The Theatre: New Plays in Manhattan: Jun. 15, 1931

The Third Little Show. Had this revue not opened the same week as The Band Wagon it would have seemed a fairly remarkable production. For the most part it is above-average entertainment, featuring puckish Beatrice Lillie and small Ernest Truex (Lysistrata, Napi).

The secret of Miss Lillie's high comedy is that she appears to enjoy her clowning as much as the audience. Her funniest sketch in The Third Little Show is enacted in a Paris dive whither Miss Lillie, a visiting Englishwoman, and a spinsterish companion have repaired for a cup of tea. In spite of murder and rapine which...

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