The Spectacle given at Brighton Beach is a very realistic production of the conflict between the British and Boers in South Africa. Fine scenery, a large number of soldiers of both combatants, spirited horsemanship, all form a vivid picture of war and make a novel and really interesting show. Negotiations have been entered into, and the details are practically closed, for the exhibition of six South African pygmies for Brighton Beach park this summer. These pygmies are now in charge of Colonel Harrington, the African explorer, who brought them from the Great Central forests and is at present stationed with them at Cairo. They arc the first pygmies that have ever left the wilderness of Central Africa and are considered of the greatest interest to scientists who have never before had an opportunity of studying these strange little savages in their wild home.
The Proctor Theatres are as popular as ever. They are very pleasant places in summer, as the atmosphere in them is cooled by artificial means, thus enabling patrons to thoroughly enjoy an admirable programme with the greatest comfort. No relaxation in providing the best class of entertainments is allowed to prevail, as the weekly change of bills proves. The plays produced at Proctor’s houses are of a high class and the best possible talent is employed in their presentation. It will well repay anyone a visit to witness these excellent productions.
For nearly six years the excellent stock companies maintained by Mr. F. F. Proctor at his three New York theatres and handsome playhouse in Albany have been steadily increasing their clientele. In summer or winter alike, the productions have been scrupulously given, and the high standard of the acting has never varied. The present summer, however, promises to witness better results than heretofore. Not only are the plays selected of a better artistic grade, but the personnel of the stock company has been strengthened. Better than all, the Proctor theatres are kept wonderfully cool during these warm days and nights. Broad palm leaf fans are distributed to each auditor, while the means for artificial ventilation are admirable in all of the theatres. To keep all his theatres open summer and winter, day and night, without a day’s secession for so long a period is an achievement of which Mr. Proctor may well be proud.