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Red Theater Chicago at The Den Theatre
Thru - Dec 22, 2013

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Red Theater Chicago at The Den Theatre

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Chicago Tribune- Somewhat Recommended

"...The excesses here feel almost quaint, though of course Thomas' early death remains tragic. Gage Wallace's Dylan has twinkly eyed charm, though the necessary incendiary jealous chemistry between him and Brittany Ellis' Caitlin never quite catches fire. As Brinnin, Casey Chapman brings out the exasperation of a fan who increasingly finds his idol lacking in basic decency. Fans of Dylan Thomas shouldn't miss this seldom-revived work. But instead of raging against the dying of the light, "Dylan" tends to register strongly worded protests."
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Kerry Reid

Chicago Reader- Highly Recommended

"...Sidney Michaels's 1964 script, masterfully staged here under director Aaron Sawyer for Red Theater, takes some license with the facts, but to poetic effect. Bringing comic genius and nuance to the title role, Gage Wallace creates a devastating portrait of the poet in simultaneous triumph and decline. The show's one distraction is a baffling intermission changeover, which moves the audience onto Janette Bauer's simple, versatile set and the action onto the risers. Maybe we're meant to put ourselves in Thomas's shoes, but I'd rather just be able to see them."
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Keith Griffith

Time Out Chicago- Recommended

"...Michaels's seldom-revived piece occasionally falls into bioplay cliches, and it seems to end about five times before it's over. But what is really missing in the script, solidly staged by director Aaron Sawyer, are more opportunities for Wallace to deliver Thomas's own words. Dylan may well leave you yearning to hear this same cast read Under Milk Wood."
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Kris Vire

Chicago Stage Standard- Somewhat Recommended

"...Wallace’s performance gave us glimpses of the famous artist with the divine voice. And any time you get to hear ‘Do not go gentle into that good night’ performed in an unfettered style, it is worth the time. But instead of bringing me closer to the poetry and to the man, I was constantly pushed away by this Dylan. So if you need some solace in our strange contemporary world, try listening to the original"

David Zak