Clipped From The Cincinnati Enquirer
l ef- vli- a Is Olga Petrova Makei Her Debut ia the Legitimate in 'Tanthea" M, : ; v gaxet Anglin'i Personal Triumph ia 'Lady Windermere'i Pan" . v Billie Burke Dons Pink PajamaiXJaby Deilyt and Sam Bernard in vBiYival of Old SuccetJ Szendrei'i Suooet- or Announced Gossip. " ;-f.i- -A " " - sraeiAX, oossssroMcsncs or txs sQain. New York. April 4.Ths most interestlnr diam&tlc event of a number of mors or less eventful weeks unless we except the premiere of Shaw's "Pygmalion" was the first appearance in a legitimate theater in this country of Olga Petrova on Saturday in Monckton Hoffeg drama, "Panthea." This event occurred at the Booth Theater under the auspices of tue Messrs. Shubert Whatever the final ver-diot as to the play may be. It Js certain that Madame Petrova established berelf pretty firmly as an actress of a great deal of force, remarkable beauty and .great personal charm. Since the play was evidently tampered with since its production 1c London, and the sad ending toned-down to a compromise between two extremes of pathos, we are a little bit puzzled to decide whether it was once upon a time a very powerful drama or a mediocre sensational play. Pantbea is a beautiful creature who Is rescued from a shipwreck and borne into the home of the Mordaunt family on I he coast of Northumberland, England. There a mysterious affinity is at once established between her and Gerald Mcr- daunt. a young man of great musical genius, but a genius whoae wings are clipped by a loveless .marriage apd rep-iir- nant home environments- Now, Panthea is a political Russian refugee. Gerald's mod el family Is for riving her up to the await lnr Constable, but under her appeal to rouse himself out of his mean environ ment and escape to freedom with her, U-ey ' depart together in the night. Panthea becomes his mistress, and also his Inspiration, and under her devoted encouragement he composes an opera But utter hopelessness of placing it all but stretches him oa a sickbed. As the doctor says: "He Is suffering from in-produced opera." Panthea. at the risk of hr liberty, dies up an old acquaint ance In the person of the Baron de Duls-ltort. a grand opera Impresario, and In vites him to her apartments after having persuaded Gerald to leave on a month's outline In the country with an oia rricno. The Baron Is a refined rogue, who gives himself only a few weeks of life, ile bargains with Panthea that he will produce Gerald's opera If In return she will devote herself exclusively to him for the four weeks which he has riven himself to live. We are supposed to believe that Panthea agrees to this from no other mo tive than her boundless love for Gerald. Passing this over as a question that each can decide for himself In his own way, we come to the night ef Gerald's triumpn. commemorated by a wonderful banquet to the singers, critics and friends of the manager and composer. The scene is the dining room in the Baron's house, and a superb company is gathered about the festive board. l An uxly rumor has reached the ear of another but unsuccessful composer, friend of Gej-ald's,. regarding the price paid for the production of Gerald's opera; and when the guests have gone late the other rooms to dance, this man calls the Baron to account Panthea Interrupts the meeting of the. two men and soon ascertains that her secret is a secret no longer. Mt whole aim now Is to keep Gerald in Ignorance of the truth; but that Is not the Baron's plan. Gerald begins te suspect something. He sends Panthea away. He demands an explanation from tne old rake, who to Panthea" s dismay Is far from death's door, and be gets It. e Impresario means to live and to keep Pas thee, and he makes a clean breast ot tt to Gerald. Then follows a scene be tween the three, and Gerald rushes off home, leaving Panthea there. Ignorant of the motive of her sacrifice. Alone with the hard old cynic, who refuses to keep his bargain by shuffling off this mortal coQ, she stabs him to the heart and beats him over the head with a candelabra, while the company without is dancing and making merry. The serious part of the literary operation "performed upon the play occurs In the fourth and last net In Gerald's and Panthea' s apartment Gerald Is packing up his belongings after the terrible events of the night. Panthea enters the door like a ghost. At first he casts her off; by and by he learns the truth. And Just then the Russian police enter. She must go to Siberia, not for having killed Duisltort his death has been declared a ease of apoplexy, to avoid a scandal withal but for being a dangerous Rus sian refugee. Gerald offers to marry her then and there. The Russian law sutlers a husband to share the fate of his proscribed wife. She folds him to her breast in grateful love, but declares Sue cannot exact that sacrifice of him, and with one wrist handcuffed by the policeman and the other arm around Gerald's neck, the curtain falls. see Of Petrova we only know that she cime hers from London about three years ago, where she had appeared successfully at the Palace and other music halls, and entered vaudeville In this country, play-lnr very successfully tn a variety of one-set Plays and also giving some clever Impersonations. She is a Polish woman Who acted emotional roles In her native country. She speaks English with very little accent, she is beautiful, and barring a certain crudenesg, possibly due to nerv ous tremors incident to an opening night, t'i she Is an actress that will probably seen xeruiariy nereaxier in the bet theaters.. William Faversham eoqulr4 -faatnea ror inn country ana thought of producing tt but disposed of his rtxati to the Shuberts. who now retains only a small interest In the piece, and. reoorta to . the contrary notwithstanding hid nothing to do with the staging. As for the author, most' of us remember hua pleasantly for a. play ot an. entirely dir. ferebt character, "The Little DamoseUa produced in London and Now York about six years ago.