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111 lllil &Hh FfWtf JSfighter. n I 1 P It til Seldom has there been a week in the history I ij l if 11 1 1 of local play houses fraunt with so much interest B i! v If I ' 1 m as tnat upon wlllclx WQ are about to enter Mrs ill 'M' I - 8 Fiske, Blanche Walsh, and Mary Mannering, all Hi I'M I B in a minute- Surely a rellef from tue sood and I'i, ' "tM I i; if bad musIc wlth which we have been so surFeited. I !' I If I' i! And what a cnance for comparison. Three is I I 1 ! m notable actresses, cast in roles that are entirely Hi 1 I ! Is J dissimilar; a feast for the student of the drama, '' f III I and a oy to the many devotees at the seines of B ' ' fi 11 1 these three women. Blanche Walsh appears at B J fit II I tne Salt Lalce Theatre in Resurrection on Monday, HT 01 Sf i If I Tuesday and Wednesday evenings, and Mary Man-B' Man-B' i I Wj 1 II nering is at the same house in "Harriet's Honey-B Honey-B I ffiji moon" on Friday and Saturday. Mrs. Fiske will B i ilii'jr H be here on Wednesday and Thursday evenings in I f 1 ill 1 1 H "Mary of Magdala." I ' l! lit 1 1 ! & MRS. FISKE. I T il 1 H Tne BiblIcal drama "Mary of Magdala," by B' fl 111' 111 pul Heyse win be Presenteti by Mrs. Fiske. B: 1 ! I II ll William Winter, the distinguished critic, is B'' 1 II ! I I responsible for the English adaption, which Hi & I h 1 1 has received much praise wherever it has B j ' r f if been, presented. Jerusalem and the country Br f If 11 nearby is the scene of action, and the time of the B ' fH ill play Is durlnB th0 days o pllate- It,s story is best H ' m !; told in the words of another, who says: 1 'fill 'I I "The Magdalen is pictured as the victim of an Kt Mm 19 unhappy marriage, who is wearied of the life she I' JPii 1 9 nas been ied to in a vain search fr nappiness B ' Iff if i Her doors are now closed to a11 admirers save one, V 4 I ffll 1 I Judas of Kerioth (Iscariot), a Hebrew patriot K ji ffi If 111 1 1 fllled wIth tbe anti-Roman spirit of the time. !& j IIS 1 R Judas becomes a follower of the Nazarene in the 5' ll (rlef f belief that he will be a temporal king and free r iilllll Judea from bondage. Wishing to see this pro- ' I' '1 Hill pnet wno nas sucn lnnuence Mary goes to a gar- !' s 'ill! 19 den wnere tbe Nazarene preaches. She is recog- S' Iffl nized by his followers, who pursue her into the B j,n s house of Flavius, a Roman, whence she has come, 111 I m and would stone ner- 0ne of tne number stays tii i tne mob by rePeatinS the Master's words: "He 'Pl I ! that ls witnout sin' let him cast tne first stone-" B Mj I XI rrbo crowd melts away, leaving Mary blinded to T 1 aa a11 save tbe recollectIon of tbo Phophet's eyes that H mil 1 n bave PlerCGd ber soul - new llfe bas Pene- to Bi" lill I ber and sbe' '00' becomes a follower of the Naza- ' ?1 Wii B ren:' wbo' renouncing all, even Judas, that she B 1 iff! I H may Bve berself wholly to the Master's service. B m 1 H Judas' hopes have been crushed because the Naza- B ' 11 I rene Preaches peace instead of the sword, and, at Kir'' HiIh9 last' brolcon in sP'r'ti be yields to the suggestion Br a II H of CainPms the high priest, and agrees to the be- B!'; li H trayal. Mary learns of the arrest of the Nazarene B' ' lill II from Aulus Flavius, who is Pilate's nephew; he B' Wmm n professes love for her and offers to intercede with B H'lS H Pilate for the Nazarene if Mary will grant his fl mmm fi wish. Mary hesitates, but when Flavius returns B HI B for llis answer' Bbe baB decided to make the sac- fli ifK I rifice. As she is about to open the door, she seems fiHHr Hn M to see before ner a 'aclc abyss and to hear the fll HIS B voice of the Master saying: "Art thou not born fl HI fl again?" This shows her the way and she does B $' ill fl not draw tho bolt' Tne flfth act' sllowIn a w'"d fl Hlw fl ravine near Jerusalem, opens with a terrific storm B fll fi in Pr0Bress as Judas in the agony of remorse, fl J 1 fll fl goos to llis deatn Following this, the play reaches B ' ill I a bea.utifu" an(1 Poetic ending that is symbolized in V r 111 I tlie flood of ligllt tliat succeeds the storm." fl J-t IttK fl t B 111 I MARY MANNERING. B! 'fill 1 0no oC tho interesting theatrical events of the fli itall present year will be the coming of Mary Man- Bf jjHI nering, one of the most beautiful and talented Mi ill 8 women on the American stage, who is presenting flfl i ' ifl! I ! a neW comedy by Leo Ditrichsteln which is called HsB'J ) IIB1 1 "Harriet's Honeymoon." There is every indica- HA ( tion of success for this charming actress in her coming engagement, as both press and public have be'en very kind to her new vehicle. The comedy won immediate favor upon its first presentation. Mr. Ditrichsteln has furnished extremely picturesque pictur-esque surroundings and a handsome stage setting provided by Manager Frank McKee forms a most agreeable frame for this pretty love story In which Miss Mannering isr seen to excellent advantage. ad-vantage. Her own abilities in the portrayal of arch and womanly gayety, as well as in tho scenes of intense emotion are well tested by the central role, Harriet Baird, which she plays. Miss Man-nerlng's Man-nerlng's principal