Though much of her early life, including her real name and exact date of birth, remains in shadow, Laura Keene is thought to have come from a well-to-do background.
Figaro announces to Mr. Editor that he is off to Philadelphia and asks Mr. Editor to insure his limbs. Figaro promises that if he returns with both arms, he might write something about the theaters. Figaro writes that he saw Still Waters Run Deep and Ici on parle Francais at Wallack's. He claims that his primary entertainment came from a "comedy of manners" occurring in a nearby private box, and while he was entertained, sympathizes with the actors who could hear and see the distraction in the audience (184). Figaro discusses Ici on parle Francias and reprints what he's heard about it, but has not seen the show as he is unable to sit through two performances in one evening. Figaro discusses De Walden's Sam throughout the Feuilleton and makes some remarks on De Walden's playwriting. Figaro also discusses both Maretzek's and Bateman's performances at the Academy of Music this week. Figaro also notes that the theaters and concert venues appear to be experiencing full houses since the "defeat" of Bennett and the Herald. Figaro also gives some brief mentions of other plays and amusements around town.
Figaro discusses De Walden and his playwriting. Figaro claims that Charles Lamb would call him a "curs'd ninth of a dramatist" (185).
Figaro mentions writing up the "comedy of manners" he witnessed in the audience at Wallack's into a play that could be adapted for several cities, like "Laura Keene's famous piece" (184).
Figaro reports that Kellogg had to sing the part of Mdlle. Parepa during Bateman's Wednesday concert at the Academy of Music (185).
Figaro does not give Smith's portrayal of "Mr. Potter" in Still Waters Run Deep a favorable review, saying it "was altogether too Solon Shingly" (184-185).
Figaro mentions that he saw Still Waters Run Deep and Ici On Parle Francais at Wallack's this week and that he was chiefly entertained by the "comedy of manners" being performed in a nearby private box. Mentions that he was amused, but sympathizes with the actors who could hear what was going on (184). Figaro mentions Wallack's as one of the theaters that constantly boasts a full house (185).
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