- The part- of Gerald U .played by or. ton SIHs, who has some good qualities as an actor and a rather sluggish natur and an impassive face. The hit of the piece goes to the credit of George Nash in the role ot the Baron, In which h takes an advance step as an artist Hit last Broadway appearance was in "Offl. cer 06&" SO he steps from farce to ec centric character work, and makes th transition with the least difficulty, it is fair to state that he divided the ap plause witn Maoame etro va. Margaret Auglln made a notable revival of Oscar WUde's clever comedy, "Lady Windermere's Fan." at the Hudson thlt week, the third of her present engage ment. For the occasion the cast wu Increased by the addition of several new members, notably Mrs. LeMoyne, an old favorite: Arthur Byron, who played Lord Darlington, and Margery . Maude, daughter of Mr. Cyril Maude, who was seen is the character of Lady Windermere. It was something of a personal triumph for Miss Anglfn, and the play was capi tally produced. After the second act, and also third, there was a loud demonstra tion in honor of the star. The audienc applauded Insistently after the third act Miss Anglin, smiling all over and vig. orousiy sbakinr her bead, begged off. As the author was not In the audience, the dear Broadway public was cheated of one of its most cherished amusements that of listening to a "first-night speech" either by an unhappy playwright nursing his first born, or some well-known player. Miss Anglln played the role of the noto rious nn. bruaiK. rno uiuioaieiT proves to be the mother of Lady Wlnder- nwm. an1 wha aids hr i. mi rctrtraia hp unsullied to her home and husband frota Lord Darlington's room. Miss Maude fell short of realizing the maturity of tbe character of Lady Windermere. Her performance was too girlish to win general approval, though It had a certain charm of simplicity and composure. Her playing made it evident that for the present, and for some time to come, her best work is In the line of ingenue roles a&4 that she should leave emotional parts alone.' The duration of Miss Anglin's an-gagemeot will depend on the way la which the revival of the Wilde play a patronized by the public. , ' Miss Billie Burke is now seen at tai Lyceum In a new comedy by Catbertns Chriaholm Cushlng. entitled "Jerry," tn which she wins personal distinction in part by wearing pink pajamas. That happens when she is shut up in her room for being naughty, which is to say, for interfering with a love affair that has been running its devious course for 'J years without leading- to the altar. Jer- ry, as she Is called, falls in love with a man of 40, Montagu Wade, and deter- mines to estrange him from his fiancee of 20 years unfulfilled courtship. To that end she leagues herself with a man whs lr In love with Montague's fiancee and sae ceeds in her purpose, with such good re sults that she gets Montagu and her con federate gets Montagu's old sweetheart. And there you are! It Is the role of the sweet, sympathetic, impertinent and somewhat shrewish or fmplsh young thing, who loves a mas old enough to be her father, that Min Burke is most in her element; but it li not so certain that the present purveyor of the role has been entirely sucoeesfal. The comedy Is not generally hailed is a sure-fire hit although Miss Burke Is credited with a personal triumph. Gaby Deslys Is now with us sharing honors with 8am Bernard in a revival of "The Girl from Kay's" at tne Shubert Theater. That is to say. tfc piece now Is called "The Belle of Bond Street" but though brought up to date. It Is the eame old musical comedy on which Lionel Monckton and Ivan Caryll collaborated and which was seen both In England and America, with Bernard ai the rich Mr. Hoggenheimer. Oaby y ! das- welt e of seen In her usual environment and zles the eye with the profusion, aB u. ...nJiv nf her eowns. some o them ravishing. But the Interest was somewhat divided between her and a famous variety actress in the audience who attracted general attention by wearing a Paris green wig, practically the first of these exotic hirsute adornments seen at the playhouses of New York. The successor of Alfred Szendn. the popular conductor at the Century Opera House, who recently threw a bombshej Into camp by denouncing the way in LI.L A nnors wax DrodllCCd at ttlS IIIV.Il glAUU v.. . . English-speaking temple oi mo has been announced in the person or Agide Jaechla, a pupil or associate or tnr. nme time past hat been conducting grand opera in Montreal snd several times visited New York as conductor of Italian ORera. The .biggest hit of the reason has been scored by Maud Eburnc. playmg an t-ng; m.iri rvant In "A Pair of Sixes. I have previously mentioned her success. Now that she lias leapea into m - i. ,n.n. n that she played ror years in stock unrecognised. She nam from Canada.