The Theatre: Three-Minute Man

In Minneapolis, moon-faced Merle Potter, dramatic critic of the Times-Tribune, went to review Tobacco Road, came away fuming. Next morning he blasted Actor John Barton across the Mississippi for turning dirty, hungry Jeeter Lester into an "obscene clown," the theatre into a bawditorium.

Actor Barton then spat right back in Potter's eye: "If you think you're so good and know just how this role of Jeeter should be played, why don't you come up and play it yourself? Try just three minutes of it if you don't want to go to the trouble of...

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