updated 27 April 2004

Mr. John Howson as John Wellington Wells. The Era 1882 November 25 45(2305): 5, col. 4

    A thousand people in the City of New York on Tuesday evening sat in the little Bijou Theatre and laughed till their sides ached at the apparition of the Reverend Brooklyn, sensationalist, Talmage, whose looks, voice, gestures, and mannerisms were depicted with absolute fidelity by an actor who has few superiors in the world. Never, probably, was there such a perfect picture of an odd human being as Howson, the English actor, who has the part of John Wellington Wells in "The Sorcerer," has made of Mr Talmage. This opera of Gilbert and Sullivan, which failed when first presented some years ago, because of the poor character of the company, has proved during the past week the greatest success of the dramatic season in New York. It is a delightful little opera, which is going to have a great run if this company will only keep on playing it, but there could never be another John Wellington Wells. Howson has made the character as striking as that of Raymond's Colonel Sellers, and it is, if anything, more amusing. My correspondent of The Capital, October 22d.

MAJOR AND MINOR. The Musical Record 1882 November 25 217: 142, col. 3

    THE success of 'The Sorcerer' at the Bijou is 'one of those things no fellow can make out.' More tragic actresses than Miss Lillian Russell have been heard; prettier men than John Howson have been met with in a day's walk; taller men than Mr. Bell have played Mr. Daly; more diaphanous ladies than Mme. de Ruyther have been seen. And yet the company pack the house nightly. It must be the pure ecclesiastical flavor given to this 'revival' by Mr. Howson's imitation of the great preacher at the other end of the Brooklyn Bridge. New York Herald.