Proprietor / Lessee:
Harvey Bradley Dodworth
Play With Music
7 July 2014
Note presumably from the proprietor at bottom of the ad: “Because the crush of people was so great the last time Mr. Bandmann performed, in that hundreds of people without seats had to leave the theater, I request the honorable public to reserve their places several days in advance. Seats can be secured 3 days earlier. Mr. Bandmann’s guest-appearance evenings are Tuesdays and Saturdays.”
Niblo’s Theater. In this elegant theater Brachvogel’s Narcisse was presented last night for the first time in the English language. For Mr. Bandmann’s first appearance, the house was packed. It lifted our spirits to notice that at least half the attendees were of German background, and they had come to pay tribute to a German masterwork and a German artist. Interest in the work and Mr. Bandmann’s representation of Narcissus grew from one scene to the next, and this actor, like Mme. Ponisi who played the Pompadour, was showered with applause and called for curtain calls multiple times. The presentation had small unevennesses from which premieres of a new play are not completely free, and in order to be fair to each of the actors, we reserve our critique for the next appearance of Mr. Bandmann, which takes place next Saturday.