The Theater: Re-Enter Mr. Dickens

Last season and this, made up to the last whisker like Charles Dickens, British Playwright Emlyn (Night Must Fall) Williams has successfully read from the master's works in 43 U.S. cities. Still whiskered and white-tied, Williams was back on Broadway last week. On certain evenings, he repeats last season's bill; on others, he offers a one-man Bleak House.

Bleak House is cut to a 25th of its length; unabridged, says Williams, it would take more than 60 hours to perform. The present arrangement is clearly preferable and often pleasant. As sheer virtuosity, Williams' impersonation of 36 characters, his skill as a vocal...

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