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Eva Allen


(fl. 1900-1915)

Eva Allen combined skit acting with thaumaturgy in her theatrical appearances. Billed as the "woman of mystery" she would answer audience questions as if she were clairvoyant. A member of the touring Crescent Comedy Company, Allen traversed America's hinterlands often creating a sensation with her act. Her most successful work was done in vaudeville, and during every run she would hold a woman's night in which males would be excluded from the audience and women could inquire candidly about the things that concerned them. Few descriptions remain of the playlets that accompanied Allen's Q&A sessions. For matinees when children were in the house, she performed "The Little Princess" or "Nell Gwynn," at evening shows, "The Fatal Scar" or "For His Sister's Honor." David S. Shields/ALS