As poet Dylan Thomas, Joseph Mull staggered, fell, charmed, collapsed, embraced, entertained, dressed, undressed, drank and descended, physically and spiritually as he lost the battle with alcohol and other demons, while leaving the world some beautiful poetry. Kelly McNabb was his match as wife Caitlin, loving/hating Dylan, trying to make sense of her own life, twisted and trapped with his — and bringing an emotional center to the story. It's notable that director John Lennox is a fight choreography expert, because despite moments of humor and charm, this is a fight/struggle throughout, calling for us to sympathize with this doomed poetic couple.
The supporting cast was good, and busy making scene changes — efficient, but they chopped up the script somewhat. A little music to cover and sustain the mood would have helped.
(To hear the real Dylan Thomas read his famous "Do not go gentle into that good night" check out https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g2cgcx-GJTQ)
DYLAN continues next weekend, 8pm Friday and Saturday, at the Black Box stage in the Gannon Building at LCC. Enter on the Grand Avenue side (if you can get a parking spot on the street; there's a small side door with a sign beside it.) Otherwise there are signs guiding you to room 168 from the parking ramp.$5 students/$10 adults.http://www.lcc.edu/cma/events/