The Theatrical 'World' of 1893-1897 Volume 3

The Theatrical 'World' of 1893-1897 Volume 3

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1896 edition. Excerpt: ...I have heard her called; and though no one who.has seen her sparkling Mirandolina can accept the former epithet without reservation, the phrase may be taken as representing the impression she produces on a casual observer. "Mr, Murphy, sir," said Rogers, "you knew Mr. Garrick. What did you think of him?" "Well, sir, of the stage he was a mean little fellow; but on the stage"--throwing up his hands and eyes--"oh, my great God!" Off the stage, in, the same way, Duse may be a plain little woman; let those who have seen her decide. On the stage she is not plain, but exquisite; not little, but great. "Fortunam reverenter /zabet," said Johnson of his "little Davy"; and so we may say of Duse, Ingenium rezzerenter /zabet. She treats her genius, not as a freehold to be marred and wasted at pleasure, but as a 'trust estate, to be assiduously and reverently tended. She does not act merely with a set of surface nerves which long habit has dissociated, or, so to speak, insulated, from the real centres of sensation. She throws her very being into her task, and while her intelligence keeps vigilant control of every gesture and accent, her whole physical organism responds with sensitive alertness to the touch of her imagination. She is more completely alive on the stage than any one else I remember to have seen. Even to the very finger-tips, she lives the life of the character. Compare her Santuzza in Caz/alleria Rust/e'a-na with her Mirandolina, and you will find that she has not only changed her costume, her voice and her accent, but her very temperament. This is acting, this is great art; and what a delight it is to see and recognise it! Drury Lane is not the more

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  • Paperback | 102 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 5mm | 195g
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236758234
  • 9781236758231