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The 'Eight See-Saw Girls'
in John Oliver's melodrama,
Broadway After Dark,
Thalia Theatre, New York, 9 September 1907
'The French cartoonist's idea of the English Girl finds abundant justification in the above picture, which is of an English vaudeville team, called the "Eight See-Saw Girls." When a French artist wants to draw an English girl in a comic drawing he invariably makes her upper teeth extravagantly prominent. In this photograph we see only two girls with their mouths shut, and one of them is decidedly the prettiest of the eight. That ought to be a tip to the other six. These eight girls have been engaged by A.H. Woods for his new melodrama, Broadway After Dark. We understand that this is the first time an importation has been made for melodrama. But, dear girls, don't be so toothy. The girls have been here only a few days, but they already think Broadway is much nicer than the bloody bloomin' old Strand.'
Before its Broadway opening, Broadway After Dark was produced at the State Street Theatre, Trenton, New Jersey, on Thursday, 29 August 1907.
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