Mrs. Bumpstead-Leigh


Mrs. Bumpstead-Leigh
   Opening on 3 April 1911 at the Lyceum Theatre, the satirical comedy by Harry James Smith ran for 64 performances. The play is memorable as one of Minnie Maddern Fiske's great vehicles, which she also toured successfully. She played a woman of humble Midwestern origins who goes to England and acquires a well-born husband in order to gain her family's entrée into New York's higher social circles. It was produced and directed by Mrs. Fiske's husband, Harrison Grey Fiske. Mrs. Fiske performed more broadly than usual, but appropriately so, according to the New York Times review (4 April 1911): "She is delightfully skillful in making the passages from the speech and manner of the artificial English type—beautifully characterized in her playing—to the more natural, if somewhat vulgar American type—equally true in her suggestion of a common origin and unrefined surroundings.
   Her sudden deflections from the purity of the English speech to the true-blue 'Ammurican,' as, for instance, in the scenes where she is alone with her female parent and addresses her as 'Maaw' are side-splittingly funny."

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