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.


Deb said...

I love, love, love this play (and love Beckett's work in general). One evening just a few weeks ago, I was loading the dishwasher and cleaning up in the kitchen while my husband read the entire play to me. We're romantic like that!

Favorite line: "Outside. The other hell."

Loren Eaton said...

I remember watching a production of this in a small Chicago theater. Seriously weird and creepy stuff, but very, very interesting.

Margot Kinberg said...

Patti - Oh, I've heard some really interesting things about this show. Maybe if it comes to this area I'll try to see it.

Anonymous said...

I must admit I am not a big fan of Beckett. We did see a production of GODOT at BAM (Brooklyn Academy of Music) in 1978 with Sam Waterston and Austin Pendleton. I have read ENDGAME but never seen it.

Deb, go you romantic fool!

Jeff M.

George said...

I'm a Beckett fan, too. Many people can't get into him, though

Charles Gramlich said...

I've enjoyed every play I've attended. I should attend more.

John Weagly said...

We had a quiz on this play in college. One of the questions was something like "True or False - The character of Nagg lives in a trashcan."

We all put "True."

Our teacher told us we were all wrong. Nagg lives in an "Ashcan," not a "Trashcan."