Endgame 042112

Endgame and Play Reviews

A.C.T. (San Francisco, CA)

Reviews & Ratings

71 ratings
3.3 average rating
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54 events
16 reviews
4 stars
3 events
1 review
0 stars
attended May 09 2012

Beautiful theater. My seat was well situated but on the small,uncomfortable side. I enjoyed both presentations. PLAY was funny, stark and almost like a piece of music. Very fast-paced although if you missed anything, you're in luck. It gets...continued

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1 review
0 stars
attended May 09 2012

I am a Samuel Beckett fan and a Bill Irwin fan and so I was well prepared to enjoy this show. We had inexpensive seats in the back of the mezzanine and we were able to see everything perfectly. There were moments of humor and moments of horror...continued

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1 review
1 stars
attended May 09 2012

We were so excited for this show, being fans of both Beckett and Bill Irwin. However....we were sorely disappointed. Not only did the actors have to be prompted for lines multiple times, but it seems like they didn't even read the plays. Maybe...continued

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41 events
19 reviews
15 stars
attended May 11 2012

Man, that Bill Irwin has the most flexible, expressive face! Very enjoyable, and I was really appreciative of seeing Play, which seems to rarely get produced.

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47 reviews
48 stars
attended May 09 2012

This show was in previews when I saw it, and it clearly needs some work. I love Endgame, but it isn't an easy play to watch given the absurdist nature of Beckett. There's no narrative. There's no real story line. Without any prior exposure, it...continued

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19 reviews
19 stars
attended May 09 2012

My husband and I saw the first preview. This was the first time either of us had seen Play. The presentation was quick, sharp, funny and perfectly Beckett. The production of Endgame needed to cook for another night. We thought the supporting...continued

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12 reviews
5 stars
attended May 15 2012

The lines in "Play" went by so quickly it was often difficult to sort them out. "Endgame" sometimes teetered on the edge of over-acting, or a pastiche of random voices, perhaps from Irwin's personal or professional history. The character Nell...continued

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9 reviews
5 stars
attended May 09 2012

I don't know where GoldStar pulled it's review, but it seemed way off base to my wife and I. The plays were presented in reverse. Play - "tour de force about marriage and infidelity"? I can't know what the plywright had in mind for the production...continued

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7 reviews
2 stars
attended May 09 2012

These two shows were definitely Samuel Beckett. Do NOT go if you do not like Beckett. I happen to find his work fascinating, and these two shows were no exception. "Play" was unique and mesmerizing - a big show for its 20 minutes of running...continued

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2 reviews
0 stars
attended May 09 2012

Plays were dry and failed to reach the audience. If you have a short attention span, don't bother. Staging was interesting but that can only carry something so far. Save your money for something else.

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Goldstar Member
1 events
1 review
0 stars
attended May 11 2012

If I could have given zero stars I would have. These plays were about miserable people dragging us through their miserable lives. It was worse than the worst Woody Allen movie. I wanted to walk out but I was in the middle of the row. But saw...continued

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cclancey Red Velvet
37 events
15 reviews
13 stars
attended May 20 2012

great show but didnt hold my attention like i wanted it to.

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Elene Sayre Red Velvet
43 events
15 reviews
9 stars
attended May 15 2012

If not sitting in the front rows of the theatre, one should have read the Beckett play before attending the performance. Our seats were in the last row of the balcony and it was too difficult to catch the dialogue between the actors. However,...continued

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6 reviews
8 stars
attended May 15 2012

The performance was classic Becket, with a wonderful clarity of text and great acting; Also, you will never see a better Beckett set.

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83 events
59 reviews
45 stars
attended May 16 2012

very good and a little weird

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43 reviews
53 stars
attended May 15 2012

These semi-autobiographical works are not for everyone, and presentation in reverse order from the event title is needlessly confusing. Play, the first presentation, is more reading than acting; with pacing so fast that it's hard to follow,...continued

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SF_Marky
69 events
41 reviews
3 stars
attended May 12 2012

I enjoyed both of the performances: Play and Endgame. I had cheap tickets in the balcony and used the listening device because I have hearing problems. I had only minimal exposure to Beckett (Godot) and feel the performances delivered what I...continued

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Nancy F.
145 events
40 reviews
307 stars
attended May 30 2012

I expected to like this more. I love Beckett, and Bill Irwin has always been wonderful. But somehow the result this time out was ponderous, laborious, and lifeless. LIttle tension between the characters; everything felt underlined. I felt bad for...continued

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47 events
24 reviews
20 stars
attended May 31 2012

first play very difficult to hear.
Second one depressing, as intended by Becket.

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