Montreal Daily Star, 2 December 1890, page 3


“Josephine,” as represented by Madame Rhea, charmed her audience at the Academy of Music last night.  The drama presents a view of the private life of the great Napoleon, seen apart from military glory and the pomp of power.  One sees Napoleon, the husband, susceptible to the affections of an ordinary man and yet sacrificing them to his inordinate ambition.  Perhaps the most touching incident of the play and best calculated to exhibit the histrionic powers of Madame Rhea, is that in which “Josephine” signs the decree cutting herself off from all that is dear in life because the accomplishment of Napoleon’s career and the glory of France demand it.  The parting of Napoleon and Josephine, as depicted in the third act, is another very strong scene, in which the Emperor appears in a new light to the ordinary reader of history.  Madame Rhea, of course, is the central character of the play, and the noble, womanly role she plays at once wins the sympathies of her audience.  Her manner is charming, and her speech with a slight French accent, is well adapted to the representation of “Josephine.”  She is well supported by Mr Wm Harris,  who personated the Emperor with very marked success, and came in for a considerable share of the audience’s applause.  The play will run throughout the week.