|Ready to take center stage|
|Little Lord Fauntleroy|
Following are some actual reviews of Buster's performances from major newspapers. Vaudeville was not, at this point, some second-class form of entertainment; big city papers carried regular coverage of it. And remember, he was really about five when these personal notices started to appear:
"The Three Keatons - Joe, Myra, and Buster - will be one of the headline attractions at Cleveland's this week. They have not been seen in Chicago in two years, but have been winning applause in the east. Young Buster Keaton is said to be a boy comedian of exceptional cleverness, and his imitations of celebrated actors have been warmly commended." Chicago Daily Tribune, 13 Nov 1904
"The real comedy in the show will be supplied by Buster Keaton, the midget comedian, who appears with his parents, Joe and Myra Keaton. This little chap is easily the funniest bunch of humanity in the business, and unmistakably clever in other lines, too, as he gives imitations of several well-known stage favorites that are really clever and lifelike. Buster is a great card for the children." Boston Post, 3 Jan, 1904
"Both clever and versatile is Buster Keaton, the star of this week's Poll headliner. Each season bears a fresh crop of child prodigies, but it has remained for this precocious youngster to grab glory in a strictly original manner. Made up in exactly the same fashion as his father, he executes a number of difficult acrobatic feats with apparent ease and finishes with a new song, "Somebody Lied," that brings a storm of applause. At the matinees capable assistance is given by his brother and sister, Jingles and Louise." Scranton Republican, 6 May 1908
"This fellow Keaton seems to be the whole show!" -- title card from Buster's masterpiece (well, one of them) The Playhouse.