE SUNDAY OREGOFIAN, PORTLAND," FEBRtTAEY 11, 1S00.
Henry Miller, as Sidney Carton.
'What though the actor leaves no lasting mark?
Today to hi! Aad his the power to lift
The -worn and -weary soul from out the dark.
And show between the clouds the golden, rift.
Thufl hast thou with true enchanting' art
Taken the story oC poor Carton's strife?
His follies battM&ff with bto noble heart.
And breathed into his form the breath, of life,
Teaching' that fallen man nay yet be freed
Finding' there lurks unknown within hi breast
The strength to do one great and glorious deed,
Worthy to earn that "far, far better rest,"
And raise hie pardon's soul to God above
Through mighty force of sacrifice aad love.
Julian Magnus in Chicago Times-Herald.
TREAT FOR PLAYGOERS
Brilliant Engagement of the James-
ICIdder-Honford Combination at
Portland's Marquam Grand.
It is with a lively sense of gratitude to
Mr. James, Miss Kidder and Mr. Hanford
that Portland theater-goers look back upon
the brilliant events of the past w eek. Up
permost la everybody's mind usurping
even the place of the Boers, the Kentucky
malfeasance, or the exigencies of the
forthcoming campaign has been the re
vival of "The Winter's Tale." It may
well be asked w"hether the Marquam boards
have ever shown any nobler stage pictures
than those seen In this most unfamiliar of
Shakespeare's comedies a grand sweep of
stairway for background; helmeted Greek
soldiers, as immovable as Corinthian pil
lars, StctUaa. women, in loose-flowing
ness, Miss Kidder went rather beyond
Shakespeare's lines, for Paulino, speaking
to the king, says:
"Nay, present your hand;
When ehe was young- you woo'd her; now in age
Is she become the suitor?'
Leoates O, ehe's wannt
If this be magic, let it be an art
"Lawful as eating.
Pol. She embraces him.
Cam. She hangs about his neck;
If she pertain to life, let her speak, too."
It seems hypercritical to point out a
blemish in Miss Kidder's noble and con
vincing characterization, but one Is in
clined to ask whether she does not go a
Jot too far in removing Hermlone from
the plane of ordinary humanity. Shakes
peare did not intend to make her so pas
sive and unresponsive as to cut her off
entirely from human sympathy,
v In no other play that Shakespeare has
given us are the contrasts so clean
cut or sharply drawn. As a foil to
Hermlone's grand and steadfast serenity
are the two violent, clashing natures of
the king and Paulina, haughty, impetu
ous and untamed, both of them, the one
in his disloyalty, the other In her loyalty
to the queen. The best work Mr. Han
ford did while in Portland was put into
this role of Leontes. He seems to be
well fitted to depict moods of sullen,
After four overcrowded acts of tragedy,
there are two of unadulterated fun. Was
ther ever seen anything prettier on a
Portland stage than the sudden outblos-
somlng of gay shepherdesses and their
swains, with Perdlta in the lead? Simple-
minded, all oS. them, but with the spirit
of wild mischief that is born' of country
air and plain living. The sutmy blithe
ness and buoyancy of Perdlta are as far
removed as possible from the lonely dig
nity and aloofness of Hermlone; and Miss
Kidder gives unmistakable proof of her
versatility in being able to take this
double role. She succeeds In Imparting
to Perdlta a subtle flavor of refinement
even In her wildest pranks.
The role of the crafty rogue, Autolycus,
BBB BBsJ bH
BY J. M. BARRIE
Founded on His Novel of the Same Name'
"The Little Minister" Is a triumph for purity in theatricals. rhem YHeraw.
PRESENTED FOR 300 NIGHTS IN NEW YORK
miss charity martin, who will sing at the metropolitan thea.
ter this week.
ray's theater this evening, to open a
week's engagement in Irish comedy. For
the opening performance, and subsequent
ly till Thursday, "Mrs. Qulnn's- Twins,"
a rollicking comedy written expressly for
Miss Moore, by Clifford Robertson, will
be the attraction. Thursday night It will
be succeeded by Bouclcault's "Arrah-na-Pogue,"
which will run the remainder of
The Moore-Roberts company needs no
praise to recommend it to the Portland
public Opening here last fall, entirely
unknown locally, It Jumped at once to the
front rank In popular favor, and has since
then not failed to draw good houses, wher
ever it has played. Mr. Roberts Is an ac
tor who stood at the head of his profession
In Australia, and he has made nn envi
able place for himself among the actors
of America during his brief stay here.
Miss Moore has entirely recovered from
the lung trouble from which she Tvas suf
fering when last seen In Portland, and she
will sing a number of Irish songs, In the
Inimitable fashion which has made her a
favorite with the lay-going public.
