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"ARE YOU A MASON?"

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"ARE YOU A MASON?" A ROLLICKING FARCE AT THE GRAND THEATRE.* Are you a Mason?"—the German-American farce which is this week being introduced to Swansea playgoers at the Grand Theatre, is one of the brightest and most genuinely funny farces that have been staged here for a long time. In a dramatic sense, it has no high ambitions. Its purpose is to make people laugh, and in this it is decidedly successful. The secret of its success is, we believe, to be found in the fact that Are you a Masen ?" calls for no effort of the intellect on the part' of the listener, its fun lying entirely on the surface. The fun may not all be ir perfect taste, though it should be understood that there is nothing really glaringly vulgar. Taking it through and through, we are certainly justified in describing the piece as quite harmless, nay wholesome. Aaaos Bloodgood gets a wearisome time with his wife, and so with the object of securing a little more freedom he pretends to become a Freemason. and carries on the deception for over 20 years. His daughter, at the opening of the play, is just married to Frank Perry, who at the mother-in-law's instigation, promises to become a mason, like his father-in-law! He does not do so, but uses the excuse of lodge meetings" for the same purpose. Then a meeting is arranged between the two, and neither knowing the other is an imposter and each apprehensive of immediate exposure, the fun begins. However, a three act play demands something mere than this to sustain the interest and amusement of the "house," and therefoie before the first theme is exhausted, the authors betake them to another no less productive of mir h, practically the whole of the rest of the pfaTi pLUf?, ? np with business reminiscent of Charley s Aunt." Messrs. Geo Edwardes and Charles Frohman's Crrny^r cau^ht the spirit which should animate farce aotii: and they succeed very well, by unflag*in" movement, m carrying comical effect across the footlights. Mr. F. Permam, as Geo Fisher whose lot it is to masquerade in female attire was perhaps the most successful in provoking spontaneous laughter, his impersonation of the counterfeit Angelina being worthy of all praise Mr Harry Ashford, Mr. Philip Leslie, and Miss Eileen Munro created excellent impressions, while the subordinate characters were also well sustained. No one should miss seeing Are you a Mason?' SWANSEA AMATEUR OPERATIC SOCIETY. The committee of the above society have creat pleasure in announcing Baroness Patti-Cederstrom has kindly con- sented to become the patroness of the society. We would call our readers' attention to the coming performances of the charming opera Patience to be given by the society, in aia of local charities, at the Grand Theatre next week (as advertised), from April 23rd to 26th. Madame Hannah Jones will take the import- ant part of Lady Jane, Miss Bertha Seaton will be Patience, Mr. Percy Rees will imper- sonate Bunthorne,and the other leading parts will be in very capable hands. There will be a powerful chorus, numbering about 40, and a largely augmented orchestra, the whole being under the conductorship of Mr. Donald W. Lott. The rehearsals are going with a swing, which augurs well for some capital perform- ances, and we hope to see bumper houses each night. Tickets may be had from any of the members of the society, or at Mr. Gwynne H. Brader i, 17, Heathfield-street (telephone Xo. 291), where a plan may be seen.

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