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AMUSEMENTS

1-TLLEPyS- I'IOTUKKS. The special wav pictures nt the Kind's inelnde 'Scenes Around tlie- Belgian Cubital.' showing the enemy in possession of the. city, and the 'P;itho "War Gazette.' lull of interesting war news. The new programme contains some really excellent films. 'The- Sacrifice of Kathleen' and 'Tho Demon of the Bails' are. f.vo \i vv pin. I dramas. "A Matter of lieeovd ' i.n'd •_V.i\l. Saves the. Day' are two deridedly tunny comedies-, whilst 'The .Motor Polo Match' and "-Some Minute Inmates of tho Aquarium' aro two lilms of .-.perial interest, and quite unique in their way. n AYWAUDS* PICTCn KS. Tho management announce the screening to-night of 'Toss of the Storm Country!' featuring tho charming actress .Mary l'ickford as I"ess. This heroic tale is reported to be as human and appealing as ' Tess of the D'lTrbervilles.' It is said that the story will cling in the rnemorv w hen most plays are forgotten. Other pictures to he shown aro: 'ln and Around the Belgian Capital' iwar scries); 'Midsummer Love Tangle.' a, comedy by the Beauty Company; and a splendid ' Gazette.'i showing many interesting war pictures, and other typical items. The, programme should bo very appropriate for New Year holiday week. prixclvss thf.atkk. To-night in the Princess Theatre, the Fuller-Brennau iirm will inaugurate a newseason of vaudeville. 'Tho new company are highly spoken of. The turn of Herman and Shirley is ono of the best that has been presented by the thru, and special interest will bo "manifested in its somewhat weird, and sensational character. In Miss Kosa Leo Ivy tho public will hear a _ soprano with a" fine presence and voice, which she uses well in classical and jii comedy items. The -Magpies a.re a. team of musical comedy artists, and they are responsible for the wbolo of the iirst part. Other artists of note aro to be Monahau and S'heehan, two musical exports : the Brinkman and Steele •Sisters are performers in novel character singing, white tho popularity of Neil Cant 'Scotch singer and comedian) is favorably known. The. box plan is at tho Dresden." >T-A\" t v >CL'r:N"S TniIATBL. ■ I'n'in tho Land of Shadows' is the headline, attraction of tho new programme at ilio_ fjueen's Theatre to-day—;t \ engood drama, informed with a" touch of mysticism. A scientist engaged upon tho mystery of lifo is suddenly awakened into tho problems of real •existence, and wins bis brido in an eneoimter of very primitivo nature. After all, though, "the real attraction of any picture show nowadays ia tho war budget, and tin.; (juecifs collection for the week is ;>. good one, im-lad-big as it does pictures of the. Germans in Brussels, the effect of the great .-hve guns upon Lo'ivaiu, the arm a! of the Allien at fjfitend. and the Canadian troops in England. In aJI ;i very complete' budget, when there is added" to it the liepworth film, 'Our First Lino of '!>:.- iVnce,' disclosing tho battleships, ci niseis. destroyers, and submarines which are now proving the. bulwark of our Kmpire. The so are no mean attractions, but do

not exhaust the offering, which is ;i, particularly- good cue. Tho theatre is oj.cn day and night-. KING EDWARD THEATRE. The attendances that continue to view the pictures shoitn at tlio new King hdward Theatre at South Duuedin cleatiy demonstrate that a much felt, want, lias been supplied, and that the- public appreciate the efforts oi the management to provide thciiL with a. ijrst ela.-s pietuie. entertainment. Tho pit Dues, that have been shown sinei tlio opening of the theatre have Loen <>l' a most enjoyable nature-, and tho new programme that v.a.-. submitted thi.s morning was no exception. Tho chief picture, entitled ' Uno in P.u.-i-I'Ofo, Ono in Crime,' as a drama by tlio A.V>. Company, and is fraught with thrilling incidents*. Tho supporting picture.-; wore "L'ho.-o- "Who Puffer,' 'Tlio Apacho Renegade' (dramas). 'Leading Lady.' ' Pttpin Goes Mountaineering' (oomediee), ' How a. Red is Made' and' 'The, Gat.mont Graphic' (topical). This programme will be shown tonight. PLAZA PICJT'UES. Another good holiday programme commences to day at the Plaza Picture Palace. Tho chief feature is a Selig star drama entitled 'An American Soldier,' which is a militaiy story of absorbing interest, <-r----]>ociallv at the present time, when the. militaiy hold the world's Tho war pictines in th-± 'Warwick Chronicle,' too, are sure to attract and rivet tho attention. Another pond film is '.Stepmother,' a, drama by the Victor Company, which is full of human interest. in comedy, 'Spending it Quick' is a yarn that cannot fail to' arouse hearty laughter, while- ' Pearl's Hero* is a comic which makes for merriment. Further supports are- 'The. Brute,' a powerful drama, and a trick film, 'Magic Squares.' Tho Plaza Palacewill be open during two sessions daily—on* from 1 to 5.3 C p.m., and aiieih'M[rom 6.30 to 10.15 p.m. THE KENNEDY FAMILY. The above talented combination,, who made themselves favorites with Dnnedin music-lovers a few months ago, started a short return season in Burns Hall on Saturday night. Again they pleased their audience -with a performance varied and of much merit. Solos and concerted items alike found eo much favor that encores were frc-rjuerit. The three brothers, with their mother at the piano, have the perfect understanding that comes of long practice and thorough sympathy. Pcr-

