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The next attraction at the Grand Opera house will be this charming artiste, who will appear on Monday evening, April 8. Rhea's engagement this year will prove even more important than formerly, as she will present her látese and greatest success, "The Parisians" by the great Krench author Victonen Sardou. "The Parisians" has met with unusual interest and then with Rhea makes this attraction doubly interesting. The Houston Daily Post says: "The large and fashionable audiences which greeted Mlle. Rhea yesterday afternoon and evening attest the favor in which she is held by the Houston play-goers. The matinee audience wasspecially large for Monday, which is not usually a good matinee day. The bill for the evening was Victorien Sardou's four-act comedy, "The Parisians." This play is said to be well known and popular abroad but is little known here. Rhea herself has only been producing it a short time, only since she began her present southern tour. It is one of Sardou's éarliest plays, I written before he began to make plays to order for popular stars, and is therefore by no means a one character production. It is f uil of j strong characters, so much so that it could hardly be said any part is the principal. It requires a good company, one that is well balanced, to produce such a play, and it was in good hands last night. The story is thus brielly told: The Bourgeois family is composed of a rich father, a mother who is aiways away from home, so much so that she is only spoken of as being out, and never appears on. The children of the parents are Diana, married to Darecourt, Rose and Camille, sought in marriage by several, and a rapid boy Paul. Clotilde comes in as a general sister-inlaw and friend of the fatnily. Darecourt is a jealous man. Me believes Count de Champrose has been too intímate with bis wife. There is a secret between the suspects. The lady will not teil because it is of a gambling debt, which the Count gallantly paid, though he did not know the lady. The husband magnifies the cause of the secret and is driven to the verge of madness. Good Clotilde, herself, inclined to believe Diana guilty, hastily destroys, by burning, the letters that told of the money transaction, respectful, and from the stranger to the lady. They would have undeceived the husband, and vvere destroyed by the friendly Clotilde, who thought they might have been something else when he demanded to see them. The husband determined to leave the wife he believes faithless, but Clotilde finally learns from Diana the secret which she unwisely kept from her husband, and after a time sets matters right, the couple are reunited and all ends happily. The moral is, of course, that women should not have secrets from their husbands. Fhis is the serious part. The comedy is finished by the rich parvenu, M. Bourgeois, and several others, who are tangled up in matrimonial and matters of money schemes."


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