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    Civil War Era Theater. Two Boston Theatre Playbills 1863-1864. 1) 5" x 17.75" playbill for May 13, 1862 appearance of Mr. and Mrs. W. J. Florence in "Colleen Bawn or, The Brides of Garryowen" and "The Yankee Housekeeper" at the Boston Theatre. The playbill was printed in Boston by J.H. & F.F Farwell. 2) 5" x 18.25" playbill for the March 5, 1864 appearance of Methua Scheller in "Lorlie's Wedding" at the Boston Theatre. The playbill also announced the last week of Edwin Forrest's appearances in "King Lear," "Metamora," "Hamlet," and "Brutus, or the Fall of Tarquin." The playbill was printed in Boston by F.A. Searle. The playbills have shadows of glue residue on the top and bottom corners without affecting text.

    William Jermyn Conlin (1831-1891), known by his stage name William J. Florence, was an American actor, songwriter, and playwright. In 1853, he married Malvina Pray, and the thereafter the two generally appeared together as Mr. and Mrs. W.J. Florence. Conlin used the name Florence because of his fondness for the Italian city. Marie Methua-Scheller (d. 1878) was a German-born actress from a family of actors and actresses who moved to the United States. It was the play "Lorlie's Wedding" that introduced her to American audiences. During her career, she acted alongside Edwin Booth on several occasions.

    The Boston Theatre opened in 1854 and became one of Boston's most successful venues for stage performances. It was in operation until the 1950s.


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