Driftwood of the Stage

Paperback | February 4, 2012

byWilliam Ellis Horton

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1904. Excerpt: ... INCIDENT AND STORY. Theatrical folks have strange experiences; some are funny and others are far from it. They adapt themselves to circumstances, and as a rule nothing surprises them. Henry Irving and his company were playing "Faust" at the time of the great blizzard at New York in March, 1888. The house where they played was one of the very few theaters in the city open that night. Next day Mr. Irving was accused, in a good-humored way, by the press of hard-heartedness in compelling the members of his company to go to the theater on such a terrible night. They had never seen a blizzard before, and none of them realized what it was like. Every single member of the company, however, turned up, and they played to one of the most crowded and enthusiastic audiences they had ever acted to in their lives. The house was packed from floor to ceiling with--dead-heads. Every seat in the house had been sold, but the weather was too bad for those who had paid to care to go out. On the other hand, many of the theaters being closed and the actors not playing, they went to see Mr. Irving. There was hardly an actor in New York who was not at the performance, which was a unique one under the circumstances. At McVicker's Theater, Chicago, April 23, 1879, Edwin Booth was playing in "Richard the Second," and had reached the soliloquy in the prison scene of the fifth act, when suddenly a man in the balcony fired a shot at him with a pistol. Mr. Booth, looking up, saw a man leaning over the balcony railing and raising his pistol for a second shot. The shot was fired and then Mr. Booth slowly rose, stepped to the front of the stage and looked inquiringly towards the balcony. He saw the would-be assassin, saw the pistol raised for the third shot, turned around, and deliberately ...

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1904. Excerpt: ... INCIDENT AND STORY. Theatrical folks have strange experiences; some are funny and others are far from it. They adapt themselve...

Format:PaperbackDimensions:74 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.15 inPublished:February 4, 2012Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0217830242

ISBN - 13:9780217830249

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