Manager Cordray will stage "Arrah-na-Pogue"
according to the directions set
down In the original manuscript, and fol
lowed by the playwright himself when he
brought out the play. Although hitherto
best known In melodrama, the Moore
Roberts company is perhaps at its best In
comedy, and the patrons of Cordray's
theater are consequently promised a treat
which does .not come many times In the
local theatrical season.
"Too Much Johnson' Next Week.
Following' the Moore-Hoberts company
only just enough dialect td create an at
mosphere of highlands and heather.
When you are considering Barrie's play,
you might as well dismiss the book from
your mind. Story and play vary but little
to the end of the second act, but from
that point the play la- practically a new
creation, and not a dramatization of the-'
book. The main scene in the third act,
and the denouement in the fourth, are cold
to be capitally managed.
The play begins at Lord Rlntoul's cas
tle. Barbara Lord Rlntoul's daughter In
the olav not his betrothed. ns In tht hnnle
I acknowledges her love for Gavin, "The
, Little Minister." Lord RIntoul and Cap
tain Jtuuiiweu, a suitor for Barbara's handr
are furious. Then they learn that the
night the soldiers passed through Caddam
wood, Gavin, to protect a gypsy girl, ac
knowledged her as his wifer in the pres
ence of witnesses. By Scotch law this Is
a valid marriage. Lady Barbara, with
the fine humor that Barrle has instilled
in the character; feigns indignation and
la ready to accompany RIntoul and Cap
tain Halllwell, in seeking out the wit
nesses. They are found and, under cir
cumstances that add to the humor of the
situation, recognize in Lady Barbara the
gypsy whom Gavin acknowledged as his
There Is nothing tedious In the way of
fine speeches In the play, yet it is said to
be admirable from a literary standpoint.
for it has atmosphere, and the characters
are clearly drawn. Lady Barbara, or
"Babble," Is a creature of Infinite variety,
with all the virtues that make a woman
charming and. all the faults that make her
I more charming. She Is simply buoyant
with life and humor, sensitive, passion-
GRACB HEVER, AS LADY BABBIE IN "THE LITTLE MINISTER."
robes, their dark tresses bound Into
Psj che-knots. engaged In merry banter
tilth the sunny-faced royal boy, above
whose head bangs so dark a destiny; a
black-browed, fuming king, casting looks
of angry suspicion at his queen. Against
all this for a background, is seen Kathryn
Kidder, as Heraato&e, pure, heroic, passion
less Swift as a lightning flash, the tragedy
bursts upon her. The center of a seething
fun of sueplcton and hatred, she is
yet the one calm aad immovable figure In
it Though she faints under the lash of
sorrow, her dignity cannot be broken. She
seems so far removed from the Jmpetuous
ness and frailty of common, every-day hu
manity that It is not easy to arouse the
eymp&thy of the audience in her behalf.
She Is weakened by suffering, yet the com
manding repose of her bearing forbids pity.
She Ifi the purest and the coldest among
all of Shakespeare's heroines.
An Admirable Hermlone.
By virtue of temperament aad physical
endowment, Mies Kidder is admirably
adapted tor the role of Hermlone. In no
scene, not even the Impressive one of the
public tribunal, was her art shown to
greater advantage than in the statue
scene, the last of the ptey. One
may wall ask whether this could
have bean better done on any stage.
The classic molding of her face aad figure
fitted her so well for her place upon the
pedestal, her pose was one of such simple,
unconstrained grace, the drapery swathing
her was audi a marvelous study of charm
ing curves; she was se perfectly the
mistress of her nerves not an eyelash
quivered the awakening was go easy and
natural, quite ttke that of a child from
But It wm in the descent from the
pedestal that Xtes Kidder's native deli
cacy and reHncsaent of Judgment were most
strongly marked Hermlone had suffered
the one wrong which a perfectly neh$e and
pure-minded woman finds It hardest to
forget. Seventeen years had elapsed, an
immeasurable gulf lay between her aad
the kins. Z presenting this idea of aloof-
seems a small one for an actor who makes
such an Incomparable Falstaff as Mr.
James, and plays the part of Hamlet, Or
lando, or the Fool In "Francesca da Rimi
ni" with equal facility. There Is alwajs
danger that the thievish tricks of Autoly
cus shall seem due to the stupidity of his
clownish victim rather than to the cun
ning of the rogue who perpetrates them.
