The Ogden Company last evening produced Oxcuford’s comedy bearing the above title. The principal character is that cf Horace Greenfield, who is alleged to be “a husband cf the present,” and who shows great respect for the dictum of his mother-in-law—a lady who brooks little opposition, and is, moreover, naturally of a suspicious nature; this latter quality being the means of causing the wayw rd husband much uneasiness. Greenfield manages to engage in a somewhat unsatisfactory affaire d'amour with a lady called Xantippe, described as “the wife of the future,” who proves to be the wife of h ! a bosom friend, Timothy Roisterer, but who has been separated from him on account cf incompatibility of temper. The secret meetings between Greenfield and Zantippe usually end in a ludicrous centretemps in which the former occupies the more unfortunate position. He, however, imagines that matters have come to an unpleasant climax when Xantippe, after an hysterical interview with him, throws herself from a two-storey window. Lucki y, or unluckily, a passing hay cart breaks her fall, and she seeks out Greenfield while the latter is congratulating himself on his escape and avowing his intention to lead a better life. Further complications arias, and these are increased by the arrival at Greenfield's house of Mr Boisterer. A laughable denouement follows, but explanations are then made, and with the discomfiture of the mother-iu-Uw and the reconciliation of Mr and Mrs Roisterer the curtain falls. As Horace Greenfield Mr D’On-ay Ogden was amusing, but bis indistinct pronunciation militated somewhat against t.ho success of his performance. After bis representation of the Jew Fagin in * Oliver Twist,’ his Horace Greenfield was somewhat of a surprise. His acting in the last act was really good, and created roars of la ’gh< er. Miss Helen Fergus as Xantippe was thoroughly at home in the part, making the most of hrr opportunities for displaying excellent comedy acting. As the mamma-in-1 iw(Mrs Marlinettc), Miss Fleta Maitland was much too quiet; but Miss Melrose, as Mrs Horace Greenfield, was pleasing. As Larry, an Irish gardener, Mr Barry Power gave an excellent representation of the character. Mr Barry Marshall, as Timothy Roisterer, a man of the day, also acted carefully, and ably seconded the endeavors of Mr Ogden in the last sot. Minor characters were filled by Misses Dawson and Farnwell and Mr Chapman. To-night a benefit will be tendered to Mrs and Baby Ogden, when Gough’s tern; erance drama ‘ Lost and Won ’ will be produced. Baby Ogden will appear in a part specially written for her, and the performance will be under the patronage of His Worship the Mayor, the City councillors, and the mttnbers of the Shakespearian Club,
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‘MAMMA-IN-LAW.’, Evening Star, Issue 7991, 21 August 1889
‘MAMMA-IN-LAW.’ Evening Star, Issue 7991, 21 August 1889
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