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From the Central Series
- Kit Kittredge
- Stirling Howard
- Louise Howard
- Millie Morrison
- Jack Kittredge
- Margaret Kittredge
- Uncle Hendrick
- Mr. Bell
Only in A Thief in the Theater
- Daphne Dumont
- The Hobart Brothers
- Roland Fairchild
- Cecilia Smith
- Christina Tucker
- Mrs. Tucker
Chapter By Chapter Summary
Chapter One: A Job To Do
Chapter Two: A Surprise Announcement
Chapter Three: Stolen!
Chapter Four: Desperate Acts
Chapter Five: Jinxed?
Chapter Six: Suspicion
Chapter Seven: Toil and Trouble
Chapter Eight: An Accident?
Chapter Nine: The Clue in the Attic
Chapter Ten: Smoke
Chapter Eleven: A Confession
Chapter Twelve: Mightier than the Sword
Chapter Thirteen: Opening Night
Discusses theater and the entertainment industry in the 1930s. Topics covered:
- America's eagerness to forget their troubles, such as listening to the radio or attending theaters
- The length entertainers went to attract audiences due to lack of money
- How theaters managed to stay in business, such as lowering ticket prices and offering promotions
- Common theater entertainment, such as matinees, newsreels, and serials for children, and bingo nights, crockery giveaways, and cash raffles for adults
- The popularity of radio as free entertainment
- Common radio entertainment such as variety shows, westerns, and audio adaptations of movies and plays
- Competition between radio, movies, and theater
- The struggles faced by live theater, prompting President Roosevelt to create the Federal Theater Project
- The Federal Theater Project's role in helping unemployed workers in the entertainment industry, including Orson Welles' critically acclaimed production of Macbeth at Lafayette Theater
- The story of William Shakespeare's Macbeth, and the changes Orson Welles made in his production of the play, such as moving the setting from Scotland to Haiti
- Theater-related superstitions, such as telling an actor to "break a leg" instead of wishing them good luck
- The popularity of Macbeth, despite actors and directors never referring to Macbeth by name and calling it "the play" or "the Scottish play"