The Theatre: Folk Play

Frankie and Johnnie. On its way to

Chicago last week after eastern road tryouts was a play adapted by John M. Kirkland from the tale, long told in U. S. folksong, of the tragic triangle of Frankie, Johnnie and Nellie Bly. Composed of a series of simple quatrains, the song has been altered and elaborated by so many artists, including John Barleycorn, that no one person can ever have heard or imagined all its verses. Yet the basic story has simple, tragic dignity which does not depend on the length or bawdiness which...

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