The Seymours

The Seymours, though on early, became and remained one of the hits, wholly through Miss Anna. Miss Seymour evidently believes a straight man is necessary for her comedy. That may or may not be. She also appears to be under the impression impersonations are as necessary. Her sneezing Clifton Crawford (announced) number, her Grace LaRue and Eddie Foy imitations might bear this out. The LaRue bit is remarkably well done. The sneezing number, since it has been used by other without announcement of the original and as Mr. Crawford recently died, could be adapted to another lyric Miss Seymour might select. She doesn’t need Grace LaRue and Eddie Foy, nor a straight man, though Miss Seymour may be right of course. But it does look as though this girl, who seems to have nearly everything, is missing something by not becoming a single, possibly with a piano player, for she would do better in “two” or “three.” With so many vaudeville acts of late years sacrificing much to gain an advantage where it could be gained and invariably allowing the woman of the act to be the billed star, the Seymours might try it. Miss Seymour would find a way to gain her laughs, for she is not mechanical in her work, from appearances. Mr. Seymour dances a couple of times and joins in the double number of the finish. Most of his remaining time upon the stage is taken up by Miss Anna poking fun at him name in the verse of “Wait Till You See” that Miss Seymour used. It sounded as though the “sent the ring home, but kept the stone” line has been inserted into that verse. The same gagging line is used by Fannie Brice in one of her new songs in “The Follies.”1920
Variety Magazine, LVIII: 1 July 1920