The Theater: Harpooning Fate

To devise a version of Moby Dick as a one-man, 90-minute theater piece comes under the heading of "They said it couldn't be done." Jack Aranson has done it, superbly. Aranson was born in Los Angeles, trained as an actor at the Old Vic, toured Ireland, and in 1963 formed his own San Francisco City Theater. He is currently doing Moby Dick at college theaters in the Bay Area. Berkeley students are as still as un-dropped pins on the nights he appears.

To appreciate his achievement, it is desirable, but not necessary, to have...

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