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Shaw, Rosina

Theatrical and Musical.

NIBLO’S GARDEN.—The dramatic pantomime of “Jocko” was performed last evening, and gave rise to a good deal of merriment. J. Marzetti did the Ape to perfection, he seems to have been “out-out” for the part, as he does the tricks most naturally. Indeed, he looks the thing itself. The parts of Pipo, servant to Lorenzo, Lorenzo, Fernandez, a rich planter, and Mme. Fernandez, were sustained by the Ravels. The feats of Leon Javelli on the tight rope, were, as usual, received with laud applause. The other amusements set forth in the bill, afforded additional gratification to a numerous audience. This evening, Mr. H. Placide, Mr. Chippendale, Mr. J. Sefton, Mr. Dawson, Mr. Hind, (his second appearance in America,) Mrs. C. Howard and Mr. Raymond, will appear in the fine old comedy of the “Poor Gentleman,” than whom no one in this sublunary scene is more to be pitied. Opposed to each other in their definition as the terms splendid misery may seem, yet they convey with a force, and fullness, and an eloquence of expression, the position of the man, who, although he is poor, miserably poor, so poor that the mice run about his cupboard with tears in their eyes, and the cat takes up its abode in the pot, that indispensable article of culinary apparatus having fallen into disuse from the pressure of circumstances, must, nevertheless, keep up an appearance upon which his existence depends. To be poor, and to look poor, is the —-. This fine old comedy will, we should think, draw a good house—It will be well worth seeing, both on account of its own literary claims, and of the talent which will be engaged in its performance. Mr. Niblo is doing his part and most certainly his patrons, and the public generally, keep pace with him. We know that the race is not always to the swiftest, nor does merit at all times receive its reward, but the indefatigable and spirited proprietor of this universally admitted magnificent establishment, forms a grand exception to the freaks, eccentricities, and inconsistency of a certain well known lady—fortune’s eldest daughter—better known by the name of misfortune.

 Weekly Herald, September 1, 1849

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