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 the recent success of the Saturday Press and the negative fallout the Herald has experienced as a result of the conflict with Maretzek and the opera. Figaro appears to revel in the Herald's loss of status and popularity and also expresses his feelings on its previous popularity. Figaro mentions that De Walden's Sam will debut next week at the Broadway and reviews Miss Olive Logan's readings on Monday and Tuesday evening at Irving Hall. Figaro also reviews the production of Our American Cousin at the Winter Garden starring John Clarke and Rose Eytinge.
Figaro writes that "McArone won't believe it, but I positively feel young again" (152). Figaro also claims that Arnold should have been present at Miss Olive Logan's readings in order to hear how well his "Jolly Pedagogue" is read by a woman (153).
Figaro claims that he wanted to say something special about De Walden's Sam, but feels now that he should see the play when it debuts next week before commenting (153).
Figaro recommends Eytinge's performance as "Florence Trenchard" in Our American Cousin at the Winter Garden (153).
Figaro reports that Bennett's treatment of Kellogg has been one of his biggest recent mistakes (152).
Figaro discusses the success of "our brave little sheet" with Mr. Editor and claims that it has outsold all the other Saturday papers put together (152).
Figaro reports that Mr. Anderson's interpretation of Dundreary is a nearly perfect imitation of Sothern's (153).
Figaro reports that due to his recent successes, Ward will not be making his trip to England soon (153).
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