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This, the best of the current melodramas that we have seen in Dunedin, is still running successfully at the Princess's, and bids fair to draw good houses to the end of the week. Saturday is its last night, for on Monday Mr Bland Holt produces his other new play ' The Ruling Passion,' which will, we understand, be mounted with the strict attention to detail that characterises * The Union Jack.' Mr Holt announces in his advertisement that the story told in ' The Union Jaok' can be followed by a child a statement that everyone who has seen it will endorse; but this phrase must not be understood figuratively as implying an absence of plot. On the contrary, there is a well-connected and by no means impossible story told in the play, and, though the humorous element preponderates, it is not all comedy. Jack Medway's interview with his sister Rose is really most pathetic, thanks to the excellent acting of Miss Deorwyn and Mr Howe, and there are other scenes in which one's feelings are powerfully appealed to. At the same time, the general effect of the drama is exhilarating rather than doleful, and those who go to see it are assured of genuine amusement, for when Mr Holt and his colleagues set themselves out to make one laugh they are simply irresistible. We have on a previous occasion referred in detail to the acting, and would bow merely add that the first impressions as to the abilities of the performers are amply justified. Mr Walter Howe is a manly Jack Medwayj Mr Holloway sustains the thankless part of Sir Philip with credit, and ia well backed up by Mr Albert Normau, who impersonates the other villain, Captain Morton; Mr Roberts is well suited as Lieutenant Stanley; Mr Holt is simply inimitable as Peter Ply, the man-o'-war's man; Mrs Holt plays Ethel's part with grace, and has a valuable coadjutor in Miss Blanche Lewis, whose acting as Ivy is a real study ; Miss Deorwyn makes a most winsome Rose; Miss Carrie George is regularly applauded in the washing scene ; and Miss Virginia Vivienne is as Bprightly and charming a Polly as a sailor ever kissed. On Tuesday night and last evening there were several calls before the curtain.

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'THE UNION JACK.', Evening Star, Issue 7998, 29 August 1889

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'THE UNION JACK.' Evening Star, Issue 7998, 29 August 1889