Monday, 17 February 2014

Bad Beckett: Not I, Footfalls, Rockaby


Granted, it is almost impossible for an actor to do Beckett well, which means when it's bad, it is really very, very bad. I know Lisa Dwan has received lots of praise for taking on these three short Beckett pieces, and I am glad to have seen them, but her interpretation was all gothic, creepy, and Hound of the Baskervilles instead of chilling, angst-ridden, modernist, and funny. Beckett is full of humor and to miss that is, well, a little like missing the humor in Hamlet. Anyway, as I said, I was glad to see it. It was an excruciating hour--not in the right way--but it is so hard to see Beckett done at all that I appreciated Dwan's misguided interpretations nevertheless. 

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