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Rhea, Friday Night

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Khea plays Josephine in the Grand Opera House in this city Friday evening, February 2-jth. The play has been remodeled and greatly improved since its appearance here last year. Two new characters have been added and the climax in the last act has been entirely changed. Those who saw Josephine last year were mach pleased with it, and many will see it again this year in its improved form. The following notes on the play will prove of interest: One of the strongest situations in "Josephine,Empressof theFrench," the famous play in which Mlle. Rhea is appearing again this season, is the meeting between the rival empresses, Josephine and Marie Louise. The former bitterly upbraids the latter for her desertion of the emperor in his time of trouble. The author of "Josephine" is said to have drawn a very strong character in Marie Louise. It was she who said to Napoleon, when he rode up to her carriage one day unattended and introduced himself to her as her future husband: "Your majesty's pictures have not done you justice." The character of the valiant young soldier, Murat, is said to be particularly well outlined. It is interpreted by Mr. Lauren Rees, one of the most promising actors in Rhea's large company. Napoleon's philosophical remark, while railing at fate in St. Helena, may be recalled, when, referring to this character, he said: "The fortune of the world might have been changed had there been a Murat to head the French cavalry at Waterloo."