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(History Channel)   This day in 1865, "Our American Cousin" becomes the least favorite new play at Ford's Theater   ( history.com) divider line
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2017-04-14 08:36:48 AM  
So aside from that, Mrs. Lincoln, how was the play?
 
2017-04-14 08:43:12 AM  
My dude and I vacationed in DC three or four years ago. We went to Ford's Theater, and they actually let us up in the balcony by the box, which they apparently usually don't. (The box itself is closed off with plexiglass.) It was an unexpectedly moving experience.

/Spielberg got it dead-on in the movie, BTW.
 
2017-04-14 09:27:03 AM  
Really, Subs?

I recall hearing it was #1 with a bullet.
 
2017-04-14 09:37:05 AM  
I'd rather have a hole in the head than see that play ~ Abe Lincoln.
 
2017-04-14 10:27:30 AM  
Some people were unimpressed by the play.  Others said it was a mind-blowing experience.
 
2017-04-14 10:46:04 AM  
'Sad' tag?

I guess Jeff was wrong. You won't get over it.
 
2017-04-14 10:52:43 AM  

Pazuzu Smith-Jones: My dude and I vacationed in DC three or four years ago. We went to Ford's Theater, and they actually let us up in the balcony by the box, which they apparently usually don't. (The box itself is closed off with plexiglass.) It was an unexpectedly moving experience.

/Spielberg got it dead-on in the movie, BTW.


Did you go across the street where they laid him in bed?  That's what got me.
 
2017-04-14 10:54:53 AM  

blatz514: Pazuzu Smith-Jones: My dude and I vacationed in DC three or four years ago. We went to Ford's Theater, and they actually let us up in the balcony by the box, which they apparently usually don't. (The box itself is closed off with plexiglass.) It was an unexpectedly moving experience.

/Spielberg got it dead-on in the movie, BTW.

Did you go across the street where they laid him in bed?  That's what got me.


He got to see a play and laid, sweet.
 
2017-04-14 10:55:51 AM  
After yesterday's post about the Rep in North Carolina comparing Lincoln to Hitler, I'm shocked they're not having a limited run of the play in his district.
 
2017-04-14 10:56:17 AM  
The premise of the play, as well as the title, sounds hokey.
 
2017-04-14 10:56:26 AM  
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2017-04-14 10:56:39 AM  
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2017-04-14 10:57:27 AM  
 
2017-04-14 10:57:29 AM  

grokca: blatz514: Pazuzu Smith-Jones: My dude and I vacationed in DC three or four years ago. We went to Ford's Theater, and they actually let us up in the balcony by the box, which they apparently usually don't. (The box itself is closed off with plexiglass.) It was an unexpectedly moving experience.

/Spielberg got it dead-on in the movie, BTW.

Did you go across the street where they laid him in bed?  That's what got me.

He got to see a play and laid, sweet.


I hear was a dead fish in the sack
 
2017-04-14 10:59:35 AM  
You sockdologizing old mantrap!

/been trying to work that expression into my repertoire
 
OOF
2017-04-14 10:59:58 AM  
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2017-04-14 11:04:48 AM  

blatz514: Pazuzu Smith-Jones: My dude and I vacationed in DC three or four years ago. We went to Ford's Theater, and they actually let us up in the balcony by the box, which they apparently usually don't. (The box itself is closed off with plexiglass.) It was an unexpectedly moving experience.

/Spielberg got it dead-on in the movie, BTW.

Did you go across the street where they laid him in bed?  That's what got me.


That bit was closed for some sort of work when we were there, so it was kind of a trade-off, I guess.
 
2017-04-14 11:08:55 AM  
To be accurate, subby, Our American Cousin was about seven years old, and the play was a favorite of Lincoln's. Like rewatching an old movie, Lincoln just wanted to relax.

Boothe was also very familiar with the play, and chose a specific moment in the third act, with the audience laughing at a particularly funny line, to shoot the president.

(The original choice of guest of the Lincoln's that evening was Gen. U.S. Grant and his wife, Julia.)
 
2017-04-14 11:10:13 AM  

TommyDeuce: So aside from that, Mrs. Lincoln, how was the play?


To die for.
 
2017-04-14 11:11:37 AM  

grokca: blatz514: Pazuzu Smith-Jones: My dude and I vacationed in DC three or four years ago. We went to Ford's Theater, and they actually let us up in the balcony by the box, which they apparently usually don't. (The box itself is closed off with plexiglass.) It was an unexpectedly moving experience.

/Spielberg got it dead-on in the movie, BTW.

Did you go across the street where they laid him in bed?  That's what got me.

He got to see a play and laid, sweet.


Getting laid is the only reason to take your wife to a game play.
 
2017-04-14 11:14:11 AM  
Last Witness to President Abraham Lincoln Assassination I've Got A Secret
Youtube 1RPoymt3Jx4
 
2017-04-14 11:16:05 AM  
Yes, but "Our American Cousins - The Animated Series" owned it's times slot on the Children's WB.  Of course, Pink and the Brain the Post-Industrial Years was a strong lead in.

