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wife from her duty, while he pretended as the idea of a woman paying her for A're friendship to the husband. Involuntary and spects to an audience in breeches, is rather sudden efforts of passion may sometimes destroying that apparent modefty which has subdue the struggles and eiforts of the most ever been esteemed the characteristic of the virtuous mind, but prenieditated adultery sex. However, though appearance was under these circumstances is a species of trea- against her,' she early obtained repeated chery that should never escape with impunity, plaudits of approbation, and experienced The liberties which Mr. Tovníhend took the flattering reward of meritorious abilities. with his friend's wife, weré visble to the Her yoice is a melodious counter-tenor, and whole family, the neighbourhood, and every conveys an idea of the tones of Mrs. Kenvisitor, long before Mr. F took ferious nedy; which, added to a good figure, is notice of them, and he had nearly fallen likely to prove an acquisition to Mr. Colinto the contempt of the world, before he man, who appears very ambitious to attract roused from his lethargy, and vindicated his the Town by novelty. wrongs, by evincing a proper fpirit of re On the 15th inftant, a lady whose name fentment.
is Smith appeared for the first time at this Mr. F called his wife to a severe theatre, in the part of Phyllis, in the Con account: he charged her with the familiarity scious Lovers. of her behaviour to Mr. Townshend, and Mrs. Smith has been accustomed to the fhe at first boldly denied the charge; but, ftage; has a tolerable person ; and appears in defending herself, thewed so much par- to have some share of that vivacity and nice tiality to her lover, and contempt to admo- discernment, which give effect to our comic nitions of her husband, that a separation representations. was the consequence.
On the 20th instant, a lady whose name Mr. F. , on his wife's departing is Brooks, was introduced in the character from his house, fet persons to watch Mr. of Lady Townly, in the Provoked HufTownsend, and having at length, procu- band. red fufficient evidence of actual adultery, he This lady's person is elegant, her rountecalled Mr. Townshend to the field. Mr nance expressive and captivating, and her Townshend accepted the challenge, he receiv- judgment corrent; but her voice and proed Mr.F's fire, but positively refused to runciation have defedts which may prevent return it. Certain of having done him an her acquiring that superior fame in comedy irremediable wrong, his conscience would to which her talents have just claims. not permit him to aggravate it.
We have hardly ever seen Lady Townly To lay the foundation of a divorce, Mr. represented with more judicious attention to - brought an action against Mr. Town- nature ; and, if the manager can put Mrs. thend, which was tried last term, when he Brooks on a method of giving fulness to her got five hundred pounds damages. On this voice, and disentangling her words, she will trial it was proved that when the lady rode toon rank with the firt performers of the out, Mr. Townshend generally met her, present time. and took several liberties both in action and On the 23d instant. A new Comedy was conversation, which a modeft woman could performed for the first time at this theatre, only allow to her husband, and that after called her separation from her husband, he was The Disbanded Officer i, or, Baroness of frequently seen coming from her bed chamber in a morning
Bruchful. It is strongly reported that should a di
Dramatis Perfonæ. vorce take place, Mr. Townshend will
Mr. Palmer. marry the lady: but to this his father has
Mr. Bannister, jun. entered a strong protest: and in a letter on the subject to his son he writes to this pur. Count Bellair,
Mr. Wewitzer. port, “ I forgive your conduct towards the
Mr. Parsons. woman. I approve your behaviour towards Baroness of Bruchsal, Miss Farren. her husband in the field; but should you Liletta, marry her, I can never more consider you Widow,
Mrs. Inchbald. as one of iny family."
This Comedy is avowedly taken from a British Theatre.
German piece of Lesling, which was exHay.market, Friday, July 7.
ceedingly popular on the Continent, and has
been translated into French, and performed MR
RS. EDWARDS made her first ap. with great applause on the Parisian ftage.
pearance in the character of Mac- Major Johnson is the ingenious gentleman heath, in the Beggar's Opera. So bold an to whom the town are indebted for the in. entrsé could make no appeal to delicacy, woduction of this play into our theatre ;
Aug where it is likely to be as great a favourite difinherited by the rich uncle on whom all as it has been abroad.
