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AMUSEMENTS, Issue 15689, 31 December 1914
HIS MAJESTY'S. Mr George Willoughby's Dram.atic Company repeated 'The. Ever Open Door' last." evening to •'■ big house, the clever work of Mr George Cross. Miss \ era K-emce. and Miss Nellie Holroyd being wannlv applauded. To-night Uuida's famous novel, dramatised and entitled ' Under Two Flags.' will In; staged at His Majesty's. It makes a full, round, sensational play, and when revived at the Adelphi in Sydney it went with the .swing and popular applause seen and heard at previous presentations. The. present limo is most apropos for its presentation, when the British and Trench armies are lighting; together; and as a war drama it" takes a Trout rank. Time has not bwn able to rob it of interest for excellent reasons, and these, are that the central characters are very human, and that the- dividing line between virtue and evil is sharply drawn. The story of the great renunciation made by Bcrt'.e Poyallicu (Mr George Cross!, of his enlistment in the Foreign Legion of Al.giers, of his life in tho d<'-. c-rt, of the vivandiero Cigarette, of the, lunitmlv Chuteaui'cv. of the princess, the. countess, and various other titled persons is. of course, well known, i hov i. r-Ke a queer company and an equally queer play, but they carry a strong" dramatic, appeal. The- soldiers come, and go, the rifles crack, and cannon craok and roar. The. Hag of France waves in the breeze, the 'Marseillaise' is always handy, and everyone is thoroughly in earnest. '.Miss Vera Kemee will essay the diilicult role oj Cigarette, and the other members of this now popular combination have all been entrusted with good parts. Tho play will be excellently mounted, and at the present war time should lie immensely popular with all classes of playgoers. The box plan for to-day is at the Dresden, where day sales may also be obtained, and tomorrow the box plan will be. at .lacobs's only. THE KKNXFDVS. The talented Kennedy family submitted another of their enjoyable programmes at the Hums Hall last evening. It is to be re/gretted that the audience was not a buyer one, but if numbers were lacking there, was nothing to complain of in the warmth of appreciation of the many delightful items rendered by the members of the company. Indeed, the entertainment provided was of a thoroughly enjoyable nature, and well worthy of public pa/tronage. The Kennedy brothers again demonstrated their capabilities as musicians, and their performances on the various instrument s of which they are masters were pleasing to a degree. Whether of the' higher class or of the lighter kind, tho music was equally well pi;,yed. Mr Lance Kennedy sang 'lnvietus very acceptably, and for an encore gave a patriotic, song, composed by his brother Laurie, entitled 'Fear God and Honor the King.' The company are fortunate in having with them such a capable vocalist as Miss Dorothy <«raco, whose, fine soprano voice was hoard in several songs, 'Tho Passion of Spring' and 'The .Rosary' (the latter with 'cello obbligato by Mr Laurie Kennedy) being v.-peciaJly well sung. Miss Grace is also possessed of humor, which found scope in her scng
! 'Girls' and in her humorous sketch with .Mr Lance Kennedy. .Miss Rose- Fitzj gerald's rich eontralt-. voice v.a.s parlicu- | larly offecrive in 'The March of the I Cameron Men' and 'The Me-lctt Flower J that Blows.' Tile quart.'!* and othor runi ct-rted pieces were delightful. Madame Kennedy, at the piano, war, an aide accompanist. Tonight and to-morrow nifrht the programme will be varied by the inclusion |of several "fluid Scotch <-anrs." These. j toirether with last niciht's items, should ! provide* an attractive programme. FLORENCE YOUNG COMPANY. The title reputation at present standing to the credit of the Florence Young Gom- | party should materially assist in ensuring a hearty reception at the opening ]>er- ' formancc on Monday next at His M-u- ---; jesty's Theatre, when 'The Ciima.x,' a j three-act musical comedy, will be prei sont-ed in Dtinedin for the first time. The | company include the v.ell-keown and favo- ; rite operatic fiinger Miss Florence Young ; (for many years associated with the J. C. i Williamson opera companies), supported ; by Mr Ite ; inald Roberts. Mr Claude banKick, Mr Edward Sherras, and others — : all frequent visitors to New Zealand. ! Their credentials are well known to j theatre-goers. The New Zealand tour is tinder the direction of Messrs Stephenson and Linley, ajid the season is limited to three nights. Reserved seats may be se-cured at the Dresden, and day sales at Jacobs's. PRINCESS THEATRE. Vaudeville- at the Princess retains its popularity, and deservedly so when a first-class bil' such as is now being presented is offered to the public. The He/man and Shirley act is something to marvel at; it- is a contortion turn with all the gruexomeness eliminated. Miss Rosa Lee Ivy, too, has established herself a firm favorite. ' The Magpies' ' neat and clever entertainment pleasantly fills the part of the programme, lie same artists appear tc-nifiht,
