"NOBODY HOME" PLEASED GOOD-SIZED AUDIENCE
Tuneful Melodies and Plenty of Dance Numbers
in Musical Comedy.
The presentation of "Nobody Home" adds another to the quite extensive set of good musical comedies which have appeared here at Playhouse. The music is catchy, the cast and chorus full of snap, the costumes rich and pleasing, and stage settings add to the general effect, the second act being especially unique. Zoe Barnett, the leading lady, does not rank up to some others heard here in voice, but she won her audience by her all around work, gracefulness, bubbling good humor, dancing and recitation, the latter being a clever bit entitled "The Matrimonial Fishers."
Like regulation musical comedies, the plot in "Nobody Home" is tenuous enough to please the most exacting. It hinges around Miss "Tony" Miller, a prima donna at the Winter Garden, capitally played by Zoe Barnett. "Tony" has several ardent admirers, but finally capitulates and marries "Freddy" Popple (Percival Knight), whose stupidness really makes one love for him [sic], and Mr. Knight's portrayal of the English character was excellent. Throughout the play a number of amusing situations crop up and are the source of much merriment. The chorus is well trained and knows how to sing.
"Nobody Home" boasts of fifteen musical numbers and many of them are very catchy. "The Magic Melody," "Any Old Night," and San Francisco Fair," all rendered by Miss Barnett, scored big hits and were given several encores. Lew Christy put over "Why Take a Sandwich to a Banquet" in fine style. Roydon Keith and Mabel Withee, juvenile leads, played their roles in fine manner and sang and danced their way into the hearts of the audience. Miss Withee is probably one of the best looking players seen on the local stage in the last few years. Rose and Arthur Boyland gave several dance numbers in a manner which won much applause.