Now I know what killed vaudeville. They must have had tunnel-vision reviewers like your Don Shirley ("Second-Rate Acts Come In Off the Street," March 19).

Having seen "Hats Off" at the Variety Arts Theatre, I can only assume Shirley is about 100 years old and was probably on hand to kill vaudeville.

Second-rate acts? These are wonderful street performers . . . that's what we want to see! The trained flea act alone was worth the price of admission. The trumpet players were electrifying. The whole show was a delight.

The Daily News said "Hats Off" was "wonderful entertainment . . . the perfect show for the entire family." I agree.

Tell Shirley to take a couple of youth pills and go back to see what he missed.


Van Nuys

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