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I'd like to see America but I'm afraid to risk it. As soon as I got over Mr. Frohman might request me to sit in a box at the performance of one of my plays.

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Source Notes: It was Sir Arthur's custom to direct all rehearsals and literally train each actor in the interpretation of his or her part, but such was his shyness that nothing could persuade him to attend "first nights." He had made one visit to America in the eighteen eighties to direct the rehearsals of The Magistrate. When, in 1910, he was urged by Mr. Hamilton to make a second visit, this quotation was the reply.

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Sir Arthur Wing Pinero (24 May 1855 - 23 November 1934) was an English dramatist. Born in London, the son of a Sephardic Jewish solicitor (John Daniel Pinero), Arthur Wing Pinero studied law at Birkbeck Literary and Scientific Institution before going on the stage.

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