Problems of the Actor

Problems of the Actor

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Problems of the Actor

Problems of the Actor

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To quote that phrase so dear to afterdinner speakers, -- Mr. Louis Calvert "needs no introduction" as an artist of the theater; but there is, at least, a novel pleasure in announcing his first appearance as an author.

Any treatise on the art of acting depends for its importance on the experience, and consequent authority, of the man who has prepared it. No other art, in its methods of employing means to the achievement of an end, is so little understood by nonpractitioners. The laws of play-making have been codified most clearly by critics who have never written plays, -- like Aristotle, for example, or -- to cite a modern instance -- Mr. William Archer. The most serviceable textbooks of harmony and counterpoint have been written, not by great musicians or composers, but by humbler music-teachers. The ablest explanations of the technical devices employed in painting, in sculpture, and in archi-

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