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Studies of the Stage


Studies of the Stage

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    Brander Matthews
Excerpt from book: in the wrinkles of solemn earnestness. . . . A preservative is a valuable medicine, and all morality has none more powerful and effective than the ridiculous." III.—A PLEA FOR FARCE In one of the best edited and best written, most careful and most conscientious newspapers in New York I read, not long ago, a criticism of a new comedy, which was praised as " possessing a serious as well as a comic interest, and rarely descending to the level of absolute farce." Apparently the critic here asserts by insinuation that "absolute farce" can be found only in the lowest levels of the dramatic mine. A similar assumption is frequent in current theatrical criticism, and the theatrical critic is not seldom moved to bemoan the decadence of the drama as indicated by the decline of comedy and the acceptance of farce in its stead. The theatrical critic, it maybe remarked incidentally, generally insists on illuminating the present by the light of other days, and he is prone to cry O temporal O mores! which, after all, is but the Latin for the latter-day and more logical autre temps, atttres moeurs ! " Life," as one of Margaret Fuller's girl pupils once said, " is to laugh or cry, according to our constitution." To many, if not to most, it is nobler to cry than to laugh. The tear is more dignified than the smile. Thus tragedy claims a superiority over comedy and still more over farce. " Let a man of cheerful disposition," writes Mr. Lecky, in his History of European Morals (3d ed., vol. i., p. 85), seeking to prove the power of our intuitions—"let a man of cheerful disposition, and of cultivated but not very fastidious taste, observe his own emotions and the countenances of those around him during the representation of a clever tragedy and of a clever farce, and it is probable that he will ...  
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