Born in Massachusetts to a family of merchants and seamen, Clapp traveled to Paris to translate the socialist writing
The review begins with a cheeky observation of the melodrama that occurs in the audience of a play, which at times surpasses that on stage. In going to see “The Doctor of Alcantara,” an operetta in French by Mr. Eichberg, Figaro's friend suggests writing a review about those seeing the play: “In fact, I am often amused when attending the performance of a comedy to find the principal scenes acted in the audience as well as on the stage.” The article goes on to summarize the plot of the operetta, which is composed of a series of farcical events at the home of Doctor Paraceleus. Despite the players not being trained singers, “The Doctor of Alcantara” garners a favorable review by this critic.
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