Jan. 15, 1908 (Wednesday)
ACTOR DECLARES CRITIC MUST LEAVE PITTSBURGH BEFORE HE WILL RETURN TO THAT CITY: Pittsburgh-based dramatic critic Charles M. Bregg has evidently pushed actor Henry Miller (above) to the edge. Miller announced yesterday that he will never visit Pittsburgh again unless Bregg drops his connection with the city, according to a front-page item in today's New York Times.
The split between Miller and Bregg is over -- appropriately enough -- a production of a show called "The Great Divide" by William Moody. (The photo above shows Miller posing as an actor in that play.) The play premiered in Pittsburgh, and Bregg trashed it, saying it was "immoral." The play returned to Pittsburgh's Nixon Theater this week and, according to the Times, Bregg had an advance notice in Sunday's paper that "censured both the play and Miller." Hence, Miller's scorn for Bregg.
Who wins this one? Not sure. But Miller has a theater named for him in New York City.