Theater: New Plays in Manhattan: Oct. 17, 1927

Chauve-Souris. A "ver' goot audience" clattered generous hands, to see Nikita Balieff* in town again. Save a goatee in one scene and a dented derby in another he appeared in his usual evening clothes; and chattered between the acts. He spoke variously of Abraham Lincoln, Marie Antoinette, Otto Kahn (in the fifth row) ; his audience, his premiere danseuse, and his face. To all this the witnesses listened rapt; to his show they were only slightly less attentive.

It was straight vaudeville in Russian and French, and here and there cracked English....

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