Thursday, May 10, 2012
My Life at the Theater: Endgame
Charles Reynolds and David Schoen as Clov and Hamm.
I am not the most adventurous theater go-er so have shied away from Samuel Beckett until now. But when I read the rapturous reviews of this production and saw an old colleague of mine, John Jakary, was directing EndGame, I decided to give it a whirl.
The Abreacht Theater is one of those little theater groups that migrate from space to space, devoted to doing difficult works (Ionesco, Albee, Beckett) that will probably not draw a large audience. Endgame was a thrilling experience despite the absurdist qualities, which you can see from the clip below.
It is after an apocalypse of some sort and each of the four character are severely damaged. Perhaps they always were. Three can't move and are blind. The fourth cannot sit down. They wait out their end in a dilapidated building. Quite a bit of humor in this and great insights into how we doom ourselves.
If you live in Detroit, check out this group. You will get an experience unlike any other.