A Mind-Bending Evening of Beckett distills human experience to its most elemental: Life is pain. There is nothing superfluous here in the three well-crafted one-acts now at the Irish Repertory Theatre. All epitomize Beckett's famous quote: "I can't go on. I'll go on."
The musical opens with a big dance number that features a mermaid, giant, witch and every other character we've yet to formally meet. Subsequently, the score provides only enough to keep the audience engaged up to the show's tearjerking finale.
Intelligent, unconventional, non-cookie-cutter Broadway musicals are so rare that we try to go out of our way to encourage those that come along. Susan Stroman's Big Fish, at the Neil Simon, is such a one.