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The New York Times
Unsigned
11 July 1882

   Notwithstanding the appalling number of crude and incoherent plays that were produced in the theatres of this City during the spring and early Summer, and the prompt assault made upon them severally by the newspapers, the appetite for abuse which the people who manufacture dramatic rubbish of this sort seem to possess has not been satisfied, and some of them have crossed the ocean to display before the stolid British public specimens of the high art which finds its inspiration in the setting sun. One of the million stage arrangements of Mrs. STOWE’S everlasting story of slave life, and a wild consumption described as an American comedy, are even now offered nightly to the play-goers of the English metropolis. As a matter of course, both of those are credited, upon the advertising bills, with phenomenal success in America: and the London newspapers in their scathing notices of them take occasion to point the moral, accepting the advertisements without hesitation as the whitest kind of truth, that the Americans are, as they always said they were, people of dense ignorance and corresponding tastes. It does seem a little hard that, after refusing to support a play and fairly hissing it off of our stage, it should be taken abroad as a specimen of the kind of play popular in America, and accepted as such. Yet Mr. LOWELL remains passive and permits this sort of thing to go on: and if it goes on much longer as likely as not the play-goers will all united with the Fenians in the demand for his removal.