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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.”
Photographer: T. Charles Erickson
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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