|Title:||Mr. and Mrs. Barney Williams, popular American actors.
|1st Performance:||Jul 26, 1856
|Source:||The Illustrated London News, Jul 26, 1856, p. 91
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|Review:||The Illustrated London News, Jul 26, 1856, pp. 91-92
MR. AND MRS. BARNEY WILLIAMS, AT THE ADELPHI THEATRE.
In the rapid succession of novelties which Mr. Webster is ever providing for
the patrons of the Adelphi Theatre, the reader will, we dare say, remember the names
of Mr. and Mrs. Barney Williams, whose engagement was highly promissory of fun and
humour and has been very successful. We engrave their characteristic portraits
from photographs by Mayall. Mr. and Mrs. Williams are well known throughout the
United States, having gained great popularity by their meritorious performances in their
peculiar line of character. They are known as the Original Irish Boy and
Yankee Gal;--Mrs. Williams being the first to introduce that particular line of
character on the stage known as "the down East Yankee help." We have
before had specimens of Yankee character in Dan Marble, Yankee Hill, Josh Silsbee, and others; but Mrs. Williams
first introduced us to Yankee female character. Mr. Williams is equally original
in his line of Irish character.
On Monday night, the two-act comedy of "Born
to Good Luck" was revived at the Adelphi Theatre, for the purpose of introducing
Mr. Williams in the character of Paddy O'Rafferty. To those playgoers of the
present generation who never saw Mr. Power in the same character, Mr. Barney Williams will unquestionably appear
the best stage Irishman extant. His brogue is deeper, richer, and, so to speak,
more natural than that usually given: he speaks in a rich Corkonian dialect.
He has a nice singing voice and a light active figure, and was encored in a song
called "The Flaming O'Flannigan;" while an Irish jig, which he danced
with Miss Mary Keeley, was received with much applause. Mr. and Mrs. Barney
Williams take their benefit tonight (Saturday), when the lady appears in the Yankee farce of "Our
in the United States is considered her chef d'œuvre.