Theatre: New Play in Manhattan: Mar. 30, 1931

The Wonder Bar is a Viennese importation using the modern (and ancient) device of making the whole theatre the stage. It is notable solely for the fact that it brings Singer Asa Yoelson (Al Jolson) back to the legitimate stage after an absence of five years. The Nora Bayes Theatre is transformed into a huge cafe. Swarms of waiters, chasseurs, patrons, pages, barmen, gigolos and handsome poules de luxe make their entrances through the aisles, and the proprietor, Al Jolson, works hard to pull the production together by circulating through the audience,...

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