An evening at the Albuquerque Opera House, 1883

More entertaining reading from the pages of Albuquerque:  A Narrative History by Marc Simmons:

“The competing Albuquerque Opera House, in spite of its high-toned name, leaned toward popular entertainment such as melodramas, musicals, current plays, and minstrel shows.  One troupe of traveling actors in 1883 provided a most memorable performance when, in the course of the show, they became angry with one another and staged a barroom brawl.  Both men and women swung fists and threw props.  Some members of the audience became so excited, they rushed on stage to join in the battle.  Patrons who remained in their seats to watch the bloody spectacle agreed afterward that it was the liveliest production seen on an Albuquerque stage to date.”

I’m having fun–come on along!

Kathy

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