Review of the performance of Miss Cushman as Romeo and her sister as Juliet
"I witnessed with astonishment the Borneo of Mm Cuthmm Unanimous and lavish as were the encomiums oftha London preBs, I was not prepared for Such a triumph of pure genius. You recollect, perhaps, Kean's third act of Othello? Did you ever expect to see anything like it again ? I never did, aud yet, I saw as great a thing last Wednesday night, in Borneo's scene with the Friar after the sentence of banishment, quita as great ! I am almost tempted to go further. It was a scene of topmost passion, not simulated, paasiou no such thing real, palpably realjtba genuine heartatorm was onon in wildest fitfulness of fury j and I listened and gazed and held my breath, while my blood ran hot and cold. I am sure it must have been the case with every one in the house; but I was all absorbed in Borneo till a thunder of applause recalled me to myself. I particularise this scene because It is the roojt powerful, but every scene exhibited the same truthfulness j the first soene with Juliet, for instance (admirably personated by her beautiful Bister), was exquisitely faithful the eje, the tone, the general bearing everjthing attesting the lover smit to the core at first eight, and shrinkiDgly and falteringly endeavouring with the aid of palm, and eye, and tongue to break his passion to his idol. My heart and mind are so full of this extraordinary most extraordinary performance, that I know not where to stop or how to go on. Throughout it was a triumph equal the proudest of those which I used to witness years ago and for a repetition of which I hove looked in vain till now. Ihera is no trick iu Miss Cushman's performance ; no thought no interest, no feeling seams to actuate her except what might be looked for in Borneo himself, were Borneo reality.