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February 11, 2017

'Maxis!': The All-Male Norwegian Play That Became a Runaway Hit in 1909

In December 1909, the Norwegian Students’ Society premiered their stage production of a comedic revue entitled Maxis! The all-male student cast played a litany of characters, from kings, queens and princesses to musketeers, satyrs and a figure in blackface. The play was a tremendous success, presenting to sold-out crowds for two weeks. It was taken on tour the following year.

(Images © National Archives of Norway, via Mashable/Retronaut)

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