For in the very torrent, tempest, and, as I may say, whirlwind of your passion, you must acquire and beget a temperance that may give it smoothness.

O dear American Actor, PLEASE heed this advice! I have seen so many shows that were nothing but shouting, where the arc of the show was, as far as I could tell, not-shouting to shouting to louder shouting to the loudest shouting and finally resolving to uncomfortable silence. Smoothness would be a welcome change of pace, my friends. Temperance is not often talked about in praise of performers – I’ve never read a review that praised an actor for his temperance. But I value it more than almost anything else. Generosity and temperance, give me those performers. You can keep the shouters.


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