17 January 2016
“Wit, humor and comicality still hold high carnival at this popular temple of fun, and nightly receive the tribute of irrepressible laughter from large and delighted audiences. With the exception of the old favorite Cinderleon, there is an entire change of programme this week. The versatile and inimitable Leon, immense as he is a la Fanny Eisler, in the ne plus ultra of burlesque, the Prima Donna from the Country, with imitations of operatic artistes, eclipses his further efforts. The elephantine Seymour, the dignified Kelly and the grandiloquent Eph Horn are as acceptable as ever.”
Have decided not to accept offer to go to Paris and will remain in their hall.
“Among the features of the past week’s programme at Kelly & Leon’s Minstrels, was that good old piece called ‘Oh! Hush!’ You can’t oh! hush! While this funny sketch is going on, for it is as full of fun as a bad egg is full of bad meat. Eph Horn was the Cuffee, Edwin Kelly the Dandy Johnson, and Leon the Rosa; and, rub rasa, to speak learnedly, the parts were well performed. It is in such old time pieces that Ephraim calls back the light of other days, and makes us sigh for the hours now flown. Our culled friends and brothers didn’t move on the first of May, and Kelly & Leon’s famous troupe will be ‘at home’ every evening during the week.”