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with the language of the song. We see no use although as it is now performed, with more justice, in words, if they are not to be heard in singing. if not with greater effect, De Zelos defeats the The sentiment must also, in great part, evapo- attempt of his son to commit suicide, and sheathes rate, for it is utterly impossible that mere sound, the fatal dagger in his own remorseless breast. without articulation, whatever pretending con. The defects of this plot are obvious. The internoisseurs may say, should give the whole force of est of it is made to grow out of an event of the the sentiment or feeling. Dialogue, in wbich ac- highest tragic nature introduced in the first act; tion gives meaning to the word, and the word and to rise progressively from this pitch to a sepropriety to action, might as well be wholly given cond catastrophe in the last act, is a painful and up for Pantomime. Mrs. Groshon's Theodosia an unavailing effort. We know not how it might Friburg was sufficiently lugubrious; and Mrs. be with others, but we had become so, familiar, Baldwin's Cottager's wife was quite stirring, no- in the course of the piece, with assassinations, table, and tidy.
mournings and funerals, duels, death and tombMr. Pritchard's singing has always one great stones, that we came, at last, to look upon insaniexcellence; we can hear what the song says, as ty and suicide as tame incidents. These melanwell as how it is said.
choly circumstances followed each other in such Mr. Hilson's Dick, in the Apprentice, was full gloomy succession, that our sympathies were enof life and variety, and did ample justice to the tirely exhausted. It was a cardinal error to atconception of the author. If all the talents on tach so much of our own concern, to the fate of the New York boards were as legitimately ex- one, who is never brought into the scene. The ercised as Mr. Hilson's, we should soon see a author knew, however, perfectly well, that it first-rate company.
would have been violating all rule to have intro
duced Alonzo to us, to stab him before our faces Monday Evening, June 2. in the very opening of his drama, but in our opiManuel. - Love Laughs at Locksmiths. . nion, it matters little as to the propriety of the
This is a new Tragedy by the Rev. Mr. Ma- measure that it was perpetrated behind the curturin, the author of Bertram, and whatever other tain. There is, besides, a want of probability in faults it may have, is exempt from the immorali- the story, and of consistency in the details of this tjes which deformed that piece. But, before we play. The language is moreover too uniformly offer any remarks upon its merits, we will pre. intiated, and as for characters, Manuel and De sent the reader with an outline of its fable. Zelos are alone drawn with any discrimination,
Don Manuel, an aged Spanish noble, has an and even they are very unfinished. But poetical only son named Alonzo, who on his return home genius is discoverable in many of the author's after a victorious engagement with the Moors, sentiments and situations. The great difficulty falls a victim to the ambitious designs of a rela- is, that his genius is not tempered by discretion. tive named De Zelos. This man, the next heir This Tragedy was cast to the whole strength to the dignities of Alonzo's house, lures a Moor of the company. Mr. Pritchard personated the te assassinate him. The unhappy father charges arduous character of Manuel with great ability. De Zelos with the deed; the evidence is consid. He conceived his author correctly, was perfect in ered inconclusive by the judges ; and De Zelos his study, and delivered hinself with effect. Our resolves to wipe away the stain from his charac- limits will not allow us to particularize, but we ter by wager of battle, which is accepted on the cannot withhold our commendation from his ani. part of Don Manuel by an unknown knight. The mated recital of the exploits of his youth, and his latter falls; and lifting the vizard from his face, consequent exhaustion. We imagine he will imexhibits to the astonished Don Zelos the features prove in many passages in future representations. of the assassin but repugnant Moor. After some His emphasis was not always accurate, nor bis farther vicissitudes the catastrophe is thus brought cadence full. Mr. Robertson in De Zelos, showabout:-Ximena, daughter of De Zelos, distract- ed very little discrimination, either in marking ed with the loss of Alonzo, to whom she was al- the different turns of expression by a difference tached, wanders to his tomb, where she discovers of inflection, or in enforcing his periods by laying the defeated assassin, in the agonies of death. an appropriate stress on the more important He acknowledges his guilt, states that he is words. The malice of De Zelos was the corro. bound by an oath not to reveal the name of his sion of disappointment and despair, and was employer, but gives the dagger he had received deeply tinctured with the infusion of its original from him, on the blade of which his name is in- ingredients ;-in Mr. Robertson's personation, it . scribed. The broken-hearted Ximena, before appeared unmitigated and diabolical. Mr. Ro. she dies, transfers this dagger to her brother bertson uses his tragic declamation as Procrustes." Torrisinond, at the same time exacting a pro- did his bed. . He tortures the sentiment to his mise, that he should not draw it until it should be tone, rather than adapt his tone to the sentiment. delivered to the Court. Torrismond, anxious to His countenance is, however, more flexible than clear the character of his father, hastens with the his voice, and he looked some scenes this evening dagger to the assembled judges, and is author- with great force of expression. Mrs. Barnes and ized to read the name. Driven to despair by the Mrs. Darley were well dressed to their parts, and discovery which ensues, he plunges the weapon displayed some eloquence of feature. into his own bosom ; De Zelos is apprehended The asterpiece is a favourite Farce, and was for the murder, and Manuel, overpowered by well played. Mr. Hilson's Risk was a more apfeelings of exultation on his detection, soon after prehensive lad than most gallants are accommoyards expires.
