2012-10-02

Well Played

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It is Saturday 12 October 1912. The publication is PIP, London's Penny Illustrated Paper, issue 2681. The section is "In The Green Room", straplined "Chatty Notes about the Theatres, Music Halls, and Picture Palaces" on page 474. In the third column is a small paragraph claiming:

It is stated that to Americans the most interesting feature of the season so far is probably the presentation at the Globe Theatre of Kate Douglas Wiggin's "Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm".

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OK. So far, so non-committal. The play had opened at the Globe on September 2nd, and on page 368 of The Graphic (7 September) we find a brief review of the same:

It cannot be said that "Rebecca" is the equal of "Mrs. Wiggs," or that it is as good as many other American plays; but sentiment is so curiously distributed that it may possibly prove a great success. To first-nighters, more critical than any subsequent audience at the play, it seemed decidedly mawkish. It is, of course, capitally played, as all American plays are.

Ouch.

I think.

The three photos were found on page 343.

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Written in 1903, first dramatised in 1909, first filmed in 1917, and Shirley Templed in 1938.

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