Marie Dainton (1881-1938)
"THE BELLE OF BOHEMIA"
Produced at the Apollo Theatre, London.
MUSIC-HALL ENTERTAINMENT AT THE APOLLO.
If many of the items in "The Belle of Bohemia" were taken to one of the large music-halls and made into "turns" they would form a very admirable entertainment of that class. At the beautiful new Apollo Theatre they are quite out of place. A more chaotic and formless musical piece than that of last night it would be difficult to imagine. Our own plays of the same kind are grandly operatic compared with it. Even "The Belle of New York" was symmetrical by its side. And Mr. Harry B. Smith's libretto is more than once a little vulgar; Mr. Englander' s music is only rarely more than commonplace; the mounting lacks beauty in any respect.
Because there was a very successful "German Comedian" at the Shaftesbury, there are two German comedians at the Apollo; fortunately one of them, Mr. Don, is very clever and original and brings freshness to the character. It is impossible even to hint at the story, because there is none to tell; it is needless to mention in detail the parts of the piece which amused and pleased. To the cleverness and spirit and originality of several members of the company; to the indomitable dash of the chorus, willing tribute is paid. It is only a pity they have not something worthily to engage them. Perhaps the sprightliness and daintiness of Miss Marie George, the calm conceits of Mr. Richard Carle, the songs and dances of Miss Marie Dainton, the quaint manner of Miss Laughlin will balance in the public mind the inanity of "The Belle of Bohemia"; but we doubt it.
Mr. Don is a genuine comedian, but it is to be hoped that he is not only funny in German dialect; the operatic chorus at the end of the first act is a bright spot; among the cleverest of the company are four whose names are not on the programme - the countryfolk who come to be photographed.
The Daily Mail (London) - 22nd February, 1901