dated with. His dialect was diverting, and his Such was the original sketch of this Tragedy, songs were adrairably sung. Mr. Pritchard did
great justice to the blank simplicity of Solomon We are tired of noting caeophonies and pseudoLob, and Mr. Barnes's powers were by no means logies, which are pertinaciously adhered to; if paralyzed in the paralytic Totterion.
some amendment do not appear in some perforinMr. Darley, in Capt. Beldair, sung more dis- ers in this respect, we shall not extend to obstinatinctly, and with more force, than usual. We cy the lenity we have shown towards ignorance. cannot often stoop to notice performers of Mr. If the stage cannot be made a school of rhetoric, Thomas's grade, but as this gentleman is not un- it can, at least, be preserved from being perverted frequently put into a singing part, we would re- into a seminary of error. It would be in vain, inquest of him, if he be not really afflicted with St. deed, to look for illustrations of ambiguous Vitus's dance, to spare us some of his convulsive meaning from actors wbo do not understand the twitches, and to stand still for one second, at a construction of ianguage ; but it is perfectly easy time, if possible.
for any one who knows his letters, to attain to a Among the violations of orthoepy this evening, correct pronunciation. On this point, there is an Mr. Simpson called dubious, jubious,--Mr. Prit- acknowledged standard to which all can refer, chard pronounced has, rather, lance, &c. with the and there is no calculating what improvement, in a heard in father, and not as he should have done, other respects, might result to some from a greats with the a heard in hat; this, though not in the er familiarity with their dictionaries. same degree, is the fault of every performer on We were determined not to forego the ex.: these boards,--he likewise incorrectly made the i cellent farce of the Lock and Key, and returnshortin ensigns; Mr. Robertson called were, ware ed in season to witness its exhibition. And we instead of wer-griped he pronounced improperly will honestly acknowledge that we enjoyed it vasta with the i short-he committed the same fault in ly better than we did its gloomy precursor. Its pronouncing wind,--the i in this last word is al- only aim is to excite risibility, and if good playing ways long in poetry. Mr. Carpender slurred my, consist in giving effect to the author's intentions, where it should have been emphatic, and in such this piece was certainly well performed. Mr. case, it should be pronounced to rhyme with eye. Hilson, who throws life into every thing, made Mr. C. also gave to the o in combat, the sound of Ralph a most comical character. Mr. Barnes's o in not, whereas it should be pronounced like Brummagem was a shrewd, sly, old Reynard, the o in brothers.
who was so intent upon outwitting others, that he E.
was easily hood-winked himself. The scene in
which Ralph tells his long story, and BrummaWednesday Evening, June 4. gem listens and chuckles, at the detail of the un
Manuel.-Lock and Key. . suspected roguery practised upon himself during We looked in for a few moments during the se- the recital, is truly ludicrous. Mr. Pritchard's cond act of this Tragedy, but found no sufficient Capt. Vain was certainly a very clever fellow.' inducement to prolong our stay after the fall of He touched off the airs of a grandee in high snuff. the curtain. Mr. Pritchard appeared to have Mr. Darley, as Capt. Cheerly, for a rarity, sung a improved, as we had anticipated, in his persona- patriotic song in quite a sensible and unaffected tion of Manuel. He laid his emphasis generally, manner. with more discretion, though we noticed several instances in which it was erroneously placed.
