- Show Town
- Holly George
- 24 May 2020
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DOWNLOAD Show Town SUMMARY ð Show Town Like many western boomtowns at the turn of the twentieth century Spokane Washington enjoyed a lively theatrical scene ranging from plays concerts and operas to salacious variety and vaudeville shows Yet even as Spokanites took pride in their city’s reputation as a “good show town” the genteel among them worried about its “Wild West” atmosphere In Show Town historian Holly George correlates the clash of tastes and sensibilities among Spokane’s theater patrons with a larger shift in values occurring throughout the Inland West and the nation during a period of rapid social change George begins this multifaceted story in 1890 when t.
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DOWNLOAD Show Town SUMMARY ð Show Town Wo Spokane developers built the lavish Auditorium Theater as a kind of advertisement for the young city The new venue catered to a class of people made wealthy by speculation railroads and mining Yet the refined entertainment the Auditorium offered conflicted with the rollicking shows that played in the town’s variety theaters designed to draw in the migratory workers primarily single men who provided labor for the same industries that made the fortunes of Spokane’s elite As well to do Spokanites attempted to clamp down on the variety theaters performances at even the city’s respectable “legitimate” playhouses began to reflect a m.Holly George µ 0 SUMMARY
DOWNLOAD Show Town SUMMARY ð Show Town Ovement away from Victorian sensibilities to a modern desire for self fulfillment particularly among women Theaters joined the debate over modern femininity by presenting plays on issues ranging from woman’s suffrage to shifting marital expectations At the same time national theater monopolies transmitted to the people of Spokane new styles and tastes that mirrored larger cultural trends Lucidly written and meticulously researched Show Town is a groundbreaking work of cultural history By examining one city’s theatrical scene in all its complex dimensions this book expands our understanding of the forces that shaped the urban American We.