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There was a satisfactory attendance at the Princess’s Theatre last evening, when the Ogden Dramatic Comp my opened their season with the dramatised \eision of Dickens’s celebrated ‘Bleak House.’ The adantatioa presented is said to have been specially written for Baby Ogden, a mite of seven summers, who enacts the tile role, but the version differs very slightly from that produced here some years back by the Jennie Lee Company. Doubtless there are numbers who see many objections to a child of tender years being obliged to appear in a character of so prominent a nature as the one last night pourtrayed by Baby Ogden,but it must be remembered that there is a vast difference between receiving dramatic tuition and representing a part according to direction and in personally studying the various phases of the character and impersonating it with sufficient pathos and dramatic vigor to ensure success, while participating thoroughly in the feelings which prompt the words and their attending action?. Not that Baby Ogden’s pourtrayal of the ragged outcast is merely a mechanical performance, or without feeling, for last night there were unmistakeable signs that the child realised in some measure the conditions which, to make its representation a complete success, should be studied by every exponent of the part. This was particularly noticeable in the last scene, where the mother and her much-abused offspring die looked in a fond embrace. Throughout the play Baby Ogden displayed a degree of intelligence which in such a young child is simply surprising. Her inflection of voice and the absence of staginess evidenced the attention which must have been devoted to her tuition. As Lady Deadlock, Miss Helen Fergus (Mrs D’Orsay Ogden) was distinctly successful, and acted in a conscientious manner, her best efforts, however, being in the scene where the astute Tulkinghorne informs her that he possesses her secret, and in the final scene. Mrs D’Orsay Ogden also played the part of the revengeful Mdlle. Hortease, and showed that she possesses no mean dramatic power, her acting in the scene where she is arrested on a charge of murder being capital. Mias Ethel Parnwell made the most of the part of Mrs Snagsby, and Misses Dawson and Melrose filled subsidiary parts satisfactorily. Mr Lawrie Dunbar doubled the parts of the Coroner and Inspector Bucket, gave an even representation of the police official. Mr Dunbar makes the character less dignified than the Bucket we have been accustomed to, but that apart, he does not let his conception suffer by comparison. The Sir Leicester Deadlock of Mr W. Godfrey was a tame, impassionlcss personage. Mr Barry Mai shall, as the lawyer Tulkinghorne, showed himself to ho a capable performer, and appeared to advantage as the callous, calculating legal dignitary, especially in the interview with Lady Deadlock. In the less pleasant scene with the French waiting maid Mr Marshall ably seconded the efforts of Mrs D Oraay Ogden, the consequence being that that scene passed off excellently. The Snagsby of Mr J. Smith pleased the audience, but the performer was too matter-nf-iact, lacking true pathos in the scenes with Jn. Mr Harry Power noted in n happy manner the part of the hypocritical Chadband. On the whole, a satisfactory representation of the drama was given, and, with the exception of a lengthy wait in the first act, the piece wont swim mingly from beginning to end. The scenery was good throughout, while a couple of set pieces received a deserved round of applause—the scenes showing signs of careful work. The piece was also fairly well staged. A small but efficient orchestra, under Mr K. Parker, supplied the incidental music. ‘Jo ’ will be repeated this evening.

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'JO' AT THE PRINCESS’S THEATRE., Evening Star, Issue 7986, 15 August 1889

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'JO' AT THE PRINCESS’S THEATRE. Evening Star, Issue 7986, 15 August 1889