Theatre: New Plays in Manhattan: Jul. 25, 1927

Africana. Since the tendency is for popular U. S. song & dance to follow closely after the ebullient crooning and outflung gesturing of primitive Africans, it is logical that the Negro revue should crop up more frequently, with growing success. In Manhattan, the nation's theatrical headquarters, only two new shows opened last week. Both were "black-&-tan" affairs. The better, Africana, has to its credit swift changes, amazing doggers, several funny skits and Ethel Waters. Her 70-odd inches are topped by a small closely cropped head. She uses a typical husky, soft voice...

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