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    Civil War Era Theater. Three Playbills Featuring Comedy and Minstrels, 1862 and 1866. 1) 5.5" x 18.25" playbill for the March 27, 1862 appearance of Ned Gray, the Boston Rattler, and the Sable Minstrels at the National Theatre. The playbill was printed in Boston by Searle's Printing Establishment. The evening's program included Gray performing in "Sam Slick or-the Yankee Negro," and the "Ethiopian" comedian, Harry Ball. 2) 5.5" x 14.5" playbill for the [January 23, 1866] performance of the ballet "Love in the Highlands" and the pantomime "Old Dame Wiggles or, Harlequin and the Fairy Good Nature" at the Theatre Comique. 3) 5.5" x 14.5" playbill for the [February 17, 1866] performance of the ballet "La Fete Champetre" and the pantomime "Godensky or, The Skaters of Wilna" at the Theatre Comique. Both playbills were printed in Boston by F.A. Searle. The playbills have shadows of glue residue at the top and bottom edges and middle edges. Playbill #2 has minor tears at the bottom.

    It's not clear if the Sable Minstrels were performed by African American or whites in blackface. It is known that Ned Gray was a mulatto.

    The National Theatre opened in Boston in 1836. The National burned down in 1852 but was soon rebuilt. It burned down again in 1863. The Theatre Comique opened in Boston in 1865. In addition to pantomime, the Theatre Comique hosted acrobatic and magic shows as well as ballet performances. In 1869 the Theatre Comique changed its name to the Adelphi Theatre.


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