It is as the debonair, open-hearted
scapegrace In "The School for Scandal"
that Mr. James allows his humor full
scope. It may notile strictly legitimate
work to Interpolate present-day slang Into
a comedy of 100 years ago, but Mr. James
does Jt. and his humor is so breezy and
full of captivating surprises that no one
would hae him do the part of Charles
Surface differently. Stepping daintily
about among the gossips in his gray coat
and knee breeches, yellow satin waistcoat
buttoned with brilliants, lace ruffles and
perfumed and powdered wig, he Is as
reckless, generous and happy-o-lucky an
incorrigible of the ISth century as can
well be Imagined. What airy extrava
gances of speech and manner he invents,
on the spur of the moment, and throws
Into the auction scene. He may tweak
Mr. Sheridan by the nose, if he will, and
play all sorts of mad pranks with the text
i he only establishes himself the more
firmly In public regard.
j It is not easy to speak of Mr. Hanford's
I Joseph Surface without contrasting Ms
Impersonation with that of Frederick
Warde. who played the part last season.
, Neither in physloue, action nor voice Is
Mr. Hanford sufficiently supple for this
. famous role. Not unkindly Is this said.
Mr. Hanford Is fitted for very lagh dra
matic work, and shines in Shakespearean
drama, but not in broad EngMsh comedy
of a later date.
Atmosphere of Old Englifth Comedy.
j Net because Mr. James as Charles Sur
' face shows such gay Insouciance and bon-
homie, or because Miss Kidder throws
' such a halo of grace and refinement about
her portrayal of the naive aald piquant
willfulness of Lady Teazle, nor yet be
. cause Mr Harry Langdon makes such a
j dimple-minded, magging, but wholly de-
Lower floor 1.50 .-, Balcony, last 8 rows ...-. Woi
Balcony, first 3 rows 1.00 PRICES Gallery 36ST
Balcony, second 3 rows 75c Boxes and loges ."..)MWQ)
Seats Are Now Selling ' '
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In response to numerous requests, I have the honor
to announce the return engagement of the Louis James
Kathryn Kidder-Charles B. Hanford combination on
Saturday next, February 17, when this admirable organ
ization will present Sheridan's brilliant comedy, "The
Rivals," at the special matinee, and either "The Win
ter's Tale" or "Macbeth" at the evening performance.
The choice between these two latter plays will be deter
mined by votes of patrons, which they are requested to
register on vote -slips, which will be placed in the pro
gramme during "The Little Minister" engagement. ,
CALVIN HEILIG, Manager.
JOHN F. CORDRAY, Manager
" go bragh" Ail Week, Commencing Tonight, Sunday, Feb. 11
"HRIN GO BRAGH
A COMPANY THAT STANDS PAR EXCELLENCE
IN IRISH DRAMAS
Sunday, Monday, Tuesday and
MRS. QUINN'S TWINS
Thursday, Friday, Saturday Matinee and
Evening, Boucfcault's great play
Correct Costumes, Special Scenery, Strong Cast. Usual Prices.
ate, quick of temper, yet with a depth of
feeling- that makes her always lovable. v
Gavin is a strong foil to her, and even
the minor characters are skillfully drawn.
FOB, MONUMENT FUND.
Charity Martin and EUU Broolc
A clever company of New York artists
will give the "Charity Martin Grand
Opera Recital" and Bills Brooks musical
spectacle, "Victories of Old Glory on Land
and Sea," at the Metropolitan theater
four nights, beginning on the evening of
favorite here last winter, when "The ! be welcome Intelligence to the many ad-
Geisha" was produced; Miss Laura Ad
ams, for two season with the Frawley
company: Charles King, who has the rep
utatiort of being a versatile leading man,
and Alexander Martin and Charles Dinni
thorne, both accomplished actors. These,
with others, will be seen- in. the opening
play, "O'Brien, the Contractor." Man
ager Jones promises that every play will
be produced in its entirety, with all requi
site scenery and properties to make it
equaL to the original production.
."O'Brien, the Contractor," is a new ver
sion of "The Mlll'onalre," which has been
made famous by that fine character, Dan
iel Sully. It tells the story of a contractor
who has undertaken to dujw a railroad
St. Valentine's day, Wednesday next, Feb
ruary 14. This popular attraction la , naa unae,W-Tit lo S VTX
brought here under the auspices of the 1 a -specified time. Default in the
. " .. .. . . . T, . wnrlc wrmlri ruin him: completion on timet
Oregon JNauonai uuara, ana ine periorm
HISS MAGGIE MOOBJEi AS THE TVIDOW QUINTJ,
ances will "be for the benefit of the monu
The coming organization is entirely musi
cal, possesses much variety, and will In
troduce many pleasing Innovations and
features. "Victories of Old Glory" Is a
story of the life of both the soldier and
the sailor from the Ume they enter the
service of Uncle Sam until the close of
war. It Is illustrated by magnificent
views, flhowing the soldiers on transports,
their disembarkation, the trenches and
battles, and the reception given upon their
return home. It also shows the crews of
our warships In routine duties and battle.
