The Theater: Comeback

Since a noisy to-do over the exclusion of Negroes shut the National Theatre as a playhouse 19 months ago, Washington has been the only major capital in the world without a professional legitimate theater. Last week theater-loving Washingtonians celebrated the end of the stage blackout—and the heady prospect that the next few months will find two playhouses operating in the city.

What finally brought the theater back to Washington was nothing loftier than the fact that the bottom had dropped out of burlesque at the old Gayety, so the management went legit. For the...

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