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The Dirty Thirties

Gangsters of the 1930's
Heads of the 1930's
Broadway in the 1930's
Inventions of the 1930's
Links* the 1930's

Broadway in the 1930's


June of 1926, LeGallienne had signed a lease on the old Fourteenth Street Theater. Built in 1866, it had a grand and impressive history, but had fallen on hard times and was practically abandoned. The theater seated 1100 patrons for $.50 seats. The following were names of plays that were preformed by this theater company:
-La Locandiera
-The Inheritors
-Twelfth Night
-Alice in Wonderland

LeGallienne advertised in all of the foreign language newspapers, and her audiences were a grand mix of immigrants, students and uptown theatergoers, who were exuberant over the performances turned in by this troupe. Alexander Woollcott praised it as "the new life in the theater", and another critic said that "the Civic Repertory Theater ... [is] one of the most significant events not only in the history of the American stage, but in the history of America...". LeGallienne had offered her company 20 weeks of work. The season extended to 30 weeks with the demanded tours that followed the theater's seasonal close.

LeGallienne's Civic always did exseptionally well, even when theather and broadway was generally disasterous. Famous actress Katherine Hepburn aplied but was declined on the note of no more room.




Katherine Hepburn began getting small roles in plays on Broadway and elsewhere. She always attracted attention in these parts, especially for her role in "Art and Mrs. Bottle" (1931); then, she finally broke into stardom when she took the starring role of the Amazon princess Antiope in "A Warrior's Husband". She was a great role model for woman of this era who always spoke her mind and never gave up her dreams.