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.
Personne begins with a general discussion of theater news - what's playing where, who has had a benefit, and what the Summer season holds. Personne remarks in his discussion of Tom Taylor's Overland Route that some of the "Pfaff Light Guard" would be well suited to perform in the first act, beginning with a scene aboard an East Indian Steamer, followed by a scene that takes place on a rock (2). Personne gives an update on the "Opera Wars." He also discusses the "Hibernian Rows": the dispute between Bourcicualt and Miss J.M.N.C. Davenport over a new version of Jeanie Deans and an argument between John Brougham and Barney Williams over their depictions of Irish gentlemen. Personne weighs in with his opinion of each actors' strengths in this type of role.
Personne writes that Brougham's benefit was on Monday and he played in "that fine old fossil," The Poor Gentleman and A Pretty Piece of Business (2). Personne also mentions Brougham's speech at the benefit and that he will not be performing at Wallack's after this season (2). Personne also discusses the dispute between Brougham and Barney Williams over their portrayals of Irish gentlemen (2-3).
Personne reports Jefferson's failure to perform at H. Pearson's benefit after booking another engagement (2).
Reports Keene's recovery from her "illness" and appearance in The Colleen Bawn (2).
Personne reports that Mr. and Mrs. W.J. Florence will be at Wallack's for the Summer season. Personne reports that Brougham will not be performing at Wallack's after this season (2). Personne also reports that Tom Taylor's Overland Route will be performed next at Wallack's (2).
Personne notes that "oddly enough" the best role in Overland Route will be performed by Wallack (2).
The Vault at Pfaff's
27 Memorial Drive West, Bethlehem, PA 18015