History of the American theatre, Volume 2 (Google eBook)

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R. Bentley, 1833 - American drama
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Page 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.
Page 233 - O that men should put an enemy in their mouths, to steal away their brains ! that we should, with joy, revel, pleasure, and applause, transform ourselves into beasts ! lago.
Page 287 - ... interlude, tragedy, comedy, opera, play, farce or other entertainment of the stage...
Page 233 - O thou invisible spirit of wine ! if thou hast no name to be known by, let us call thee devil.
Page 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.
Page 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...
Page 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.
Page 124 - The necessity for producing these attractive novelties rendered Hamlet and Macbeth, and all the glories of the drama, for the time a dead letter. In proportion as his consequence decreased, the carelessness for performing his duty increased, and every new character Mr. Cooper went on for (to use the stage phrase), was almost invariably marred by an ignorance even of the words of the author. It was perhaps well for his future fame and excellence that circumstances removed him from the stage of New-...
Page 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.
Page 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.

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