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    Lewis Clinton Strang (Author)

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This historic book may have numerous typos, missing text or index. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. 1899. Not illustrated. Excerpt: ... CHAPTER XXV. HERBERT KELCEY. Herbert Kelcey won his spurs in the frock coat, kid glove era of the New York Lyceum Theatre. He was one of the original members of Daniel Frohman's company, and he remained with the organisation until 1896, when he was succeeded by James K. Hackett. His first appearance with the Lyceum Company was in October, 1887, as John Rutherford in 'The Wife,' which part he created. In the fall of 1896, Mr. Kelcey appeared with Mrs. Leslie Carter in 'The Heart of Maryland.' When Clyde Fitch's play, 'The Moth and the Flame,' was produced in New York, Mr. Kelcey took the part of the vil lain, Edward Fletcher, an entirely new line of work for him, and he made a decided success. His acting from first to last was conspicuously good. His style had not previously greatly impressed me, and the skill with which he presented the complex emotions that moved Fletcher during the last act of 'The Moth and the Flame' therefore surprised me. He laid bare Fletcher's soul in all its horrible baseness. Yet so human was he withal, so carefully did he indicate the hysterical frenzy under which the man laboured, so forcibly did he emphasise the fundamental fact that Fletcher loved, -- selfishly, it is true, but with conquering passion, nevertheless, -- that he succeeded in not wholly divorcing the spectators' sympathy. When he left the stage, one could not help pitying to a degree the man, rascal though he was, who had fought so hard, who had risked all, and lost all. This pity was Mr. Kelcey's great triumph. Clyde Fitch's plays always seem to fall short of what one expects of them. His 'Beau Brummel,' as given by Richard Mansfield, was as good as anything that he ever did, though I doubt if that play would stand the test of poor acting. Mr. Fitch's most ambitious p...
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