The comic acting of Mr. Robert Woolsey, in the part of Henry Watkins, the New Jersey judge, is largely what raises "The Right Girl", now playing at the Park Square Theatre, above the average of musical comedies. His work, though sometimes labored, is always entertaining, and brought enthusiastic applause from an audience which seemed pleased by the performance in general, and Mr. Woolsey in particular. Mr. Woolsey was also fortunate in having the best lines, and his remarks about "forgetting to touch second" and "Run along and count your marbles" were particularly successful.
In addition to the nimble Mr. Woolsey, Tom Lewis, who played the part of Barry Darcy, the portly uncle and father-in-law, scored with the audience. His frequent references to the great drought, were funny and original, although the subject of his complaint has been fairly well exhausted as a source for stage humor. Miss Dolly Connolly, as Molly, Mr. Darcy's dark-haired niece, took a prominent part in the performance,--contributing to nearly all the singing and dancing. Her acting was magnetic, and the audience was glad to have her on the stage as much as she was. Charles Purcell was well placed in the part of Anthony Stanton, the usual musical comedy hero, and his singing was far above the ordinary. Miss Ruth Collins as Dera Darcy, made an exceptionally beautiful fiancee.
The story is not much different from many others that have been seen in musical comedy before. Stanton is a happy-go-lucky spendthrift who loses both his money and girl at one time. He is deceived by Arthur Cadman, her fiancee, who also is doing a dubious business with Darcy's money. By a little detective work, Stanton follows the Darcy family to Palm Beach, where he discloses the plot of Valera Valador, played by Miss Francesco Rotoli,--who attempts to involve Stanton in former shady connections with her, although Cadman had really been the deceiver. When Cadman's evil ways are disclosed, Darcy consents to the breaking off of his daughter's engagement with him, and is glad to have her betrothed to so clever a lover as Stanton.
Most of the songs were received with generous applause, with "Love's Little Journey", the railroad song, winning first honors. Other hits were "Things I Learned in New Jersey", "You'll Get Nothing From Me", and "Aladdin".