Theatre: Keith Cleansing

Last week, as it must from time to time, the Keith vaudeville circuit cleaned its houses. From orchestras and balconies were swept gum wrappers, cigaret butts, hairpins, miscellaneous and refuse. From stages were swept all manner of objectionable "gags" and "business." In other words, a Keith bureau whose duty it is to keep Keith shows moral-reverent-safe sent out a censorship manifesto prohibiting certain remarks and actions made by Keith vaudevillians. These were listed in Variety, slangy theatrical trade weekly. Sample "gags" prohibited:

Word "rabbis" in the line, "The dog had rabbis."


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