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For roistering entertainment in the grand style the Playgoer recommends this year's edition of George White's Scandals, held over through next week at the Boston Opera House. The skits are clever, the music very pleasant, the dancing superb. 75 George White Beauties 75 furnish a background which it must be confessed sometimes oversteps its bounds and becomes the center of attraction.

It is really difficult to single out any one part of the revue for special comment. Of course, Bert Lahr and Cliff Edwards are good, the former at his best in the song "I'm the Fellow Who Loves You." Cliff Edwards scores two smashes--as Mussolini in the song "Boondoggling," and as Henry the Eighth in a skit.

Gracie Barrie is appealing, especially in her solo, "I've Got to Get Hot," where she mourns her destiny as a torch singer. She would like, she says, to go back to Duluth and sing in the choir again.

The Wiere Brothers, an amazing trio of acrobatic dancers, nearly stop the show and Shea and Raymond contribute some good comic steps. Sam, Ted, and Ray are cast in a Haile Selassie farce that gives them an opportunity for more excellent dancing.

The gags are most of them rather piquant. The Senator, who has married a young wife, defends his assertion that life begins at seventy, and not at "sweet sixteen" as one of the show's best songs would have it. "Why, Senator, it's too late for that," the chorus says, and the Senator answers that it might be too late for a Republican, but it's not too late for a Dem-O-Crat!

"The Buxom Mrs. Bascom," a Lahr and Edwards comic song, was just the thing for the Opera House audience, which ate it up.

Three dance tunes in the show are definite hits. "Life Begins at Sweet Sixteen," "Anything Can Happen," and "I'm the Fellow Who Loves You," with music by Ray Henderson, lyrics by Jack Yellen, are catcy, have a first-rate swing to them. "Cigarette" and "May I Have My Gloves," are good plugs of the "Cocktails for Two" variety. "Pied Piper of Harlem" is hot but not very original. "Boondoggling" is the cleverest thing in the show, has a nice tune.

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