The Theater: The Immigrants

THE PORTABLE PIONEER AND PRAIRIE SHOW by DAVID CHAMBERS and MEL MARVIN

The old traveling song and medicine shows that used to roll through rural America possessed a kind of corny fraudulence that was redeemed by their sheer authenticity as expressions of that America. The danger of mounting such a show in the age of Interstates and Holiday Inns is that only the fraud and an offensive corn would be left, candied thickly with commercial Americana.

The Portable Pioneer and Prairie Show, now touring the upper Midwest under the sponsorship of Minneapolis' Guthrie...

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