History of the American Theatre: New foundations [1792-1797

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Globe Printing House, 1891 - Theater
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Page 362 - Moonshine] behind this burning town, and the smoke to evaporate. When the curtain rises in the fifth, the appearance of the whole is good — Charlestown on fire, the breastwork of wood, the Americans appearing over the works and the muzzles of their guns, the English and the American music, the attack of the hill, the falling of the English troops, Warren's half descending the hill and animating the Americans, the smoke and confusion, all together produce an effect scarce credible.
Page 234 - Here polish'd life an ample field shall find; Reflected here, its fair perspective, view The stage, the camera — the landscape, you. Ye lovely fair, whose circling beauties shine A radiant galaxy of charms divine: Whose gentle hearts those tender scenes approve, Where pity begs, or kneels adoring love: — Ye sons of sentiment, whose bosom fire The song of pathos and the epic lyre...
Page 361 - I have preferred sending on the original copy rather than wait to have a fair one transcribed — where it was incomplete I have written and made it good, interspersing occasionally such remarks as, from seeing the effect in representation, appeared to me serviceable in getting it up. It was played seven nights successively, and on the last night was received with the same enthusiasm as on the first — it revived old scenes, and united all parts of the house. Mr. Powell intends it for a stock play,...
Page 24 - Stage-Plays, and such things to prevent : You'll find it, Sirs, among the Laws sky blue, Made near that time on brooms when Witches flew, That blessed time when Law kept wide awake, Proscribed the faithless, and made Quakers quake ; And thus in terms sublime / state the fact, Runs the Preamble of this precious Act. Both for preventing, and avoiding, all Those various evils which would sure befall Our sober people, and their sober ways, From Interludes, and vile Theatric Plays, To wit, all fiddling,...
Page 361 - ... painted on it — which board was three feet and a half high. The English marched in two divisions from one extremity of the stage, where they ranged, after coming from the wings, when they come to the foot of the hill. The Americans fire — the English fire — six or seven of your men should be taught to fall — the fire should be frequent for some minutes. The English retire to the front of the stage — second line of English advance from the wing near the hill — firing commences —...
Page 269 - Ev'ry profession will have still the same : A virtuous sentiment from vice may come ! The libertine may praise a happy home ; Your remedy is good with such a teacher ; Imbibe the precept, but condemn the preacher.
Page 60 - Patty; when he found her blessed with all the qualities that captivate and endear life, and knew she was capable of adorning a higher sphere; when he had interviews with her upon the subject in which was painted the amiableness of an honorable passion; and after his connection, when he bestowed his benefactions on the relatives, etc., of the old miller, the great and good Washington manifested...
Page 233 - And warm'd the Zembla of the frozen mind. The world's new queen, Augusta, own'd their charms, And clasp'd the Grecian nymphs in British arms. Then shone the drama with imperial art, And made a province of the human heart. What nerve of verse can sketch th' ecstatic view, When she and Garrick sighed their last adieu!
Page 362 - Street — if you had one it would not be amiss — we used it instead of the scene of Boston Neck — it appears to me you need not be particular, but the hill and Charlestown on fire. We had English uniforms for men and officers. You can procure the coats of some company at New-York which dresses in red. Small cannon should be fired during the battle, which continued with us for twelve or fifteen minutes.
Page 24 - Yet a number of aliens and foreigners, have lately entered the State, and in the metropolis of the Government, under advertisements insulting to the habits and education of the citizens, have been pleased to invite them to, and to exhibit before such as attended, Siageflays, Interludes, and Theatrical Entertainments, under the stile and appellation of

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