haps the best illustration ot trim was given in the first movement of tho ' Quartet in C Minor' (Mendelssohn). This was beautifully played. The more popular number 'Tho Lost Chord' was a feature of the programme. In this item Lauri Kennedy played both 'cello and cornet, Keith playing the violin, and Lance tho viola. "Tho versatility of the brothers is outstanding, mandolins, cornet, flute, violin, 'cello, and viola all being reonisitioncd. Lance contributed as a nute ! solo in masterly stylo Kohler's 'The I Swallows' Flight'; Keith gave Paganini's ' Witches' Dance' in great form, the intricate composition presenting no difficulties: and Laurie's charming 'cello solos were highly appreciated. All through the programme Madamo Kennedy was of the greatest assistance at tho piano. As an agreeable change Miss Dorothy Grace (soprano) and Miss Roso Fitzgerald (contralto) supplied solos at intervals. Each ! is an artist, and they not only sing well apart, but together their voices suit admirably. Their work in the ensembles 'Spinning Chorus' from 'Flying Dutchman' and Balfe's 'Excelsior' (which went with great effect, voices and instruments agreeing excellently) was worthy of high praise. Altogether a musiciauly entertainment, well chosen, and deserving largo patronage. WFLLOCGHHY DRAMATIC COMPANY. A real holiday house, packed from dome to cellar, witnessed on Saturday night the production, of 'The Ever Open Moor' by the Geo. Willoughby Company afc His Majesty's. Hero fs drama that has all the compulsion of melodrama! without its ginicracl: sentiment and fustian rant. The. votes an playwright George R. Sims has had a finger in this theatrical dish, a resourceful and fertile, linger, particularly | noticeable m the cornedv that permeates | ai.d punctuates the dramatic situations. | It is a new and belter type of melodrama. ! in which there is no hero- ami no villain. Or at least tho villain is mercifully absent through two acts of the play, instead of omnipresent till the final retributive scene, and throughout is a man. and not a- mere stalking-horse for the ingenuity of the ] comedians. Comedy, by the way. hulks ! big in the drama, and yet it never wears itiie complexion of being introduced, as is jso common in plays of this genre. The 'story is very simile. Miriam i Lady Dere- | ham) was the unacknowledged wife of I Lord Dereham when hj« r « hild is born. i lint Lord Dereham being dead before the ; birth, and without the secret marriage ' being divulged, the next of kin has persuaded Miriam to undergo her supremo trial in a. house kept by one of those women who make a living from the nifs- ' fortunes of sex. Naturally, this next of \ kin i being (he villain l has persuaded the ! poor woman that in her <K lii iiini the heir i to ilie baronetcy has been killed by her, j whereas the boy (Bobbiel has been j brought np by tile woman, and proves the deus cv machina. in resolving the tutua- • tions of tiie drama. The "ever open I door" is the Anglican Mis.-ion in Westl minster, where cheek bv jowl the criminal j iin.l the law-maker live', and when Rf.Lliie is rescued from bis gluml o,U- guardian, and Miriam devotes her lifci to this mission o: Father Clement's, you have the key to the whole drama, and a good idea. I of'the sequence of dramatic events that j end in the happy iashiou to which drama of I the kind aspires. | The acting ami the production on Salur- ! day night were so good that it- would be jdiliiciilt to assign places without suspicion jof unfairness. Undoubtedly tho "fattest" i parts in the play were those of the woman ! who keeps the "house of refuge " and the i hoy Robbie, heir to the Dereham estates. I son of Miriam, and yet a, rnvre street j Araii, the tool of thieves. Miss Finnic j Fenton sketched the chaiaeter of this de- , )iraved woman with great skill, and dis- : plavod so great a. gift of humor that the audience were unable to disentangl" their ; dramatic from their ethical .-ymp.ithies, '< and were wholehearted!*- with her. Sirnii larly, Miss Nellie Holroyd. in the role of I the" boy Robbie, entirely captured the npi preeiai'iou and sympathies of tho audience !in her quick-witted, cleverlv-conceived ! sketch of the Cockney boy. Mr George 'Cross, one of the best ai tors, associated j with the Australian stage, played the i rather tamo part- of Father Clem ,it ' quietly and ell.-, lively, and Miss Vera i Itemee showed, in her exploitation of the ! rather thin role of Miriam, that the real i gift of dramatic intensity is in her. These ; clever players will have their chance later :in tho season. Many other players of vei pute ;ai! a.-sociatcd in tho production, • which is admirably complete, and to be ; recommended without reserve. | 'The Ever Open Moor' v.ill ',,<• staged : for three moro nights, and on 'lliiir.-dav | will give j,la.ee- to' Onida's drama, 'Under ■ Two Eiags'—paith ulan'y appropriate at tins period.

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AMUSEMENTS, Issue 15686, 28 December 1914

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AMUSEMENTS Issue 15686, 28 December 1914

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