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Theatre Royal. For next week the clever little Repertory Company that has been doing such good work at the Royal this last few weeks has '=' decided to give a proper lead to the Christmas holidays. Their choice of "A Girl's Temptation" for the first half of the period, and Curate V.C." for the half Thursday to Saturday makes up an ideal programme that should give a joyous aspect to a Christmas that suffers in advance from the scarcity of almost everything that went to make the Chrsitmas of those few years ago that seem like centuries ago. "A Girl's Temptation" is a play that will follow easily and naturally upon the presentation of Mrs. Powell's great story The Girl Without a Home," which is being played so efficientiv to delighted audiences during the closing six houses of the present week. It is some time since I saw The' Girl without a Home before, and now now more than ever I have learned to appreciate the cleverness with which its authoress has tackled a subject that inclines to realism of the school of Crane's Maggie," and A Child of the Jago." These themes easily generate into nauseousness if care- lessly taken up, but as handled by Mrs. Powell, and by the clever company that it led by Miss Nina Blake-Adams, the story does not revolt the most sensitive person, it rather teaches, a lesson of great moral power while providing a most in- teresting evening's entertainment, and, as I have said, A Girl's Temptation should en- force that moral lesson, and prove a more power- ful factor for good than a year's sermons from the pulpit. That is one. aspect of the theatre that is too often forgotten by its detractors. Given a good company and a play with any matter at all in its make-up you have an appeal that is not only articulated but visualised too, and thus you have a weapon with which to strike at evil and ignorance more powerful than the heavy artillery of university degrees for theological subtleties. During the opening half of the week we had a charming drama of the Wild-West in "Cripple Creek," a play that smells of the sweet alfalfa of the rolling plains, with the twang of burnt powder in the air, and the atmosphere of adven- ture in the outposts of civilisation markedly present.. It was the sort of play that one sees too seldom—a play with grip and vigor and vim. I PliAYCOBE.

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