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Keene The Great

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Thos. W. Keene appeared at White's last night as Ricbelieu ia Bulwer's remarkable drama of that name. The impersonation furnished convineing proof of the fullest restoratiou of Mr. Keeue's acting powers, concerning which some little apprehension bas been feit by a few of bis more solicitous fnends during tbis experimental tour. It was an impersonation tbat stirred the audience profoundly. It grew surely and superbly from the opening scène until the end of the great fourth act, in wbioh occur the denunciaiion and defiance of Baratías - a succession of speeches that in a tbeatrio aense are unexampled in the modern drama. Mr. KeeDe responded to these exacting and large demands in a manner to wholly set at rest any lingering doubt of hia ability to carry Eorward bis campaign. In what bis [rienda are disposed to cali bis best days be never showed riper or nobler powers than be did last night. His voice was superb, his readings were unimpeachable, his action was always well timed, alert and significant, bis presence was commanding, and his ability to domínate the scène had frequent and miigniiicent illustration. Being in the position of the aotor who bas newly studied bis part Mr. Keene's Bichelieu, like his Hamlet, staggers occasionally through efTort to reoall the Unes ; but that is a nrling defect which as a matter of course will speedily be oured. Eugene Moore acted Baradas in a imiressively villainous manner. He made ;he telling points of the chante ter oleverly; Oharles Hagar was a spirited, galiant and generally agreeable Mnurat; Charles Kent was a wooden Fosepli, without unction or individualty; Frank Hennig quite distinguisued limself as the young Francois; Mr. ïauscombe was a conventional and not neffective Huguet; and Miss Agnea Arden was a commonplacü Julio de tfortlmer.- Free Press of April 27.


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