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CHRONOLOGICAL DRAMATIC RECORD.
1. Production of " A Glimpse of Paradise," farcical comedy in three acts, by Joseph Dilley, at Lyrie Hall, Ealing, England.- -Production of "Die Zauberin am Stein," drama by Franz Nissel, at the Ostend Theatre, Berlin, Germany.) First representation at Potsdam, Germany, of "O dieser Papa," comedy in three acts, by Ernst Connemy. First representation at the Court Theatre, Altenburg, Germany, of "Hertha," opera by Franz Curti. -The American Opera Company closed its engagement at the Brooklyn Academy of Music, and started for Boston. Mrs. F. B. Thurber published an appeal, stating why the public should support the enterprise.
2. Production of "Vorurtheili," drama by Robert Buchholz, at the Thalia Theatre, Hamburg, Germany. -Frank Murtha, Manager of the Windsor Theatre, New York, instituted Sunday-night concerts at his establishment.- -Death of Milton Tootle, manager, at St. Joseph, Mo.-Death of John P. Sutton, character actor, at Brooklyn, N. Y.
3. Goldmark's opera, "Merlin," libretto by Lipiner, was produced at the Metropolitan Opera House, New York, for the first time in this country, and with it began the second half of the season of grand opera in German of 1886-87. The principals of the cast were: King Arthur, Herr Robinson; Modred, Herr Kemlitz; Gawein, Herr Heinrich; Lancelot, Dr. Basch; Merlin, Herr Alvary; Viviane, Lilli Lebmann; Bedwye, Herr v. Milde; Glendower, Herr Sieglitz; Morgana, Frl. Brandt; Demon, Herr Fischer. The framework of the story is, in brief, as follows: The supernatural power of Merlin, which comes to him from his father, the Evil One, and has been exercised in behalf of the forces of King Arthur, being broken by his love for Viviane, and he himself being saved from the wrath of his demon father by her self-sacrificing love, the keynote of the drama is the old aphorism, "Love is stronger than death." Revival of "The Merry Wives of Windsor," at the Holliday Street Theatre, Baltimore, Md., the cast including W. H. Crane as Falstaff; Stuart Robson as Master Slender; Selina Fetter as Mistress Ford; May Waldron as Mistress Page, and W. H. Harris as Ford." The Woman-Hater," an eccentric comedy, by D. D. Lloyd, presented for the first time in New York at the Harlem Theatre Comique. "The Custer Massacre of the Little Big Horn," presented for the first time by the CodySalsbury Wild West Show at the Madison Square Garden, New York, with Buffalo Bill (W. F. Cody) as General Custer.- -“Romeo and Juliet" reproduced at the Union Square Theatre with the original scenery of the 1885 production, with Margaret Mather and Frederick Paulding in the title rôles. Judge Shepard, in the Circuit Court of Chicago, decided the babeas corpus case of J. H. Haverly, and discharged him from the custody of the detective agency employed to remove him to Kings County, N. Y.-The Columbia Theatre of Chicago reduced its prices, the highest charge for seats being placed at one dollar, and the price of admission at fifty cents.
-"The Gold Mine," a drama in four acts, by Irene Ackerman, produced by The Yorick (amateur club) at the Lexington Avenue Opera House, New York. Death of Henrietta Henderson (Mrs. Donovan), at Montclair, N. J.- -Death of Heinrich Doeblin, German actor, at Denver, Col., aged 65.- -Destruction by fire of the Opera House, at New Lisbon, O.
4. Production of "Les Grenadiers de Mont-Cornette," at the Bouffes-Parisiens, Paris; a comic opera in three acts, libretto by Messrs. Dannis, Delorme and Edouard Philippe; music by Charles Lecocq; with the following cast: La Grenade, M. Maugé; BelAmour, M. Piccaluga; Canut, M. Lamy; M. Girassol, M. Gourdon; Le Duc de RioSeco, M. Gaussins; Tonio, Mlle. Margarete Ugalde: Gertrude, Mlle. Thibault; Pitchounette, Mlle. Tasselly. The plot hinges on the complications that ensue from the deception practised on the Duke of Rio Seco. Compelled to fly from his Spanish estates, he entrusts his infant son to the care of Girassol, a nurse in the village of Mont-Cornette. Girassol substitutes her own daughter, who is brought up as a boy under the name of Tonio. Everything goes on swimmingly until a certain will turns up making provisions for the marriage of Tonio with the daughter of a French officer. Matters are finally adjusted by Tonio relinquishing male attire and marrying Canut, the real heir of the Duke.
