Gaiety Burlesque

Gaiety Burlesque


Reginald Marsh

(American, 1898–1954)


Platemark: 30.2 x 25 cm (11 7/8 x 9 13/16 in.); Sheet: 38.1 x 28 cm (15 x 11 in.)

Gift of The Print Club of Cleveland 1948.436

Catalogue raisonné: Sasowsky 102


Did you know?

The Gaiety Theater, seen here, hosted the Minsky Burlesque show featuring the famous Gypsy Rose Lee during the 1930s.


In addition to the grand opera houses and symphony halls that attracted new audiences in New York City, burlesque theaters and dance halls offered a less expensive and seamier side of entertainment that was just as popular, though with a primarily male crowd. The Gaiety Theatre opened in Manhattan's midtown in 1909. Its burlesque shows featured comedy acts, skits, songs, and, increasingly by the 1920s, a striptease. In this image, the female dancer wades across a narrow stage while navigating the men’s leering gazes.

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