'I can never remember whether it snowed for six days and six nights when I was twelve or whether it snowed for twelve days and twelve nights when I was six."
So Dylan Thomas evokes a long-gone world in his gorgeous and nostalgic prose poem "A Child's Christmas in Wales." His childhood memories of Christmases are filled with snow and scary adventures and sleeping uncles and candy cigarettes and green-eyed cats.
Lantern Theater's artistic director, Charles McMahon, adapted the poem for the stage with cocreator Sebastienne Mundheim, who also directed and designed the production.
Thomas' language is so lush, the images so easily seen by the mind's eye, that illustrating each image in the baldest and most plodding of ways, as this show does, is simply self-defeating. To make the magical long and boring - as it would be for even the youngest child - is to do the story and the audience a disservice.