In his creation of the tragic figure of the dipsomaniac from Emil Zola's "L'Asomoir," Mr. Warner has undoubtedly attained a remarkable dramatic achievement.
There is a gruesome fidelity to realistic detail that must command admiration even while the spectator experiences a feeling of revolt against being forced to witness the horrors. No more complete tribute to his genius could have been hoped for by the Englishman than the silence of horror that wrapped the theatre during his sketch.
It is doubtful, however, whether "Drink" is suitable for vaudeville. The prevailance of the comedy, sketch, the dancing and singing team, et al, is sufficient evidence that vaudeville audiences prefer the lighter forms of diversion and is unwilling to submit to having its soulharrowed.
Variety 2:4 (02/23/1907)