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"THE NEW MEPHISTO" AT THE URAND THEATRE. A dash of Marie Corelli's Sorrowful Satan" mixed with a faint echo from Gounoi's Faust and you have the Nzw Mephisto strutting about like a quick-chapg) artist, singing a couple of good songs and joining in dances, dazzling women with jewels and men with love-spells and doing many things necessary to make up a musical comedy with some novelty and go in it. A very appreciative audience listened to the New Mephisto at the Grand Theatre last Monday even- ing. The music is far from being original or striking, but there are several capital songs and duets in the piece and good staging and a good companyMover a multitude of sin—even the sin of pilfering a few incidents from Gounod's treat- ment of a great epic and confounding them with the melodramatic absurdities of Marie Corelli. If the New Mcphisto is meant as a skit or burlesque, •t is a failure, but as a musical comedy, and apart from all questions as to the merits or demerits of Mr Ernest Vousden's music, it has a good deal to command it to the popular taste. Mr. Charles Macdona, who takes the six-barrelled part of "Mr Mephistobels," &c., is a clever comedian and a good singer. Humour is also supplied in plenty by Mr. Rd. Saker as Lord Humming op Mr. J. G. Taylor, junr., as Major Bantum, and by Mr W. H. Kirby, who as Dick Pilgrim sings a very clever duet with Miss Emma Chambers as Becky Pilgrim." The senlimental motive in the piece is :supplied by Miss Nellie Hodson as "Dolly Pilgrim" and Mr. Cyril Harcourt as Captain Meredith "—a sort of Faust who cheated his satanic majesty. For much of the" go as well as for some novel duices, the Misses Birnes, Trounsell and Clinton, as the three goey widows are responsible.

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