Battifol assumes that individuals in costume personated
these camels, whose riders were mounted 'on ne sait comment' (Le Louvre, 114).
Its three-pronged investigation considers the challenges facing the boy actor, who had to deal with the threat of a "cracked" or "squeaking" voice as he personated
women on the early modern stage (chapter 1); Shakespeare's representations of the powers of women to exercise agency through the wielding of breath (chapter 2); and the representation of women as auditors in late Shakespeare (chapter 3).
After explaining that the situation "remained doubtful" he continues, "And therefore, we personated
old Faringdon, not Fitz-Alwine, as the booke yet may be seene, to cut off all such contentious questions" (78-80).
Othello, almost the master-work of the mastermind--a part, the study of which occupied, perhaps, years of the life of the elegant and classical Kemble; a part, which the fire and genius of Kean have, of late years, made his exclusive property; a part, which it has been considered a sort of theatrical treason for any one less distinguished than these two variously but highly gifted individuals to attempt; and this is to be personated
in an English national theatre, by one whose pretensions rest upon the two grounds of his face being of a natural instead of an acquired tint, and of his having lived as a servant to a low-comedy actor.
A Game at Chess was interpreted as a satire of Anglo-Spanish relations in which political manoeuvring was allegorized as chess play and high-ranking Spaniards such as Don Diego Sarmiento de Acuna, Conde de Gondomar and ex-Ambassador of Spain, and Catholic clergymen such as Marc Antonio de Dominis, Archbishop of Spalato, were irreverently personated
in the characters of the Black House.
Instead, his argument is that the sentiments represented by personated
characters are associated with issues pertinent to their contemporary professional theater.
where the idea of theatrical performance is loosest and most metaphoric, is recorded as originating from Swift's A Tale of a Tub (1704): |the Elder Brutus only personated
the Fool and Madman, for the Good of the Publick'.
56) As in Cleopatra's putdown of the boy players, in this moment the boy actress invites the audience to judge whether he has personated
a woman so well that he can name the woman player and still gain applause.
Stages must submit to Scaffolds, and personated
tragedies to real ones.
Shakespeare himself uses "personate" to mean "represent," but never in a specifically dramatic sense: in Twelfth Night ("he shall find himself most feelingly personated
Wall says, however, that the one thing in the riding which must not be forgotten was the "Egyptian Princess [Sabra, George's wife to be] personated
by the prettiest girl in Stratford (where pretty girls were always found, and are still not few).
A typical theatrical passage, among the hundreds in the book, concerns Edmunds, or Father Weston, the leader of the Catholic exorcists: "The same Edmunds and his twelve holy disciples that have feigned a devil Tragedie, sorted it into acres and scenes, furnished it with hangings, set up a stage of forgerie, replenished it with personated
actors, adorned it with fictitious devises, dreames, imaginations, and ridiculous wonders.