The Theatre: Merit in Vodvil

Humor, Variety, Beauty, Intelligence

Enthusiasm sometimes makes strange bedfellows. Was it not Mr. Gilbert Seldes of The Dial who a short time ago praised American vaudeville so highly?

Now comes Jack Lait, low-brow writer in a still lower-brow magazine, Variety. He is speaking of one Tom Burke, listed among the "New Acts" appearing at Keith's Palace, and he dilates on the relative merits of grand opera and vaudeville. After detailing Burke's former operatic successes at Covent Garden and " the principal European capitals,"he asserts: "The Palace opening, far from being regarded as...

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