Pinkie:  Wot are we gonna do tonight, Bwain?
Brain:  The same thing we do every night, exploit workers for our own betterment.
P:  Bad news, Bwain, Twouble at the mill.
B:  Oh no, Pinky, what sort of trouble?
P:  One on't crossbweam gone askew on treddle.
B:  Pinky, I didn't get that.
P:  I said, Bwain.  One on't crossbeams gone askew on the treddle
B:  I don't understand, Pinkie.  Must I hurt you?
P:  One on't crossbeams gone out askew on the treddle.
B:  What on Earth does that mean, Pinkie.
P:  I don't know, Bwain.  Mr. Speilberg just told me to come in here and say that.  I wasn't expecting a kind of Spanish Inquisition.
(Jarring chord) Enter Yakko, Wakko and Dot dressed as Spanish Inquisitors
Yakko:  Nobody....  expects... a cartoon character crossover!
Dot:  Steven likes it when we do this.
Wakko:  After all, Animaniacs is his favorite cartoon!
 
2017-04-14 11:16:05 AM  

LonMead: To be accurate, subby, Our American Cousin was about seven years old, and the play was a favorite of Lincoln's. Like rewatching an old movie, Lincoln just wanted to relax.

Boothe was also very familiar with the play, and chose a specific moment in the third act, with the audience laughing at a particularly funny line, to shoot the president.

(The original choice of guest of the Lincoln's that evening was Gen. U.S. Grant and his wife, Julia.)


Boothe would know, he was an actor.  Not nearly as successful as his older brother, but it wasn't unusual for Boothe to be there.  Boothe's older bro was in the play that night, and personal friends with Lincoln.
 
2017-04-14 11:16:21 AM  

Bermuda59: After yesterday's post about the Rep in North Carolina comparing Lincoln to Hitler, I'm shocked they're not having a limited run of the play in his district.


Yeah, what was the tidal shift there? Republicans used to be proud to call themselves the party of Lincoln and now he's worse than the devil himself. I realize he suspended Habeas Corpus, but so did their beloved Dubya.

Really don't get it.
 
2017-04-14 11:16:42 AM  
www.images-apmex.com
 
2017-04-14 11:18:29 AM  
Slashing an army officer who rushed at him, Booth leapt to the stage and shouted "Sic semper tyrannis! [Thus always to tyrants]-the South is avenged!"

If only. As I said, Grant should have refused Lee's surrender and we should have continued the war. It is not possible to present a more textbook example of treason than the CSA. We gave them leniency and we got 152 years of violent insurgency in return.

From Jefferson Davis to Dylan Roof: fark the Confederates.
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2017-04-14 11:19:58 AM  
Alas the musical version was dropped just before completion in 2011, due to the death of the inspiring lead singer.

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2017-04-14 11:20:36 AM  

Super Chronic: You sockdologizing old mantrap!

/been trying to work that expression into my repertoire


DAMMIT!  Missed it by 20 minutes!
 
2017-04-14 11:21:57 AM  
"What does George Washington think about Abraham Lincoln freeing all of his slaves?"

"Well I don't know an Abraham Lincoln but he better not think about trying to free another man's slave unless he's trying to get shot in the head."

ASK A SLAVE Ep 3: You Can't Make This Stuff Up
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2017-04-14 11:25:26 AM  
Just the typical entertainment industry hatred for Republican presidents.
 
2017-04-14 11:34:15 AM  
And this why we don't trust actors.
 
2017-04-14 11:39:17 AM  
But was it a "prolific" murder?
 
2017-04-14 11:39:34 AM  
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2017-04-14 11:40:53 AM  

lack of warmth: LonMead: To be accurate, subby, Our American Cousin was about seven years old, and the play was a favorite of Lincoln's. Like rewatching an old movie, Lincoln just wanted to relax.

Boothe was also very familiar with the play, and chose a specific moment in the third act, with the audience laughing at a particularly funny line, to shoot the president.

(The original choice of guest of the Lincoln's that evening was Gen. U.S. Grant and his wife, Julia.)

Boothe would know, he was an actor.  Not nearly as successful as his older brother, but it wasn't unusual for Boothe to be there.  Boothe's older bro was in the play that night, and personal friends with Lincoln.


Boothe had his mail sent to Ford's, and it was when he picked up his mail that day that he found out Lincoln would be there that night.

Slight correction to your comment: Edwin never performed this show (it is a popular legend among actor's that he did, though), and was a great supporter of Lincoln and the Union cause, but only met Lincoln a few times.

Edwin once saved Robert Lincoln from falling off a train platform, an act that gave him great comfort when he heard that his brother had assassinated Lincoln.
 
2017-04-14 11:42:29 AM  

JohnAnnArbor: Just the typical entertainment industry hatred for Republican presidents.


Favorite comment in this thread. Don't be expecting much praise though.
 
2017-04-14 11:42:44 AM  
 
2017-04-14 11:56:16 AM  
Well, as a relative of Abe's, I'd say I have avoided that play all my life.
And I am a working actor.
 
2017-04-14 11:57:43 AM  
What guy hasn't sat at a pay the wife dragged him to and thought, "Someone please shoot me"?
 
