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Nebraska State Journal

November 22, 1893
page 6


Last night was Mr. Whiteside's first appearance in Lincoln, and his work seemed to be very favorably received. The most promising member of the company, next to Mr. Whiteside himself, was Mr. John Sturgeon or the Chevalier de Mauprat . Miss Lelia Wolstan made a rather ineffectual Julie , and had that unfortunate way of hissing the word "innocence" which is prevalent among emotional actresses of the Spooner class. We might have been spared her tears. We will see real tears tonight. Morris will shed them until our own eyes are wet and yet we will never have enough. But the tears of genius are different from those of ordinary mortals and are to be rejected. Mr. Whiteside himself did some very strong acting. He came out well in the fourth act and the curse of Rome was loudly applauded by the audience. The main fault in his acting seems to be that he acts too much. He declaims constantly and hisses an invitation to dinner as though it were a summons to the block. Richelieu was not a heavy villain in a red gown; he was one of the most suave and courtly gentlemen in France, with a very level head. He could not have "reconstructed France" swaggering about in his gown and laughing stage laughs. The best acting Mr. Whiteside did was in the first answer he sends the king when Count de Barabas comes for Julie, which had real art and real feeling in it. If actors will persist in playing Richelieu, they ought at least to play an expurgated edition of it in which the mightiness of the pen and the "brightest lexicon of youth" were left out. Probably Mr. Whiteside rendered the hacknyed lines as well as any one short of Irving could. The faults in the play last night were due to the playright as much as to the actor.

[Editorial note: a letter to the editor from P. W. Howe follows Cather's discussion of "Richelieu" and precedes announcements of upcoming shows.]

The Event Tonight.

The long looked for and heralded appearance of America's greatest emotional actress, Clara Morris, occurs at the Lansing theatre tonight. It can be truthfully said that Miss Morris has never been seen to such great advantage as in "Camille." It abounds in situations calling for great emotional qualities and in Clara Morris and her admirable company Duma's splendid work can wish for nothing more.

"Oh! What a Night."

The management of the Lansing theatre placed the seats for the above attraction on sale yesterday morning and every person desiring a good one can be accommodated without the annoyance of waiting in a crowd at the door. This is one of the best attractions that will appear here this season, and will undoubtedly draw a full house Thursday, November 23, as they do everywhere.