The most excitement of “The Girl and the Wire Tapper” happens off stage and is brought before the audience at second hand description. They story is complex – very complex – and develops through an ocean of talk. There is a villain (Charles Lawrence), a hero (Frank Gheen) in the person of a newspaper reporter, and the “girl” (Marry West).
The vaudeville audiences are not adverse to a bit of wild melodrama from time to time. They rather like it in fact, but Mr. Emmett doesn't give it to them in the right way.
All the principles are mediocre, but the piece itself is infinitely worse.
Variety 6:2 (06/08/1907)