Comedians All

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A.A. Knopf, 1919 - Drama - 257 pages
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Page 191 - Mary had a little lamb ; Its fleece was white as snow; And everywhere that Mary went The lamb was sure to go.
Page 238 - I ain't got nothing to live for ; nobody loves me but the dog, and he's got fleas." 24. "A baby doesn't know much, but father can't wear mother's nightgown and fool it when it's hungry." 25. "Calves may come and cows may go, but the bull goes on forever.
Page 9 - Romans," is both intellectually a Philistine policy and politically a gospel of strife. I trust no one will suppose that I am pleading for a dead orthodoxy, or an enforced uniformity of taste or thought. There is always a place for protests against the main convention, for rebellion, paradox, partisanship, and individuality, and for every personal taste that is sincere. Progress comes by contradiction. Eddies and tossing spray add to the beauty of every stream and keep the water from stagnancy.
Page 110 - Guitry in particular: There is always a cosmopolitan twinkle of eye, a gay phrase, an amusing — if, in truth, entirely superficial— hitting on this or that human idiosyncrasy. Taking his farce writing by and large, I suppose he intrinsically resembles the young Guitry more than he resembles any other Continental. Like Guitry, his comment on life is most frequently negligible; and like Guitry, his satiric sense, if he has such sense, remains largely invisible; but like Guitry, too, he can take...
Page 238 - Tar Heel State. One shows in graphic form how Typhoid Fever is Spread and How it is Prevented; another deals with Flies as Carriers of Disease; still another is the spitting placard: "If you spit on the floor at home, spit on the floor here. We want you to feel perfectly at home.
Page 92 - Nathan (1882—1958) described the kind of theater study and criticism that the typical "college professor" produced; he said it was based on: ( 1 ) an almost complete lack of knowledge of the actual theatre and the changes wrought therein in the last decade, (2)3 stern disinclination, confounded with poise and dignity, to accept new things and new standards, and (3) a confusion of the stage with the tabernacle pulpit. As the radical journalist John Reed (1887—1920) explained, in an attack on "the...
Page 120 - A good actor is one who is successful in completely immersing his own personality in the role he is playing.
Page 11 - Criticism is the art of appraising that which isn't in terms of what it should be, and that which should be in terms of what it isn't. The rest — is mere handshaking.
Page 106 - American rivals for the simple reason that while any number of the latter probably know just as much about writing risque farce as he does, there isn't one who knows, as he knows, how to write risque English. There are probably a dozen American farce writers who can evolve better ideas for their farces than Hopwood is able to evolve for his; and there are many who are considerably more fertile in devising original and more comically impudent characters and situations. Yet not one of them can write...
Page 203 - The dramatic critic who is without prejudice is on the plane with the general who does not believe in taking human life. GEORGE JEAN NATHAN, Comedians All.

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