Friday Evening, June . In the last of the two following lines, be was fortune's Fool.-Frightened to Death. guilty of a palpable error; it should be spoken This Comedy, by Reynold's, has been suffered as it is italicized,
to sleep for 15 years, --and most probably will * Let none but fathers search they must pre- take another considerable nap before it is called a vail
up again. It is a very crude, coarsa production, And yet he was a father who did this !! and was not helped out much in the representaMr. P. laid the stress thus,
tion: though some of the performers were kind And yet he was a father who did this.' enough to enliven and embellish it with their He was equally out in the following line,
own wit. We are not disposed to encourage this • De Zélos is his murderer.!
sort of impertinence. Let your clowns speak no Mr. P. made his the emphatic word.
more than is set down for them,' is a rule that Mr. Robertson's De Zelos was not much mend. should be rigidly enforced. ed even where it was altered. His side sneer, in The characters in this Comedy are all grotesque. deed, on receiving the Justiza's polite invitation, Sir Bamber Blackletter was played by Mr. was very forcibly expressed, ---but nothing could Barnes, and is an amusing carricature of a cre. have been worse pronounced than his parting dulous old virtuoso. Ap Huzard, Mr. Simpson, threat to Manuel,
among others plays upon the foible of Sir Bam, . We meet to-morrow!'
palms upon him the following wild and singuThis, which should have been 'poured like a larly original and beautiful rhapsody, as 'a stanleperous distilment' into the very porches of his za, written by Shakespeare for one of the witches ears', Mr. R. brayed out with the lungs of a in Macbeth,-and never before published. stentor.
Hinx, spinx, the devil winks, Mrs. Barnes lost her cue again this evening, and The fat begins to fry; brought the whole business of the stage to a Nobody at home but jumping Joan; stand. We were unwilling to note a slip of me Father, and Mother, and i. mory in the first performance of a new play, but
O, V, T, her forgetfulness, or inattention, to-night, was With a black and a brown snout, wholly inexcusable.
Out! Pout! Out!
801t of imp. We are not dembellish it were kind
Though we should not be willing, with Sir Bam, votional aspiration--because we know that the to take an oath that it's Shakespeare's,'-we most pious people do not so far forget the observcould almost have sworn it upon Coleridge. ances of decorum, as to fall into these ecstasies in
“ Hinx, sping"-" Tu-whit!--Tu-whoo !" the street, or in the drawing-room. Seriously,
The king's English' suffered again severely we must once more remonstrate on the folly, not this evening,-though as the parties offending to say the blasphemy, of introducing solemn admight screen themselves under the pretence that dresses to Heaven amongst the trickery of the it was designed to give piquancy to the oddities stage. We were annoyed in this way four times of their parts, we shall not advert particularly to this evening. We do not pretend to nicer feelings them. We think it just however to give Mr. on this subject than other people, it is a ground Simpson credit for a new reading of Shakespeare. of general disgust. The play was, in other res. We learn from him, for the first time, that pects, respectably performed. Mrs. Barnes in There is a tide in the affairs of men,
Jane Shore, after her reverses and penance, was Which taken at the ebb, leads on to fortune ! particularly affecting. Mr. Pritchard's Gloster Mr. Hilson, likewise, shall have all the merit of was fair acting, and what we saw of Mr. Robertan entirely novel pronunciation of a familiar son's Dumont was impressive. name. He alluded to a certain Baron Munkaw- Mr. Pritchard was wrong in the pronunciation sen, as a famous story-telling traveller!
of holidame, and Mr. Simpson in that of sloth. We As for the new farce, which was announced as can assure Mr. Robertson that there is no such a principal attraction of the evening, it is the English verb as grip,--grip is a noun, and signimerest fudge that has been brought out in twice fies a small ditch. Gripe is the word he should 15 years. E.
Saturday Evening, June 7.
