History of the American Theatre, Volumul 2

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R. Bentley, 1833

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Pagina 232 - Though I look old, yet I am strong and lusty: For in my youth I never did apply Hot and rebellious liquors in my blood; Nor did not with unbashful forehead woo The means of weakness and debility; Therefore my age is as a lusty winter, Frosty, but kindly: let me go with you; I'll do the service of a younger man In all your business and necessities.
Pagina 179 - To the actors — less etiquette — less fustian — less buckram. To the orchestra — new music, and more of it. To the pit — patience, clean benches, and umbrellas. To the boxes — less affectation — less noise — less coxcombs. To the gallery — less grog, and better constables ; and To the whole house — inside and out — a total reformation.
Pagina 176 - Here I could no longer defend our customs, for I could scarcely breathe while thus surrounded by a host of strapping fellows, standing with their dirty boots on the seats of the benches. The little Frenchman, who thus found a temporary shelter from the missive compliments of his gallery friends, was the only person benefited. At last the bell again rung, and the cry of " Down, down, — hats off," was the signal for the commencement of the play.
Pagina 233 - I will ask him for my place again; he shall tell me I am a drunkard! Had I as many mouths as Hydra, such an answer would stop them all. To be now a sensible man, by and by a fool, and presently a beast! O strange! Every inordinate cup is unblest, and the ingredient is a devil.
Pagina 288 - ... of a singer, to hear some coarse expression shouted from the galleries in stentor voice. This is followed, according to the taste of the bystanders, either by loud laughter and approbation, or by the castigation and expulsion of the offender. Whichever turn...
Pagina 176 - but I think I pay pretty dear for it : — first, to give six shillings at the door, and then to have my head battered with rotten apples, and my coat spoiled by candle-grease ; by and by I shall have my other clothes dirtied by sitting down, as I perceive everybody mounted on the benches. I wonder if they could not see as well if they were all to stand upon the floor.
Pagina 174 - ... they were, I assure you; but it was cruel in the manager to dress them in buckram, as it deprived them entirely of the use of their limbs. They arranged themselves very orderly on each side of the stage, and sung something, doubtless very affecting, for they all looked pitiful enough.
Pagina 96 - ... of Count Benyowski was brought out with great expense and care. The audience was much gratified, and expectation, though on tip-top, fully satisfied. The costumes of Russia and Siberia were strictly conformed to, and the snow and ice scenes of Kamschatka would have been invaluable in the dog-days.
Pagina 335 - Matthews went on to describe the progress of Cooke's intoxication, during which his protests against drunkenness became stronger with each glass. He then undertook to instruct the tyro in the histrionic art, and especially in the manner of exhibiting the passions. Here it would be vain to...
Pagina 298 - ... the audience perceived some confusion on the stage, and presently a shower of sparks falling from above. Some were startled, others thought it was a part of the scenic exhibition. A performer on the stage received a portion of the burning materials from on high, and it was perceived that others were tearing down the scenery. Some one cried out from the stage that there was no danger. Immediately afterwards, Hopkins Robinson ran forward and cried out, " The house is on fire !" pointing to the...

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