A loving reminiscence of theatre in the 1880's and 90's-especially the travelling theatre of plays, musical concerts, lectures (and ""culture""), and even the circus- this hits many a high spot as the famous troupes took their stands for a night or a week in small towns across the U.S.A. Using his own home in Wisconsin as a typical audience, Mr. Hoyt (who is magazine editor for the Cleveland Plain Dealer) relishes the days when the Concert Hall (which he still owns in Beaver Dam) was host to the Booths, to Lillian Russell, to itinerant minstrels and the rest of a colorful throng. The country over, people laughed, cried and applauded. It was a period of emotions rather than reason. In this aspect, Hoyt brings back the fascination of it, appreciating, explaining why, contrasting the ideas of the period with the perspective of today and at all times enthusiastically describing the high lights of ""Town Hall Tonight"".