Brooklyn: 9 February 1854

Popular taste.

  A writer on Public amusements, in Putnam's Magazine, recommends religious dramas for the theatre; and cites the fact that 'Uncle Tom's Cabin' has been represented two hundred nights in succession at one of the lowest theatres in New-York, converting it into a kind of conventicle, and banishing from it the degraded class, whose presence has been one of the strongest objections to the theatre made by moralists. Of this play he says in another part of his article, 'It is rudely constructed, without any splendors of scenery and costume, or the fascinations of music; the dialogue is religious, and the Bible furnishes its chief illustrations'--still it has had a success never before accorded to any theatrical performance in the new world.