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to constitute it a legitimate tragedy ; andi! In English Opera there has been but little one nay therefore look in vain for those idone at the Park until within a short time, poetic beauties in Oraloosa, which have con- th re having been so many other sources of tributed noi a little to make The Gladiator attraction and profit. We note, however, so permanent a favorite.
that Miss Hughes is now playing, but we Dec. 1911.-- O'Keefe's comedy of “Wild are sorry to say to houses by no means Oats” was performed this evening, in order crowded. This may easily be accounted for. to introduce a new debutant, Mr. J. Mason, The Italian troupe is now regarded as the in the character of Rover. So little pains legitimate operatic company; and the great had been taken to trumpet forth the name of body of our amateurs is to be seen on opera this gentleman, that a very thin aud ence was nights within the walls of the Richmond collected on the occasion; and probably, on Hill. As the termination of the Italian the rising of the curtain, no one exp cted the company's engagement has now arrived, high enjoyment which was in store for him. English opera will again, we trust, delight That Mr. Mason is an actor of no ordinary us, as in former times it was wont. Miss rank, appeared fully by his performance Hughes is a charming songstress; and we The part was most happily chosen, as it are sure that now, wher, the Italians have gave him an opportunity of displaying his left us, the sweetness and richness of her powers in the delivery of some of the finest voice, and the inimitable grace with which passages of our dramatic poetry, and at the she warbles forth her notes, will be apprecisame time of showing his merits as a gene-ated, and ensure for our homely opera that ral actor. The various quotations of which applause, which until of late it has enjoyed. the characier of Rover is made up, were Dec. 28.-Since the above was in type, given with extreme beauty, especially those Mr. Charles Kean has commenced a fireof a pathetic nature, into which Mr. Mason well engagement at the Park, prior to his threw a degree of feeling which was irresisti- return to London, where he is said to have bly touching; as, for instance, in that fine formed a most flattering engagement at one scene where Jim rushes forward to defend of the Metropolitan theatres. To do the his father, Rover quotes some lines applica- performances of this excellent tragedian jusble to the situation, and then, his own situ- tice, however, we must defer noticing them ation forcing itself upon him, he mournfully to our next number. utters—" I never knew a father's protection --never had a father to protect !"--The wooing of Lady Amaranth was well done. Mr. BOWERY.-At this theatre, since the comMason's gentlemanlike and modest address mencement of the season, theatricals have especially shine in scenes of tenderness; been well attended to. The manager has his voice, though not possessed of much catered actively for the taste of the public. strength, is so well modulated, and its flexi-Not to mention our native actress, Miss bility so well managed, that any deficiency VINCENT, of whom we shall on some future in power is made up by the skill with which occasion speak more at length, we have ob. it is used. His face is capable of much ex-served that Booth has lately concluded a pression, and his figure well formed. His most successful engagement at this theatre, performance of Rover throughout was lively i; which he performed his most celebrated and spirited. Be filled up the character characters. Mr. B.'s professional merits, in our entire satisfaction, and to that of a most a peculiar range of parts, notwithstanding enthusiastic auritory, in whose favor bo his varying style of playing them, are so completely established himself. Mr. Mason well known and appreciated, that it were will become, we doubt not, a general favor uperfluous for us to enter into a detailed ite among us. He will be a most valuable criticism; though were we disposed to do so, and important auxiliary to the company, in our limits, which are already exceeded, a department, too, in which there has for a would forbid it. long time bein a mest glaring deficiency.
Upon arranging the matter in type, it was found necessary to omit some valuable Statistics and Miscellanies, prepared for this number; but which must now be deferred to the next.
Errata.-Pnge, 31, for Monboddoniano read Mondoddoniana.