Montreal Daily Star, 23 January 1894, page 4
Oscar Wilde’s Bright Play
Probably the first time in Montreal theatre-goers have an opportunity of judging of Oscar Wilde’s ability as a playwright and of enjoying his brilliant epigrams delivered from the stage. The play is “Lady Windemere’s Fan,” produced with pleasing success last night at the Queen’s Theatre and booked to run all the week. It is a very entertaining production, the plot is interesting: the story of a charming wife who almost ruins her life through one rash act, but is saved heroically by the woman of whom she is jealous. All this is cleverly done and gives scope for considerable fine acting; but the feature of the piece is the dialogue, and the feature of the dialogue the epigrams. They are bright and pointed, but all are tinged with cynicism, and perhaps on one or two occasions there are too many of them, giving one the idea that the characters are not conversing, but reciting these smart sayings. The company presenting “Lady Windemere’s Fan” is an excellent one, and they give a very enjoyable evening’s entertainment. There is a feature of novelty about the piece, both in the manner in which it treats of a phase of society, and in the observations put into the mouths of the characters. It was thoroughly enjoyed last night by a large audience. A new feature of the evening was the introduction into the musical programme of a banjo, guitar and mandolin overture, under the direction of Prof TA Simpson, which afforded the audience much pleasure.