The Substitute

The story is not deep nor intricate, but is sufficient for Mr. Russell to make considerable fun in the character of an overgrown country bumpkin for which he might makeup more youthful. A better finish should also be devised. Up to the time of the "drunk" two or three minutes might be cut, to be added after, without shortening the playing time. Mr. Russell becomes intoxicated and reaches sobriety very quickly, the latter especially so. It is the fault of the cigar smoking, an old device, too old, in fact, to find a place in the sketch, which would fit in nicely during a burlesque olio wishing clean comedy, with the players available for the pieces.
Miss Davis looked well, besides handling her part in a capable manner.
Variety 8:3 (08/17/1907)