Thomas Barry (1798-1876)

Born in England, Thomas Barry was an actor and stage manager. He made his U.S. debut in the title role in Katzebue's "The Stranger" at the Park Theatre in New York. Barry tried without success to establish himself as a tragedian, but did become popular for his comic roles. What Barry is truly known for is his remarkable talent as a stage manager: he produced seasons at the Park Theatre, the Tremont, the Bowery, Purdy's National, the Broadway, and the Boston Theatre. Barry came to the fore just as the rapidly expanding theater was seeking someone to interpret the play, guide the performers, and adjust the script. Barry was a brilliant precursor to the modern profession of director.

1875 circa 5 years
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William S. Warren (Boston)
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