The Theatrical 'World' of 1893-1897 Volume 4

The Theatrical 'World' of 1893-1897 Volume 4

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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. 1897 edition. Excerpt: ...for his symbolic "rabbits" the names of several of his own plays. Now this, I admit, was a little unfair. The moral basis of civilisation would totter if our principles were assailable through the weak spots in our practice. But what lured me aside from strict dialectical probity was the fact that Mr. Grundy's practice is almost always much better than his principles. While he is shouting "Stop her! Back her!" he turns the crank to "Full speed ahead!" Is it so very unchivalrous to remind a man who is arguing like Falstaff, that yesterday he was fighting like Hotspur, and will be again tomorrow? To-morrow has now come, and, sure enough, here is Mr. Grundy gallantly, almost quixotically, knocking his own theories into a cocked-hat. The Greatest 1y' T/zese, produced at the Garrick last Wednesday, was not new to me, as it was to most of the audience who were entertained and moved by it. I saw it in Brighton some months ago, and need not repeat what I then said of it.T The three points to which I objected--the hackneyed forgery story, the questionbegging juggle with the words "God" and "Nature," and the Ciceronian rhetoric of the dialogue--still appear to me open to objection. But I enjoyed the play more on seeing it a second time, and was more impressed by the courage which inspires it. Pharisaism has received no more crushing facer on the English stage in our time---all the more crushing because it is not malignant or inhuman. There is power, intelligence, conviction in the play. In spirit, if not in technique, it ireminently "in the movement." And will Mr. Grundy tell me that he wrote it under the belief that "the only opinion worth regarding is the...show more

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  • Paperback | 104 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 6mm | 200g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236942108
  • 9781236942104