Born in New York City on New Year’s Eve in 1820, John Lester Wallack was christened John Johnstone Wallack; he later adopted Lester John Wallack as his professional name.
O'Brien devotes the column to the discussion of the role of Hamlet. This discussion is prompted by Barry Sullivan's appearance in this role at Burton's. O'Brien engages in a lengthy character study of Hamlet and claims that Hamlet would have been a Bohemian if he hadn't been a prince. After examining some scenes and briefly discussing pre-Raphaelitism, O'Brien claims that Sullivan is "not Hamlet on the stage" and laments that he does not have more space to critique his performance.
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