Observer, Rōrahi XV, Putanga 857, 1 Pipiri 1895, Page 9
The Darrell dramatic season .is now gradually drawing towards its close at the Opera House. Good business has been done on the whole, and the season has been remarkable for the excellence of the several productions. The ' Sunny South ' was the most recent performance, and it is a very powerful and realistic play, full of effective and highly- wrought
' Mr Ewington has been cudgelling Mr Withy's brain against the Single Tax, but he has not succeeded in making the slightest impiession.'
dramatic situations. Mr Darrt ll's repertoire is a first-class one, and the plays he stages all from his own pen, are as -thrilling as stage representations possibly could be. The company has appeared to much advantage in the recent performances, the chief honours bcdng shared, of course, by Miss Harrie Ireland and Mr Darrell himself. To night, the* ever - popular and very weepy 'East Lynne ' will be performed for the first time, with Mr Darrell in his favourite rule of Sir Francis Levjson and Miss Harrie Ireland as Lady Isabel. On Friday and Saturday, a double bill will be presented, when a new farcical comedy called the ' Nightmare ' ■will be presented, to be followed by ' The Corsican Brothers.' On Monday night, Mr Darrell will make his final appearance in Auckland as ' Badger,' in the ' Streets of New York,' a part he has played with the greatest success no fewer than 574. times.
Mr John Fuller and his talented little company have been doing a Waikato tour during the last week. Everywhere they were well received, and success followed their footsteps with the persistence of a wandering kitten that is determined to join your household. Miss Fuller, Miss Fitzpatrick, the Messrs Fuller, and, indeed, every member of the company, have made hosts of friends on the tour, and the indefatigable Nordon has
been a most energetic business manager. JLast night, the. popular concerts were to have beeu resumed at the City Hall. The programme prepared for- the occasion was a splendid one, and the additional powerful attraction cf the opera ' Rose of Auv«rgne ' was certain to. assure a crowded house. Look out for next week's concert, which is now being advertised. • • • ." . Mr C. E. Jones, the humourous lecturer, has been entertaining Auckland audiences with his admirable lectures. That on ' American Humour ' was a brilliant succesp, and deseiving of a much larger audience than that which assenibled. Mr Jones referred to the humour of Abraham Linr oln, Colonel Crockett, Artemus Ward. Colonel Ingersol], President Garfield, Jo^-h Billings, Mark Twain, J. R. Lowel), and Oliver Wendell Holmes. Extracts from x the writings of these, humourists were given to the audience by Mr Jones in a style that stamped him as a humourist of a very high order. The second lecture, ' Parliamemry Side Shows," was given at the V.M.C.A. Hull on Tuesday last, and was a pronounced success. Mr Jones undoubtedly carried his audience with him for the whole of the two hours, and whether it was historical facts or only humour that he was dealing, with, the audience was -equally delighted Mr Joaes is undoubtedly a splendid platform lecturer, and well worth hearing. * # * John Birch's third concert in the City Hall was a very successful one, but the bad weather necessarily kept a good many people away and spoilt the attendance. Misses Warren and Margrave, and Messrs Tayler, .Reginald Burch, A. L. Edwards, Herr Zimmermann and others assisted, and Mr John Birch's recitations took immensely. Mrs Archdale Tayler was an efficient accompanist. • • » Considerable interest is centred in the approaching production of Wallace's popular grand opera ' Maritana,' which will be given at the Opera House by Auckland amateurs, under the direction of Mr Albert Richardson, on Monday, July Ist, and following nights. Great preparations are now being made for the season. There will be a complete double cast of principals throughout, and, moreover, the role of Don Caesar will be sustained by three tenors of whom report speaks highly. There will be a large and powerful chorus of fifty voices, and an efficient orchestra, including our leading instrumentalists, under the leadership of Mr A. Li. Cooke. A new wardrobe will be used on the occasion, and the scenery will be the best obtainable. Popular prices will be adhered to throughout the season. The Cunard- Vaudeville Company are at the Exchange Hall, Wellington. Mostyn-Dalziel season did not pan out very well at the Wellington Opera House. Gourley- Stokes' Variety Combination seems to be getting on well at Christchurch Theatre Royal. The Tivoli Specialty Company, including Charles and Will Hugo, are at Christchurch Opera House. Pollard's juveniles had another splendid season at Christchurch, and have engaged the Theatre Royal there for the Show week of 1896. The Kennedy and Lucas Companies having amalgamated, produced ' The Black Flag ' at the Princess Theatre, Dunedin, on Saturday week. The second Tivoli Company opened at the City Hall, Dunedin, on May 17th. The company includes Messrs Collins, Browne, Stapleton, La Sells, Miller, Hamilton, and the Misses Evelyn Harte, Christine Tennyson and May Malvino. Thus Melbourne Punch : — ' Amy Vaughan's troupe of amateurs are now touring New Zealand, producing the burlesques of Mr Austin Power. This gentleman has been specially engaged and is winning golden opinions all over the place.' This is a bit too previous, surely. Williamson and Musgro^e reckon they have guaged Zealand taste to a nicety, and are sending round some more intellectuality in the form of leg show — with heaps of leg. ' Cinderella ' and ' Red Riding Hood' are promised, with Marie Luella, Polly Emery, Edith Courtenay and Eatherine Hardy.
Mr Edward S. Matthews, manufacturer's agent and warehousemen, has been joined in business by Mr Alex. Knight, for fifteen years with the late firm of William HcArthur and Co. The new firm will occupy the premises in Wellesleystreet East, recently occupied by the Auckland Furniture Company, and will be Btyled A. Knight and Co.- The members of the firm are well-known and highly esteemed, and should have no difficulty in securing a considerable Bhare of the trade in their own line of business.