Monday Evening, June 9. Jane Shore.-Paul and Virginia,
Deserted Daughter.- Broken Sword. This is Nicholas Rowe's most admired Tragedy, This is an excellent Comedy, by Holcroft, and and is a good stock play. We did not get in till was extremely well sustained. Mr. Pritchard's considerable progress had been made in the per- Nordent was a very bandsome and judicious formance. We were in, however, early enough to performance. Mr. Simpson's Cheveril was quite witness one of the most preposterous things we re- in character,—wild, impetuous, enthusiastic. member ever to have noticed on the stage. In the Mr. Robertson humoured the broad Scotch' dia3d act Gloster makes an attempt to bring Has- lect of Donald very well, and was well received tings over to his party, and to induce him to fa- in a part, which it requires some talent to render vour his views on the crown. To pave the way intelligible. Item was personated by Mr. Hilfor this, he hints at Edward's illegitimacy, and son in a manner to add to his well-earned fame. quotes . Dr. Shaw' as an authority on this point. His distress and consternation on discovering the Hastings interrupts him, with
loss of his pocket-book were admirably expressed. Ill befall
Mr. Carpender's Clement was direct and unpreSuch meddling priests, who kindle up confusion, tending. Mr. Jones's Grime and Mr. Darley's And vex the quiet world with their vain scruples ! Lenox were creditably quitted. By Heav'n, 'tis done in perfect spite to peace, &c. Joanna derived much of her amiableness, and &c.
most of her interest, from the manner and perGloster. What if some patriot for the public son of Mrs. Darley. There is a rudeness in the
physiognomical scrutinies of the heroine of this Should vary from your scheme, new-mould the play, that does not accord with her imputed chastate?
racter and situation. Mrs. Baldwin's Mrs. Hastings. "Curse on the innovating hand at- Sarsnet was what it should have been,- pert, tempts it,
forward and flippant. Mrs. B. is generally too Remember him, the villian, righteous Heav'n vulgar for a chamber-maid. Mrs. Groshon as In thy great day of vengeance! Blast the trai. Lady Ann, by her propriety in the parting scene tor
with Mordent, compensated for some of the preAnd his pernicious councils, who for wealth, vious distress she had occasioned us. For power, the pride of greatness, or revenge, Mr. Pritchard accented irreparable erroneous.
Would plunge his native land in civil wars? ly. E.
Tuesday Evening, June 10. might have easily gathered, from the context, in Point of Honour.-Woodman's Hut. what spirit it was uttered) and accordingly drop. This was an extra night, the performances beped down upon his knees, in the midst of the dia. ing in honour of the President's approach to the logue, to offer it up! Now, nothing can be more City. This pretext, however, failed to draw a proper in its place than prayer,and we will not house. undertake to say that the Theatre is not a proper • The petit Comedy of the Point of Honorer. is place, for it,—but we very much question the a piece of great interest. It was originally utility of its introduction under any circumstan- French, and was adapted to the English stage by ces into the scene ;-—and even if this be allowa. Charles Kemble. We were present during only ble, we must still object, on the score both of part of the representation, but were much gratití. taste and probability, to the practice of turning ed with what we saw of it. Mr. Pritchard, in aside in the midst of conversation of a very dif- Durimel, was correct and manly, but not always ferent cast, to assume the attitude and air of de. sufficiently forceful. Mr. Robertson, as St. Prav
was, in some instances, too slow, formal and de- Cooper's Macbeth, that it was an able performn-' liberate, in both his action and enunciation, but ance. He admirably supplied all those minutiæ rose to a high degree of excellency in the last of circumstance, which are left to the discretion of scene. The uncontrollable feelings of affection the actor, and on which much of the effect of acting which gushed upon and overwhelmed the soul of depends. His readings were generally good and the father, compelled by his official situation to his emphasis usually correct. But in one of Mr. carry into effect the cruel sentence against his Cooper's eminence, and one who limits himself to son, were strongly delineated. His apostrophe, a certain routine of character, we have a right in the midst of his harangue to the soldiery, was to expect perfect propricty of emphasis, at least, uttered in the genuine tones of anguish. Mrs. for where the reading is ascertained, there can Barnes in Bertha, exceeded in one instance any be little doubt as to the stress of the sentence. thing we had witnessed of her powers. We al. Mr. C. should not relax his vigilance. Fame Jude to the farewell scene with Durimel. The must be preserved by the same means that it was fearful, hopeless, but imploring cries, with which acquired. He who has ceased to improve, bas she, in vain, called on him to return, and the begun to decline. deep-drawn convulsive sob of unutterable yet in- As we have never seen Mr. Cooper before in tolerable grief, which she expired, as she sunk this part, we cannot judge comparatively of bis insensible into the arms of St. Franc, were an excellence this evening. We noticed, however, irresistible appeal to the sympathies of the spec- several instances where he weakened his author's tator.
