'THE SMART SET
'A three-act musical comedy that differs from its contemporaries in divers ways will be the attraction at the opera house tonight. It is from the pen of Edwin Hanford and is entitled His Honour the Barber. as presented by the famous "Smart Set" company, with S.H. Dudley in the stellar role, the offering has become one of the real treats of the season. Although the company contains fifteen original song hits, musical numbers and ensembles it could easily hold its own on the strength of its brisk and humorous dialogue, situations, novelties, features, etc., and the interpretation of the company itself which is composed of sixty capable people. Mr. Dudley is seen at his bes as Raspberry Snow, a negro who wants to shave the president of the United states. As Mr. Dudley portrays the character it becomes one of the funniest and best developed types seen hereabouts in years. "Rastus," the trained donkey, which was such a favorite last season, has been retained. "Rasust" is the constant companion of Raspberry and there are many side splitting adventures during the action of the play. In point of durable excellence, style and originality, the comedy is said to be the most pretentious ever offered in years. Edwin Hanford wrote the book and Messrs. Brim, Smith and Burris furnished the lyrics and music, and Messrs. Barton and Wiswell are the owners. The costumes, which are said to be the most original seen on the stage in many a day were selected from plates furnished by William H. Harnes.
'Aida Overton Walker forms an attractive part of the production. She will introduce a singing and dancing specialty said to be the best of its kind offered on any stage.'
(The Lowell Sun, Lowell, Massachusetts, Wednesday, 12 October 1910, p.3b)
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Simone Le Bargy (Mme. Casimir Perier)
becomes a widow, 1915