The mu3lc, composed and directed by Ellis
Brooks, who Is one of the best band
masters In the country, assists one In
understanding the stirring scenes and
events as rapidly as they are depicted.
This work Is given in addlUon to a grand
opera recital by artists who have sung
in some of the principal theaters in the
world. Scenes from "William Tell," "U
Trovatore," "Faust," "RIgoletto," "Er
naai," "Somnambula," and other stand
ard works, will be given. In speaking of
Charity Martin, the Chicago Critic re
"Charity Martin, our own American
prima donna, whose voice was developed
under the same tutelage as that of
Iadame Nordlca, has wonderful purity,
richness and depth In her tones, and last
night virtually outsang any of the artist3
who have appeared In grand opera this
season. Her success was immediate and
spontaneous, the audience becoming wild
In its applause."
STOCK COMPANY NEXT.
Excellent Organization Engaged for
Manager Clarence H. Jones, of the Met
ropolitan, has secured, for a season of four
weeks, commencing- next- Sunday, Mother
sole & Abbott's stock company of players,
which will appear in a series of modern,
popular plays. This company comes with
the reputation of being strong, well bal
anced and most thoroughly drilled. Each
member, it is claimed, ha3 been selected
work would ruin him; completion on time
would make him rich. Seeing an oppor
tunity to balk his enterprise, a syndicate
of foreign capitalists seeks to thwart his
mlrers of thte great organization, who, for
one reason or another, were unable to at
tend the Marquam during the recent en
gagement. The very satisfactory business
of the company continued all this week,
and the gratifying spectacle of large and
well-pleased audiences greeted the eye
of the players at every performance.
For the return engagement, Saturday
next, Mr. Heillg will probably give "The
Rivals" for the matinee performance, but
as to the evening bill, he has not definite
ly determined what to put on. It Is his
purpose to give his patrons a choice of
two plays, namely: "The Winter's Tate"
and "Macbeth " In order to facilitate
the plan, a slip will be placed in each
programme during the engagement of
"The Little Minister," so that each in
tending patron can thus register his (or
her) efeotce of play. Thus far, "honors
are about even" between "The Winter's
Tale" aad "Macbeth," with possibly a
little leantar in favor of the latter.
"Macbeth" hasn't bee seen In Portland
since the James-Kldder-Warde engage
ment, last season. If this play receives
the largest number of votes, Mr James
will be seen, as Macbeth, which, by
many critics, Is claimed to be bis best char
aster la tragedy. Mr. Hanford will bo
Maeduff, aad Miss Kidder Lady Macbeth.
The sale of seats and boxes for both per
fsnaaaees wm pen Ttausday mem
tog. "THE SPORTING D1GHWS.
FraTVIer Makes a Hit With. It-Hia
Kerr Leading: "Woman.
"The Sporting Duchess,' m which the
Frawley company will open He engage
ment at Cordray's, Is provijr one of th
greatest sweesses Mr. Frawley has yet
put en. It te a five-act drama, dealing
with the aristocratic racing set in Eng
land, and affords a lifelike gUmpse of both
the high and low etosses who follow the
turf. It was written by Cecil Raleigh,
Henry Hamilton and Sir Augustus Harris,
and ws originally produced at the Drury
Lane theater, London, where It ran for
one year. In New York it ran a whole
winter at the Academy of Music, under
the direction of Charles Frohmaa. It Is
still tearing the Bast. Mr. Frawley se
cured the coast rights of "The Sporting
" ' " aat anraraar.
work and thus secure the road, through ' The San Francisco papers hare devoted
forfeiture of the bonds. A strike Is or- much space to Miss Keith Wakeman,
ganlzed among the laborers, which ' whom T. Daniel Frawley has brought
O'Brien throttles. A very pretty love from London to appear as leading lady n
story, with a happy ending, runs through Qls company. This is possibly due to the
the play. Popular prices will prevail I fact that she Is a daughter of the West,
Mr. Loul James.
throughout the engagement.
PLAY RETURN ENGAGEMENT.
bavin? been born In Oakland, CaL Her
tether was & noted navigator, and the
author of a hook on navigation, which Is
well known. Miss Wakeman went from
California sight yaxsago to New York,
and thence to London, where she rapidly
Heillg; Secures James-Kldder-Han-ford
for Next Sotnrday.
Manager HeJMg has induced the. James- I came to the front. For the last .two years
SaVd to fleTs Se parT fff combination to. return to ZfZtT&SZ
1ptw1 Amontr the neonle are: Mlsa Geor- Portland for two performances, on Satur- 1A . j niA-n- arut mmumh
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