2 May 1895


In his drawing of Pudd'nhead Wilson, Mr. Frank Mayo has added another to our modern collection of American stage portraits. Unlike the characters in "Trilby," Pudd'nhead had not been pictured by the artist as well as described by the author. He had to be brought into physical existence from a previous one in words alone. In dramatizing Mark Twain's book and in creating a stage Pudd'nhead Mr. Mayo has achieved a marked success. The play could be improved by shortening, but the story is fairly well told and is an interesting one. He makes Pudd'nhead himself a thoroughly gentle, lovable, long-suffering old soul, but with a force of conviction and strength of speech that make the trial scene a most effective one. The support is thoroughly competent, and the piece has been well staged by the management of the Herald Square Theatre.