"Enter Madame" at the St. James Theatre this week can best be characterized as a study in temperament. It deals with Madame Lisa Della Robbia, a famous opera singer. With her many changing moods, now stormy, now sunny, yet underneath it all having a profound and unshaken love, she dominates the play and has command of every situation.
The plot is a little unusual, in spite of the fact that the eternal triangle plays an important part. In the ordinary drama one would expect the dashing opera singer to be the wily and passionate vampire who steals the affections of the married and conservative hero and breaks up his peaceful home, until his quiet and domestic wife finally wins her husband back by her constant faith and love. But not so in "Enter Madame". Here we have just the reverse situation.
Madame is married to the conservative hero and has a son in college. Unfortunately her career calls her to all parts of the world, and while she is away, her husband, becoming lonely in her absence, thinks he has found the ideal woman. She, a widow, appears to be the domestic and home-loving creature who will warm his slippers by the fire and make life easy and happy for him. This affair has come to a critical stage when Madame enters.
From here on the play moves rapidly. But finally Madame, with her imaginative fancles, subtle emotions, temperamental outbursts, and above all her undying love, wins back her miscreant husband, much to the anger and jealousy of the domestic widow, who pours forth a torrent of abuse on poor Madame's head and in so doing reveals her true nature.
Miss Adelyn Bushnell as Madame is above criticism. Her performance was excellent from start to finish, and her splendid interpretation of a difficult role was highly pleasing. Miss Layng and Mr. Remley also deserve honorable mention.
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