“The Clipper” at the Avenue.
Jack Ridlaw…Arthur Speague
George Burbank…L.R. Peters
Detective Brown} Thos. J. Hawkins
Victor Warrington…Ernest Foster
Officer Rosengarten…E. Grafe Graff
The “Sprinter”…Walter Pleugh
A Clergyman…C.H. Hughes
John, servant…Walter Rams
Mrs. Burbank…Miss Rachel Renard
Dora Burbank…Miss Grace Moore
Mother Ridlaw…Mrs. Rose Watkins
Miss Finch…Mrs. Chas. Howard
The Clipper…Amy Lee
There was no standing room lest at the Avenue Theatre last night, and the presentation of “The Clipper” by Miss Amy Lee and her company proved worthy of the attendance and of the favourable criticisms heretofore given the play. The first act opens in a den of New York thieves, in which the central figure is The Clipper, the daughter of David Watson, who had deserted his wife and carried the baby with him. The father in the meantime has been hung for the robbery and murder of George Kingston, and the mother had married George Burbank, a retired merchant, and borne him a blind daughter, Dora. Watson, before his execution, named Victor Warrington, Burbank’s secretary, as his daughter’s guardian. Detective Brown acts the burglar, gains the confidence of the thieves, and, rescuing the girl, places her in a school of which Burbank is a trustee. The child is admitted to the merchant’s house and learns her identity. She becomes engaged to her guardian, but is pursued by the villain and engages herself to him in order to save her mother from exposure. The marriage is about to be consummated when Ridlaw, the villain, is arrested as an accomplice of Watson in the murder of Kingston. The truth is revealed, Burbank forgives his wife, and the Clipper, May Watson, is married to Warrington. The plot and the cast are equally good, and the play deserves good patronage. Miss Lee is a charming little actress, dancer and singer, graceful and pretty. She made a hit with her winning ways. Her costumes are all appropriate. Thos. J. Hawkins makes an excellent burglar and a better detective. E. Grafe Graff, as Officer Rosengarten, is a good actor and a clever specialty comedian. Miss Grace Moore has a pretty, innocent face, and acts the part of the blind girl to perfection. Arthur Sprague, as Jack Ridlaw, the villain, and Ernest Foster, as Victor Warrington, the confidential clerk, are far above the average, and the rest of the company are well up in their parts.
The Daily Picayune (New Orleans, LA) October 27, 1890