Local comedian and theatre star Gus Phillips, known professionally as Oofty Gooft , threw on a production of ‘Under The Gaslight’ in New York sometime around 1879, starring himself and his wife Mary Hooper, who once shot him.
Christmas Past: The Morgan Library & Museum unveils an early copy of Charles Dickens ‘A Christmas Carol’ and the New York Times has every fragile page up for inspection. If you’re going to the Morgan, I highly recommend the William Blake exhibit, too. [New York Times]
Nuttier Than Usual: Meet Frank Beggi, the Peanut Man of the Upper East Side, who set up shop across from the Metropolitan Museum of Art. [Virtual Dime Museum]
Melodrama!: A revival of the legendary 1867 potboiler Under The Gaslight has reopened at the Metropolitan Playhouse, and to warm reviews. Patell and Waterman break it down as why this is a must-see for history lovers.[History of New York]
Sam’s the Man: Is this the original Chelsea boy?[Shorpy]