Ada Reeve

February 9, 2013

Ada Reeve (1874-1966),
English actress and singer
(photo: unknown, late1920s)

Ada Reeve at the Tivoli, Melbourne, Saturday, 1 September 1923
‘New Songs at Tivoli.
”’Soon the new songs will be old songs, and I hope you will like them just as well,” said Miss Ada Reeve in a bright little speech of thanks following an enthusiastic reception at the Tivoli Theatre on Saturday. Last seen here in revue, Miss Reeve has returned to the vaudeville type of entertainment, in which her fine work is better known to Australians.
‘The new songs were all contrasted, giving Miss Reeve many opportunities for the illustration of her very great skill, recognised the world over, in comedy and pathos. As ever, her humour was delightful, and her more serious moods gripped the hearts of her hearers. Good advice to wanderers – ”Don’t Forget to Come Back Home” – was followed by a humorous discourse on dancing and loving. ”My Son,” a mother’s fireside reverie on the promise and the downfall of a youth, was impressively given. The interior setting helped this number and some of the others. ”Ain’t It Nice?” was another light reflection on the simple joys of youth. A chorus-song told of the pleasure found by a tramp (though perhaps more apparent to the song-writer) in the moonlight and other features of the open-air life. There followed some highly favoured songs with the retrains ”I never forget I’m a lady,” ”When Richard the First sat on the throne,” and ”Ain’t yer, Jim?” All were great successes.
‘Among other new turns on a bright bill were the graceful posing and gymnastics of the seven Franchettis (whose make-up enables them to represent groups of statuary), and the popular comedy of Morris and Kuming. The singers known at the Big Four began a brief return visit, and Ristori and others continued to please.’
(The Argus, Melbourne, Australia, Monday, 3 September 1923, p. 12a)

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