Theater: Death on Demand

A Gift of Time (by Garson Kanin) is the sad, clinically harrowing story of a man who is dying of cancer of the lower bowel, and how he faces it during the last three months of his life in Southern France. The Broadway play is based on Death of a Man, Lael Tucker Wertenbaker's account of her husband's suicide. Charles Christian Wertenbaker was an able journalist (for FORTUNE, LIFE, and TIME from 1931 to 1948) turned novelist. Gift is strangely unmoving and dramatically slack, partly because the audience knows in advance that the hero will die, partly because it never...

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