Next week will be an especially interesting one in the theatrical circles of Boston. With McCullough at the Boston and Keene at the Park, we shall have the two great schools of modern tragedy acting ably represented.
On Monday night McCullough appears at the Boston in "Virginius." He comes with the laurels gained in Philadelphia still fresh upon him. His "Virginius" is universally regarded as his masterpiece. His interpretation of the insulted Roman father is vigorously conceived and embodied. However, it is not difficult to account for McCullough's especial success in this play. He is greatly aided by his appearance, for his features are the clear cut ones of the Roman, while the character of the play is such that the actor can understand his lines and read them with intelligence and spirit, something he is wholly incapable of doing with Shakespearian drama.
Keene appears on Monday night at the Park in "Richelieu." He has been rather severely handled by some of the Boston crities, but they all agree in predicting for him a future full of brilliant success. Keene possesses a wonderful power of facial expression; his gestures are manly and in good taste, and his voice is unsurpassed. He shows the evil effects of his Western tour in his tendency to mistake rant for passion, in his desire, to use theatrical parlance, to catch the gallery. Besides this, he wholly lacks the studied method of the Booth school, to which he is generally regarded as belonging. During the week he will appear in "Richard III.," "Macbeth," and "Fool's Revenge."
Kiralfy Bros. "Black Crook" will continue to hold the boards at the Globe for the coming week. The management promises some new features in the ballet.
At the Gaiety Theatre, the Wilbur Opera Company produce "The Mascot." It is impossible to learn who are the leading members of this company.
At the Museum Dion Boucicault will appear in "The Shaughraun," supported by Mr. Shiel Barry and a strong Museum east.
Joseph Murphy will present his popular play, "Kerry Gow," at the Windsor Theatre. Murphy is a clever actor; and presents an amusing performance.
At the Howard Athenaeum, Mr. Chas. Fostelle appears in a new play, "Mrs Partington." The play is said to be very funny, and gives opportunity for the introduction of some good variety specialists.