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principles of comedy and dramatic effect

by percy hetherington fitzgerald


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...in Act IV. By Messrs and, of Oxford Street. ' This surely is a conscientious support to the piece, and the manager is thus said to spare no expense to mount his play properly. Yet the ques- tion arises whether this, considered to be the cause of the decay of the dramatic portion, is not itself a decay. A few reflections will show that the whole is based on false principles. The confusion arises from the idea, that the closer reality is imitated, the more nearly effect is produced. If actual reality — the thing itself — can be introuced, the acme is reached. A landscape The Dramatists. 29 defies sucli an introduction, though partial attempts can be made at producing a street. But the simplest illustration, by which the whole principle can be tested, is that of the common Drawing-room Scene. In many of the leading plays now acting, there is some such elaborate room, richly furnished and appointed, on which great trouble and cost have been expended. As the drop scene rises, we see the...

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