"Iolanthe seems to have attained in New York only a partial success. this one may gather by striking the average between the opinions of two critics in the same paper, one being lavish in his praise of the new opera, the other stigmatizing it as "a bitter disappointment." A probable reason for this discrepancy is that the enraptured one occupied a warm, comfortable seat, while he of the bitter disappointment had to stand in a cold draught. Be this as it may, Iolanthe has not met with the cordial reception extended to its predecessors. Drawbacks to its success are the institutions and delusions which are as caviare to the American public. What does the average New Yorker know of the House of Lords? The Lord Chancellor is to him an unreal thing, and Seven Dials, Chancery Lane, Drury Lane and Belgrave Square are only meaningless names. One would imagine that the libretto had been written with no idea of its production in Transatlantic theatres."
The foregoing, from the London Lute, is really too severe upon New York, and does not at all apply to Boston. Iolanthe is crowding the Bijou Theatre here, for the tenth week, and with several month's [sic] run yet before it. There is no unreality to the average Bostonian about the personages and places in "Iolanthe." Every one of Mr. Gilbert's allusions is appreciated and applauded.
[2 short notices appear on the same page, same column]
EDISON has made contracts to light the Park and Globe theatres with the electric light. The success of this light at the Bijou Theatre has led to these arrangements.
H.E. DIXEY'S engagement at the Bijou Theatre expires Feb 24th. Mr. Dixey
is engaged for the season by Manager John Stetson, from whom he is sub-engaged
by Manager E. H. Hastings of the Bijou.
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