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A CurtainUp Los Angeles Review
The success of this production is due both to the passionate intuition of Lynch's direction and the brilliant performance of Kevin Kearns in the title role. He doesn't really look like Dylan but he strongly resembles him.
The play follows Dylan on his last two tours of America, maddening infuriating odysseys in which he drinks away the money he desperately needs for his three children. In one wrenching moment, he touches the depths of self-loathing when he admits forgetting to send his son's school tuition, causing the boy to be not only humiliated to tears but expelled. "I'm such a failure as a human being that it's something fierce," he keens.
When the play begins, the 38-year-old Dylan is facing the pain and fearful truth that his best work is 15 years old. This may drive his drinking and prompt his intention to tour what his wife Caitlin warily calls "a country of hospitable vampires."r> Over the next two years, at the suggestion of publishing assistant and mistress, Meg Stuart, he writes a play Under Milkwood and begins a novel, Adventures in the Skin Trade. And he continues to drink himself to death.
This is a searing warts-and-all portrait of Dylan but Michaels pays him the tribute of letting him recite two of his finest poems and including a tender confessional scene at the bedside of a sleeping child. Kearns is matched blow for blow by Karen Ryan's powerful, fiery performance as Dylan's wife Caitlin, the frustrated dancer who is an equal partner in the battles of their Punch and Judy relationship. At one point she roars"Don't you know I'm the woman Dylan would be if Dylan could be a woman?"
Supported by a fine cast and the direction which never misses a beat, Dylan is a tribute not only to the poet but to the growth of the Celtic Arts Center which includes free cultural evenings of Gaelic language, dancing and music on Monday nights. br>
Retold by Tina Packer of Shakespeare & Co.
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