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 reports that Laura Keene has officially engaged Bourcicault and Agnes Robertson at her theater. He also gives general theatrical news, including his dislike of Keene's Distant Relations, the "good run" of Everybody's Friend at Wallack's, and the progress of The Octoroon at the Winter Garden. In a discussion of Mr. Blake's reputation and acting style, Personne digresses to discuss a visit by a young man from Poughkeepsie who sold newspapers to a "cafe (and cakes) to which the lower order of Bohemia, to wit, the newsboys, did invariably resort for festive purposes" (3). Personne reviews the week's events in opera; the company is to depart for Boston that afternoon. At the end of the column, Personne notes that he will not be able to address his readers until the new year, and gives the "usual compliments." He hails Bohemia and its Queen and describes it as "the only free community on the face of the earth" (3).
Personne leaves the Bohemians "to the Queen of that Land" (3).
Personne reports that Keene has announced her "engagement" of Bourcicault and Agnes Robertson. Personne notes that Keene has advertised for Bourcicault's adaptation of Sir Walter Scott's novel The Heart of the Mid-Lothian. Personne finds it humorous that Keene's advertisement implies that the deceased Scott will be supervising the production. Personne also disliked Distant Relations at Keene's Theatre. The major problem with the play seems to be the "vexed political questions" it deals with, but he also declares that the company is "wretched" (3).
Personne notes that he will not address the readers until the next year and offers the "usual compliments" to those who deserve them (3).
Personne reports that Everybody's Friend is having a "good run" at Wallack's (3).
Personne reports that Wallack has been "getting philologically fine lately" and has been referring to the "antique" Knocks and Noses as a "Fairy Folly." Personne claims that Wallack is wiser than Keen for not dramatizing "vexed political questions" (3).
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