Production of "Der letzte Abencerage," opera in four acts, libretto by Ludwig Bartok, music by Franz Sarosi, at Pesth, Hungary -"Erminie" was played for the two hundredth time at the Casino, New York, and souvenirs presented to the audience. First performance of the Early Dance and Comedy Club, a new amateur society, at the Lexington Avenue Opera House, New York. Bulwer's "Money" was presented by picked amateurs.- -Adelina Patti appeared at the National Theatre of the City of Mexico.- -William F. Blood, known on the stage as William F. Blande, was married to Eleanor Carey, at the Mayor's office, New York City. Both were members of the "Tangled Lives" Company, playing at the Fifth Avenue Theatre.- -Co. H, of the Twenty-second Regiment, one hundred strong, in full dress, occupied seats at the hundredth performance of "The O'Reagans," at Harrigan's Park Theatre, New York.- Death of Henry Gilbert, a well-known circus-bill
poster, at Indianapolis, Ind.
5. The McCaul Opera Company produced "Lorraine," a comic opera, with music by Rudolph Dellinger, and libretto adapted by William J. Henderson, for the first time in America, at the Chicago Opera House, Chicago, Ill.; with the following cast: Lorraine, Signor Perugini; Louis XIV., Eugene Oudin; Gaspard de Chateauvieux, De Wolf Hopper; D'Effiat, Harry S'andish; Olivier de la Tour, Louisa Parker; Pierre, Herndon Morsell; Henri, Gertie Clark; Jerome, Florence Willey; Gervais, Clara Allen; Victor, Ida Bartelle; François, Grace Seavy; Achille, Minnie Echard; Eugene, Bessie Calloway; Alphonse, May Yohe; Le Bleu, Charles Jones; St. Trompe, George Carlisle; De la Sancierre, Carlo Russo; De Pantecot, Antonio Amadeo; An Old Man. L. Morrison; Captain of the Guards, A. M. Barbara; Madeleine, Gertrude Griswold; Oudarde, Emily Soldene; Louise la Valliere, Josie Knapp. The scene is placed at a hunting castle of King Louis XIV. of France, who is one of the prominent characters. Lorraine visits the place to solve the mystery of his paternity, his only knowledge being that his father was a noble at the court. At the castle is one Gaspard, a nobleman, his wife, Oudarde, and his niece, Madeleine, and complications arise on account of this gentleman promising the hand of his niece in marriage to all who ask for it. Lorraine is favored by Madeleine, and this makes every one else his enemy. The King discovers that his father was also Lorraine's, and after creating him a Count, gives orders that he marry Madeleine.
Production of "On Tour; or, A Trip to Heidelberg," musical comedy, by W. F. Field, at Drill Hall, Ealing, England.- -The Board of Directors of the New York Academy of Music decided at the regular quarterly meeting to send a circular to the stockholders asking whether they approved of leasing or selling the Academy.
6. THE NEW YORK MIRROR published an appeal for $2500 to complete the Actors Fund memorial monument. -Else Hofmann, a German actress of note, made her American début at the Thalia Theatre, as Lorle, în Dorf und Stadt.”————————— -Death of Marie de los Angeles José Tosso, theatrical conductor, and reputed composer of "The Arkansaw Traveler" melody, at Covington, Ky., aged 84.
7. Charles Wyndham closed the Piccadilly Theatre, London, England, to play "David Garrick," supported by his own company, at Sandringham, the country-seat of the Prince of Wales.A new theatre, the Roumania Opera House, was opened at what was formerly known as the National Theatre, Nos. 104 and 106 Bowery, New York, with a performance of the operetta of "Rashi," by the new Hebrew Operetta Company from Roumania. —Ernest Harvier was enjoined from the receivership of Bartley Campbell's estate. Marie Prescott was given a benefit at Havlin's Theatre, Cincinnati, O.- Death of Mme. Lust (Mrs. Charles E. Horne), operatic -Death of A. W. Godkin ("Little Abe "), trapeze per
singer, at New York City.-
9. Death of Mme. Frontin, actress, at Paris, France. tenor singer, at Paris, France.
8. Production of "On the Stage," a musical farce, by Edward E. Kidder, at the Opera House, Paterson, N. J.; with the following cast: Kick, Frank Cusbman; Jonah Frost, W. Paul Bown; Herr Heinrich Pflugel, Will H. Mayo; Bolivar Brutus Brown, Russell Hunting; II. Q. Onion, Frank Emerson; Mrs. Murphy, Dan. Lacey; Molly, Pauline Harvey; Marie Rich, Palma Schroeder; Daisy Cutter, Josie Sutherland; Pomona Potter Pommery, The only Leon. The piece, as the title infers, is intended to set forth in an amusing manner typical characters and incidents of stage life. Production of “Deceived," by George H. Jessop and Frank Stephens, at Los Angeles, Cal.First representation at the Thalia Theatre, Hamburg, Germany, of “Goldfische," comedy in four acts, by Franz von Schönthan and Gustav Kadelburg.Helen Dauvray gave the last performance of "A Scrap of Paper" at the Lyceum Theatre, New York, which was attended by one hundred members and guests of the Beefsteak Club, the ladies of the party leaving off their bonnets, to encourage the reform recommended by Daniel Frohman.
