NY Times, 10/22/1915, p. 11

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NY Times, 10/22/1915, p. 11 - Pader-wskl . lxu-ise Jo-.jeohine In--lurted...
Pader-wskl . lxu-ise Jo-.jeohine In--lurted vauda-lllle. Inn-.in li;-t-ores tnotlon-Mcture BARNARD NEW STAGE ART. No Need for Scenery for the Drama, Says Brander Matthews. Professor Brander Matthews of Columbia Columbia addressed an open meeting of Wigs ami Gees of Barnard College on tiramatic Conventions " yesterday afternoon. afternoon. Wigs and Cues has made a distinct departure this year, and for the first show. Dec. 12. will present three Irish plays. ' Dk rdre." " Jackdaws." Jackdaws." and "The Pot o" Broth." In these the new draped .scenery will be used. The new ftage art will I discussed discussed at later meetings. "Just as grammar has its conventions.- conventions.- conventions.- said Dr. Matthews. " lust a.s sculptors canse a tree-trunk tree-trunk tree-trunk to grow up Into the middle of a galloping horsi: to support It. so tlie drama, too, has its conventions. In Japanese tragedy each performer has a 1 supposed y ) In-vis In-vis In-vis ble attendant clad in black. They hand a fan. lift a clouk-and clouk-and clouk-and by the middle of the play you do not seo them. The Mexicans always have thrt devil dressed in a Vliited States Cav-tlr- Cav-tlr- Cav-tlr- Cav-tlr- of ficer'w uniform. Is this any mom ., ., .. 1 V. u . . a u... ,. I,, irvinir'rt liecuitar tnan. ae -- -- --- --- --- - " nroduction. buildings coming down rrom the sky iinu seine uu for a cnanjre 01 uu. -"- -"- -"- Certain conventions are necessary, but ........ i . . 1 .. . . .1 I has. til. some are no-e!-ii.i..i. no-e!-ii.i..i. no-e!-ii.i..i. no-e!-ii.i..i. no-e!-ii.i..i. ....... iiew-s-en.rv iiew-s-en.rv iiew-s-en.rv iiew-s-en.rv iiew-s-en.rv is trying to do away with. There are traditions of costume it took the all rir vni-r vni-r vni-r ...v - ; - ostrich plumes from Kemble Macbetla and replace It by . . . , 1 . . 1 . . Qnnit tn n.mnv nla vim; a airigi- airigi- plnme. . There Is really no need for s.-enery s.-enery s.-enery if you agree to It. To do a favor to the Commandant or Cadets at W est Point Sir Henry Irving took Ellen T crry and fhe whole company up to West Point and played the Merchant of Venice in the messhall. draped with American Flags. Worse that that, Kdwln Booth once played Hamlet most successfully without costumes. Hut there are sonic inescapable conventions. conventions. Ymi always expect to leave the theatre in two hours and a half. Playwrights, tnereiore. aiway CTooense. in vwi-lght. vwi-lght. vwi-lght. therefore, always ctnuiense. The character.-: character.-: character.-: say .list tne rignt inrngs untrue to life. Moreover, every one n ii,.,.. e .v.rv on., alwuvs understands everything the first time it Is said! The convention of condensation condensation leads to that of wit. where every one Is as witty lis the author. Take the convention of ShakeHiicare. where every character f speaks blank verse. This would not be so In lite-there lite-there lite-there was only one Shakespeare. But . ....... ........... .a m.lr. a Kite. wo arc i.e. 1 i-uii.i i-uii.i i-uii.i ,., gain that all the characters shall par- par- tH.Ke t. niH IliH;il.,l,l. l,u There are the convvulivu oi oyera ajud pantomime." v-edded i a , i r

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  1. The New York Times,
  2. 22 Oct 1915, Fri,
  3. Page 11

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