The Theater: New Stage Work

Under Milk Wood (by Dylan Thomas) has progressed from a radio show to a stage reading to a full-fledged theater piece. Except that the theater piece does not represent progress. A poet who is a magician, if also a wastrel, with words has been contorted into a playwright whose figures are made to skitter and bray and strike deliberate ham attitudes. As staged by Douglas Cleverdon. Dylan Thomas's picture of a Welsh community, at once full of local flavor and universal types, has pretty much become a variety show. Atmosphere, which should plainly come first, now plays second fiddle to antics.

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