-Death of Marius Audran, retired
10. Denman Thompson produced “The Old Homestead," a continuation of "Joshua Whitcomb," at the Fourteenth Street Theatre, New York; with the following cast: Joshua Whitcomb, Denman Thompson; Cy Prime, George A. Beane; Jack Hazzard, Walter Gale; Eb. Ganzey, J. L. Morgan; Henry Hopkins, Walter Lennox, Sr.; Judge Patterson, Gus Kammerlee; Reuben Whitcomb, T. D. Frawley; Aunt Matilda, Mrs. Louisa Morse; Annie Hopkins, Virginia Marlowe; Reckity Ann, Annie Thompson. The plot introduces old Uncle Josh at his home, surrounded by his relatives and friends. Josh's son has been for some time in New York, and not having heard from him, he goes to the Metropolis to visit a friend of his boyhood, Henry Hopkins, now a wealthy merchant. While seeking his son he wanders to Broadway, and opposite Grace Church on that thoroughfare he encounters a detachment of the Salvation Army, "one of the finest," and other familiar city characters. He finally discovers his son among some dissipated companions, restores his self-respect, starts him anew, and brings him back to the old homestead to share the farm and wed the prettiest girl in the neighborhood.
"Eli Wheatfield," a comedy in three acts, presented at Poole's Theatre, New York; with Aaron Woodhull in the title rôle. The plot deals with the murder of a wealthy banker. Eli Wheatfield, an eighty-year-old Vermont farmer, comes to New York to visit his nephew, Robert Collington, a bank cashier. The visit is characterized by a rapid succession of amusing incidents, and the old farmer falls an easy prey to innumerable schemes and deceptive allurements, and is made a butt for practical joking. But in the end he emerges as a hero in the prevention of a murder and in the reuniting of the usual "two young and loving hearts."
Production of "Our Wedding Day; or, Trimble's Troubles," at Hoboken, N. J.; with the
First representation in New York of "Galba, the Gladiator," adapted by Leonard S.
Production of "Alte Mädchen," comedy in one act, by Friedrich Schütz, at the Carl
11. "Margery's Lovers," comedy in three acts, by Brander Matthews, produced at an authors' matinée, at the Madison Square Theatre, New York; with the following cast: Commodore Brevoort, U. S. N., C. P. Flockton; Lieut. John Alden, U. S. N., Louis Massen; Mr. Louis Long, E. M. Holland; William Blackwall, J. H. Stoddart; Margery Blackwall, Marie Burroughs; Mrs. Webster, Mrs. E. J. Phillips; Bobby Webster, Walden Ramsey; Miss Sara Webster, Lena Langdon; Count de Sarazue, A. Salvini; Sophy, Marie Greenwald. The story tells us how a lot of pleasure-loving Americans are sojourning at Nice, where a young lieutenant-John Alden-loves and wooes Margery Black wall, temporarily under the care of the matron of the party. A Russian adventurer, now figuring as the Count de Sarazue, also loves Margery, and in order to get rid of Alden uses his skill in card-sharping to disgrace his rival by a trumped-up charge of cheating with a false pack. In this he is aided by an unwilling confederate-no other than Margery's father, a disreputable old outcast, who has been warned off every race-course in Europe. Forced to aid the Count's plans by his fear of exposure to his daughter, he is horror-struck at learning her love for Alden, and discloses the plot to Louis Long, now a gentlemanly lounger, but formerly the hero of the battle of Winchester. Long, as Alden's friend, takes the matter in hand, bullies the Count into a written recantation, and marries his own particular sweetheart.
