30 JANUARY 1847, Page 11


Ax the Lyceum, a decided success has been attained by a now farce called The Wigwam. It is most simple with regard to plot, but most novel with regard to tone and effect. The adventures of a family of Londoners among a tribe of Canadian Indians form the subject; and while the scenery and dresses give a picturesque aspect to the piece, the mixture of savage manners and the idiom of modern London is extremely ludicrous. This comic result is obtained not only by a contrast of the Indians with the Londoners, but the Indians themselves are supposed to have acquired a little of the White man's slang and train of thought; and the dialogue of these Red-skins under such peculiar circumstances of civilization is written with a great deal of humour. The piece is very strongly cast: Keeley plays its London hero; Matthews, an emigrant grocer, who has been elected an Indian chief; Oxberry, a Red-skin of a fiery disposition; and Miss Keeley, a simple though sarcastic daughter of the tribe. These are the principal characters; but we should not omit to mention Miss Turner, who plays a London maid-servant. This young actress will, if we mistake not, become better known to fame than she is at present. She is one who, with a very few lines to say, can make those lines tell with strong effect, and share the laughter with more prominent performers. She was the original Tilly Slowboy in the Cricket on the Hearth; and made a character of the part, before the town was acquainted with the more extravagant ver- sion of Mr. Wright.