'Who Is Who Pleased a Large House Last Night.
'Aunt Mandy's Chewing Gum, or The Day the Mortgage Came Due, would be as appropriate as titles for the farce which was presented at Sweeney & Coombs' theater last night as is Who Is Who, the name given it by its author, but, since it has been demonstrated that a rose would be just as fragrant if referred to as a limburger cheese, there is no good and valid reason why one should expect the find to find any connection between the aforesaid farce and its official designation. Who Is Who is not a classic. It is advertised as a ''fun show'' and the claims that are made for it are substantiated in a very satisfactory manner. Its plot, which can be discovered without the aid of a microscope, if one's eyes are good, is so constructed as to admit of the introduction of a number of specialities, most of which are good and some of which are very good. Charles A. Pusey and Bert St. John, who are featured in the respective roles of the lawyer and the German capitalist, are both clever comedians and for the most part their stuff is clean and enjoyable. Some excellent work is done by Eva Tanguay, who will be remembered for the performances in Blaney's A Boy Wanted, The Brownies, The Merry World and other similar productions. Miss Tanguay is undoubtedly the hardest working soubrette on the American stage and she manages to interject more genuine ginger into the things she says and does than a score of ordinary girls. Her voice is not calculated to win her fame and fortune on the grand operatic stage and she is not as graceful as some of her sex, but in other respects she is a wonder. She is a real, live combination of centripetal energy and centrifugal force and, if, in making some of her rotary engine moves some night, she does not explode, it is to be hoped that she will nurse the by no means even tenor of her way for a long time to come.
'Harry N. Welch, a diminutive young gentleman with a falsetto voice, manages to make himself the source of considerable amusement in the part of the collector, and Katherine Weston is not bad as Mrs. Sackett. The remaining characters are in more or less capable hands. Barring a superfluous amount of horse play at times and one or two jokes which are a little off color, the show is as good of its kind as one could wish to see. The audience which saw it last night enjoyed it immensely and with the usual persistency of a Houston audience encored everything in sight until everything in sight became tired of responding. The clever cornet playing of the Whiting sisters was especially well received.'
(The Houston Daily Post, Houston, Texas, Friday, 12 January 1900, p. 6d)
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La Tortajada makes a return visit to the
Bijou, Washington, D.C., week beginning
Monday, 27 January 1902