The following article first appeared in the San Francisco Call in 1895:Â
An exceptionally good performance wasÂ that given of “Diplomacy,” at the Columbia Theater last week. The leading parts,Â particularly those of Beach and Richman,Â were in the hands of actors who madeÂ them artistic pictures, and even the minorÂ characters were finished studies.
The propertyman made the performanceÂ of “Diplomacy” remarkable by someÂ rather clever compromises, which showedÂ that he desired to give the French coloringÂ and at the same time did not intend toÂ lose his hold on local interest.
For instance, in the English embassy inÂ Paris the newspaper which the unhappyÂ husband snatched up in his despair and affected to read in the lull glare of theÂ footlights was unmistakably a FrenchÂ journal, for the people in the stalls could read the type of that politest of languages,Â though they were a little staggered to seeÂ that the British diplomat was consoling oneÂ of the most trying moments of his life byÂ studying Le Franco-Californien. PerhapsÂ the propertyman wished to convey the impression that if Dora’a conduct forcedÂ her husband to fly to happier climes heÂ could not do better than turn his steps toÂ California.
It was a patriotic inspiration, too, toÂ decorate the Parisian office of her BritannicÂ Majesty with three large and handsomeÂ maps of the United States. Great raretiesÂ they must have been considered in Paris,Â too, for everyone who is familiar with thatÂ giddy capital knows that the outside worldÂ cuts very little figure in its geographies.Â You can buy “France in Provinces,”Â “France in Departments,” “France WithÂ Railroads” â€” canals, mountains, hedgesÂ and ditchesâ€” if you choose, but anythingÂ outside of France is always represented as of microscopic dimensions, scarcely visibleÂ to the naked eye.
Such little touches of local coloring apart,Â the staging of “Diplomacy” was finished and handsome, as is always the caseÂ at the Columbia Theater.
The San Francisco call. (San Francisco [Calif.]), 29 Sept. 1895. Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers. Lib. of Congress. <http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn85066387/1895-09-29/ed-1/seq-20/>