The Theatre: Season's Summary

Summarizing last week, Variety (amusement trade paper) estimated that the 1930-31 season had produced 154 new shows, 29 less than the previous one. Based on the length of run and financial success, there were 20 hits, 29 moderate successes, 105 failures, or about one paying venture out of five (standard for show business). During the 39-week period Manhattan's 65 theatres kept open 60% of the time, an average somewhat gloomier than that of previous years.

Most interesting feature of Variety's retrospection was its annual rating of metropolitan daily dramatic critics. For the second time...

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