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Nostalgic 'Animal Crackers' funny, yet feels dated

Mara Davi plays Mrs. Whitehead and Joey Slotnick is Groucho Marx as Captain Spaulding in “Animal Crackers.”
Mara Davi plays Mrs. Whitehead and Joey Slotnick is Groucho Marx as Captain Spaulding in “Animal Crackers.”
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Say the name The Marx Brothers today, and you’ll get a variety of reactions. From an older crowd, you might get a laugh; from a middle-aged crowd, you’ll get nods of recognition; and from a younger crowd, you might not get anything at all. Acts such as The Marx Brothers have passed into . . . well, the past. A vaudeville group with sarcastic humor that did slapstick wouldn’t do as well today. (Well, the sarcasm might ...


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