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THE VIVIAN TROUPE., Issue 7935, 17 June 1889
THE VIVIAN TROUPE.
The Princess’s Theatre was reopened on Saturday evening by Arthur Vivian’s dramatic company, who, after a prolonged season at tho Melbourne Opera-home, have been touring this colony with a considerable amount of success. From their advance announcements it would appear that this company’s particular department is drama, and, judging from-Saturday’s performance, we should say that their special line is drama of the ultra-sensational school. The piece that Mr Vivian commences his season with is 4 Current Cash,’ which is described in the bills ns a spectacular, military, emotional, and humorous drama; and those adjectives are about as truthfully descriptive as could be desired. Wo gave a detailed account of the plot in a recent issue, and need therefore say no more than that it is full of stirring incidents and scenes of a pathetic nature; and, notwithstanding that the drama is very superficially put together, the interest is fairly kept up throughout, Mr Vivian takes the character that is brought most prominently before the audience. It is not, however, that of the hero of the piece ; still it is one that has a great deal to do towards the unravelling of the plot. It is that of Ned Bowles, who is seen in the prologue in tho guiso of a private in the British Army, and later on as a London ’Arry of the most vulgar stamp—one of tho light-fingered specimens of that wide-spread class, in fact. Bowles has, however, a fund of humor in his composition, and his presence on the stage meant the evoking of continued and hearty laughter from tho audience. The hero, one ol the conventional, wrongfully-suspected kind, who has to pass through all sorts of trying situations before his innocence is proved, is Captain Milton, and the part was taken in true manly style by W. G. Carey, who showed great versatility in tho later scenes, in which he finds it politic to assume a quite impenetrable disguise in order to defeat the schemes of the arch • villain of the drama. This last-named individual is an old soldier-in-arms of his, named Major Challis, and the part was played very naturally and altogether exceedingly well by Mr H, Jordan. A consistently-played character is that of the Rev, Lincoln Green, an impressionable country curate of the milk-and-water description, whose simole nature was capitally brought out by Mr P. Bateman, this gentleman being responsible for much of the amusement that was created during the progress of the piece, .Out of a largo cast these were the principal male characters, and of the ladies we may say that Miss Helen Vivian In the part of the sorelytried Mrs Milton played with much dramatic power and feeling, and was ably assisted by Miss Christian Vivian as her daughter Sybil, and by Miss Marie Wilton as the ,bad Major’s niece. A word of praise must be accorded to little Miss Rose Andrew» who, in tho prologue, took the part of Sybil in a very efficient and charming style. We have not space to mention tho rest of the many characters, but can say that they were all very fairly filled. The scenery was in most instances appropriate, and in some cases some capital mechanical effects were introduced that added much to the success of tho piece. It is intended to keep ’Current Cash’ on the bills for the whole of the week, and possibly the anticipations of the management as to its run for that length of time may be borne out. At all events, anyone who enjoys a hearty laugh cannot go far wrong in witnessing at least one performance of the play.
THE VIVIAN TROUPE., Issue 7935, 17 June 1889
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