Theater: Back Where He Started

For the past eight weeks San Francisco has been lapping up a double-scoop, 15-act vaudeville show called Highlights of 1943. Its title is much the most up-to-date thing about it. Produced by Hollywood's fabulous cinemaestro, Sid Grauman, it offers, with crafty candor, the kind of variety show that was pulling them when Grauman left San Francisco 27 years ago. Headlined by Songstress Gertrude Niesen singing a batch of old songs, Highlights includes a trained-poodle act, harmonica players, highflying female aerialists, an impersonator, an oldtime clown, a Gay Nineties troupe, a ping-pong exhibition...

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