SHENANDOAH.The presentation of "Shenandoah" at the Globe theatre is almost all that could be desired. The second and third acts are decidedly well done; in these acts the patriotic spirit of the drama is well brought out and the scenes are greeted with applause by the audience. The first act seems rather flat, not so much on account of the acting as from the nature of the play. In fact the interest in the drama arises less from the characters presented than from the historical events which are brought to mind. One is more interested in the fact that the trumpet and torch signals are correctly given than in the denousment where Gertrude Ellingham manries Kerchival West.
Nearly every role was well acted. R. A. Roberts as Capt. Heartease, Harry Harwood as Gen. Buckthorn, J. O. Barrows as Sergt. Barket gave great satisfaction. The same might be said of Misses Tuttle and Comstock as Madeline West and Jennie Buckthorn.
LITTLE EM'LY."Little Em'ly" at the Museum is a characterization of David Copperfield, or rather of that part of the story concerning Em'ly. The play loses by comparison with the book, but has enough substance left to lend itself well to the clever treatment of the Museum Company. The Uriah Heep of Mr. Wilson is the mainstay of the piece, though the Wilkins Micawber of Mr. Boniface is full of excellent touches. Miss Annie Clark has little to do, but as usual does it artistically. The other members of the company are uniformly good with one or two exceptions.
THE SOUDAN."The Soudan" has attracted large audiences at the Boston Theatre for some time past. The play is of the sensational kind, being therefore dependent in a moderate degree on scenic effects. Most of the scenes, which were very varied, were distinctly better than one usually sees, and some of them were very effective. The sleeping encampment was quite impressive; and the "mob in Trafalgar Square" quite true to life.
Mr. Henry Neville, Miss Balfe, and Master Eddington deserve special mention for the excellence with which they executed their difficult parts. Altogether, the play is one well worth the patronage of all theatre-going men.
THE CHARITY BALL.The Charity Ball which comes to the Hollis from the Lyceum Theatre, New York, where it ran the greater part of last season, is a society drama of a somewhat high order; the play is strong and the lines and situations clever, though the humorous element is outweighed by the sober study of love and sacrifice. The company is familiar to theatre-goers; Herbert Kelcey in the sober part of the rector, Le Moyne, in the lighter part of an old man. Misses Cayvan and Crosman in the leading feminine roles and Effie Shannon as soubrette won applause from a large audience. The run is limited to two weeks.