George Manningham, in his diary, penned an anecdote about WS, mentioning an encounter with a lady in competition with Richard Burbage. If you are familiar with the anecdote, do you believe it to be true? If so, why?
Actually, I do believe the story. Anyone who has worked in the theatre will tell you that these bawdy hijinks are not unusual! And even if it's not true, the story is a good one, and helps to humanize Shakespeare and Burbage.
"There are few things that are so unpardonably neglected in our country as poker. It is enough to make one ashamed of one's species."
Since it's beyond verification, you're right. It doesn't matter. But considering it leads to a greater understanding of the period. It's interesting to consider the Manningham diary along with the other diary entries regarding plays seen at the Globe.