Toole in Ashburton.
The'greatest treat the .play-going public: of tliis town and district have had or are likely to have for aveiylong time was that afforded by the appcarahes at the Oddfellows' Hall of Mr ,). L. Toole and his talented company. Everybody knows th;»t Toole is the first comedian of the day, bub only a very few have until Thursday had the opportunity of seeing and hearing him and laughing at him and with him.: And everybody die} laugh, and laugh con, sumedly. for he is absolutely irresistible Of course, there was a packed house, notwithstanding that the charges for admission Were higher than usual but that all got their moneys worth was fseely and fully admitted. .Nor was it a case of one splendid -actor supported, or, should we say, spoiled by a set of second-rate and indifferent assistants ; every role both m comedy and farce being admirably filled, and both pieces running with a " go " and brilliancy that left nothing to be desired. Byron's " Chawles " or "A Fool and his Money" was th,e first item on the programme, the title role being of course filled by Mr Toolo, who, as the pompous menial, who for a time disposesses the heii and enters into the enjoyment, of enormous wealth as the result of his own intrigues for a "momentum" was immense and inimitable. Mr Shelton as Pentland (the family lawyer) played well and carefully, and Mi Westland as Brabazon Vandeleur was admirable. The parts of Percival Ransane, and Kate Vandeleur found excellent interpreters m Mr C. M. Lowne, find Miss Irene Vanbrugh, Miss Eliza Johnstone making a most amusing Mary Draper. The farce " Ici on Parle Francais," with Mr Toole as Mr Sprigging, Mr Westland as Rattan, and Miss Vanbriigh as Angelina, was from first to last exceedingly amusing and elicited roars;of laughter, and the curtain fell upon the final tableau amid loud and long-sustained applause. The Company left by train this morning to open at Ohristchurch tonight,
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Toole in Ashburton., Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2546, 17 October 1890
Toole in Ashburton. Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2546, 17 October 1890
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