The Theatre: Stock Woe

Stock companies are often pitiful, struggling organizations. Their managers bear incalculable woes. One of these was voiced last week by George J. Houtain, counsel for the Theatrical Stock Managers Association. Declaring in a letter to the American Federation of Musicians that prohibitive union wages and regulations had made music scarce in stock productions, he added: "If a phonograph needed operating behind scenes, you wouldn't allow the manager or one of the company to turn it on or off. . . . It had to be done by a union musician at a full week's wage, and he wasn't allowed to play...

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