Union League Theatre
6 January 2019
Amateur entertainment for the benefit of the Cosmopolitan Eye and Ear Hospital tomorrow evening at the Union League Club House.
“An amateur dramatic and musical entertainment was given last evening at the Union League Club House for a great public charity—the Cosmopolitan Eye and Ear Hospital. The entertainment was a conceit of Dr. Garrish, and it was handsomely executed, to the delight of a full and first class audience.”
“An amateur dramatic and musical entertainment was given last evening at the Union League Theatre, on Twenty-sixth street, near Madison avenue, for the benefit of the Cosmopolitan Eye and Ear Hospital. The elegant house was filled by a very fashionable and critical audience. The programme included vocal and instrumental music, recitations and comedy, the performers all being amateurs, either of this city or Brooklyn. After some selections from Rossini’s ‘William Tell’ had been very well rendered the petite comedy, ‘The Conjugal Lesson,’ was given, Mr. N. J. Decker appearing as Mr. Simon Lullaby and Miss Ida Williams as Mrs. Letitia Lullaby. Both parts were acted with great ability, the performers, both of them, manifesting histrionic powers far above the average of amateur performers. Misses Cramare and Joseph performed a duet on the piano, which was given with excellent taste. Mme. Rosa Dusseldorf sung in a charming manner the ballad ‘We Met by Chance,’ and in response to a very decided encore gave another pleasing ballad. Miss Dusseldorf has a very excellent voice, of great compass, which she has learned to use with excellent effect. Mr. Augustus Waters recited ‘New Year’s Eve,’ a translation of one of Hans Andersen’s beautiful poems, with telling effect. An aria from ‘Ernani’ was well sung by Miss Josephs, a lady who possesses a very powerful voice; of great compass and sweet tone, and was followed by a little girl nine years old, Miss Mason by name, who sung ‘Scenes that are brightest,’ to the accompaniment of Mme. Simpson. One of the best performances of the evening was a violin solo, ‘Fantasie Brilliante sur la Favorita,’ which was given by Mr. Edward Hoffman in truly excellent style. The one-act comedy, ‘Who Speaks First,’ was well rendered, with Mr. Hinton as Captain Charles, Mr. Goodnow as Ernest Militant, Miss Hattie Mayer as Mrs. Militant and Miss Ida Williams as Smart. Among the other performers who gave their services for the occasion were Miss Clotilde Dubreil and Signori Giorza and Fossati.”