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[[caption-width-right:350:"This fellow Keaton seems to be the whole show"]]
Creator/BusterKeaton buys a ticket at entrance of ThePlayhouse and joins an audience (consisting of [[LoadsAndLoadsOfRoles Buster Keaton, Buster Keaton, Buster Keaton, Buster Keaton, Buster Keaton, Buster Keaton, Buster Keaton, and Buster Keaton]]) to watch a variety show featuring musicians, comics, synchronized dancers, and a minstrel act with Keaton filling every role, including that of stagehand. It turns out it was AllJustADream as [[Creator/BusterKeaton Keaton]] wakes up in a bedroom -- actually a stage set that is promptly dismantled. He plays various roles behind the scenes and onstage while pursuing one of the show girls, who is a twin, only slightly daunted by his tendency to confuse the friendly twin with her disinterested sister.

This film is in the public domain and may be viewed in its entirety at [[http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=3461801947432155594 Google Video]].
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!!Includes examples of
* AdultsDressedAsChildren: Buster dons the traditional sailor suit to portray a juvenile audience member.
* AllJustADream: The first part of the short.
* BackwardsFiringGun: Happens with a wrongly assembled cannon.
* ChaseScene
* CloudCuckooLander: Buster tries to empty the twins' glass-walled water tank with a teacup. In his defense, he had suffered a TapOnTheHead not long before.
* DragQueen: Creator/BusterKeaton plays all the audience members -- including a flapper with bobbed hair, a harried mother, and a tetchy society dame.
* EverythingsBetterWithMonkeys: One of the acts is a performing orangutan.
* ExplodingFishTanks: The twins' act involves a large glass tank filled with water, which is smashed to prevent a drowning.
* HumanLadder: Both ladders and an inverted pyramid during the Zouave Guards act.
* ItMakesSenseInContext: Buster pretending he's an orangutan.
* LiteralMinded: Judging from what Buster does to the punch clock and how he uses an ax labeled "For Fire Only."
* LoadsAndLoadsOfRoles: Buster plays not only every member of the audience (which includes several couples, an old woman, and a little kid), he also plays every member of a nine-man minstrel show--and all nine are on-screen at the same time.
* ManOnFire: Smoking while wearing a false beard = bad idea.
* MinstrelShows
* NoMoreForMe
* PaintedTunnelRealTrain: Buster appears to dive into the painted ocean backdrop (in reality he jumps through a slit in the canvas).
* PantomimeAnimal
* PolarOppositeTwins: Buster falls in love with a girl, who reciprocates; unfortunately, he keeps mixing her up with her twin sister, who doesn't.
* ProsceniumReveal: The dismantling of Creator/BusterKeaton's "bedroom".
* ScoobyDoobyDoors: Buster thinks this is what's happening after he unknowingly escorts identical twin sisters into separate yet adjacent dressing rooms. Played straight in a later chase scene.
* SiblingTeam: The sisters. (Oddly, their act does not exploit the fact that they are identical twins.)
* TheStoic -- Subverted; Buster is visibly annoyed at one point after mixing up the twins ''again'', and he's very expressive while pretending to be an orangutan.
* SuperNotDrowningSkills: The point of the twins' act: "This young lady can stay under water longer than the bottom of a river."
* TakeThat: The theater program crediting Creator/BusterKeaton with every role, and the audience member's remark, "This fellow Keaton seems to be the whole show," are jabs at silent film director/actor/screenwriter/producer Thomas H. Ince, who was not shy about putting his name in the credits of his films.
* TapOnTheHead
* {{Undercrank}}: Used for the Zouave Guards routine.
* VisualPun: Buster's treatment of the punch clock. (Ooh, right [[StealthPun in the face!]])
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