A group of comedians (Google eBook)

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The Dunlap society, 1901 - Actors - 91 pages
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Page 85 - My hounds are bred out of the Spartan kind, So flew'd, so sanded ; and their heads are hung With ears that sweep away the morning dew ; Crook-knee'd, and dew-lapp'd like Thessalian bulls ; Slow in pursuit, but match'd in mouth like bells, Each under each.
Page 58 - His inexhaustible flow of spirits, in his best days, pervaded all his acting and invested the most unattractive part with an alluring charm, as many a prosaic spot in nature becomes enchanted land by the music of falling waters. Add to this exuberant vitality a rich endowment of mother wit, a bright intelligence, keen sympathy and appreciation, and rare personal magnetism, and you have before you Glorious John...
Page 7 - From clowns of the broadest Yorkshire dialect," says Ireland, " to the most mincing Cockney, in the garrulous Frenchman and the high-bred English gentleman, the simple rustic or the keenest London footman, in the clumsy hobbledehoy or the pathetic childishness of extreme old age, he was equally at home and equally superior.
Page 44 - London Assurance," in conjunction with Boucicault, who claimed the entire authorship, according to his usual ungenerousness. Had to bring an action against DB, whose legal adviser suggested payment of half the purchase money rather than conduct so damaging a case.
Page 30 - Kriends of the Drama ! pointing skyward now. We ask a wreath to deck the Drama's brow : Let them no ivy with Joy's laurels twine, No dregs of Sorrow mingle with Mirth's wine We bid you here to laugh, and not to weep ; To wake your mirth, and hush your cares to sleep ; This will we do, and trust your smiles to win ; We will pay out, so long as you pay in !'' After the recitation, which was rapturously received, followed the farce of " Perfection," with Jones, Barrett, Gates, Mrs.
Page 54 - Machree." Oh, wid a dhudieen I can blow away care, Oh, hone, wid a dhudieen! Black thoughts and blue devils all melt into air, Oh, hone! wid a dhudieen! If you're short any day, Or a note have to pay, And you don't know the way, To come out of it clean, From your head and your heart You can make it depart, Oh, hone! wid a dhudieen. Oh, wid a dhudieen you recline at your ease, Oh, hone! wid a dhudieen! Shut your eyes and imagine what pleasures you please...
Page 54 - Oh, wid a dhudieen I can blow away care, Oh, hone, wid a dhudieen! Black thoughts and blue devils all melt into air, Oh, hone! wid a dhudieen! If you're short any day, Or a note have to pay, And you don't know the way, To come out of it clean, From your head and your heart You can make it depart, Oh, hone! wid a dhudieen. Oh, wid a dhudieen you recline at your ease, Oh, hone! wid a dhudieen! Shut your eyes and imagine what pleasures you please, Oh, hone!
Page 73 - ... way of bringing out points of character; his aim was to ransack the part for points of fun. He was the very spirit of farce, and an adept in the employment of every comic device that would amuse his audience. He seemed to care as much for farcical display as for wit or sentiment or character drawing. He has left no theatrical comedy portraits of finished excellence that stand out as exemplars like those of Placide and Blake. Indeed, he often set at naught all the rules, principles, and purposes...
Page 8 - Mr. Placide, the best Polonius and the best actor in his varied line in the country, was the Polonius. GEORGE VANDENHOFF : ' Leaves from An Actor's Note Book,
Page 72 - Joe's body lie in state at the Church of the Transfiguration (the Little Church Around the Corner).

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