2017-04-14 12:00:07 PM  

vudukungfu: Well, as a relative of Abe's, I'd say I have avoided that play all my life.
And I am a working actor.


Huh, mom's side or dad's?
We're related to Lincoln on his dad's side.
 
2017-04-14 12:02:52 PM  

vudukungfu: Well, as a relative of Abe's, I'd say I have avoided that play all my life.
And I am a working actor.

You realize they named all WC booths in the US "John." You might want to take a dump in one this day. John Booth, putting the ASS in AssAssin.
 
2017-04-14 12:06:14 PM  

Chris Ween: [www.images-apmex.com image 850x850]


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2017-04-14 12:12:41 PM  

Julius Pleaseher: It is not possible to present a more textbook example of treason than the CSA.


"When in the Course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bonds which have connected them with one another, and to assume among the Powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature's God entitle them, a decent respect of the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation."
 
2017-04-14 12:17:24 PM  

Pazuzu Smith-Jones: My dude and I vacationed in DC three or four years ago. We went to Ford's Theater, and they actually let us up in the balcony by the box, which they apparently usually don't. (The box itself is closed off with plexiglass.) It was an unexpectedly moving experience.

/Spielberg got it dead-on in the movie, BTW.


It's a regular theater venue around here, which is kinda weird when you are there and stop to think about it for a second or two.

 I don;t think any modern person Truly appreciates how gigantic of a story the Lincoln Assassination truly was at the time it happened.  Yes the president getting killed is gigantic enough, but , the guy who shot him was one of the most famous and well-known actors of his day.  Imagine if George Clooney or well, Alec Baldwin shot Trump.  Then came the conspiracy theories, fueled, in part by the fact that there was an ACTUAL conspiracy to Kill Lincoln and Boothe's flight was aided and abetted by a heretofore unknown Confederate-sympathizing py network operating throughout MD and VA (though some very innocent people like Samuel Mudd got swept up in the paranoia)

Hell, the aftermath of the killing even lead to something never seen before or since: Military Tribunals arresting, trying and sentencing American citizens detained on US soil
 
2017-04-14 12:19:57 PM  

macadamnut: Julius Pleaseher: It is not possible to present a more textbook example of treason than the CSA.

"When in the Course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bonds which have connected them with one another, and to assume among the Powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature's God entitle them, a decent respect of the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation."


So, the "decent respect of the opinions of mankind" didn't apply to the millions of slaves the CSA was fighting to keep?
 
2017-04-14 12:19:59 PM  

The Ice Queen: vudukungfu: Well, as a relative of Abe's, I'd say I have avoided that play all my life.
And I am a working actor.

Huh, mom's side or dad's?
We're related to Lincoln on his dad's side.


I have a great great uncle who was Nancy Hanks' first cousin.
 
2017-04-14 12:25:15 PM  

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I've been there.  The room/chamber/theater box is TINY.  Not as big as that makes it look.
 
2017-04-14 12:29:01 PM  

TommyDeuce: So aside from that, Mrs. Lincoln, how was the play?


Heh, one of my dad's favorite jokes.
 
2017-04-14 12:41:55 PM  

Wolfmanjames: [iFrame https://www.youtube.com/embed/1RPoymt3Jx4 - 480x270]

if i read that comment right this guy died 2 months later, wonder if that fall contributed to this death (well besides the old age)
 
2017-04-14 12:56:22 PM  

tothekor: macadamnut: Julius Pleaseher: It is not possible to present a more textbook example of treason than the CSA.

"When in the Course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bonds which have connected them with one another, and to assume among the Powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature's God entitle them, a decent respect of the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation."

So, the "decent respect of the opinions of mankind" didn't apply to the millions of slaves the CSA was fighting to keep?


Nor to the slaves Washington and Jefferson were farking every night, no.
 
2017-04-14 01:10:05 PM  

LonMead: lack of warmth: LonMead: To be accurate, subby, Our American Cousin was about seven years old, and the play was a favorite of Lincoln's. Like rewatching an old movie, Lincoln just wanted to relax.

Boothe was also very familiar with the play, and chose a specific moment in the third act, with the audience laughing at a particularly funny line, to shoot the president.

(The original choice of guest of the Lincoln's that evening was Gen. U.S. Grant and his wife, Julia.)

Boothe would know, he was an actor.  Not nearly as successful as his older brother, but it wasn't unusual for Boothe to be there.  Boothe's older bro was in the play that night, and personal friends with Lincoln.

Boothe had his mail sent to Ford's, and it was when he picked up his mail that day that he found out Lincoln would be there that night.

Slight correction to your comment: Edwin never performed this show (it is a popular legend among actor's that he did, though), and was a great supporter of Lincoln and the Union cause, but only met Lincoln a few times.

Edwin once saved Robert Lincoln from falling off a train platform, an act that gave him great comfort when he heard that his brother had assassinated Lincoln.


I also heard Rober Lincoln later stoled the heart of a love interest of JW Boothe.  That is some pair of brothers there.  One saved a life, and made a good career as an actor; the other killed, partly because his life sucked in general, which damaged his bro's career a bit.
 
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