The Theater: Old Play in Manhattan, Feb. 5, 1945

The Tempest (by William Shakespeare; produced by Cheryl Crawford) was probably Shakespeare's farewell to the theater—a farewell of mingled enchantment and ennui. Done with trying to make sense of life—or even of a play—Shakespeare pitched upon a strange island world almost outside geography. There, while his playwriting became a tangled, stunted vine, his poetry blazed like a burning bush. There Prospero, the banished Duke of Milan, tended his daughter Miranda, shipwrecked his enemies by waving his magic wand, ruled over the spirit Ariel, all speed and light, and the monster Caliban, that...

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