THE CRIMSON PLAYGOER
"SPOTTY" PROGRAM AT KEITH'S
An interminably long bill, dotted here and there with really interesting acts, is the offering this week at Keith's. There is the usual assemblage of jazz bands and "syncopation", neither better nor worse than usual; a trained dog which performs his act with simplicity and sincerity--rather unusual in a dog; and a race track skit of more than average amusiveness. There is also a rather elaborate musical comedy in one act, featuring Winnie Lightner and Company, which contains some comical patter, two or three excellent songs, and a brief but unusually artistic dance by Ramona.
There are, however, three numbers which come up to the best Keith traditions. One is Bob Pender's troupe of "animal impersonators, stilt walkers, and eccentric dancers". No one who has ever yearned to live once again in the weird and grotesque atmosphere of "Alice in Wonderland" or "The Wizard of Oz" should miss the big climax of this act.
In addition, there is a comedy sketch in three scenes entitled "After the Ball". In it, Harry Langdon--ably assisted by Rose and Cecil--raises the deportment of a slightly inebriated golfer to the level of first-class comedy. A most commendable restraint is noticeable throughout.
The other noteworthy feature of the program is Miss Juliet with her repertory of impersonations. Harry Lauder, Ed Wynne, Ethel Barrymore, Lenora Ulrich, and a host of others, received the applause they well merited. Nor should one overlook Miss Juliet's clever little song "Soup"--one of her best performances. Indeed, with such talent on the program as the above mentioned groups, one cannot help feeling that the management has, with some of the acts, resorted to needless "padding" to the detriment of the show as a whole.