The Popular Theatre

The Popular Theatre

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The Popular Theatre

The Popular Theatre

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Mr. Ernest Newman, brought by vocational ordinances to review the sawings and mewlings of the heterogeneous catgut scrapers and contraband philo, mels who every other night were posturing themselves before London audiences as musicians and singers, became one day so riled at the whole business that he publicly announced he would no longer attend any performances save those of artists who had made a reputation. After fourteen years of unremitting theatre attendance in New York -- a period during which I have nightly been spectator at the performances of authors, actors and managers who have made reputations-- I am of a mind to announce that I will no longer attend any performances save those of authors, actors and managers who have not made a reputation.

To the making of a reputation in the popular theatre of New York, everything would seem to be essential but talent. One is so surrounded in this theatre by famous playwrights, famous actors and famous producers -- all more or less first-rate eighthrate men -- that the occasional glimpse of an utterly unknown, utterly unidentified, intruder bursts upon the vision with a sensation as agreeable ésthetically as the sudden spectacle, on a dark, gloomy, rainy day in Spring, of a young woman in a soft white dress . . .

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