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Today in Theatre History–THE FIRST AMERICAN-BORN ACTOR? WHO KNOWS?–March 13, 1790

Today in theatre history–March 13, 1790–may or may not be of some note. It depends. According to Dunlap (who is infamously inaccurate), it was on this date that America’s first native-born actor appeared on the stage for the very first … Continue reading

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Today in Theatre History: WILLIAM WELLS BROWN’S “ESCAPE” LEAPS TO FAME–January 30, 1858

Today in theatre history—January 30, 1858—William Wells Brown’s The Escape, or, A Leap for Freedom appeared in print. As the first play by an African-American to be published, it was initially conceived as a closet drama. But the work quickly received … Continue reading

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Today in Theatre History: SHERIDAN’S FIRST PLAY, THE RIVALS, GETS A DO-OVER–January 28, 1775

Today in theatre history–January 28, 1775–Richard Brinsley Sheridan’s very first play, The Rivals, gets a re-do at Covent Garden. Originally performed on January 17, it was roundly criticized for being too long, over-written, and for including a widely unpopular character, … Continue reading

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Today in Theatre History: OFF TO SEE THE WIZARD WITH DOROTHY AND IMOGENE THE COW–January 21, 1903

On this day in theatre history–January 20, 1903–the original staged version of The Wizard of Oz premièred on Broadway at the original Majestic Theatre on Columbus Circle (after its initial tryout a few months earlier in Chicago), running for 293 … Continue reading

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Today in Theatre History: GEORGE BERNARD SHAW, “A THIRD RATE IBSEN”–January 9, 1905

On this day in theatre history–January 9, 1905–George Bernard Shaw’s You Never Can Tell premiered in New York City at the Garrick, running for 129 performances, after a triumphal run in London.  American matinee idol, Arnold Daly, played the romantic lead … Continue reading

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Today in Theatre History: GODOT FINALLY ARRIVES!–January 5, 1953

On this day in theatre history–January 5, 1953–Beckett’s En attendant Godot (Waiting for Godot) premiered at the Théâtre de Babylone in Paris. Directed by Roger Blin, who also played Pozzo, the initial 30-day run was generally well-received. But the production was … Continue reading

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Today in Theatre History: EDWIN BOOTH’S COURAGEOUS COMEBACK–January 3, 1866

On this day in theatre history–January 3, 1866: “Not only was every seat occupied, but every inch of standing-room was eagerly appropriated by the thronging multitude. Seldom, indeed, has any New-York theater been thus crowded, and never by an audience … Continue reading

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