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HUGO'S BUFFALO MINSTRELS, Issue 7962, 18 July 1889
HUGO'S BUFFALO MINSTRELS
The p&oked house that greeted the reappearance of tho above company at the Princess's Theatre last evening showed conclusively that the minstrel style of enttrtainment is as popular in Danedin as ever, many of those present, both upstairs and downstairs, having to content themselves with standing room only. Of course the reduced prices—the system inaugurated here by the management of this company some years back—accounts in no small degree for the very largo audiences which invariably assemble at tht ir opetiing performances. But tho merits also of the entertainment should not by any means be overlooked, for the company provide amusement equal, and in some instances superior, to that furnished by other visiting companies who charge higher pi ices of admission. The curtain labt night rose ou a pretty set piece, expressly painted by Mr A Ashtoii, and representing a Mississippi river-side scene, with the orthodox circle of performers formed, in addition to some of the principals and chorus who were rangtd at the back. An effloient though small orchestra, conducted by Mr M. Williams, played an overture, which was accompanied by a vocal chorus, Iho pait of conversationalist was as usual in tho hinds of Miss Pn'soilla Verne, whiln th* cornermen were Messrs Charles Hugo, J. Cullen (tambos), W. Hugo and C. Collyer (bones). In the first part every item was encored, in some instances the performers bciog recalled three times. Miss Verne appeared in an original medley, and met with a hearty welcome. Miss Connie Devereux sang a pretty waltz song' The night birds' cooing'; Misses Cleveland and Warren contributed respactively 'Lovers and fiiends' and 'Always take mother's advice,' and Mr Dan Tracey appeared in an Irlsb song and dance sketch, giving as an oncore representations of Amerioan clog dancing. The comic songs ' O'Urady the tailor ' (by W. Hugo) and ' Sweet Jenny' (by O. Hugo) were enthusiastically enoored, while the jok-s which were freely Interspersed received due recognition. A finale entitled 'The Terpsichorean Crazo' created much amusement, although the "business" grew rather monotonous In the second poition of the programme no ciu«e could be foutd for grumbling at the quality of the amusement provided, which vas of tho most varied nature. W. Hugo and Alf Wad'c-y led off with a " koo.kabout ' song and dance, and were followed by Mhs Verne, who, changing her dress in extraordinarily quick time for each selection, taDg a number of serio-comic ditties. In a humorous specialty entitled' The New York Cadger' C. Hugo was perfectly at home, and fairly oonvulsed the audioncp, his burlesque of the pathetic recitation 'Out in the snow' being given in inimitable style. Mies Devereux »nd Mr fc'kfats then appeared ia a charaoter duet; Mr Finest Godfrey taDg 'Only a violet,'and contributed a selection on the ocarina in an acceptable manner; and a farce— • The Telephone' —was played. Mr W. Robinson (the Australian Tom Thumb) was loudly applauded for a humorous recitation; Misses Verno and Devereux appoared in a Bketch from the bulla <|uo cf ' Monte Christo'; Dan Tiaccy gave anuthcr Irish song and dance ; and Mr C. Collyer played a number of selections upon ordinary tin whistles very cleverly, operating on two instruments at ot e time. The concluding farce waß rather a tame affair, but all the available fun was got out of it by Mr O. Hugo, who iu comic negro pvrts is very amusing. The same programme will be repeated this evening, and we. have Icm requested to remind patrons that circle mats can now be booked at the Dresden, whero the box plan lies. An entire change of programme will shortly 1)9 made, when several additional noveltim are promised.
HUGO'S BUFFALO MINSTRELS, Issue 7962, 18 July 1889
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