Anyone who wishes to spend a very pleasant evening, should go and see “Parade” at the Guild Theatre. It is a clever satire, well performed and richly staged.
Jimmy Savo, who makes his first appearance with the Theatre Guild, is the recipient of most of the applause of the audience. But many others taking part in the review richly deserve the appreciation of the public.
A mixture of Charlie Chaplin and Eddie Cantor, Jimmy Savo is considered the greatest exponent of pantomime in the world today, and rightly so. His role is open to much vulgarity, but he skilfully avoids the danger of being vulgar.
The ballet numbers in the review are excellent. They are well planned and convey to the audience the spirit intended. Certain scenes like “Send for the Militia,” “Flight from the Soviet” and “Bon Voyage” are very clever. Others are very striking with their colorfulness and ideas.
The Blue Eagle of the late NRA, Father Coughlin, the Brain Trust, the Parlor Socialistsâ€”all come in for a good portion of satire in “Parade.” The review is actually a parade of the defects in American life today. Everyone knows those defects but it is quite different when you see them performed on the stage.