Dramatic Criticism (volume 1) by James Thomas Grein

Dramatic Criticism (volume 1)

byJames Thomas Grein

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This historic book may have numerous typos, missing text or index. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. 1899. Not illustrated. Excerpt: ... THE MANOEUVRES OF JANE. Oct. 30. 1898. The commanding general, the public, has pronounced the "Manoeuvres of Jane" a failure. For ten minutes the audience howled for the author, and if he had appeared, heaven knows what would have happened. The principal actors appeared time after time to pour oil on the seething waters; the managers, Messrs. Harrison and Maude, like Castor and Pollux, made their bow arm-in-arm, but it was all of no avail. The troops were scarcely at fault, but the tactics were clumsy and doomed to fail For a one-act play the subject would have been interesting enough, for the public always likes to behold a tomboy who has a firm little head of her own and a tender heart. But when the process of regeneration is spun out into five acts, or, to be precise, four acts and a scene of wordiness, in which there is neither much characterisation, nor action of engrossing interest, weariness is likely to set in, and no dialogue, however cleverly turned and twisted with occasional sparkles of real wit, will condone for the wasted time and energy. Mr. Henry Arthur Jones, who always commands my respect, though I may not agree with him, as on this occasion (which, by the way, is the maxim of Jane's friend who manoeuvres with her), no doubt felt that this original idea of reforming a wayward girl would not fill an evening, and in order to sustain the interest, he conceived a double! plot on a single line. First, there is Jane, who is sent to a lady friend to be tamed, and more particularly to be married to a noble; and secondly, there is her friend, a clever vixen, who has firmly made up her mind to conquer the title since Jane herself has long before promised herself to a young fellow of no means but of engaging manners. Up to a certain point the manoeuvres a...

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Title:Dramatic Criticism (volume 1)Format:PaperbackDimensions:88 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.18 inPublished:January 10, 2012Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0217829686

ISBN - 13:9780217829687

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