her expectations rested, because she rejected Major Johnson has materially altered the the hand of another, and that she is a poor German pieces the better to adapt it to the ruined runaway. The fiction proves suce English Itage. His alterations, however, cessful ; and the Colonel is anxious to liew, confift chiefly of judicious omissions and cur- that though, from a high sense of honour, tailments, where the scene was tedious, and he would not take her hand while she was the dialogue dull, or unnecessary to the fur- blefied with superior rank and fortune, he therance of the business of the plot; the is ready to share his lot in life with the woDory of which is briefly this-Colonel Hol- man who has boldly risqued every thing in berg, a Pruffian officer, had been on duty in his favour. The lady then affects relucThuringia, in Saxony, where he saw the tance, and expresses her doubts of his fidelihcautiful Baroness of Bruchsal, and a mu- ty; and, after some circumstances embartual pallion sprung up in their hearts. raffing to him, puts a ring into his hands, Called away on other service, an epistolary whịch he conceives to be a return of that he intercourse was carried on hetween the two had formerly given her in exchange. Withlovers ; till so long an interval had clapsed out looking at the ring, he confiders it as a fince the Baroness received the last letter, token of her refusal, and is about to take that he was alarmed at his filence; and, his final adieu, when an eclaircisement enprompted by the violence of her paffion, set fues, and he discovers that the sing she had off for Berlin, to enquire what had become put into his hands was that he pledged with of him, The Colonel, in the mean time, the inn-keeper, and which she had redeemhaving been ordered to raise a large contri ed with a view to alleviate his diftresses.bution from the province of Thuringia, and A letter being at this crisis brought to him to enforce the exaction of it by rigour, had from the King, affuring him of his convicadvanced the province nearly the whole of tion of his integrity, and restoring him to his private fortune, to enable them forth: his rank in the service, the piece is conclud'with to pay the demanded trioute ; and ed by his union with the Baroness. There when the province was able to send their are other interesting characters; and a pleas. contribution to Berlin, ftated his claim to ing kind of episode is interwoven with the the Prusian Treasury, expecting to be re- Comedy, which may be termed ibe Louis imbursed his loan. He, however, found of Warmans and Lifetta, who are also ulhis asseverations diftrufted; and was dif, timately married. missed the service, while the circumstances Such is the outline of the fable of The of the case are undergoing an enquiry.' In Difbanded Officer, which an air of lingu. this situation of affairs, the Comedy com- larity pervades, and which is extremely en. mences—The Colonel, whose poverty had tertaining. It abounds with noble fencie put him out of favour with his landlord, is ments ; Tome affecting touches after the rudely, deprived of his apartments at the inn, manner of Sterne ; and many fhrewd turo that the ladies who had just arrived may of wit, pleasantry, and humour. The cha: be accommodated with the chambers. In racters are well discriminated, well sustainorder to discharge vis bill, he puts his host ed, and strongly marked. Holberg is a man in poffeßion of a valuable ring, on the cre- of extravagant nicety of honour; Bellair, dit of which he takes up eighty pistoles. his friend, an admirable portrait of French This ring is the incident that leads the Ba• levity-at once impertinent and polites roness to discover the situation and circum- Warmans, another of his intimates, gene. tances of her lover, the landlord shewing it rous and friendly to an extreme; the Bato her for the purpose of ascertaining its roness, lovely even in her rash risque of revalue ; and the immediately recognizing it putation, by coming to search for a hus. to be the identical ring she had given the band, and stooping to a fallacy to obtain Colonel, in exchange for his, when they his hand ; and Lisetta ia lively, lensible, and parted in Saxony. She fends for him in witty. Itantly, and a pathetic meeting ensues ; The characters in general were ably fus. which ends with the Colonel's folemn de- tained. Miss Farren, as usual, played in. claration, that he will never do so much comparably well. Mr. Palmer was also exinjury to his beloved Caroline, as to make tremely happy and successful in Holberg: her his wife, while his honour remains tar. Wewitzer put all competition at defiance: nished by suspicions of his integrity. we never faw a Frenchman more faithfully Charmed with his nobleness of spirit, her personified; his air, his manner, his turn affection becomes, if pollible, more ardent; of conversation, were alt tout à fait Franand the contrives, with the asistance of her çois, and precisely in character. Mr. Banconfidante, Lisetta, to endeavour to lure nister's Warmans was good acting : the coher lover to consent to an immediate union, louring of the character is frong, and he bony making La believe that Are has been
gave it with warmth and effect.Mrs. of playing hath he been excluded. The terBulkeley also deserves her share of praise for rible and the tender in tragedy, the genteel, her Lifetta, nor ought Mr. Baddeley to lose the ludicrous, and the ridiculous in comedy;, his ; they both acted in a masterly manner. the lover, and the burlesque in opera, and In short, the whole went off with prodigi- the absurd and simple in farce, have been all 'ous and well-merited eclat,
attempted by Mr. Ryder ; in all he has fo A Prologue by Mr. Colman, was spoken well succeeded, that we may apply to him, by Mr. Palmer, which informed the audi- the words of Dryden, ence, that the original German Comedy had
He was so various that he seem'd to be been
Not one, but all mankind's epitome.
