Tony Award-winner and MacArthur Fellow Bill Irwin explores his relationship with the work of Samuel Beckett in this New York premiere solo show presented by Irish Repertory Theatre. More…
Bill Irwin can’t escape Samuel Beckett. He has spent a lifetime captivated by the Irish writer’s language. In this intimate 90-minute evening, Irwin will explore both the comic and the tragic sides of Beckett’s work through excerpts of his texts including "Waiting for Godot," "The Unnamable" and "Texts for Nothing."
See it if you love Beckett and/or Irwin. BI is a terrific actor, and the intellectual crowd cheers for him. There are nuggets of wit and wisdom.
Don't see it if you want an absorbing 90 mins of theater, not a lecture. BI does a gr job w SB's diff words, but this is not a play. It helps to know Godot.
See it if Bill Irwin as actor, clown, and Beckett aficionado. Challenging Beckett excerpts and analysis mixed with hilarious clowning. A treat!
Don't see it if You are not interested in a literary challenge. You don’t enjoy physical comedy. This is performance art, without a traditional narrative.
See it if Irwin's master class on Beckett is far far more than "Beckett for dummies" Intellect merges with pathos (& of course clowning) for a charmer
Don't see it if A lecture/professorial quality can't be escaped but Irwin still wins us over Looking into life's abyss not everyone's idea of entertainment
See it if you’re a fan of Samuel Beckett, Bill Irwin, or the acting craft. This plays almost like a master class of Beckett’s works for actors.
Don't see it if pronouncing it “GOD-ot” feels sacrilege to you. Also, by nature of the work, it’s confusing and dense at times, but Irwin breaks it up well.
See it if Experience a true master class by a virtuoso of mime, clowning, acting & Beckett; you want to learn & be entertained; Irwin is mesmerizing.
Don't see it if Honestly, I don't know why you wouldn't want to see this unless you dislike Irwin and/or Beckett, good acting, clowning, learning and magic.
See it if you love Bill Irwin - who doesn't? - and you want a master class in Beckett.
Don't see it if you'll be bored by a scholarly study with some very funny and very moving parts.
See it if you’ve enjoyed Irwin in Waiting for Godot or other Beckett plays, interested in an actor relating his lifelong obsession w/ 1 playwright.
Don't see it if you can’t keep your expectations in check. Irwin delivers, but bite-sized Beckett isn’t feature-length Beckett. It’s also more optimistic.
See it if you like Bill Irwin - a national treasure.
Don't see it if you consider ruminating about Beckett boring, even with Irwin's great acting illuminating the words.
See it if You like Bill Irwin and if you know Beckett’s work. Irwin talks a great deal about meaning, interpretations, insight understanding Beckett.
Don't see it if You like Bill Irwin. He does very little clowning. Mostly talk, master class lecture on Beckett. Dull and dry at times, little laughter
See it if You'd like to see an actor's approach to the difficult Beckett, with a side order of clowning. A great Beckett interpreter shows his love.
Don't see it if You expect this will bring you great insight for future encounters with the work.
See it if you want to spend 90 minutes completely engrossed in watching and listening to Bill Irwin perform and elucidate Beckett's works.
Don't see it if you need a big cast to provide a full presentation. Alone on stage (with just a little assist), Mr. Irwin is more than sufficient.
See it if Irwin is simply wonderful and thoroughly engaging. He gives a witty, poignant interesting insight into Beckett.
Don't see it if you hate Beckett AND clowns AND solo shows. You're not interested in an "actor's view" of Beckett's work, no matter how amiably delivered.
See it if You are an actor, director, writer, or just a fan of theatre-craft. This doubles as a masterclass in acting and scene analyzation.
Don't see it if You dislike one-man shows. (there is a second actor as a cameo, but it is a one-man show) You dislike Beckett's work. You dislike clowning.
See it if You admire Beckett & are ready to learn about his writing, use of words & direction from the master showman, Bill Irwin
Don't see it if You prefer musicals or big productions
See it if If you want to see Bill Irwin read Beckett. The interpretation of the texts are interesting. And easy to understand.
Don't see it if You do not like staged readings. You require a linear plot.
See it if you want to see the inimitable Bill Irwin in a challenging evening which will PERHAPS clarify Beckett fo you a bit. In any case, delightful
Don't see it if you really HATE Beckett and don't want to understand his writing better, and also are not interested in clown tradition.
See it if You love Beckett. You never heard of Beckett. You love Bill Irwin. You never heard of Bill Irwin.
Don't see it if While this masterclass on the works of Samuel Beckett may not be for everyone. It should be.
See it if you enjoy the wonderful world of clowns. Bill Irwin is a treasure and his love for Beckett is compelling even if the material is often dense
Don't see it if You want elaborate staging and the dazzle of spectacle. This is brilliant but on a very intimate scale. One man and his art
See it if Bill Irwin is a genius and it is a pleasure to watch him work. The words are meaningful and the mime superb
Don't see it if You are looking for a big fancy production. Just sit back and watch a consummate performer.
See it if You like Beckett. Bill Irwin does a masterful job of presenting us with some fascinating insights into Beckett. So interesting & enjoyable
Don't see it if You are not interested in Becket's plays/words. Oh...those words!!!
See it if for an actor's sparkling analysis of Beckett's haunting speeches, silences, direction--and laughter of the best kind. Irwin rocks.
Don't see it if you dislike Beckett or slapstick or won't appreciate deep analysis of his forever-cutting-edge work from an actor's viewpoint.
See it if For a seminar on the language of Beckett, an explanation of the clown silhouette, hats, and an absolutely charming Bill Irwin.
Don't see it if It requires some brain exercise to be fully appreciated. If you want passive entertainment this isn’t it.