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Mr Lucas and his company, after a short absence touring the country districts, made their reappearance at the above hall on Saturday night, when a good audience greeted them. The piece chosen for representation, 'The Two Orphans,' was not a happy selection. The melodrama is relieved by very little comedy, and requires a very even qast to do it justice, and it cannot be said that Mr Lueas's company were able to interpret it fairly all round. Several of the leading characters were played with a considerable amount of force, but two or three of the minor ones were weak, and, further, did not know their parts, causing several very painful pauses. Mr Lucas, as Pierre the Cripple, shone out prominently, his representation being clever to a degree; and in the last act he fairly excelled himself. As Jacques the Bully Mr Wilton Power earned a lot of praise. It is not a pleasant part to play, and requires an experienced actor to do anything with it. The two orphan sisters, Henriette and Louise, were personated by Miss Edith Leech and Miss Lilian Chester respectively. Both these ladies had carefully studied their parta f and were more than fairly successful; in fact, it may be said that the part of Henrjette is the best Miss Leech has jet performed. Auother very good study was Miss Wyniard; The' minor characters were in the hands of MiBS Graham, Miss Francis, and Messrs James, Phillips, Yale, Manvillo, C. Hill, Tanner, and Furtado. 'The Two Orphans' is to be repeated on Wednesday night. ' •

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CITY HALL., Issue 10453, 25 October 1897

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CITY HALL. Issue 10453, 25 October 1897

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