DRAMA WAS A SUCCESS, BUT AUDIENCE WAS A FAILURE! -OSCAR WILDE(Post No.6229)

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Date: 5 April 2019


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Post No. 6229

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Playwright Anecdotes: –

SUCCESS AND FAILURE


Oscar Wilde arrived at his club one evening, after witnessing a first production of a play that was a complete failure.
“Oscar, how did your play go tonight?” said a friend.
“Oh, was the lofty response, “the play was a great success , but the audience was a failure”.
Xxx

Sir Herbert Beerbohm Tree to a would be dramatist,
My dear sir, I have read your play. Oh my dear sir!
Yours faithfully,

Xxx

PETER PAN


“Not all your plays are successes, I suppose, Sir James”, someone remarked to J M Barrie at a dinner party.
In the manner of one imparting confidence, Barrie leaned toward him and said,
“No, some Peter out, some Pan out”.
Xxx

DRAMA CRITICISM


Claire Boothe’s first produced play, ‘Abide with Me’ was a failure. The playwright was ,however, evidently possessed of some ebullience on the occasion of its opening. Richard Watts, drama critic, reported,
“One almost forgave, Abide with Me, its faults when its lovely playwright, who must have been crouched in the wings for a sprinter’s start as the final curtain mercifully descended, heard a cry of ‘Author ‘, which was not audible in my vicinity, and arrived to accept the audience’s applause just as the actors, who had a head start on her, were properly lined up and smoothed out to receive their customary adulation.”
Xxx

WHERE WILL YOU BORROW?

Richard Brinsley Sheridan , threatening to cut his son Thomas off with a shilling, he immediately replied,
Ah father, but where will you borrow the shilling?
Xxx

SHERIDAN AND CUMBERLAND


Cumberland, a third rate dramatist, was jealous of Sheridan s reputation and lost no occasion to talk him down.
An acquaintance of Sheridan’s , meeting him on the street one day, informed him that Cumberland was telling everyone how he had gone to see
‘The School for Scandal’, and had thought it a very bad thing— couldn’t see how people saw anything funny in it at all.
“Why, did he not laugh at my comedy?” asked Sheridan, pretending the deepest concern,
“No
Well then, I must say that is very ungrateful in Mr Cumberland, for I laughed at his last tragedy until I almost split my sides”.


Xxxx

Dancer Anecdote

Finley Peter Dunne, the Mr Dooley of humorous fame, once went to see Isadora Duncan perform. The famous dancer wore very few clothes, and as a result of their lack, looked even plumper than usual. A flood light threw calcium beams on her. As Dunne was leaving, one of the patronesses hailed him.
“Oh, Mr Dunne”, she twittered,
“How did you enjoy the Madame’s dancing?”
“Immensely”, said Dunne.
“Made me think of Grant’s Tomb in love”.



XXX SUBHAM XXX

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