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I rEHFOKMANCE OP "CLAUUIAN."

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I rEHFOKMANCE OP "CLAUUIAN." Seldcim is such a .uniformly high lev-el of clever acting and histrionic excellence attained as is tnc case this week at the County The-atre. Bangor, where W. MaeLaren, and Lily C. Bandmann s Company are producing "Claudian," the fa.mous play by means of which the late Wilson Barrett made both fame and fortune. "(."laudian" is on.o of those plays which keeps the interest of the audience alive from the open- ing until tho curtain rings down, and is much removed from the conventional. a rich nobleman is cursed by a holy priest for his wrong doing., and he leaves behind him a trail of unh.appiness and misery. One of bLs vic- tim." is "Alriiiida," who falls in love with him; is stricken blind (this is the result of the curse), and in a majestic scene she recovers her sight by tine sacrifice of his life. I The play naturally makes heavy demands on the impersonator of "Claudian," but Mr Win. MaeLaren was more than equal to the task. Ho gave a ciear cut study of the part; it was not marred by exaggeration, but by its very -natural- ,n,e?s th?4 a,tt d :(-.nc? wei,- ness the* audience were- spellbound, especially in the poignant final scene when he "stands on tho threshold of eternity." The "Almida" of Miss Bandniatm ie admirable despite the difficulty of the role she has to sustain. In the latter portion of the play she comes under the evil enchant- ment of "Claudian," and it is then she fully re- veals her histrionic gifts. As "Thariogakis" the Tetrarch, Mr Basil Mitchell excelled, andl one striking feature of his work was the clever man- ner ho modulated his voioe. Mr Edward Wynter And Miss Dudley Herbert, respectively as "Belos" and "Edessa," pron-ided- the humorous element which was not too obtrusiive, and the audience laughed unrestrainedly at their bickerings and at the constant appeals of "Belos" to "my father that is to be"â"Alcares," a role cleverly de- pleted by Mr Hubbard. Mr Douglas Earle as "Agazil," the blacksmith, gave a virile imper- sonation of his-part. The company numbers 50 artistes, including a full chorus (the singing is tasteful and sweet), and a dancer, Mdlle. Stella Dorin, whooo cymbal dance in Act 2 might with advantage be extended, so clever is she. Like the acting, the staging of the picoo is above the average, and adds a distinct touch of realism. The Earthquake scene has excited! a good deal of attention, and it might be men- tioned that the ei-a,b can be heard as far away as Garth. The whole of "Claudian's" palace falls in ruins amid a terrific din, and merely as a pieco of stage craft this scene is .worth witnessing. The dresses and scenery combine to add to the effect- iveness of the drama. In addition to tho performances to-night and to-morrow (Saturday) night, there will be a matinee to-morrow afternoon.

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