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This play stands forth to prove the predominating powers of the true poet, who from a fable improbable and badly constructed, and a set of incidents which come home to the feelings of no one, can nevertheless erect a tragic structure which will please to the end of time.
OTWAY seems to have abandoned his productions to chance, as to any good they were likely to produce from the reflected influence of character and sentiment-Every thing about him has a tinge of licenti. ousness—The compact enter'd into by his Twin Brothers surely never in a civilized country could occur ; and, if it could, they both richly deserved to suffer from the hand of the executioner.
The conduct of this play is all in the dark-there is no light but that of the poet. The parties might say of their calamities, that they could not have happened. “ If a rush candle e'en had deign’d to visit them.”
The excellence of OTWAY's sentiment and diction bears down every thing-He polishes exquisitely, but his materials are coarse and impure.
To you, great judges in this writing age,
Since back with joy, and triumph he is come,
That always drew fears hence, ne'er brought 'em home.
DRURY - LANE.
Men. Acasto, a nobleman retired from the court, and livit
ving privately in the country, - - Mr. Packer. CASTALIO, 7 2 CASTALIO, 3 bis sons.
- Mr. Kemble. POLYDORE, SP
- Mr. Barrymore. CHAMONT, a young soldier of fortune, brother to Monimia
- Mr. Bannister, jun. ERNESTO,
- Mr. Chaplin. PAGE, - - - - - - Miss De Camp. CHAPLAIN,
. Mr. Fawcett. SERVANT,
Women. MONIMIA, the Orpban, left under the
guardianship of old Acasto - - SERINA, Acasto's daughter - - - Miss Collins. FLORELLA, Monimia's woman - - - Miss Tidswell.
Mlen. ACASTO, a nobleman retired from the court,
and living privately in the country - - Mr. Aickin. CASTALIO,
- - Mr. Fennel. POLYDORE, S"
- Mr. Farren. CHAMONT, a young soldier of fortune, brother to Monimia
- Mr. Holman. ERNESTO,
- Mr. Thompson. PAGE,
- Master Simmons. CHAPLAIN,
Women. MONIMIA, the Orphan, left under the
guardianship of old Acasto - - - - Mrs. Esten. Serina, Acasto's daughter - - Mrs. Lewis. FLORELLA, Monimia's woman.' - - Miss Stuart.