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no. 530

Saturday, 10 November 2007

images of theatre and other popular entertainment

Carrie Swaine

colour lithograph flyer advertising a
forthcoming appearance of the American actress, Carrie Swain (fl. 1870s/80s)

(printed by Central Litho. & Eng. Co., Chicago, circa 1884)

'Carrie Swain.
'Carrie Swain has made another upward step in her presentation of Chirp, the Little Joker. the play was written to fit her specialties, and becomes interesting for that reason, if for none other. As seen last evening on the stage, Carrie Swain appeared a handsome, graceful actress, not so fleshy as formerly but more active. She shows to best advantage in the second act, when her impersonation of a newsboy begins, and her sketches are rendered. She has a pleasing, melodious voice, and dances gracefully. She, at the same time, intersperses a personality in these specialties, which remind the spectator of Maggie Mitchell, although it must be said that "she is herself alone." The gymnastic performance with which she winds up the dancing is unexpected and something generally beyond the power of a woman. Her support is good, the cast containing a number of clever artists.'
(The San Antonio Light, Texas, Sunday, 12 December 1884, p.1c, quoting the St. Louis Chronicle)

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