The play was put upon the stage in an economical manner.
The Globe.At this theatre, Miss Agnes Ethel has been acting in M. Sardou's drama of her own name, to large and appreciative audiences. Of the play little need be said. The plot is decidedly old, but none the less interesting. The impersonation of Agnes demands the beauty and grace of person, the purity and loftiness of bearing, which Miss Ethel so easily gives to it. Although unequal to the passages of tragic emotion, these are so few that the lady's weakness in those parts leaves but little impression on the mind. Her greatest success is achieved in the first scene with her husband, where she shows him the drawings, and in the fourth act, where she endeavors to recall his truant love. In these scenes her light-comedy powers have full scope, and we recognize them to be of high order. Her support was very good. Mr. Sheridan, as the wayward Stephen, made a part interesting which, in the hands of an inferior actor, would have been stupid if not laughable. Miss Orton did herself great credit in the part of Stella. Mr. Allen was careless and unappreciative in his rendering of the Prefect.
"Agnes" will probably run for several weeks.
Boston Theatre.Miss Neilson made her first appearance in Boston, on Monday night, in Romeo and Juliet. We have never before seen this part performed by an actress of great ability, and thus we lack anything with which to compare Miss Neilson's impersonation; but, judging it by itself, we think that it proves the lady to possess, not great genius, surely, but the highest talent. This, combined with her undeniable beauty of person, renders us loath to criticise. Her comedy in the first three acts was brilliant, but not wonderful; her tragedy in the last two acts simply magnificent. In this portion of the play her principal fault - a declamatory utterance - was lost in the storm of her passion.
Mr. Wheelock, as Romeo, was tolerable. Tybalt and Paris were as amusing as usual. The scenery used was the same old set, which the management of this theatre think the correct thing for every play, except the "Black Crook" and "Streets of New York."
H H Theatricals.A very pleasant entertainment was given last Wednesday evening, at the Chelsea Academy of Music, by members of the H H Society. The bills announced "Poor Pillicoddy," and Mr. Byron's burlesque, Fra Diavolo, as the programme, and these were given in a manner which not only displayed much individual talent, but showed abundant and painstaking rehearsal.