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This edition: A Tour of the Players Club with Howard Kissel

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Original tape date: July 29, 2009.

We pay tribute to our beloved colleague, the late critic Howard Kissel with a rebroadcast of our award-winning 2009 program, "A Walk through The Players Club." On this show Kissel, who was a writer, actor and frequent contributor to our program, guided us through this landmark of the American theater and shared with us stories about the people and events connected with it.

Located on New York City's Gramercy Square, The Players Club was once the home of Edwin Booth, the greatest American actor of the 19th century. Booth then founded The Player's club there, along with Mark Twain, Joseph Jefferson and General William T. Sherman, as a place where, in Booth's words, "actors could mingle with gentlemen." Kissel and the Players Club's Executive Director, Joseph Martello, showed us some of the wonderful artifacts that are preserved there. They include Booth's death bed and the Yorick skull from Booth's Broadway Hamlet (produced in 1866, just one year after his brother assassinated the president).

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