The Evening Tribune November, 1891



   A fair audience were at the Opera House, Saturday night, to hear the Hon. Mark Brewer and Hon. G. W. McBride discuss the issues of the day from the Republican standpoint.


Behind the Footlights.

   “Myles Fadh,” which translated from the Gallic means “Tall Myles,” is a romantic Irish drama which is being well received in the large cities of the country, held the boards at Co. F Opera House last night and was greeted by a full house.  The play is well staged; the company carry and use all of their own scenery, among the special scenes being Hollybrook Hall, the road to the chapel, Holy Cross Abbey, the pathway through the woods, O’Toole’s cottage and Ferncliffe road, several of which the somewhat limited stage room of the house making it impossible to use here.  Chas. Gibney, the bright young author of the piece, as “Myles Fadh,” and his partner, D. H. Seully, as Darby O’Dowd, lawyer, counselor and agent, are popular actors of recognized merit, and their supporting company includes some clever and versatile specialty people.  Miss May Deyo, “the Coleen Dhu,” scored a hit, and particularly pleased the gallery gods, who could not retain their enthusiasm during the remainder of the play, by a lively song and skirt dance in the last act.


   The attraction at the Opera House Saturday night was the ripest subject for a legitimate one of decayed hen fruit it was ever our fortune to see.  The boys who paid their money to sit in the gallery exhibited their good nature by confining their disapprobation to a generous use of adjectives and cat-calls.


   Billy Emerson’s minstrel show passed through here yesterday on their way to Grand Rapids where they played last night.


Dramatic Doings.

   A fair sized audience was present at Co. F’s Opera House last night, but every seat should have been filled.  The attraction, the versatile Miss Lottie Williams and her excellent company in “New York, Day by Day” was a magnificent performance, by big odds the best of the season thus far, and created the greatest enthusiasm and applause.  Miss Williams was the bright particular star and was well worthy of the applauses bestowed upon her.  As “Rags,” the messenger boy, a typical street gremlin, she was true to nature, and her singing, dancing and acting were artistic in every respect.  She was ably supported, and the comedy element kept the audience in roars of laughter.  The scenic effects are new and full of realism.  In short, “New York, Day by Day” is a drama far above the standard, and the acting is full of dramatic merit.

    There is something of which we a re called on to speak, something the management of Co. F’s Opera House should understand (if they do not already) is hurting the prestige of the house.  It is the outrageous conduct of the boys who sit in the gallery.  This terrible noise and disturbance, which was particularly bad last night, is utterly uncalled for, and many expressed themselves vigorously against it last night, some saying that unless this annoyance was stopped they would withdraw their patronage.  This trouble would seem to be easily remedied and Manager Hutty assured the EVENING TRIBUNE that it will be immediately attended to.


   Co. F Ball came off last night and while the attendance was not as large as it should have been, all those present, had a very gay time.  The music was the best the company ever had at their balls, and all were loath to leave when the time for closing came.  About 50 couples were present.
   The music by the Elite Orchestra (Grand Rapids) at the Co. F Ball last evening is highly commended.