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Title:Helping Hands
Description:Mm. Céleste's benefit night.  Helping Hands by Tom Taylor.  Robert Keeley as William Rufus and 'Tilda, by his wife.
1st Performance:Jun 20, 1855
Theatre:Adelphi
Source:The Illustrated London News, Jul 7, 1855, p. 29
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Review:The Illustrated London News, Jul 7, 1855, pp. 29-30

"HELPING HANDS" AT THE ADELPHI THEATRE.

As we have already remarked, the heroine and hero of Mr. Tom Taylor's last new play are 'Tilda (Mrs. Keeley), and William Rufus (Mr. Keeley).  Our artist has selected these two personages for Illustration.  The situation is that of mutual recognition--the first since their separation.  Both are now in a condition of honesty and have commenced a new course of life likely to lead to a prosperous issue.  Our picture, however, can but indicate the position--it cannot explain its moral spirit.  This demands the dramatist's dialogue.  Mr. Taylor's is peculiar.  He is no writer of light conversational, punning repartee, but indulges in rhetorical demonstration.  His characters talk logically.  There is much that is evidently scholastic in Mr. Taylor's composition.  There is, accordingly, considerable weight in his scenes, and the mind of the audience is set thinking; but somehow Mr. Taylor's logic serves him instead of wit, and the philosophical syllogism will often extort as hearty a laugh as the most exoteric jest.  There is an abundance of natural sentiment, however, at the bottom of all this brain-work, and Mr. Taylor constantly calls in the heart in support of the head.  This is particularly the case with 'Tilda, whose benevolence is sometimes too much for her honesty; but there is a souse of justice even in her wrong-doing which conserves her respectability.  As to Rufus, he is the very type of a shrewd, worldly-minded youth, whose knowledge of the wrong serves to keep him in the right.  He well knows the distinction between them, and is likely to keep out of harm's way, and on occasion to overreach the duper, paying him in his own coin, and taking the change out of him, with the high feeling of a retributive avenger.  Cunning delineations of this kind are all in Mr. Taylor's best manner; and these two characters will doubtless act as "the salt" of this especial drama, and preserve the more questionable portions of it from decay.  In them is the real living principle; the rest, it must be acknowledged, is somewhat too artificial for independent existence.



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