The Theatre: Broadway Boy

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The plight of the U. S. theatre as an industry is as sorry as that of any other industry. In October 1929, 30,000 people made their living from show business as actors in burlesque, vaudeville, stock companies, tent shows as well as in legitimate drama and musical presentations. How many of these still have work is not known, but paid-up memberships in the Actors' Equity Association have declined 70%. In Manhattan, the Actors' Fund, Rachel Crothers' Stage Relief Fund and the benignantly tactful Actors' Dinner Club—where nobody knows who pays...

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