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Samuel Beckett

Separated at Birth: Keith Richards and Samuel Beckett

Francis Levy | Posted 04.27.2016 | Arts
Francis Levy

Two of the most iconic faces of the 20th and 21st Century look curiously alike, those of Samuel Beckett and Keith Richards, and you wonder whether may...

First Nighter: Alice Birch's 'Revolt, She Said, Revolt Again' Introduces the Feminist Absurd

David Finkle | Posted 04.19.2016 | Arts
David Finkle

Yoo-hoo, theater cognoscenti! Remember Theater of the Absurd, the new strain of writing that--to fall into reviewer's clichés--burst on the scene in the 1950s? That's when playwrights like Samuel Beckett and Eugene Ionesco began making names for themselves.

A Week of Adventures in Art, Fashion, and Music

Edward Goldman | Posted 04.12.2016 | Arts
Edward Goldman

What a week it was, and what a week it is, with art, dance, theater, fashion --all that here in LA and across the Atlantic in Moscow and Florence. And yes, I've seen it all, and hope that you will enjoy some of these adventures as well.

Notfilm

Francis Levy | Posted 04.08.2016 | Arts
Francis Levy

Esse est percipi, to be is to be perceived, is the famous line of the l8th century Anglo-Irish subjectivist philosopher Bishop Berkeley that Samuel Be...

Legend Has It

George Heymont | Posted 03.27.2016 | Arts
George Heymont

From 1968 to 2013, the American Legend Cooperative held the public's attention with a 45-year-long branding campaign entitled What Becomes A Legend Mo...

Peggy Guggenheim: Art Addict

Francis Levy | Posted 12.16.2015 | Arts
Francis Levy

Lisa Immordino Vreeland's Peggy Guggenheim: Art Addict illustrates all that is wrong with the art world and all also all that is wrong with being an a...

Peggy Guggenheim's Middle Essence Transformation

Tara Fass | Posted 11.12.2015 | Fifty
Tara Fass

Peggy Guggenheim in her Alexander Calder bed with a few beloved Lhaso Apso dogs Once again we turn to the cinematic mirror to learn what we can about...

CultureZohn: 'Peggy Guggenheim: Art Addict'

Patricia Zohn | Posted 11.04.2015 | Arts
Patricia Zohn

Peggy Guggenheim stands in stark contrast to the collectors of today, many of whom buy for portfolios and not passion and whose private museums and art galleries are not places of discovery but enshrinement. There were no six degrees of separation from the artists to Peggy who just as often slept beside them as hung them on her walls. 'I began to see Peggy... as the last of Henry James's transatlantic heroines, Daisy Miller with rather more balls.' wrote Gore Vidal.

F. Scott Fitzgerald, on Native Grounds

Anne Margaret Daniel | Posted 07.18.2016 | Books
Anne Margaret Daniel

I've been to Ireland many times before, but never to Waterford. Fitzgerald brought me here -- and to the Irish sides of his family, both the McQuillans and the Fitzgeralds, I'm grateful.

Brooke Adams & Tony Shalhoub in Happy Days, at the Flea Theater

Isa Freeling | Posted 07.06.2016 | Arts
Isa Freeling

I always like going to the Flea Theater, since they bring to fruition off beat, experimental and genius pieces such as Samuel Beckett's Happy Days, directed by Andrei Belgrader and playing now to packed audiences with Brooke Adams and Tony Shalhoub.

Stage Door: Happy Days

Fern Siegel | Posted 06.30.2016 | Arts
Fern Siegel

Samuel Beckett's existential landscape of alienation takes on a marital twist in Happy Days, now playing off-off-Broadway at The Flea. It features a longtime married couple: Brooke Adams and Tony Shalhoub, best known from Monk.

...And Waiting And...

Marcia Liss | Posted 06.09.2016 | Comedy
Marcia Liss

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Stage Door: Embers

Fern Siegel | Posted 11.18.2014 | Arts
Fern Siegel

Embers is a more inaccessible Beckett drama, yet even as it unnerves audiences, the work is strangely hypnotic. Beckett himself called it "ragged."