sense by want of judicious emphasis. In the fol-Between the entertainments, Mr. Pritchard lowing sentence, sung the popular patriotic song of Rise Colum- By Sinel's death, I know I am thane of Glamis; bia, in the garb of an American Tar,—but com- But how of Cawdor?' pletely defeated its force, by the incongruity and There is an obvious antithesis between Glanis absurdity of holding in his hand, instead of his and Cawdor,--but Mr. C. threw the whole force tarpawling, a paper tull of crotchets and quavers!! in the latter clause upon how. His own sense should bave taught him that what In the following lines, is meant to go to the heart, should, at least, ap- . This supernatural soliciting pear to come from the heart. Every true. Son "Cannot be ill; cannot be good'of Freedom' can sing the song by heart, and must though there be an evident antithesis between ill feel indignant at the affectation which would and good, the strength of the inference, which the make strange of it. Had there been an audi- poet bas drawn, would be very much increased, ence this evening, he would have received no and its process of deduction rendered more apequivocal intimation of this sentiment.
parent, by dividing the latter cannot, and laying E.
a marked emphasis upon the negation. In the
famous soliloquy in the first act, his emphasis was, Wednesday Evening, June 11. in several instances, manifestly wrong: Mr. A Cure for the Heart Ache.---The Purse. Cooper commenced it thusTheatricals have been too thick this week, for us "If 'twere done, when 'lis done, then 'tweré to pretend to keep pace with them. We have no
well ticeủ this excellent Coinedy; and among the nume. It were done quickly.' rous spectacles of this evening, we devoted the lit. We should say, tle attention we could afford to the splendid illu- If'twere done, when 'tis done, then 'lwere ucit mination of the City Hall, in honour of the visit It were done quickly! of the President of the United States to this City. Again, a little further, he adds,
that but this blow : Thursday Evening, June 12. Might be the be-all and the end-all, here, Macbeth.--Sprigs of Laurel . But here, upon this bank and shoal of time! It having been announced in the bills of per. We'd jump the life to come.' forinance that the President of the United States Our reading would be, would honour the Theatre this evening with his But here, upon this bank and shoal of time." presence, the house was tilled at an early hour. Nothing could be worse imagined than the trumOn the entrance of the President and his suite, pet-tongued' declamation of the passage, in this after the curtain had risen, the audience attested fearful soliloquy, in which that expression occurs. their respect and good will towards the magis. Such a tintamarre would ill have suited with trate and the man, by hearty and reiterated Macbeth's situation, or tone of mind. cheers, whilst the band struck up the Presi. His dagger-scene, however, was admirable. dent's March.' The President acknowledged He gave etlect to every word and whilst he folbis sensibility to this burst of honest feeling, by lowed with his eye the visionary weapon that repeatedly bowing to the house. The managers pointed him towards Duncan's chamber, till; had appropriated the third box from the stage, on Each strain'd ball of sight, seemed bursting from the left as we faced the stage, for the accominoda- his head,'the horrible contortions of his features tion of the Chief of the Republic, and had orna- witnessed the secret struggles of his soul. His mented it with a rich and tasteful canopy, com- trepidation, too, after he had done the deed,' was posed of the national flag, and surnounted with exceedingly well shown in the low and hurried ut. the Eagle, From the nature of the occasion, terance of his rapid interrogatories. His divided atand the inconvenience of the crowd, we could not tention wbilst Lenox was addressing him, and attend very minutely to the representation of this he was endeavouring to listen after Nacdutt, masterly tragedy. We can say generally of Mr. who had gone into the king's bed-room, was dis
tinctly marked. Nor oan we omit to praise the lively but moral. We may add, too, that it was propriety of his attitude, and of the significant well acted. Mr. Robertson's Reuben Glenroy workings of his countenance, whilst Lady Mac- was so good in the main, that we will waive any beth was endeavouring to induce him to screw exception which we might have taken to particuhis courage up to the sticking-place.'
