Latchaw, Austin


Latchaw, Austin
(1861-1948)
   Born David Austin Latchaw in Venango County, Pennsylvania, the drama critic came to Kansas City in 1886 on business for a publishing house and stayed in the crude frontier town on the verge of a culture boom. He began reviewing plays for the Kansas City Times in 1888, moved to the Kansas City Journal in 1895, and from 1902, worked for the Kansas City Star. He loved the stage stars of the glory days of the road, 1880s to 1912, and developed warm friendships with many. His criticism may have been overly generous, but it was also passionate and funny. He had a remarkable memory for details of performances, as shown in his 60-chapter retrospective, "The Enchanted Years of the Stage," published in the Star from 31 March to 23 June 1935.

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