Helen Dauvray produced "Met By Chance," comedy by Bronson Howard, at the Lyceum Theatre, New York; with the following cast: Dr. Harrington Lee, E H. Sothern; Edward Dudley Talford, Frank Rodney; Dudley Bretton, J. G. Saville; Charlie Hartwell, J. W. Pigott; MacDonald, J. E. Whiting; Wilson, W. Payson; Hope Rutherford, Ellie Wilton; Lucy Rutherford, Enid Leslie; Aunt Mary Hartwell, Emma Skerrett; Stella Vandyke, Helen Dauvray. Stella Vandyke and Hope Rutherford are engaged respectively to an assinine dude and a bogus English lord. They attempt to scrape acquaintance with Doctor Lee and Lord Edward Talford, who are stopping at the same hotel on Lake George. The latter go camping in the woods, where they are found by Stella and Hope, who, lost by their party, wander in for shelter. Through a combination of circumstances they are obliged to spend a week
there. Searchers come finally. But the way has been paved for the young folks to find what way their affections incline, and two marriages are arranged by two engagements being broken off, the dude, Charlie, finding happiness with a silly young girl, and the bogus lord going into the stern arms of the law.
Death of Gustave Koster, stage machinist of the Vine Street Opera House, at Cincinnati, O., aged 30.Destruction by fire of the Opera House, Suncook, N. H.
12. Production of "The Policeman," farcical comedy in three acts, by Walter Helmore
and Eden Phillpotts, at the Lyric Hall, Ealing, England.- -Rosina Vokes produced "The Baron's Wager," by Sir Charles Young, and "A Double Lesson," by B. C. Stephenson, at the Standard Theatre, New York. First representation in New York of J. Cheever Goodwin's adaptation of "The Violin-Maker of Cremona," by François Coppée, at the benefit entertainment tendered to John Howson, who acted the part of Filippo, supported by J. H. Gilmour, H. Liston, and Marie Jansen.Opening of the new Broadway Theatre, at Long Branch, N. J., with "Love in Har-"Around the World in Eighty Days" was played for the one thousandth time at Paris, France.- Mlle. Rose Muller and Messrs. Buillet, Le Bargy, and De Feraudy were made Societaires of the Comédie-Française, Paris, France.
13. The Law and Order League succeeded in having the Green Sunday Law passed by the Lower House of the Ohio Legislature, the bill reading: "Whoever, being the owner, lessee, or person in charge of any building, room, ground, yard, garden, or other place in this State, and shall upon the first day of the week, commonly called Sunday, permit in any such building, room, etc., or any other place, any theatrical, gymnastic, or dramatic performance of any kind, or any public musical entertainment or concert in any building, any part of which is used during the week as a place for the sale of wine, beer, whiskey, or other spirituous or malt liquors, or any public dancing or panoramic exhibitions, etc., or shall sell, dispose of or give away any liquors when such entertainments are going on, shall, on complaint being made within twenty days thereafter, be fined in any sum not exceeding $100, or be confined in the county jail not exceeding six months, or both.”- -Death of Rudolph Otto Consentius, dramatist, at Karlsruhe, Germany.- -Death of Thomas Powell, dramatist, at Newark, N. J., aged 77.
14. Production of "Renah, the Gypsy's Daughter," drama in five acts, by Ullie Akerstrom; with the following cast: Renah, Ullie Akerstrom; Old Flandrin, Lew Gleason; Bertram, Edwin Varney; Charbot, A. W. Rumble; Father Martin, Gus Homer; Pitou, Arthur Ludwig; Pierre, Harry T. Lee; Zarah, Dora St. Clair; Rose, Jewel Sheridan; Lizette, Millie Mayborn; Marie, Jennie Nichols. The plot relates how Renah, a French girl of the sixteenth century, is harshly treated by her grandfather, because she is the child of his only daughter, who had deserted the parental roof to marry a gypsy. Renah falls in love with Bertram, an artist, whom she finally marries, after running away from her grandfather, returning to nurse him through his illness, and getting the old man to make amends for past abuses.
Production of "Vidocq ou la Police en 18..," political drama in five acts, by Ad. Jaime and Georges Richard; with the following cast: Vidocq, Dalmy; Benjamin, Albert; Paul, Meillet; Coco, Landrin; Buchonneau, Gatinais; Gerbant, A. Perrier; Jossas, Dervet; M. Henry, Grand; Lachique, Ador; Brigadier, Mendez; Loriot, Villiers; Le Docteur, Laury; Annette, Mme. B. Gilbert; Elisa, Mary Norton ; Louise, Courbois-Guyon; Pegriot, Bevalet; La Mère des voleur, L. Lefrancais; Marion la Blonde, Estelle. The plot deals with the French police at various epochs, with Vidocq as the central figure, who is represented as a criminal in the first two scenes, but subsequently becomes a clever detective, and hunts down the most cunning outlaws, under various disguises.
Production of "Das kritische Alter," drama in four acts, by H. Wittmann and M. Loebel, at the Burg Theatre, Vienna, Austria.--During a revival of "Fidelio," at the Metropolitan Opera House, Fräulein Brandt was greeted with derisive laughter