lar passages in it. We are always pleased with We noticed two instances of vicious pronuncia- this gentleman in comic characters, and in those tion in Mr. Cooper,-he gave the a in rather, the of a serious but not of a sombre cast. He sung, same sound with that in father,--and made h si- with a great deal of drollery, a Negro song belent, in a case where it should have been aspi- tween the entertainments. Mr. Pritchard was rated.
tame and insipid in Capt. Glenroy. Mr. Barnes's Mrs. Groshon played Lady Macbeth. We Kit Cosey was extremely well done. He enterhave already noticed, with some commendation, ed into the part and humoured it. Mr. Hilson's this lady's personation of this part--but it was ra. Hawbuck was all that could possibly be made of ther comparatively with her general acting, than it. positively in reference to the conception of Shake. Mrs. Barnes in Rosalie Somers, in the last speare. She did not succeed so well this evening, scene, showed not only that she has naturally an - probably because she was anxious to do better. excellent voice, but that she understands perfectWherever she attempted to branch out into decla- ly well how to use it. There is a proverb.-The mation she invariably failed. Where she satisfied bird that can sing, &c. Apropos—The mention herself with a straight-forward fidelity to the of birde suggests a simile that will illustrate wbat scene, she came nearer to satisfying us, Her ar- we wish to impress upon Mrs. Barnes. The gaudy ticulation would be infinitely pleasanter, if it peacock is less esteemed than the unostentatious were attended with less action of the zygomatic robin. She knows the reason,--the harsh dismuscles, E.
cordant notes of the one destroy all the pleasure
we might derive from gazing at its painted plumFriday Evening, June 13. age, whilst in listening with delight to the mela. Manuel.Tooth-Ache.
dious strains of the other, we wholly forget the
simplicity of its attire. Saturday Evening, June 14. We did not stay to see the Melo Drama. We What's Nect.- Ella Rosenberg. should not have had room to notice it. We would have gone to see Ella Rosenberg As we shall not introduce any further dramatis on any other occasion, but the Theatre having criticisms in this number, we will take this opbeen kept open all the rest of the week, we portunity to make a few general remarks thought the managers might have had the for. Should our strictures have appeared severe ta bearance to spare the performers on Saturday any, we can only say that we have written as we night. At any rate, if they were not fagged, we have felt, and that we have preferred to give oor were.
sentiments in the very language in which they
spontaneously clothed themselves, to frittering Monday Evening, June 16. them away with studied tenderness of phrase. Guy Mannering.--Death of Capt. Cook. We have a higher opinion of the profession of an
There was nothing worth hearing this even- actor, than actors themselves seem to entertain. ing, but two very capital songs by Mr. Barnes, We are probably, for this reason, more rigorous of one of which we had like to have been in our exactions. We would excite a proper amchoused, but for the timely and spirited assertion bition among the performers. It is not our pro. of their rights by the audience-whose good con- vince to lecture upon elocution,--on the contrary duct in this instance did away some of the dis. We would gladly receive lessons on the art froia respect we had begun to entertain for their un- the stage. But the art must be learnt before it can derstandings from their applause of the most pre. be taught. The task of criticism is always irksome, posterous scenes of the parody, which, with a and, too often, thankless. We should be glad if discernment that we cannot condemn an actor we could conscientiously confine ourselves to pa. for taking advantage of, had been selected for negyrick. Our labours, however, will be repaid their amusement. Neither will we find fault if they are productive of improvement. When with those who can be pleased they know not that hope fails we shall terminate them. But why, and care not wherefore.' On the contrary, while we do attend the Theatre we will insist at we regard it as a very enviable state of mind;- least, that the language be spoken correctly, and but till we attain to it, we shall refrain from at- those who persist in violations of orthoepy that we tending such another puppet-show recreation as have pointed out, shall themselves be properly composed the regale of to-night.
We will take the liberty, also, as the season is
near its close, to recommend to the managers to Wednesday Evening, June 18. re-enforce their corps efficiently for another came Town and Country.--Blind Boy. paign. They are not so destitute of gens d'ar The Comedy of Town and Country, by Mor• merie as of light troops, and are most deficient in tong is a good play. It is humorous but decent, the demotselle department: