Born in New York City on New Year’s Eve in 1820, John Lester Wallack was christened John Johnstone Wallack; he later adopted Lester John Wallack as his professional name.
O'Brien discusses a recent production of The Merchant of Venice at Wallack's that marked the return of John Lester Wallack to the New York stage after an absence of two years. O'Brien's initial discussion of Shakespeare and the role of Shylock leads O'Brien into a discussion of some stereotypical characterizations of Jewish people. After this introduction, O'Brien gives Wallack and the play a generally good review.
O'Brien notes that Brougham was given the "comparatively insignificant" role of Gratiano in The Merchant of Venice. O'Brien writes that Brougham "was the good-natured, meddling, babbling, brainless, talkative bore to the life" (2).
O'Brien discusses a production of The Merchant of Venice at Wallack's (2).
O'Brien discusses Wallack's performance as Shylock in a recent performance of The Merchant of Venice. Wallack's appearance marks his return to the stage after a two-year absence (2).
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