Thus much may be said in general, but to
Mr. Ryder, in ftature does not rife above The Epilogue was the author's, and the middle fize; he therefore by the injudi. conveyed snine well-turned ridicule on the cious has been fometimes deemed too short incidents of the play. Miss Farren spoke for a hero; as if true courage and greatness the Epilogue with great address, and look- of foul could never inhabit any body inferior ed most elegantly ; being dressed in a loose in bulk to a Pruffian grenadier. Such was robe of white fáttin, richly adorned with the general tho' absurd opinion till Mr. gold fringe and tissue. All the male cha- . Garrick dilabused the world, and exhibited racters were, very properly, in the dress of a just representation of the greateft heroes, the country.
and most redoubted conquerors of past times,
with all the dignity, fublimity, terror and The Dramatic Cbaracter of Mr. Ryder,
pathos that could be desired ; and yet was HE departure of Mr. Ryder from the not a whit taller than Mr. Ryder. And in
Irish itage (never perhaps to return) deed, who that remembers Mr. Ryder's permay well be considered as the extinction of a formance of King Richard, or has seen his ftar of the first magnitude in the dramatic Hamlet, can think him deficient in either hemisphere. Those who have seen it in its the judgment, voice, feeling or deportment course, and made due observations on it, requisite in those, and fimilar characters ? will never forget its fplendor ; but the rising
Another error hath been pretty generally generation should be informed of its beau- entertained by the ill judging multitude. ties that the knowledge of them may be They have idly thought as every man who handed down to posterity.
represents an hero Mould be fix feet high, so To drop the metaphor, every lover of the every actor who perfonates a lover should stage who hath seen Mr. Ryder in a multi- have the face of an Adonis; not reflecting plicity of characters, will remember his per- that a tender, delicate, and susceptible heart formances with pleasure, and feel some re- may be the portion of a man who may not gret at losing one of the chief ornaments of have that exact fymmetry of features or that the Irish theatre. "Such we need only refer glow of complexion, which when possefled to their own judgment, their own feelings, more often makes a conceited coxcomb than and their own recollection ; but it may not a rational lover of the owner. Is it not sufbe improper to give an impartial dramatic ficient that the actor has a well formed body, character of that unlimited actor for the sake proportionate limbs, a strongly expressive of our succefTors in life, and not let the eye, and a great command of voice, withmemory of his merits die with the present out the visage of Ganymede? Those who race of men.
have seen Mr. Ryder in Zaphộa, or in Lionel, The various walks of the drama are so will allont to this truth (if they have real diversified from each other, and each of taste) that he wanted no external quality them demands fo many requisites, to fill with that could warrant the affection of a woman any degree of perfection, that any performer of discernment and delicacy; or make thes who attains excellence in any one of them character of the lover fit caly on him. deferves respect. And it is rare to find a However, as there are more who fail person who can excel in more than one line; down the stream of error, than have the yet, it may be faid, with the strictest regard, ftrength of miad to stem the torrent of preto truth, that, if we except the late Mr. Gar- julice, Mr. Ryder very judiciously (whenrick, no performer, in the memory of man, ever it was in his power) left the heroes and bath succeeded in such a variety of characters, the lovers, for the Giants and the Narcissus's or filled fuch a wide extended circle of parts of the theatre; and displayed his rich fund as Mr. Ryder; and though he may have of genuine humour in those parts whereina been excelled in particular situations by the it constituted what was essential to the chamoft eminent actors, yet, he never has been 'racter. Yet was not his humour, his true egaalled as a general player. From no linc vis comica congned to one fpecies ; 20, is