Mary Anderson (1859-1940)
"PYGMALION AND GALATEA"
By W. S. Gilbert
Produced at The London Coliseum, London UK.
Reviewed in the Daily Mail (London) - 24th April, 1917
Like Gilbert's classic comedy, the Galatea of Miss Mary Anderson remains untouched by time. In the beautiful and tasteful production of "Pygmalion and Galatea" at the London Coliseum yesterday Miss Anderson was once more the sculptor's ideal come to life. Outwardly the perfection of Greek art, she has a moving voice that is in turn full of tears and joy. Miss Anderson, will devote the proceeds of her engagement to the Officers' Hospital at Broadway, her Worcestershire home, and other charities.
By William Shakespeare.
Produced at Tremont Opera House, Galveston, Texas, USA
Reviewed in the Galveston Daily News - 2nd March, 1878
The audience which greeted Miss Mary Anderson last night to witness her impersonation of the character of Lady Macbeth was one that in point of culture and numbers has never been excelled and rarely equaled here. The very remarkable success that has attended the various and difficult dramatic representations which this young actress has favored us with during her brief stay here, met last night with a crowning success. While it may not be denied that Hamlet is perhaps the greatest production of the uninspired mind, yet there is no female character in Hamlet, possibly nowhere in the drama, that can be compared with the majestic, fearless, deeply-designing, grandly ambitious, but still womanly character of Lady Macbeth. The genius of the great bard threw into this play the terrible power of a strong, worldly woman, and the weakness of an unmanly man. From the days of Mrs. Siddons to the present time, no actress has ever surpassed Shakspeare's creation of the character; few indeed have approached it in representation on the boards. The French mind and habit are hardly equal to the highest rendition of English tragedy, consequently such brilliant artistes as Rachelle and Ristorf will not be so long remembered in connection with the description of dramatic rendition as will Charlotte Cushman. For a young actress, therefore, to attempt distinction in such a role may well cause apprehension. Miss Anderson's Lady Macbeth was not only admirable, but a surprise to whoever in the audience was familiar with the drama and the histrionic models who have already achieved renown in the famous part. The personal beauty and exceeding grace and thorough naturalness of Miss Anderson win on her audience; but personul beauty not being a merit, although a valuable adjunct of art, it would sadly fail in the higher walks of tragedy unaccompanied by the feu sacre. Miss Anderson is not yet in performance Siddons or a Cushman, but in promise she bids fair to become the equal of either. Higher praise may not be indulged in and, for the sake of the classical in the drama, it is to be hoped that Miss Anderson will continue to studiously persevere in that profession for which nature has so richly, endowed her.