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I The Theatre Royal. "Don't Crush," which is packing the Royal from gods to circle this week is one of those productions—unfortunately all too rare—that create a very real desire for more, and that makes one regret that the convenient two houses a night principle was ever evolved. Pretty, witty and merry it is all that revue is at its best; its dialogue sparkles as only the dialogues of the countrymen of this one's author's dia- logues sparkle—like a first-class vintage of cham- pagne. I do not remember having 'before seen any of Sydney Dooley's matter produced, but if this is a fair sample of his work then I shall certainly keep my eyes open for any more that is running in the provinces. It should be well worth it. I am not sure whether Dooley is re- sponsible for the lyrics as well as the dialogue; and if he is then he is easily the most pro- mising of our younger writers, for they trip along like a sweet poem from the pen of a Ten- nyson or Longfellow—easy, uplifting, catchy. But, after all, the book is but the raw material on which the artistes have to work, and good as it is in this case it is not one whit too good for the company that fe handling it. It is not placing too high a merit on the company to place it with the O'mara, Cinema Star, Gold- man Ltd., and that vaudeville bill that fea- tured Charles Mott, as one of the five veiy best bills that Merthyr has ever seen. It is a revue of sunshine and laughter—hearty, health-giving, gloom-removing laughter; and It Is with sincere pleasure that I oan praise Mr. Rea for having beaten the Cardiff people in his bid for the se- cond Welsh week of "Don't Crush." "Don't Crush has been fortunate in having such a capable man as Jack Gallagher to handle the principle comedy part. Jack Gallagher is so good a comedian that he recalled forcibly to my mind the times I have seen Kitchen at his best, and yet there was something entirely distinct in his work; something not Kitchenesque, but pure Gallagher that mada him all the more enjoyable. The worst revue ever written would go" with The worst rei,ue ever wri him in it; with a really good one such aa this, it is easy to understand how the Moss Empires records were broken so consistently during its tour. Fanny Wallace is another of the distinguished company, full of charming lightness and unobjectionable fun. She is an ideal comedienne; Ken Barton and Sid Dee are also doing excellent work in the comedy side. Lellie Ansell is one of the most captivating leading ladies that ever tripped lightly through revue-lilting, lusciotte lyrics. She is as light as thistle down, and as sweetly vocal as a grand con- cert principal. Betty May and John Goodier are both dese^^g ^'iail that I could say oi tftem .mfH + h.!I.t ues»-v < c, *>'>t "1- presses. My strongest advice to all my readers is pay extra doors at the Royal, get a good seat, and you will call me a benefactor. Next week that plum pudding revue of revueg is coming-" Nearlv Through." It is a distinc- tive piece of work, quite apart from Don't Crush," but equally good in a separate way. Like "Don't Crush," it is ideally caste from amongst the London shows. Its principals in- clude Harry Dean and Harry Matto, the cele- brated "fool and "fop" comedians; that bewitching soubrette, Madge Furnival; charm- ing May Shepherd, one of the daintiest dancers in the priesthood of Terpsichore; and golden- voiced Norman Granville, the baritone, as well as Bertie West, Kem Black, Fred Dale, Evelyn Davies and Madge Merry, together with ft bustling chorus of real beauties with ears sensi- tive to discord, and voices nicely attuned in har- mony. "Nearly Through" is said to be the best dressed, best staged, chic-est revue that has ever reviewed the revues, or packed the houses in the principal towns. I PLATGOBR.

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