Dion Boucicault's dramas will often succeed where more pretentious modern compositions fail. It is seldom that pieces like 'The Shaughraun,' ' Arrah-na-Pogue, J eto„ are played to empty benches; therefore the Albert Lucas Company did wisely in staging ' The Coileen Bawn' on Saturday evening, when the audience was large and encouraging. Mr Lucas, we understand, made a first attempt on the part of Myle3-na-Coppaleen; but no excuses need be made for him on that account. He played the character well, putting plenty of "go" into it ami wisely abstaining from too much of the brogue. Miss Nell Ogderi" had a most suitable part as Eily O'Connor, and scored more heavily than on ai y previous night. As Danny Mann Mr C. R. Hul had a fair chance of showing his real abilities in the histrionic line (he usually plays some poor low comedy character), and his acting was forceful aid experienced The unlovable characters of Mrs Cregan and her son Hardress were played by Miss E. Leech and Mr Wilton Power, neither of whom seemed to act in sympathy with their expressions. Miss .1 ilian Chester made a dashing Ann Chute, and Mr H. James got through his difficult part of Father Tom with a good deal of credit. Others who contributed sucessfully to the performance were Miss Wyniard, Miss Hamilton, and Messrs Manville, Phillips, and Vale. The company might do worse than reproduce 'The Colleen Bawn 1 by-and-bye.
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CITY HALL., Evening Star, Issue 10424, 20 September 1897