A good scene is not a picture. It is something seen, but it is something conveyed as well: a feeling, an evocation.
A setting is not just a collection of beautiful things. It is a presence, mood, a symphonic accompaniment to the drama, a great warm wind fanning the drama to flame.
It echoes, it enhances, it animates.
It is an expectancy, a foreboding, a tension.
It says nothing, but it gives everything."
Variety shows: dancing, singing, acting, etc.
The whole point of vaudeville is to make money (it's commercial theatre)
They wanted women and children to come, so over time vulgarity is taken out of vaudeville acts
Gymnasts, magicians, contortionists, etc.
Everyone wants to get in on vaudeville because there's money in it
Vaudeville embraced the idea that all races could be onstage together, and all races could be made fun of together
"The only color that matters is green" (money > race)
The terms "red carpet treatment," "corny," "break a leg," and "a tough act to follow" come from vaudeville