Paradise, Pennsylvania:
Ladies' night in a Turkish bath

     

                           

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Victorian Turkish Baths: their origin, development, and gradual decline

        

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The revival of an old favourite

A special outing was arranged on St Valentine's Day this year for those within easy reach of Paradise, Pa, in the United States.  For $49, patrons of the Rainbow Dinner Theatre were offered a buffet luncheon and an opportunity to see a performance of Ladies' night in a Turkish bath, a farce which was extremely popular in the 1920s.

Amazing how long this has remained popular! The play was originally written by Charlton Andrews in 1919 under the title Ladies' night,  revised by the author with Avery Hopwood the following year, and later produced as Ladies' night in a Turkish bath by Hopwood. As a ' racy' play it fell foul of the censors (recently discussed by Angela Latham in her book Posing a threat: flappers, chorus girls, and other brazen performers of the American 1920s). The play was filmed in 1928 and an adaptation is still available in print as Good night ladies by Cyrus Wood.

Still frequently performed in the USA, the play is 'a comedy about a college girl in love with a shy professor who's terrified of women. The women go to a Turkish bath and the guys take the professor to a Pagan Revel party that gets raided by the police. The guys end up at the Turkish bath in disguise as women.'

We should be interested to hear from anyone who has seen the play.

                                  

 
 


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