Ben De Bar as Falstaff, 1872-1877: St. Louis's Gift to Shakespearean Performance in America

Mercer, John M.
January 2004
Search for Meaning: Critical Essays on Early Modern Literature;2004, p81
The article focuses on the portrayal of actor Benedict de Bar as John Falstaff. From 1872 to 1877, De Bar acted as Falstaff in Henry IV and in the Merry Wives of Windsor. Some praised him for his performance, for his physical appearance, facial expressions, humorous delivery and original conception. If there was some criticism about his portrayal, it would point out to his lack of gentility as failure to memorize the William Shakespeare's text.


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