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- (historical, uncountable) A style of multi-act theatrical entertainment which flourished in North America from the 1880s through the 1920s.
- (historical, countable) An entertainment in this style.
2008 January 28, Ben Brantley, “Ta-ta! Give ’Em the Old Existential Soft-Shoe”, New York Times:
- “Me, Myself and I,” directed by Emily Mann and engagingly acted by a cast that includes the invaluable Albee veteran Brian Murray, is in the tradition of Mr. Albee’s mid- and late-career works like “The Marriage Play” and “The Play About the Baby”: fragmented philosophical vaudevilles that turn the most fundamental questions of identity into verbal soft-shoes.
- music hall (British)
- vaudevillian (noun)
a style of multi-act theatrical entertainment