Theater: Dance of Death

Dylan, by Sidney Michaels, covers Dylan Thomas' last few years, when the man who had put his life force into his poetry was putting a death wish into his life. T. S. Eliot once said that to think of Dryden dying was like thinking of an empire falling. To see Dylan Thomas dying on the stage is like watching a once raging fire being extinguished. Even the alcoholic cause of death, a "wet brain," chillingly suggests the dank dark extinction of the light of the mind.

This dying light is marvelously mirrored in the smoky anguish of Alec Guinness' eyes, and it...

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