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Happy Days

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Members say: Great acting, Entertaining, Delightful, Funny, Clever

About the show

Following rave reviews in Boston, The Theatre @ Boston Court’s existential production of 'Happy Days' by Samuel Beckett starring Tony Shalhoub and Brooke Adams comes to the Flea Theater. More…

Director Andrei Belgrader re-examines this Samuel Beckett classic, newly relevant to a generation burdened by climate change and environmental doom. Brooke Adams plays Winnie, a woman buried up to her bosom in a mound of dirt with nothing to pass the time but the ragged contents of her bag, her nimble wit, and her husband Willie, played by Tony Shalhoub, lurking somewhere behind her. This droll, existential allegory demonstrates the vitality of the human spirit in the face of a deteriorating world.


Member Reviews (14)

MEMBERS SAY:

Great acting, Entertaining, Delightful, Funny, Clever
78
Avg Score

75
Ambitious, Clever, Edgy, Great acting, Slow

See it if you like Beckett. Adams does well as winsome Winnie. The metaphor for life--as gradual burial--is elucidating.

Don't see it if you like realistic theater or pure comedies. This is unsettling and challenging. Some parts dragged a bit. Mostly, Adams was engaging.

Also I had never seen HD before and, while Beckett is not my favorite, I wa... Read more Read less

44
Excruciating, Intense, Slow, Ambitious

See it if Saw this last spring at the Yale Rep. I found it extremely boring and hard to watch. The acting feat is impressive.

Don't see it if You want to see a regular play. This is basically a one woman show. Hard to describe. But not a fun night out at the theater. Strange.

Also If you are curious to see this play I'm sure that this is a good produ... Read more Read less

83
Absorbing, Funny, Great acting, Resonant

See it if You love your Becket well done. You want to revel in a wonderful performance with Dianne Wiest buried waist deep then neck deep in sand.

Don't see it if If you don't care for Becket don't bother.

Also For theatergoers over 65 and married this play has a lot to say.

84
Enchanting, Entertaining, Great acting

See it if IF U KNOW BECKETT IS GREAT AND EVERY PRODUCTION IS WORTH C-ING..WANT 2 C A NEW FABULOUS TAKE BY DIANE WEIST.. KNOW WHAT NOT 2 MISS.

Don't see it if U DON’T APPRECIATE BECKETT OR DIANE WEIST… LISTEN 2 NOT SO GOOD REVIEWS OF DIRECTOR WHO WAS FINE… DON’T FOLLOW MY ADVICE WHICH IS A MUST GO

72
Cute, Funny

See it if You liked the TV show

Don't see it if You don't like shows based on TV shows

79
Great acting, Great staging, Dated, Slow, Resonant

See it if , like me, you would see Dianne Weist in anything.

Don't see it if you don't like Becket (to be honest, most of his plays put me to sleep), though even then it is worth it just to see Dianne Weist.

100
Delightful, Entertaining, Refreshing, Must see, Hilarious

See it if Youre a child of the 50s

Don't see it if You cant be cool

85
Delightful, Great acting, Great writing, Masterful

See it if You just can't get enough Beckett, or if love Dianne Wiest. A true embodiment of Beckett's mind, in a grim setting.

Don't see it if If you're depressed or grieving, it's not the place for you, or if you feel fidgety in a mostly quiet setting.

80
Clever, Cliched, Fluffy, Refreshing, Hilarious

See it if You loved the t.v. show, like light hearted family fun

Don't see it if You are sad and lonely type person

77
Funny, Banal, Dated, Entertaining, Clever

See it if You enjoyed the tv show.

Don't see it if You're into edgy and modern.

75
Absorbing, Ambitious, Cliched, Delightful, Entertaining

See it if You like perfect fifths, and short a capella blips. If you like high energy shows

Don't see it if You don't like Happy Days the old show

100
Entertaining, Great singing, Absorbing, Must see, Great writing

See it if You like high energy shows with very few ensemble members. And if you like Happy Days the show.

Don't see it if You don't like high energy shows.

100
Clever, Exquisite, Great acting, Delightful

See it if As a divorcing woman, I dragged my friend of the same kind and we enjoyed it to the fullest. It is inspiring

Don't see it if Cannot see why not

80
Delightful, Funny, Great singing, Quirky

See it if You are looking for a family-friendly show.

Don't see it if If you are not a fan of pc content.


June 29th, 2015
"Andrei Belgrader has brought his production of Samuel Beckett’s 'Happy Days' to the Flea Theater, and there are laughs to be had. What’s missing is the darkness and dread that trigger Winnie’s natterings: the panic she’s trying so desperately to keep at bay...She gave glimmers of a deeper, more ...
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June 29th, 2015
"The show is mandatory viewing, even if you’ve seen it before. Beckett’s plays gain greater resonance as you age and your own particular symbolic mound of earth creeps ever upward...The play is a powerful metaphor for the ways we struggle for happiness despite the inevitable passing of time and t...
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July 1st, 2015
"The existentialist play is essentially a rambling two-act monologue for Winnie, who goes through daily routines and searches through her handbag while Willie occasionally rises out of his hole to read the newspaper or reach for a gun...If you'd like to see a two-hour play with no plot and little...
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July 2nd, 2015
"Often, productions of 'Happy Days' run out of steam as Beckett states and restates Winnie's predicament, but under Belgrader's direction, the longeurs are few and brief. Most of the time, one is caught up in Winnie's second-by-second focus on the smallest details of living...And, despite the rol...
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