Is Adversity Foe or Friend? -- Answer the 3 Questions of the Entrepreneurial Challenge

Steven Crandell | Posted 11.13.2014 | Business
Steven Crandell

It's not just entrepreneurs that can turn adversity into opportunity. All people face startup-like challenges. And we all benefit from learning and perseverance. I believe much hinges on how we exercise our free will to create a personal resiliency.

Interpreting Waiting for Godot

Ioan Marc Jones | Posted 11.02.2014 | New York
Ioan Marc Jones

The interpretations of Waiting for Godot might be far distant from Beckett's intentions, yet such interpretations are nevertheless intriguing. Some of the most interesting works of interpretation arise by way of theories that seemingly deviate entirely from the artist's objective.

Robin Williams, 1983: Even Then, You Could See Life Was A Struggle

Jesse Kornbluth | Posted 10.11.2014 | Entertainment
Jesse Kornbluth

It's important for me to fall in love with people while I'm interviewing them and writing about them, but there's usually a half-life. After a while, you barely remember them. Robin was different. He made me more vivid to myself, and you don't get that every day.

Godzilla vs. Godot

Peter W. Wood | Posted 06.25.2014 | Education
Peter W. Wood

Godot, of course, was no monster, but Godzilla and Godot have more in common than a first syllable. They are the two opposing faces of despair: a god that is pure wrath and a god that never shows up. Both emanate from the devastation of World War II.

Barney's Wall

Francis Levy | Posted 04.13.2014 | Arts
Francis Levy

Barney Rosset was the founder of Grove Press and Evergreen Review and was a proselytizer for among other things the Theater of the Absurd. He brought ...

Failing, Again

Brian D. Cohen | Posted 04.06.2014 | Arts
Brian D. Cohen

Jasper Johns works on etching plates in a Paris studio, April 1978. Photograph courtesy Associated Press. I took a walking meditation workshop last w...

Why We Should Respect All Cultural Celebrations

Molly Alexander Darden | Posted 03.30.2014 | Impact
Molly Alexander Darden

Every American stands on the shoulders of courageous, hard-working ancestors who came here from another country, bringing their cultures with them. Each of us is justifiably proud of our culture and heritage, and we deserve to see them respected, if not honored.

Q&A With Barry McGovern of Beckett's "I'll Go On" at the Kirk Douglas Theatre

Robert Gagnier | Posted 03.15.2014 | Arts
Robert Gagnier

A celebrated interpreter of Beckett, Barry McGovern is known to Los Angeles audiences for his performance as Vladimir in the acclaimed 2012 production of "Waiting for Godot" at the Mark Taper Forum.

Barry McGovern Performs Texts by Samuel Beckett

Hoyt Hilsman | Posted 03.15.2014 | Los Angeles
Hoyt Hilsman

photo by Craig Schwartz Prominent Irish actor Barry McGovern, who is considered one of the leading interpreters of the work of Samuel Beckett, perfo...

Stage Door: Waiting For Godot, No Man's Land

Fern Siegel | Posted 02.05.2014 | Arts
Fern Siegel

The current Broadway revival at the Cort Theater of Waiting For Godot is never less than riveting. That's thanks to the extraordinary chemistry between Ian McKellen as Estragon and Patrick Stewart as a determined, upbeat Vladimir/Didi.

Theater: McKellen! Stewart! Beckett! Pinter!

Michael Giltz | Posted 05.16.2014 | Arts
Michael Giltz

Whatever your reactions to any particular element (most everyone agrees Twelfth Night is the triumph for Rylance while opinion is divided on these two), it's safe to say these are "events" in the best sense of the word, nights of theater you want to see and judge for yourself.

McKellen and Stewart Wander Through Pinter's 'No Man's Land'

Wilborn Hampton | Posted 02.04.2014 | Arts
Wilborn Hampton

The pairing of No Man's Land with Godot is a stroke of genius, bringing the two masters of comedic and enigmatic incomprehension, Pinter and Beckett, to the stage in alternating performances that underscore the affinity between them.