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Joseph Edelstein presents Molly Picon in Rumshinsky and Kalich's sensational operetta, "MOLLY DOLLY," at Kessler's Second Avenue Theatre, now being played on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday evenings, December 28th, 29th and 30th; Thursday evening (New Year's Eve), December 31st; Friday Matinee and Evening (New Year's Day); Saturday and Sunday matinee and evening; January 2nd and 3rd -- and every Friday Evening, Saturday and Sunday matinee and evening.
Libretto by Anshel Schorr.
CAPTIONS, left to right:
Cameo: Molly Picon in her new role
as "Molly Dolly."
BOX IN PAGE CENTER reads:
It seems to me that Molly Picon, who is playing at present in "Molly Dolly" at the Kessler Second Avenue Theatre, is as fine a comic opera star as we have in this country at the moment. I saw her last night for the first time and she is, to my way of thinking, as good as Beatrice Lillie, Mitzi Hatjos and Yvonne George all rolled into one. I do hope that every half-baked music comedy prima donna will go down and watch her. They could learn so much about attack, and breadth and subtlety. I should like every one who appreciates true merit to take the easy trip to the Kessler Second Avenue Theatre, and see if Molly Picon does not give him ore entertainment than most of our inhibited marcel-bobbed imperious flappers. Every one who appreciates talent and sincerity and the giving of full measure will go down to see "Molly Dolly." Personally I am going to start a course in Yiddish tomorrow so that I can go back many times to laugh at Molly, and really know why I am laughing.
-- Harry Wagstaff Gribble, New
York, November 29.
L. KESNER IN "TAGEBLATT":
Rumshinsky's music is symphonic and waltzes and jazzes and melodies and twists and turns and hold on to yourself, and hold your breath and your feet and your heart -- God be right! Do not assume that the ceiling rises. With a masterful hand Rumshinsky pours out his thrillers across his large orchestra, and this then storms and waves and cools and melts and weeps.
It is an overly rich operetta.
DR. A. MUKDONI IN "MORNING JOURNAL":
There only needs to come the sweet and practiced hand, which such a troupe could produce. And as it turns out, Jacob Kalich is the right regisseur for the operetta.
D. GOLDSTEIN IN "TOG":
Molly Picon amuses the audience no less than always. With such a great appeal she performs her role, that it was a true delight. She was touching and poetic. She had in other times convinced us, that the young, lively Molly had so much ability, such a feeling, such grace, that it is a wonder how it all has been placed into the lovely little Molly."
With "Molly Dolly," Rumshinsky has shown that he is exactly as capable in modern operettas, as in Yiddish ones. ... "Molly Dolly" will occupy the same place as "The Rabbi's Melody" and the "Cantoress." From the first minute that the curtain rises, until the last minute of the closing of the production. There is not one boring moment in the operetta, "Molly Dolly." The operetta is highly successful, not only in the music, but also in the stage direction. For the outstanding direction a compliment goes to the director of the play, Mr. Jacob Kalich.
Molly Picon in the main role of "Molly" is never not so artistic, so amusing. She comes out to play in the most diverse scenes ... in this, or course, is Molly Picon's great success ... She is a complete operetta star.
List courtesy of YIVO (Yiddish Institute for Jewish Research).
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