Satire through the Centuries The most ridiculous review I have found yet.

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Sarah Siddons as Euphrasia in The Grecian Daughter, 1782

Sarah Siddons was born in Wales in 1755. She became one of the most prominent actresses of the 18th century, famous in particular for playing Lady Macbeth. She remains notable and memorable even today. The Sarah Siddons Society in Chicago presents theatre scholarships in her name annually.

Siddons made her first appearance in Dublin in 1784. An Irish newspaper, apparently, felt that the hype surrounding her over in London was … (read more)

Broadway Snark Robert Benchley & Abie's Irish Rose

Poster for Abie's Irish Rose

Poster for Abie's Irish Rose

Poster for Abie’s Irish Rose

Abie’s Irish Rose was a Broadway comedy by Anne Nichols.  It enjoyed a special combination of fame and notoriety that few shows manage to reach.  The show was about an Irish Catholic girl and a young Jewish man.   They get married over the objections of both of their families, with a lot of drama.

 It opened on May 23, 1922, and ran for 2327 performances, closing over five years later.     At the time, that was … (read more)

Subways are for Sleeping

"7 out of 7 are ecstatically unanimous about Subways are for Sleeping." Howard Taubman: "One of the few great musical comedies of the last thirty years, one of the best of our time. It lends lustre to this or any other Broadway season." Walter Kerr: "What a show! What a hit! What a solid hit! If you want to be overjoyed, spend an evening with 'Subways are for Sleeping.' A triumph." John chapman "No doubt about it. 'Subways are for Sleeping' is the best musical of the century. Consider yourself lucky if you can buy or steal a ticket for 'Subways are for Sleeping' over the next few years." John McClain: "A fabulous musical. I love it. Sooner or later, everyone will have to see 'Subways are for Sleeping'." Richard Watts: "A knockout, from start to finish. The musical you've been waiting for. It deserves to run for a decade." Norman Nadel: "A whopping hit. Run, don't walk to the St. James Theatre. It's in that rare class of great musicals. Quite simply, it has everything." Robert Coleman: "A great musical All the ingredients are there. As fine a piece of work as our stage can be asked to give us."

"7 out of 7 are ecstatically unanimous about Subways are for   Sleeping."  Howard Taubman: "One of the few great musical comedies of the   last thirty years, one of the best of our time.   It lends lustre   to this or any other Broadway season."  Walter Kerr:   "What a show!  What a hit!  What a solid hit!  If   you want to be overjoyed, spend an evening with 'Subways are for   Sleeping.'  A triumph."  John chapman "No doubt about it.  'Subways are for Sleeping' is   the best musical of the century.  Consider yourself lucky if you   can buy or steal a ticket for 'Subways are for Sleeping' over the   next few years."  John McClain: "A fabulous musical.  I love it.  Sooner or later,   everyone will have to see 'Subways are for Sleeping'."  Richard Watts:  "A knockout, from start to finish.  The musical   you've been waiting for.  It deserves to run for a decade."  Norman Nadel:  "A whopping hit.  Run, don't walk to the St. James   Theatre.  It's in that rare class of great musicals.  Quite   simply, it has everything."  Robert Coleman: "A great musical  All the ingredients are there.    As fine a piece of work as our stage can be asked to give us."

It was January of 1962.   The Broadway production of Subways are for Sleeping at the St. James Theatre was getting weak reviews.   Ticket revenues were low, and in need of some magic.

Producer David Merrick had a trick up his sleeve that he had been saving for several years.    He spent some time making some interesting arrangements, and then prepared the following advertisement for every major New York newspaper.  It included the names of the most prominent theatre critics of

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