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No. ixxix.

THE SERIOUS FAMILY. .

A Comedy

IN THREE ACTS.

BY MORRIS BARNETT.

WITH THE STAGE BUSINESS, CAST OF CHARACTERS,

COSTUMES, RELATIVE POSITIONS, ETC.

NEW YORK:

WM. TAYLOR & CO.
151 Nassau STREET, CORNER OF SPRUCE.

EDITORIAL INTRODUCTION.

• THE SERIOUS FAMILY" is a free translation of a French comedy entitled “ Un Mari en Campaigne,” (A Husband in tho Country,) which has been exceedingly popular in Paris for some months ; also in Germany, where it has been paraphrased ; and in England, at the Haymarket Theatre, where its popularity exceeded the attraction of Macready or the Keans in their best characters. In America, its performance, at present, has been confined to Burton's Theatre, where its run has exceeded that of any other piece of the present day. It is extremely well played in all its parts at this popular house, and may be adduced as a fair specimen of modern comedy.

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COSTUMES.

MR. CHARLES TORRENS.-Black frock coat, black waistcoat, gray trousers

Second dr888: Black dress coat, black trousers, white waistcoat, dress bat. CAPTAIN MURPHY MAGCIRE.-Blue paletot, waistcoat and trousers. Second

dress: Blue dress coat, waistcoat, und trousers. Third dress: Black dress coat

and velvet waistcoat. FRANK VINCENT:-Topcoat. Second dress: Dress suit. *MR AMINADAB SLEEK.-Gray suit. DANVERS.-Drab livery. SERVANTS.-Drab livery. GUESTS.--Dress suits. LADY SOWERBY CREAMLY.-Slate silk dress, white cap and apron. MKS. CHARLES TORRENS.-Gray silk dress. Second dress: White ball dren, MISS EMMA TORRENS.-White muslin, with blue silk jacket. Second dress:

Scarlet gauze ball dress. MRS. RNSBY DELMAINE-Puce velvet dress. Second dress: Blue gauze

ball dress. GRAHAM.--Grcen De Laine dress, with pink apron. LADIES.--Ball dre:ses, various.

EXITS AND ENTRANCES. R. means Right; L. Left; R. D. Right Door ; L. D. Left Door; 8. E. Second Entrance; U. E. Upper Entrance; M. D. Middle Door.

RELATIVE POSITIONS. R. means Right; L. Left; C. Centre; R. C. Right of Centre : L. C. Lest of Centre.

THE SERIOUS FAMILY.

ACT I.

Scene I.-A drawing room, soberly but substantially fur

nished. At the rising of the curtain are discovered, seated at the table. R., covered with papers, LADY CREAMLY, MR. AMINADAB Sleek, and Mrs. CHARLES 'TORRENS. Torrens, at table. L., as Secretary, with pen in hand, dozing. All are dressed in the most formal

manner.

Sleek. [Reading in a puritanical tone.)

“ We appeal to the disciples of true benevolence, and doers of good deeds, without distinction of politics, or party :-we call on all to come forward in the great work of enlarged and universal civilisation.” Hem! What think you of that,

my lady?

Lady C. These words give comfort to every fainting and world-worn spirit, good Mr. Aminadab Sleek. (To Charles.] Write them down, my son. I protest he's asleep! The spirit is willing but

Sleek. But it sleepeth.

Mrs. T. [Crosses to Charles. Charles, what a shame to fall asleep at so subline a passage!

Charle's. Oh, dear, where was I ? [Reading.) Lion it roareth for its prey.

- Benevolence and Charity.” I have it. Forgive me, Lady Creamly and pious Mr. Aminadab Sleek: the fact is, between labor and watching, 1 lose a little of my rest, and nature will have her revenge.

That will do for to-day, I hope.

(All rise and come forward.

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