Times and Daily Colonial Advertiser, Montreal 10 April 1843, page 2
On Thursday evening last was presented, by the amateurs of the 43d Regiment, Sheridan’s comedy of “The Rivals” – and afterwards “The Haunted Inn”. Having attentively observed the performance, we can have no hesitation in saying that the 43d amateurs made on that occasion a most successful debut. The “Rivals” is a piece that requires, to do it justice, talents in the actors, and is more liable to be spoiled, than the ephemeral productions which are for the most part offered on the boards, to the exclusion of plays of sterling merit. It is to be regretted that the rage for novelty is so great everywhere, that the plays of such men as Garrick, Sheridan, Colman, Cumberland & c., are neglected and superseded by the “pretty new-nothings” of these days of degeneracy. We thank the 43d amateurs for their judicious choice, and for the manner they presented it.
The female characters, as well as those of Sir Anthony Absolute, Captain Absolute, and Acres were good. Sir Lucius O’Trigger was rather refined and subdued for an Irish fire-eater; we think Mr Holmon, who sustained this, would succeed better in some other part. The comic song, by Latham, was received with great applause, and the Gods were quite right in encoring it. The other, we cannot praise; but that is not the fault of the singer, but the song. “The Haunted Inn” was well acted, and “the laying of the ghost” excited much merriment; and all together the performance was one which gives the 43d a claim on the support of the play-going public.