Howard Athenaeum...observe to-night's bill! Positively last night but two of the great original representatives of the Irish boy and Yankee gal, Mr. & Mrs. Barney Williams who are nightly received with crowded and enthusiastic audiences. Unexampled success of the new burlesque of 'The Magic Joke!"....Wednesday evening, Nov. 5,  will be performed the comic drama, by Jas. [James] Pilgrim, entitled 'Ireland and America! or - Life in Both', with new and appropriate scenery by Charles Witham. Act First - Ireland. Jimmy Finnigan, a rollicking boy, with the song, "Trust To Luck", [sung by] Mr. Barney Williams...Act Second - America...after which (2d time this season) the new and popular extravaganza, written by W.P. Bough, Esq., entitled 'Prince Doloroso Or-The Magic Joke'...to conclude with the popular farce, entitled 'Out On A Spree!'...Special notice - at the earnest solicitation of many families who are prevented attending the evening performances, the Manager respectfully announces those universal favorites, Mr. & Mrs. Barney Williams, [are] to give one afternoon entertainment. Saturday, Nov. 8 - being most positively their last appearance in Boston, on which occasion a bill of unusual attraction will be offered. Seats can be secured in advance. Box office open from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Colored people admitted to the Gallery only. Doors open at 7...to commence at 7 1/2 o'clock [half past seven].
[Howard Athenaeum, Boston].
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Barney Williams, (1824-1876), was born in Cork and emigrated to the US in 1831; he married the actress Maria Pray, (1828-1911), the widow of the actor Charles Mestayer. Prior to his marriage in 1849, Williams took part in blackface performances and toured in minstrel shows. The Howard Athenæum, Boston was also known as Old Howard Theatre; it was established in 1845. It closed in 1953, when following charges of indecency, the City of Boston refused to renew their license.
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Boston : F. A. Searle, Printer, A18 Washington Street, Journal Building, 5 November .
This item is held in the Department of Ephemera.
Physical description: 1 playbill ; 47.6 x 16.3 cm.
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