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Jula Ward Howe, Reminiscences: 1819-1899, Chapter
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The Daily Dispatch: November 9, 1860., [Electronic resource], A Woman of
A Woman of Genius. --Many years ago, Miss Charlotte Cushman was doing, at the Park Theatre, what in stage parlance is called general utility — the work of three ordinary performers; filling the gap when any one was sick; playing Mr. Richings' parts if he was away; playing Mr. Chippendale's parts if he could not, or would not do so; playing Mrs. Chippendale's parts on occasion,--never refusing to do what was allotted to her. As may be supposed, one who held this position had as yet no positi
"Guy Mannering," a musical piece, was announced; it was produced for Mr. Braham, the great tenor who played Harry Bertram.--Mrs. Chippendale was cast for Meg Merrilles, but, during the day, was taken ill; so this obscure utility actress, this Miss Cushman, was sent for, and told to be ready in the part by night.
She might read it on the boards if she could not commit it. But the "utility woman" was not used to reading her parts; she learned it before nightfall, and played it after nightfall.
The Daily Dispatch: December 20, 1860., [Electronic resource], The St. Louis Brigade. (search)
The Daily Dispatch: December 31, 1860., [Electronic resource], Death of the last survivor of the
battle of Bunker Hill. (search)
Theatre. --We are confident that all the patrons of the Theatre will be gratified to learn that the engagement of Mr. and Mrs. Waller is to be prolonged, and that during a portion of this week they will produce some of those excellent pieces in which they are really inimitable. We need scarcely adopt the usual phrases of compliment in speaking of these attractive performers, for it is admitted universally that Mrs. Waller is, (with perhaps the exception of Charlotte Cushman,) the greatest tragic actress now on the stage, and Mr. Waller has achieved a high reputation in the parts in which he appears. It is due to the management to say that they have, in the various plays lately produced, arranged the "cast" in a satisfactory manner, and the leading stars can have no reason to complain of a want of adequate support. We may therefore anticipate a week of genuine amusement at the Theatre, and we advise our readers to go and see some of the finest acting ever witnessed in Richmond
Charlotte Cushman is now living in great style in a villa near Rome.