Theatre: Old Plays in Manhattan: Jan. 10, 1938

The Shoemakers' Holiday (by Thomas Dekker; produced by the Mercury Theatre). With his modern-dress Julius Caesar still playing to capacity audiences in its eighth week, last week Actor-Producer Orson Welles turned again to the gusty Elizabethans. Bawdier than three burlesque shows, but too disarmingly frank and deftly acted to be offensive, The Shoemakers' Holiday struck Broadway like a brisk wind. Good Queen Bess, never a prude, must have liked it too, and roared like a sailor.

Shoemakers' humor is seldom subtle, but Welles has augmented his troupe with accomplished actors who perform...

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