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16Nov/20

#IRISHREPONLINE: ON BECKETT / IN SCREEN

Who: Bill Irwin
What: Livestreams of updated show
Where: Irish Rep online
When: November 17-22, suggested donation $25
Why: In my October 2018 review of Bill Irwin’s mostly one-person-show, On Beckett, at the Irish Rep, I wrote, “Irwin adds fascinating insight to [Samuel] Beckett and his oeuvre, discussing the Nobel Prize winner’s punctuation and pronoun usage, his identity and heritage, the possible influence of vaudeville on his work, his detailed stage directions, and other intricacies. . . . Irwin is a delight to watch, his passion for Beckett infectious. He occasionally goes off topic in comic ways, wrestling with a microphone and toying with the podium, but he eventually gets back on track for an enchanting piece of theater about theater.” Irwin (Old Hats, Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?) is now revisiting the play, updating it in this time of pandemic lockdown, in a Covid-19-sensitive version he codirected onstage at the Irish Repertory Theatre with M. Florian Staab; Brian Petchers served as director of photography and editor, with set design by Charlie Corcoran, lighting by Michael Gottlieb, and music and sound by Staab. Irwin’s revised take on Waiting for Godot could probably make a show all its own. The seventy-five-minute On Beckett / In Screen will stream November 17-22; suggested donation is $25.

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