Theater: Bombette

CHILDE BYRON by Romulus Linney

"Remarks are not literature," said Gertrude Stein. And information is not drama. Childe Byron displays the industry of an ant and no discernible intelligence.

Dying of cancer at 36, Byron's daughter Ada (Lindsay Crouse) conjures up the ghost of her father to justify his life. The poet (William Hurt) discourses on incest with his half sister, bisexual promiscuity and sodomy, all with disconcerting jollity. Justly praised for his film work in Altered States and Eyewitness, Hurt has scant headroom in this bombette of a play to do more than parade his grand good looks....

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