Theatre Etiquette in 1888 – very funny!

THEATRE ETIQUETTE

(Transcribed extract from The Herald-Journal, Bessemer, Alabama December 20, 1888)

Never whistle during a death scene on the stage.

Do not play poker with your neighbor during the play.

Never try to be near your friends by sitting on the arm of an orchestra chair.

Be self-possessed on all occasions. If the central chandelier falls upon you, try to appear unconcerned.

Take the seats the usher gives you. Do not insist upon occupying a private box on the strength of a hat check.

Dress quietly for the theatre. A loud suit frequently keeps the other auditors from hearing what is said on the stage.

Those who affect the front row in the gallery must not drop peanut shells, derby hats or rubbers into the orchestra circle.

Do not spoil the plot of the play by yelling to the villain not to forget the incriminating papers he drops near the corpse.

Persons who take cold easily and are especially susceptible to draughts should never sit near the cornet player in the orchestra.

If you hire a pair of Opera glasses without paying a deposit it is only a weak sentiment that requires you to return them.

If you have the end seat do not stretch your legs all the way across the aisle. Leave a little room for the book-of-the opera boy to pass.

If the gentleman next to you goes out between acts, remember that no lady will place her tutti-frutti on his vacant chair and forget all about it until next morning.

When you take your deaf uncle with you repeat all the jokes to him. Some jokes are so good that the rest of the audience will not mind hearing them a second time.

In leaving the theatre, if you are a woman, put your muff in the small of the gentleman’s back in front of you and push. If you are a man put your arms akimbo and waddle.

Men of short stature who find it difficult to see the stage will find a thick ulster and a sealskin sacque of great assistance when properly folded and used as a basis of operations.

You may throw a bouquet or a horseshoe of roses at the prima donna, but never heave a brick at the tenor or prostrate the basso profundo by hitting him in the neck with a golosh.

Even if a play is stupid you have no right to snore so loud that the walking gentleman forgets his lines through nervousness. Snoring, however loud, will not make the play any better.

If the author of the play happens to sit next to you, do not advise him to go to some other theatre to see a show that is worth looking at. He may have done his best on the play you are witnessing.

On rainy nights gallery gods are not permitted by the rules of etiquette to hand their dripping umbrellas over the railing. Such a course is apt to dampen the ardor of the audience downstairs.

Read all the jokes printed on the programme and forever after eschew them. No jest ever gains admission to a theatrical programme until it has been found unavailable because of age everywhere else.

Do not step on the tall hat of the gentleman next you. This rule is respectfully dedicated to ladies, who are also advised not to throw their overshoes into the derby of the gentleman who sits in front.

If the lady in front of you obscures your vision with her winged hat, leave the theatre. Do not trim the hat down with a pair of pocket shears, or sit on the back of your seat with your feet on the cushion.

Never refuse a return check, whether you are coming back or not. You may like the middle act of a play very much, and return checks, if used with discretion, will enable you to see if several times without additional expense. (New York Evening Sun)

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Donna R. Causey, resident of Alabama, was a teacher in the public school system for twenty years. When she retired, Donna found time to focus on her lifetime passion for historical writing. She developed the websites www.alabamapioneers and www.daysgoneby.me

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Discordance: The Cottinghams (Volume 1)
is the continuation of the story. .

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