The Custom Made Theatre Co. presents the East Coast premiere of this absurdist two-hander about a young André the Giant hitching rides to school with Samuel Beckett. More…
Inspired by a totally true story! 12-year-old André the Giant—already over 6-feet tall and 240 pounds—didn't fit on the school bus. To repay a favor, a neighbor offered to drive André to school in his truck. That neighbor was avant-garde writer Samuel Beckett. 'Sam & Dede, or My Dinner with André the Giant' imagines a series of scenes between the mismatched pair: a giant who could never hide and a writer obsessed with silence.
See it if you like Beckett; this play, about him, is in his style. Discussions about writing and life's meaning. Some slow dialogue, but pay-offs.
Don't see it if you want a lot of plot. S&D is philosophical/character-driven. The weird premise works. Strong acting fr Andre. Where's SB's Irish accent?
See it if you want to see a really interesting play given a really disappointing production (one of the two actors did great--the other did NOT).
Don't see it if bad acting in a two-hander is a dealbreaker for you, even if one of the actors is really excellent.
See it if you want to smile and enjoy a great show with great acting and in a tiny theater
Don't see it if you want a big flashy production. This is show is perfect is the space it was in
See it if Like exploring odd/quirky friendships between very different people. Have some knowledge of Beckett plays & enjoy watching conversations.
Don't see it if Want lots of action/realistic set. It's about existentialism & knowing about/liking Waiting for Godot is helpful. Don't like 2-handers.
Also Saw this in April, 2017 at 59e59 Theater.
See it if You enjoy slice of life theater about two very interesting people. You like small shows in intimate spaces.
Don't see it if You need things to go somewhere or your characters to really grow. This was a super slow play that didn't really build. I wanted more.
See it if you are knowledgeable of Beckett's works and have an interest in plausible connection between the him and the wrestler, Andre The Giant
Don't see it if you are easily bored and have no knowledge of Beckett or his works; prefer a play with more action and less banter.
See it if Half a wonderful play is sufficient. There were moments in the mid and later scenes, before a nice payoff in the final scene.
Don't see it if a two hander in a small theater with minimal staging does not appeal. You are bothered by 15 minutes of excessive drinking with no reason.
See it if Affecting, generous and.kind one-acter in which Beckett and Andre the Giant - who really met - converse about the state of their lives..
Don't see it if ...and hopes. Two men who crave privacy but live public lives, one who has no answers, one who lives on borrowed time. Slow start
See it if You want an interesting play about the oddest of Odd Couples you never knew about. Two men from very different worlds become friends.
Don't see it if If small plays about interesting characters are not your thing.
See it if you want to see a very unusual pairing of two well-known characters engage with each other - inspired by real life stories.
Don't see it if you don’t like minimalist staging, quirky characters and long conversations; not familiar with or dislike "Waiting for Godot".
See it if Extraordinarily well-acted portrait of childhood by Dave Sikula. Intimate portrait of 2 giants in their field who were able to communicate.
Don't see it if if you prefer a complex plot over complex characters
See it if you have read, or know something about Samuel Beckett, or like clever character studies.
Don't see it if if you want something totally accessible, or have no interest in the two subjects.
See it if you like Samuel Beckett, Andre the Giant or if you like strange truthiness.
Don't see it if you like formulaic sitcoms.
See it if you know/love Beckett's work well b/c there is pleasure in recognizing him in this, philosophy is your thing, you want an original story
Don't see it if you expect to care, to root for and want these characters to achieve something, it's more of an idea piece than character-driven w/ stakes
See it if You love Beckett (+/or Andre the Giant); you enjoy clever dialogue and great acting; want to see a play about an unlikely friendship.
Don't see it if you didn't enjoy "MY Dinner with Andre" or "Breakfast with Blassie" or dialogue driven works. You don't like Beckett or Andre the Giant.
See it if you want to see the nearly unbelievably true friendship of the titular gents. Also if you miss or missed the Falsettos staging. Charming.
Don't see it if See it.
See it if you like Beckett. You appreciate the absurdity of life. You can appreciate the influence of Beckett on the absurdity of life and vice versa.
Don't see it if you don't like two-person theater in a minimal setting in which words/concepts/the human condition are interchangeable metaphors.
See it if you want to see a terrific actor play Andre the Giant over 20 years of life using theatrical staging and nice lighting.
Don't see it if you are unable to use your imagination or want to see a deeply developed Sam Beckett character.
See it if You enjoy a 2 man show with simple stage props, but very clever dialogue and excellent acting.
Don't see it if You expect to be razzle-dazzled
See it if You like quirky, interesting, true stories, told in a linear way, but with tangents of Becket-like surrealism.
Don't see it if You don't like intimate, black box theater productions that explore quirky, relationships that have a profound impact on each character.
See it if You're a fan of other classic professional wrestling, or classic theater, and don't mind a small theater space without the fluff of Broadway
Don't see it if You dislike small theater shows. This is a story that doesn't need tremendous sets or lighting.
See it if you enjoy slower-paced plays that make you ponder on life, personality/societal-related things.
Don't see it if you don't like minimal staging and long conversation/dialogues.