|Share page||Visit Us On FB|
The Stage of the "Forties 83
And there was editorial comment17 upon her graciousness in appearing, with her husband, among the audience at a concert of the Amateur Musical Society.
Cincinnatians of the 'forties were fond of frequenting a combination of theater, concert hall and amusement park called Shires Garden,18 which occupied an entire square fronting Third Street from Vine to Race Streets. The Independence Day celebration in the city regularly concluded with a gala display of fireworks at the Garden; possibly Mrs. Foster, Dunning and Stephen were there on the evening of July 4, 18483* during the visit of Mrs. Foster reported in Chapter xiii. At the formal opening of the Shires Garden Theater in 1842, "the prime address was spoken by Mrs. Hunt, ' a noted actress of the period.f Many concerts and theatrical performances were given in this theater before its destruction by fire.
* "The display at Shires Garden on Tuesday evening, was both grand and beautiful."—The Atlas, July 6, 1848.
I She later became Mrs. John Drew, grandmother of Lionel Barrymore, John Barrymore, and Ethel Barrymore.