Bryants’ Minstrel Hall
2 January 2019
“Lucrezia Borgia” continues at Bryants’ Minstrels.
“Dan Bryant appears every evening this week at his Minstrel Hall in his’Challenge Dance,’ one of his best acts, and which always creates roars of laughter. The burlesque of ‘Lucrezia Borgia,’ so well placed upon the stage, continues one of the attractions, as does Dan Bryant’s ‘Captain Jinks.’”
“Time nor rust corrupteth not the black diamonds that are nightly strung across the stage in the neat and comfortable hall of the famed minstrels known as Bryants’, and located in the great ‘wigwam’ of the unterrified, ‘St. Tammany.’ The effervescent and irrepressible Dan is the great ‘Kohinoor’ among these sable brilliants, and is to-day just as sparkling, rollicking and as full of wit, pathos and irresistible fun as when years ago he delighted the town in Mechanics’ Hall. The popularity of this troupe increases apparently with years; and last evening, as upon every other evening during the week, the house was filled with a large and fashionable audience, who gave vent to the pleasure they derived from the performance in frequent and hearty rounds of applause and in screams of unbridled laughter, which was quite contagious and amounted at times almost to boisterous hilarity. With the exception of the afterpiece, ‘Lucrezia Borgia, the Grand Doctress,’ which is now the great sensation at the hall, the programme has undergone a radical change, and now presents to the public many new and pleasing features. The ‘Tin-pan-o-ni-an’ concert as conducted by Signor Dano Bryanti, is immense in its style, and needs but to be seen to be admired. The ease and grace with which Signor Bryanti wields his baton as conducor of the orchestra would do credit to a leader at the grand opera, and could be profitably copied after. From first to last the evening’s entertainment was overflowing with fun, but to particularize where all was excellence, would be out of place and not to the purpose. Suffice it, then, to say that the great charm of Bryants’ Minstrels lies in their close adherence to the time-honored delineations of eccentric negro life such as is associated in the minds of the American people with Southern plantations.”
“Bryant’s Minstrels are doing a good business at their hall on Fourteenth street. On the evening of the 15th inst. the hall was well filled by an appreciative audience, and nearly every act was encored. Dan Bryant created considerable laughter by his Challenge Dance, assisted by R. Hughes, the clog danger. This is one of Dan’s best acts, and always pleases. ‘Lucretia Borgia’ continues one of the principal attractions.”