The History of the Stage: In which is Included the Theatrical Charecters of the Most Celebrated Actors who Have Adorn'd the Theatre ... Together with the Theatrical Life of Mr. Colly Cibber

J. Miller, 1742 - 230 pàgines

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Pàgina 57 - Nothing, though ever so barren, if within the bounds of nature, could be flat in her hands. She gave many heightening touches to characters but coldly written, and often made an author vain of his work that in itself had but little merit.
Pàgina 31 - He had a piercing eye, and in characters of heroic life a quick imperious vivacity in his tone of voice, that painted the tyrant truly terrible. There were two plays of Dryden in which he shone with uncommon lustre; in "Aurengzebe" he played Morat, and in " Don Sebastian," Muley Moloch ; in both these parts he had a fierce lion-like majesty in his port and utterance, that gave the spectator a kind of trembling admiration.
Pàgina 152 - Reason he gave for it was, that the Distresses of King Henry the Sixth, who is kill'd by Richard in the first Act, would put weak People too much in mind of King James then living in France...
Pàgina 149 - Misses there were, but modestly conceal'd ; White-hall the naked Venus first reveal'd, Who standing as at Cyprus in her Shrine, The Strumpet was ador'd with Rites Divine.
Pàgina 48 - In the ludicrous distresses which by the laws of comedy folly is often involved in, he sunk into such a mixture of piteous pusillanimity, and a consternation so ruefully ridiculous and inconsolable, that when he had shook you to a fatigue of laughter, it became a moot point whether you ought not to have pitied him.
Pàgina 65 - To speak of him as an actor, he was the most original and the strictest observer of nature, of all his contemporaries. He borrowed from none of them; his manner was his own ; he was a pattern to others, whose greatest merit was that they had sometimes tolerably imitated him. In dressing a character to the greatest exactness, he was remarkably skilful ; the least article of whatever habit he wore, seemed in some degree to speak and mark the different humour he presented; a necessary care...
Pàgina 58 - Rehearsal" had for some time lain dormant, she was desired to take it up, which I have seen her act with all the true coxcombly spirit and humour that the sufficiency of the character required.
Pàgina 197 - In the twenty years while we were our own directors, we never had a creditor that had occasion to come twice for his bill ; every Monday morning discharged us of all demands, before we took a shilling for our own use. And, from this time, we neither...
Pàgina 149 - ... starve, Were proud, so good a Government to serve ; And, mixing with buffoons and pimps profane, Tainted the stage for some small snip of gain : For they, like harlots, under bawds professed, Took all the ungodly pains, and got the least.
Pàgina 49 - His person was of the middle size ; his voice clear and audible; his natural countenance grave and sober; but the moment he spoke, the settled seriousness of his features was utterly discharged, and a dry, drolling, or laughing levity took such full possession of him, that I can only refer the idea of him to your imagination.

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