"Vampire Baby" of 1917 (Vamp? Flapper?)

George Thompson george.thompson at NYU.EDU
Mon Aug 6 17:43:08 UTC 2001

The play "Upstairs and Down" was reviewed in the New York Times on
September 26, 1916.  The extract below comes from the reproduction in
The NYTimes Theatre Reviews.
"Indeed, the only weak spots in the cast are Juliet Day as a baby
vampire [and the actress playing her sister].  To their hands is
intrusted the slender climax of the little play when the two sisters,
each coveting the same man, hve a battle of wits to get him.  The
younger sister, a baby vampire, blandly invents a story to compromise
herself on order that the other will step aside.  ***  . . . the
Hattons have gone scandalmongering in a disorderly house party and have
found there rather spicier material than Henry Arthur Jones used to
bring back from his excursions among England's idle rich."


George A. Thompson
Author of A Documentary History of "The African
Theatre", Northwestern Univ. Pr., 1998.

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