Endgame (Irish Repertory Theatre)
Ends Apr 16 1h 25m
Endgame (Irish Repertory Theatre)

Endgame (Irish Repertory Theatre) NYC Reviews and Tickets

(57 Reviews)
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Great acting, Absorbing, Great writing, Clever, Ambitious

About the Show

John Douglas Thompson and Bill Irwin star in a new mounting of Samuel Beckett's classic tragicomedy.

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1111 Reviews | 276 Followers
Intelligent, Great acting, Entertaining, Absorbing, Delightful

See it if A very good rendition of endgame. Irwin is spectacular. Well directed.

Don't see it if If you do not like minamilism or the absurd.

990 Reviews | 347 Followers
Bleak, Irwin!!, Thought-provoking, Challenging, Dark

See it if you like Beckett and existentialism. Strg ensemble, w Irwin as standout. Gd set. Food to chew on (a hard biscuit). Challenging theater.

Don't see it if you want easy engagemt. At times funny, mostly devastating. No plot arc. Some vwers slept. Whistle is LOUD! Male dominated (Nell is minor)

737 Reviews | 112 Followers
Clever, Quirky, Great acting, Edgy, Absorbing

See it if you are a fan of Samuel Beckett or of two great actors, Bill Irwin and John Douglas Thompson. Very unique play.

Don't see it if you are not a fan of Beckett plays. This show is not for everyone. Not a lot of dialogue, not a traditional storytelling play.

654 Reviews | 243 Followers
Classic, Repetitive, Slow, Great staging, Great acting

See it if You love Beckett or are extremely interested in seeing this play — the production and performances are excellent.

Don't see it if You dislike Beckett or Waiting for Godot — this is very similar. Skip it if you don’t like Godot.

556 Reviews | 139 Followers
Bill irwin!, Thought-provoking, Devastating, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if You are an avid admirer of Bill Irwin and/or John Douglas Thompson; Dark, depressing theme with a bit of comic relief here and there .

Don't see it if You're not a fan of Beckett or theater of the absurd; Not into wordy plays with little action. Future? What future?

499 Reviews | 250 Followers
Quirky, Edgy, Disappointing, Confusing, Great acting

See it if Great acting along with great set & lighting.

Don't see it if Confusing.

490 Reviews | 131 Followers
Blackest comedy, Bleak, Designer's apocalyptic setting, Beckett's absurdist script, Irwin's physical genius

See it if U want 2 see Bill Irwin's physical comic genius, have never seen Beckett B4, want 2 pick up gauntlet of theater appreciation, like noir

Don't see it if fear the bleakness, need a pick me up, don't want 2 think about it, need meat & potatoes not bon bons or sugarplums from theatre going

474 Reviews | 55 Followers
Masterful, Intelligent, Great acting, Confusing, Absorbing

See it if well-acted revival. makes one think though no one seems to fully understand it. great production.

Don't see it if want a easy to understand linear show. this requires one to pay attention and think for themself.

Critic Reviews (14)

The New York Times
February 2nd, 2023

CRITIC'S PICK! “The humor he built into that text, he left more space for humanness than the play’s reputation suggests.”
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New York Magazine / Vulture
February 7th, 2023

“The play makes the grim assertion that, even in the worst of times, people remain stuck on their own hamster wheels of nostalgia and resentment...If we can’t break the patterns that send us hurtling toward an unlivable future, at least we can laugh at them.”
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New Yorker
February 13th, 2023

“This new production is dismaying in its simplicity but surprising in how many laughs it finds amid the gray.”
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The Wall Street Journal
February 2nd, 2023

“One could argue the point, but certainly not while under the mesmerizing spell that Beckett’s play casts in this expert production, which is supremely funny but still cuts painfully close to the bone.”
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The Washington Post
February 7th, 2023

“Bitter is the operative word here, for ‘Endgame’ is a far more acrid depiction of end times than any apocalyptic filmic extravaganza.”
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February 2nd, 2023

“Beckett's plays can be quite funny, in an existentially dreadful kind of way, and ‘Endgame,’ while not a knee-slapper, has its fair share of solid laughs.”
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Lighting & Sound America
February 2nd, 2023

“Bill Irwin and John Douglas Thompson bring to Endgame something I've never known it to have: grandeur. It's a seedy grandeur, to be sure, but impressive for all of that…The pairing of a great classical actor with a wickedly inventive clown yields a kind of existential vaudeville, a knockabout comedy producing laughter with a death rattle inside it. To my mind, is the first unmissable production of 2023.”
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Talkin' Broadway
February 2nd, 2023

“To these eyes, it's a more than competent production, and if you're already partial to the author's cold emotional landscape and mystifying existential abstractions, you'll probably eat it up.”
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