Born in England in 1811, Thomas Blades (Bladies) de Walden made his first appearance on the English stage in 1841, then traveled to New York for his premier on the American stage at Park theatre in
Figaro discusses recent claims by a young fellow often seen at the theaters and later at Pfaff's or De Soto's that he does not attend all the plays he reviews. Figaro admits that he does not go to all the shows he writes about, but he gives his excuses for why he has not attended and reports on what he has heard about the recent plays. Figaro also reprints a letter from Thomas de Walden to the Dramatic Editor of the Saturday Press that announces the beginning of his legal proceedings against George Wood on the matter of Ballon Wedding.
Figaro gives an excuse for not seeing Booth in Ruy Blas, but claims that as it appears that almost everyone else went, he heard the show was well done (57).
Figaro reprints De Walden's letter to the Saturday Press about his legal proceedings against George Wood in regards to Balloon Wedding. De Walden claims he refuses to comment further on the performance until the case has been settled (57).
Figaro mentions the upcoming production of Child Stealer at Wood's Theatre, starring Lucille Western (57).
Figaro attributes his inability to attend several plays to the preparation of the current edition of the Saturday Press; "which I may say here, lest your modesty should refrain you from doing so, is to be just the handsomest, brightest, wittiest, widest-awake sheet ever issued this side of Paris" (57).
Figaro announces the upcoming lecutures for "Josh Billings" (57).
Smith is listed among the cast of The Rivals at Wallack's in the role of Sir Anthony Absolute (57).
Figaro explains that he was unable to see The Rivals at Wallack's becuase the tickets didn't reach him "in season"(57).
Figaro quotes "Willie Winter's" review of Pizarro, which he also did not see (57).
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