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South of the Mason Dixon line, legitimate theatre all but abandoned

A columnist for the New York Times, Ray Henderson, wrote in 1931 that south of the Mason Dixon line the legitimate theatre had been all but abandoned.  He noted that not more than six companies had toured the South in a year, whereas in 1910 virtually every city in the South with a population over 25,000 had its own opera company and also welcomed several traveling companies every week.