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The nearest approach to it , we are told , is , when the actor appears wholly
unconscious of the presence of spectators . In tragedy - in all which is to affect the
feelings — this undivided attention to his stage business , seems indispensable .
To make the intrusion comic , the actor who plays the annoyed man must a little
desert nature ; he must , in short , be thinking of the audience , and express only
so much dissatisfaction and peeyishness as is consistent with the pleasure of ...
Many instances would be tedious ; these may suffice to show that comic acting at
least does not always demand from the performer that strict abstraction from all
reference to an audience , which is exacted of it ; but that in some cases a sort of
... Farce , with all their trumperyThere , by the neighbouring moon ( by some not
improperly supposed thy Regent Planet upon earth ) mayst thou not still be acting
thy managerial pranks , great disembodied Lessee ? but Lessee still , and still a ...
an examine it a little , and it confesses only , that the one performer was never ,
and the other always , acting . And in truth this was the charm of Elliston ' s private
deportment . You had a spirited performance always going on before your eyes ...
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Oh, my, these are hilarious! A collection of essays by Lamb's imaginary friend, an eclectic, off-beat and highly opinionated persona. The preface, bemoaning the death of the imaginary friend while ... Read full review