"WESTWARD THE STAR OF EMPIRE TAKES ITS WAY"
You see, they always go into ecstasies with an actor the first night he plays, and they call him the most gifted in America the next morning. Then they think they have not acted with metropolitan coolness and self possession, and they slew around on the other tack and abuse him like a pickpocket to get even. This was Bandman's experience, Menken's, Heron's, Vestali's, Boniface's, and many others I could name. It will be yours also. You had better stay where you are. You will regret it if you come here. How would you feel if they told you your playing might answer in places of small consequence but wouldn't do in San Francisco? They will tell you that, as sure as you live. And then say, in the most crushing way:
"Mr. Forrest has evidently mistaken the character of this people. We
will charitably suppose that this is the case, at any rate. We make no inquiry
as to what kind of people he has been in the habit of playing before, but
we simply inform him that he is now in the midst of a refined and cultivated
community, and one which will not tolerate such indelicate allusions as were
made use of in the play of 'Othello' last night. If he would not play to empty
benches, this must not be repeated." They always come the "refined
and cultivated" dodge on a new actor - look out for it, Mr. Forrest,
and do not let it floor you. The boys know enough that it is one of the most
effective shots that can be fired at a stranger. Come on, Forrest - I will
write your dramatic obituary, gratis.