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Samuel Beckett

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

Jesse Kornbluth | Posted 08.11.2014 | 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...

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, perf...

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.

Aisle View: 18 (Plays) in 16 (Days)

Steven Suskin | Posted 02.03.2014 | Arts
Steven Suskin

In busy spells -- which in the Broadway arena typically include the two weeks before Thanksgiving and the month before the various award deadlines in the spring -- it is not uncommon for critics and award nominators to find themselves at five or six a week. Eighteen in 16, though, is overdoing it.

First Nighter: Terrence McNally's "And Away We Go" Love Letter to Actors

David Finkle | Posted 01.25.2014 | Arts
David Finkle

Theater and opera crazo Terrence McNally loves writing about his passions, especially anything to do with their off-stage aspects. Given his list-as-...

Aisle View: McKellen and Stewart Play Beckett and Pinter

Steven Suskin | Posted 01.25.2014 | Arts
Steven Suskin

The authors mix bleak despair with comic patter, making the plays catnip for a certain caliber of star actor. Ian McKellen and Patrick Stewart have joined together to offer the two plays.

Everyone's Favorite Existential Vaudevillians

Wilborn Hampton | Posted 01.25.2014 | Arts
Wilborn Hampton

It is a testament to the genius of Samuel Beckett that after 60 years, Waiting for Godot can still astonish with its cutting-edge brilliance, even in a low-key staging like the one Ian McKellen and Patrick Stewart are now starring in at the Cort Theatre.

First Nighter: Neat Tricks Pulled Off in Beckett's All That Fall, Nothing to Hide

David Finkle | Posted 01.23.2014 | Arts
David Finkle

Samuel Beckett wanted his plays done exactly as he wrote them and as he particularized them in his stage directions. Don't think of adding even a second tree, for instance, to the Waiting for Godot set.

Stage Door: All That Fall

Fern Siegel | Posted 01.23.2014 | Arts
Fern Siegel

There is something strangely appealing about a character that shrieks: "Have you no respect for misery?" Such a demand is vintage Samuel Beckett -- and at 59E59Theater, director Trevor Nunn is staging one of his most accessible works, the 1957 radio play All That Fall, to hypnotic effect.

NOTFILM, But Still Samuel Beckett

Deborah Stambler | Posted 01.23.2014 | Arts
Deborah Stambler

It turns out that Rosset had reels of film stored under his kitchen sink, including rare audio of Beckett at production meetings and material relating to the unused first scene. So why is this important?

Samuel Beckett Manuscript Sells For HOW Much?!

AP | Posted 09.09.2013 | Books

LONDON — Sotheby's says the manuscript of Irish writer Samuel Beckett's first novel has sold at auction for almost 1 million pounds ($1.5 millio...

Waiting for Obamacare to Be Repealed, by Samuel Beckett

Robert Brenner | Posted 08.11.2013 | Comedy
Robert Brenner

A timeless, nameless wasteland somewhere in Washington, DC. Two House Republicans are sitting dejectedly on a bench.

VLADIMIR: What do you want to do?

ESTRAGON: I want to repeal Obamacare.

Happy Birthday, Samuel Beckett!

Posted 04.13.2013 | Arts

Today is the birthday of Irish avant-garde playwwright and poet, Samuel Barclay Beckett. Known for penning tragicomic works like "Waiting for Godot" a...

Sweating Out a Surrealist Nightmare

George Heymont | Posted 04.26.2013 | Arts
George Heymont

Do your nightmares make you feel like you've entered The Twilight Zone? Do you feel trapped in a surrealistic cesspool? You are not alone.

Six Characters in Search of a Stenographer: Where Writers Get Their Ideas

Steven Paul Leiva | Posted 12.23.2012 | Books
Steven Paul Leiva

Good writers do not channel in from some higher plain, they are simply human creatures who have a talent for expression and a talent, as Noel Coward would have said, to amuse. Everything they write is an expression of their selfs.

World Premiere Of Beckett's 'Ghost Plays'

The Huffington Post | Hallie Sekoff | Posted 08.14.2012 | Arts

For 10 nights in September, three of Samuel Beckett’s compelling “ghost plays” will be paired with original compositions by contemporary compose...

Beckett's Endgame and Play Sizzle Despite Dearth of Physical Action

Leo Stutzin | Posted 07.21.2012 | San Francisco
Leo Stutzin

Art isn't easy. The fictionalized descendant of painter Georges Seurat made that assertion in Stephen Sondheim's Sunday in the Park With George, but it applies far more forcefully to Samuel Beckett.

The Loss of the Old

Carey Perloff | Posted 07.03.2012 | Arts
Carey Perloff

Why do we assume classics are impenetrable and obsolete? Why do we imagine that an ecology that privileges "emerging artists" while all but abandoning mature ones, let alone historical ones, will have resonance in the long run?