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Closing the Show

It’s been around two weeks since we closed The Lieutenant of Inishmore with my theatre company, AstonRep, but I’m just getting around to writing about the whole experience now. 289 more words


The Performance of Protest vs The Performance of Excusing Apathy

Once upon a time I met an actor with mental health issues. Just . . . save that joke for later; I’m serious times right now. 1,848 more words


Herod and Mariamne (staging)

By Samuel Pordage (August 1673?; pub.1673)

The play was printed in 1673, two years into the Duke’s Company’s occupation of Dorset Garden, but the prologue printed with the play tells us it was “Spoken at the Theatre in Lincolns-Inn-Fields”, and that the play was “first writ, a dozen years agoe”.[1] Using evidence from the prologue the London Stage assigns this play to September 1671. 360 more words

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Juliana, or The Princess of Poland (staging)

By John Crown (June 1671; pub. 1671)

According to the Literature Online database only 15 plays first performed in the period 1660-1700 begin with a song, and this is the first. 917 more words

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The Town-Shifts, or The Suburb Justice (staging)

By Edward Revet (March 1671; pub. 1671)

Genest’s evaluation of Revet’s nostalgic (or simply old-fashioned) comedy is about right: “it has no particular fault, but the plot is slight, and the dialogue insipid”. 762 more words

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The Book of ORIANO

First Chapter: The Artifice of ORIANO, the empirical science.


1.1 ORIANO is an absolute conceptual ambition! An ideal is actual.

1.2 ORIANO is the force or energy, the power of sanctity, that regenerates the self. 8,860 more words


The Six Days' Adventure (staging)

By Edward Howard (March 1671; pub. 1671)

As with The Women’s Conquest, Howard provides little information about scenery or settings in this play. There are three vague scene headings (to 4.1, 4.2, & 5.1). 663 more words

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