The romance of the American theatre. Bookseller Inventory #
Synopsis: 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. 1913 Excerpt: ... CHAPTER XV THE THEATRES OF NEW YORK AND THE DRAMA OF TO-DAY To trace the history of all the New York theatres which came up--and disappeared again--in the course of the nineteenth century would require several volumes the size of this one.1 Yet some account should certainly be given here of New York's gradual development from a town no better, theatrically, than two or three other towns of the country, to the proud position it now holds as the acknowledged Mecca of plays and players in America. So only can we understand the promise and the prospects of the drama of to-day. For thirty years the John Street Theatre,2 of which we heard much in an early chapter, stood without any important rival. Soon after it closed its doors--on January 13, 1798--a number of rather ambitious amusement enterprises sprang up to take its place. At the head of the list must be placed the Park Theatre, which had a continuous and very interesting history from the day of its opening--January 29, 1798, in a somewhat un 1 See J. N. Ireland's " History of the Stage in New York," and T. Allston Brown's volumes of similar title. »The John Street Theatre opened December 7,1767, with the comedy "The Beaux's Stratagem." finished condition, to present a performance of "As You Like It"--until the end of its career, a whole half century later. A very bare and ugly building was this first Park Theatre, with its pit (occupied exclusively by men and boys) equipped with board benches innocent of cushions, and its crudely constructed boxes which could be entered only from the rear and through a locked door carefully guarded by the box-keeper. In the wide space between the pit and the boxes gentlemen were wont to promenade between the acts. In the second tier a restaurant was to be found, whil...
Title: The romance of the American theatre
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Book Description Scholarly Press, 1971. Book Condition: Used: Good. Bookseller Inventory # SONG040300909X