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About The courier. (Lincoln, Neb.) 1894-1903 | View Entire Issue (Aug. 29, 1896)
John Gritlith's "Richard III." at tho
Lansing on Friday night was the first
presentation of the most melodramatic
of Shakspere's plays. Mr. Griffith
played it with the same delight in dev
iltry that he shows in"Mephisto.'' Em as
culated by a puny organization from
love o' women and in consequence at
war with his ancestors and contempo
raries, "Richard III." is as isolated from
humanity as any devil. It is orly in
the last scene, when he is frightened by
a dream, that "Richard" betrays any
softness or consciousness of wrong. Mr.
Griffith has played "Mephisto" so long
his "Richard'' is a little two
bloodless. It was a first night,
and one of the peers of the
realm, "Lord Stanley," I think, forgot
his lines, the scenery stuck at times.and
the evening was warm, but barring
these accidents the presentation was
smooth. The scenery is very good and
there in a great deal of it. So far as we
knew, it reproduced the furniture, arch
itecture and landscape of Richard's time
On the whole, Mr. Griffith is more
satisfactory in "Faust." "Mephisto is
extra human. Mr. Griffith's grimaces
are like one's imagination of a soul in
torment. On the contrary, "Richard"
is poised in evil. He despises every
body, even himself. His cynicism is so
habitual that it should be impossible
for an actor taking the part to rant ex
cept in the dream scene, where he los8
control of himself. Mr. Griffith's con
trol of the muscles of his face tempt him
tc express emotions by this means
aiono. It is a contortionist's talent, and
an audience is apt to lose interest in an
actor who does not use a more subtle
means of expression. Eugene Moore.as
the "Duke of Buckingham," had mo
ments of inspiration. He has a robust
personality like that of the younger
Tho company needs to study. Mr.
Edward Wonn, as "Valentine"' in
"Faust," and as "Lord Stanley" in
"Richard," was pitiably weak in his
lines. At times the whole company
drifted abovt the stage in a desperate
uncertainty that portended worse than
Heniy Guy Carleton had two parrots
sent him. He calls one of them Bub
Bryan, because he talks too much, and
the other one Mum McKinley, because
he does not know anything to say.
The friends of Owen Ferree, of the
American Exchango, have noted a strik
ing facial resemblance between that
popular personage and the Hon. William
Jennings Bryan. The likeness bttween
the two is indeed remarkable, and on
several occasions last week Mr. Ferree
was stared at on the street in a manner
that left no doubt as to his being mis
taken for the young democratic candi
date. Mr. Ferree, however, has a geni
ality that the other lacks. When asked
yesterday by a Mirror man how he in
tended to cast his vote, the manager
said that he was at heart a McKinleyite,
but perhaps, out of compliment to the
man he 60 ptrongly resembles, his vote
might go to the free silver advocate.
Bingley Fales, who has abandoned
the stage to adopt the legal profession,
gives the following reasons for so doing.
He asks that they be accepted as com
ing from one who has not loved and
"I was on the road five years, and
during that time never passed five con
tinuous weeks in one place. The actor
leads a nomadic life; he is cimstuntiy
with 6elf and for self; he ixro.vs away
from family associations and becomes
estranged from old companionships; he
never fornw new ties to tako the place of
theol.i; ho cjnnot chuose his business
associations; and when by chance he
meets a congenial companion, they must
part after a few weeks or a season at
most. The demands of his business
tend to make him live his whole life on
the surface. He makes a pleasant ac
quaintance today and tomorrow bids
him farewell. Jt is a tinsel, shallow
existence, utterly devoid of the deeper
sentiments and nobler ambitions that
give solid value to life.
"But does not the actor live for his
art? you will ask. Theoretically yes;
practically no. Every actor every cap
able actor has his artistic ideals, but.
oh, how few attain them. The actor
with an income can indulge his art im
pulses. He can afford to p!ay such
parts as he is attracted to and in such
companies as he chooses. But alas! few
actors are so blessed. Necessity com
pels them to play the parts they can get
at the best going salary. They fall from
the exalted plane of the artist to the
common highway of the artisan." Dra
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