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Beckett in the City: The Women Speak

From 4 member  reviews
Members say: Intelligent, Exquisite, Absorbing, Profound, Great acting

About the show

Irish Arts Center invites you to experience the women who inhabit some of Beckett’s best-known short works in this site-specific performance. More…

Director Sarah Jane Scaife places Beckett’s characters from the page into the urban landscape, using the aesthetic tools of the body, sound, site, movement, architecture, and projection to put flesh on the scars the playwright reveals within our society.

Member Reviews (4)


Intelligent, Exquisite, Absorbing, Profound, Great acting
Avg Score

Absorbing, Intelligent, Performances of the highest order, Profound, Thought-provoking

See it if you are a Beckett fan or want to see new insights into 4 of his frequently-performed plays. Exquisite acting.

Don't see it if you are not familiar with the work of Samuel Beckett. Or if your taste runs to more conventional theatre.

Masterful, Must see for beckett readers, Niche crowd/appeal, Profound, Great staging

See it if Ideal Beckett! U=happy to watch slow, repetitive movements in near darkness & compare to your own slow, repetitive movements toward death!

Don't see it if Beckett’s style is irredeemable, or you’re unfamiliar w/ the playwright—this could be excruciating for someone w/ no idea what to expect

Also These rarely produced shorts are so skillfully performed and true to t... Read more Read less

Absorbing, Exquisite, Great acting, Intelligent, Masterful

See it if Love Beckett and want to see it done well. One may not understand it but it still should be seen. And in a site-specific relevant space.

Don't see it if Looking for fluff.

Exquisite, Great acting, Great writing, Intelligent, Riveting

See it if you want to see three older and brilliant Irish actresses who do justice to the poetry of Beckett's words.

Don't see it if ! want to see a more traditional play .

Also You immediately get caught up in the dark haunting atmosphere as you w... Read more Read less

September 25th, 2017
"Powerfully articulates the theme of powerlessness. The stirring actresses use their lined faces and roughened voices to fill out the material, making the experience less abstract and terrifying. Still, it’s tough to maintain an air of horror and extremity when each vignette is preceded by a good...
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September 26th, 2017
"Hauntingly beautiful and brilliantly performed, these plays are must-see gems...These works include some of the most provocative and beautiful images in modern theater, and Scaife's direction makes them achingly resonant...A superb opportunity to experience four minor masterpieces in an evocativ...
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September 15th, 2015
for a previous production “‘The Women Speak’ achingly articulates the ramshackle body of the female in nationalist Ireland…That all these calamities run into ‘Come and Go,’ a choreographed drama about three gossipy women on a bench, brings new consequence…‘I can feel the rings’ claims one of them at the end, though accord...
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September 18th, 2015
for a previous production “Scaife makes some wonderfully innovative use of this near-derelict building…‘Not I’…is too interested in accentuation and timbre….All three actors…execute ‘Come and Go’ with studied grace yet it is here that the venue served the production least well…Although the entreatment to consider Beckett’...
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