Esther's Follies is excited to be featured in the Harry Ransom Center's "Vaudeville" exhibit running now through July 15, 2018 at their location on the University of Texas Campus. It includes much of the history and legacy of vaudeville performance in American and has photographs featuring Esther's as a theater continuing the tradition of this style of theater.
The Harry Ransom Center provides this description of the exhibit:
Vaudeville!JANUARY 29, 2018–JULY 15, 2018
For more than a century, vaudeville was the most popular form of American entertainment and one of the country's largest cultural exports. Performances on the vaudeville stage included comic sketches, acrobatics, animal tricks, magic, blackface performance, celebrity appearances, early film, and more. Shows featuring immigrant acts, racial stereotypes, and frequent appeals to nationalism defined a complex and often problematic sense of American identity at the turn of the 19th century.
Explore vaudeville's influences from Roman mimes to the saloons of the American frontier. Learn what life on the road was like for the thousands of entertainers who traveled around the country performing in theatres that were part of a vast network of venues, and witness the mid-century revival of vaudeville's relevance in musical theatre, radio, film, television, and the internet. See artifacts related to some of Vaudeville's best-known performers—Harry Houdini, Mae West, W. C. Fields, Bert Williams, George M. Cohan, Burns & Allen, Tony Pastor, the Nicholas Brothers, Barbette, and more.
The exhibition features the Ransom Center's extensive holdings of Harry Houdini, Tony Pastor, and Florenz Ziegfeld, among others, to show the development of vaudeville's highly organized form and its long-lasting impact on contemporary film, television, and comedy.
You can read reviews of the exhibit and favorably mentions about Esther's Follies here--from Michael Barnes in the Austin-American Statesman and from Robert Faires in the Austin Chronicle.The Wall Street Journal also gave a lovely review of the exhibit.
We are grateful to be in included as a local contribution to this great art form. We highly recommend going to see the entire collection including the shout out to the Follies!