QUEEX'S THEATRE. Keystone comedies are known to be of high merit in the picture world, and tha management of the new Queen's Theatre announces that tliev have secured one of the best in 'The New York Girl.' It is said to rival the champion laughter-maker ''lhe Property Man, which proved so popular when screened at this theatre a week or two ago. Miss .Mabel Normande as_ the New York girl bubbles over with mischief, and .situations arise in the course <>( the story which create outburst? of merriment on the part of evervone viewing this joyful film. A drama entitled ' The Crime of t'ain ' is a story of a foolishly jealous man who is onfy just saved from paying the penalty for another's crime by the wife of the real culprit. The crime is the murder of the brother of the man afflicted with jealousy, and the fact that the hitter's gun has been found beside the body, and that the two have quarrelled is considered sufficient evidence of guilt. It is not a novel plot, but the drama is well and convincingly acted. A comedy entitled 'Oh That .lack of Diamonds ' is of a most diverting character. It is a yarn of Judge Holder, a police magistrate"', who in the course of a convivial evening gets into a scuffle and is saved by a certain Mr Smith, who receives from tho muddled magistrate a jack of diamonds to be presented in token of his debt. Naturallv all the others present arm themselves with a jack of diamonds against contingencies, and the humorous situations which arise may be readily imagined. 'Jack Spratt as a Black-Leg Waiter' is another amusing film depicting the adventures of an amateur waiter, "who is evidently possessed of a sense of humor and a hard head, as is proved by his antics in the restaurant, and by the fact that in escaping ho alights in the street on his head from a first-storv window. 'Greater Love ' is a Lubin drama of merit, and the programme is completed with an Australian Gazette showing, among other events, the big fire at a linseed oil works at Parramatta and the departure of the troops for the front. The theatre is open from 12 noon till 10.30 p.m. KING EDWARD THEATRE. Hie management at the attiactive King Edward Theatre at South Dunedin released a fiesh series of pictures to-day, the headline attraction being furnished by the Vifairraph pi-.ilrctinn 'Her Husband,' a two-part <lramn which features Clara Kimball Young and Farlc Williams, two ar t-ists who have rapidly won their war t-o the top ntng ofj the hddcr in their profession by sheer merit. The story is well conreived, it relating to a charming girl, who, after hr.ving .-ufTered the consequence; of en unfortunate and hastv marriage, :V forgiven by her father, and afler the death of her husband she makes a wiser and happier choice 'I he acting and staging are well v.p to the best- Vita, standard. A tot her big .-.ft: act ion is piovided br one of the latest Keystone successes, 'Mabel's Blunder.' in which Maljel Normande herself appears in the (jtle role. Th.ie should prove a. trump e ; ,rd in the hands of tho management. Oilier films include 'Did He Savo ner v (Lilian corni'-). ' Gnumont Cir.i phie '_ (!opic;>b and ' P,f!l Saves the Day' (Komie comedy) Alto:cthvr it is an excellent holiday programme, and is cer-ta-):Iy one which should ensure the latest nirn ing picture show a. full measure of public favor.
PLAZA PICTURES. Uca.<"'n£ the the P'i.\7.a. Viouires to-ctay was 'The Sea Courts oi Pohemia.' a dramatic, storv of the H:'.' ef an :,,-''■:< by his failures, an artist loaves the city for the corntry. While ho is jiai in the woods a jn'.'ity ejrl riufces up la him and makes l lie extraordinary request that h-3 7:la ny her in the next tm minutes, to whiili no a_M'ees. 'lll.- girl*.; action was inspired l iy the fact lhat. had she remained single, she would have lost, a large inheritance. Hi!fl>;;n<l and wife :ii'i- thrown aj)art for many years. The wife watches her hut-band rise to fame, and eventually a picture which ho joints of her brings, titer-, together .'cain. Th-ee i.- a capital film civil'-; a number of mn4 graphic picture* connected with the war. These ineludc views of the li.-l.'ians, and of our Tndia.r aiiny c-nra:i;i i".J in the Xew Forest. Th. ; other pictures are: 'Operator and Supei-inU-iidem ' (drama*: ' Kciair Journal ' (topical . -r.ri-n ii, M.lk' (scenic), ' TVlayeil Champion ' il O-ThT Kssanay comedy), and 'Flirty ]'"i'i|, i!'c ' i, oiiiedy), The same programme uiii he tdiown for tho rest o! ill-! «'(-'!.. KINO'S THFATLF. Tile atiiaction at the Kind's Theatre H the vety line -mi" of war pictures. showii.e activities around Mni.-M.ds and other , onlf ., dii-idv inte:-- linu'. A sensation.!., picture is that of a motor polo match, in which the car< iim! v.ith accidents anc theoieupant- arrlliimvu .dealt in quit..; :■ thrilling manner. The Mippni'ls includt drama and comedy of a standard. IIAYWALMS' PICTURES. Picture palr-eii • are finding; 'Toss of the St-orrn Co.iiit r\ ,' the drama now being queued at, i !„•'Oela-oi, Hall, decidedly attractive. Me Mary Lickfurd. in the name part, praet hj ally jjuaiuntecs tho sue-re-s of the picture, though the whole ca't support, lier adeipial. Iy. 'J'he other film = iiicluiJ" war so n- '■- in and around P.elpium, a •Oaunintit Oral,hie,' and a diverting rnmedv ctit.itl-.-d ' A Mid-ummer's Lova Tangle.'
AMUSEMENTS, Issue 15689, 31 December 1914
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