support is Arthur Byron, who plays the role of Harriet's husband. Others in the company are: Henry Kolker, Thomas A. Wise, Louis Massen, Kate Lester, Little Hall, Emma Janvier and a number of other well known players. Miss Mannering in "Harriet's Honey moon" comes to the Salt Lake theatre next Fri day and Saturday. jJ jl BLANCHE WALSH. Blanche Walsh will appear here on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday of next week in Tolstoy's "Resurrection." In view of the fact that "Resurrection is rather a dramatic sensation, and that it is founded upon a widely discussed novel of modern authorship, the subject matter of the play must be more or less familiar to every one. It is laid in Russia, but has no resemblance to the familiar type of play laid in that country. The story of "Resurrection" is that of a woman wo-man condemned for a crime and exiled to Siberia but not for having attempted the life of the Czar nor for having plotted against the government. Her downfall was due originally to the lustful passion pas-sion of a libertine whose conscience was not stricken at the time, but who lives to see her in her degradation, the terrible result of the dishonor he brought upon her. The dramatic contention of the play lies In the man's self-imposed task of bringing about her moral resurrection and incidentally inci-dentally his own redemption, the consummation of which is the final denouement. The story is one common enough to every country and every race. On the one hand it shows the result of woman's error in a new way an error engendered by the same passion that under different circumstances develops and brings out all that is noblest, best and most sacred in womanhood love. On the other hand, it fastens tho crime of sensuality on the man equally with the woman, in which respect re-spect it deals out numerous uncompromising and searching truths. The action of the play presents a variety of scenes and many contrasted character types which somewhat eliminate the atmosphere of gloom but without lessening the dramatic in-tensity in-tensity which one would naturally associate with such a plot. That it gives a magnificent oppor. tunity to the actress cast for Maslova is evidenced by the fact that it has established the fame of the throe actresses who have essayed the role. In Paris it is Madame Bady who was comparatively unknown before the production of "Resurrection" in that city, and in London, Miss Lena Ashwell has earned all the credit for the play's success even though the famous English actor, Beerbohtn Tree, is the producer and the star of the cast Blanche Walsh has made a genuine success of the part in this country, and her coming Is pleasantly anticipated. t3 i3 t ROBIN HOOD. A big orchestra, like Charity, covers a multitude multi-tude of sins. That of the Bostonians certainly did yoeman service in that line for that fine old gentleman, Mr. Barnabee, and even if it did obliterate ob-literate the battered fragments of Mi. Barnabee's remnant counter voice, and even if his dancing was a trifle stiffer than of yore, his wonderfully spectacular leap for life to the wings was very effective and was received with every mark of appreciation. ap-preciation. Taken all in all, however, the company is very much stronger and more satisfactory than last year. The chorus especially is very fine, and although al-though there were no promising candidates for a beauty contest on view, their spontaneity and life more than compensated the audience. The prima donna, Agnes Brown, is a stranger to Salt Lake and suffers somewhat by comparison with Mis Van Studdiford of last year's company, but she has a very clear swqet pleasing voice and her career like her nose points upward. Douglas Rutheven as Robin Hood was a most delightful surprise. He is by far the best tenor the Bostonians have had for years and has a magnificently strong, flexible voice. He slngs without effort and as though he enjoyed it. It is rather an innovation to have Alan-a-Dale sung by a soprano, but while the orchestra successfully suc-cessfully concealed Miss Donald's lower notes, It did not obscure her lower limbs, which are to bo regarded with joy. George B. Frothingham as Friar Tuck and Laura Oakley as Dame Durden have lost none of their fun-making ability and Will Scarlett was sung most effectively by Howard Chambers. It is most cheerful to have a musical director like Mr. Studley who can instill life and spirit into both orchestra and chorus. His work rounds out the performance most wonderfully. 5? tJ? SUNDAY'S SYMPHONY. Miss Bessie Browning, Mr. Zimmerman, Mr. Spencer, and Mr. Sims were tho particular stars at the Held Band concert at the Grand last Sunday Sun-day evening, and accredited themselves to fine advantage. Miss Browning has a sweet soprano voice and was fortunate in her selection of such a song RS DeKoven's "Rosalie." Walter Spencer's solo work was also commendable. The aria rendered by Mr. Sims .was an artistic piece of work, and the cornet solo by Mr. Zimmerman was beautifully executed. The band was at its best, and particularly partic-ularly pleasing in "El Capitan." It excels In Sousa music, and such marches are always highly appreciated.