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Happy Days (TFANA)

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Members say: Great acting, Slow, Masterful, Absorbing, Thought-provoking

About the show

Academy Award winner Dianne Wiest ('Hannah and Her Sisters,' 'Bullets Over Broadway') stars in Samuel Beckett‘s absurdist comic classic about a woman buried up to her waist and sinking into the earth. More…

Wiest plays Winnie, a spirit of buoyant resourcefulness and unassuming grace in the face of inevitable oblivion. By turns comedic and heartbreaking, compassionate and ferocious, this production of 'Happy Days' originated at Yale Repertory Theatre and is directed by James Bundy.

Member Reviews (56)


Great acting, Slow, Masterful, Absorbing, Thought-provoking
Avg Score

Disappointing, Dizzying, Excruciating, Slow

See it if My first Beckett and my last Beckett. All 30 points earned thanks to Dianne Wiest.

Don't see it if Oooof. Bad. Ooof. Can I get the hour of my life back?

Thought-provoking, Quirky, Indulgent, Slow, Symbolic

See it if Woman stuck in the sand talks to herself and barely-responsive companion to pass the time. An extreme metaphor for the human condition.

Don't see it if The image was memorable but despite good acting, it dragged a bit and wasn't all that deep. We all focus on trivialities and smile to get by

Absorbing, Great acting, Moving, Entertaining, Thought-provoking

See it if you want a master class in acting from Dianne Wiest in a masterful post-apocalyptic tragicomedy from absurdist genius, Samuel Beckett.

Don't see it if Beckett's not your cup of tea... although I think this play, esp. as interpreted by Wiest & James Bundy, may make you appreciate his work.

See it for a terrific performance by dianne wiest.

See it if You can sit through Beckett.

Don't see it if You can't sit through Beckett.

Absorbing, Great acting, Profound, Masterful

See it if See if you enjoy and appreciate Samuel Beckett. An outstanding performance by Dianne Wiest. Relax as you experience a memorable play.

Don't see it if Do not see if you are unfamiliar with Beckett or expect a simple , uncomplicated play or musical.

Absorbing, Great acting, Dizzying, Intelligent, Profound

See it if You want a master class in acting from Diane Weist , she makes the apparent ramblings make perfect sense

Don't see it if You are averse to absurdist plays and find plays like Godot too much .

Grim, Funny, Yes, both!

See it if You enjoy Beckett, even if you can only bear his cheeriest work, which this is. No, its not a laff riot, but you can smile.

Don't see it if You don't think it appropriate for a playwright to ask you to consider the value, the purpose, the meaning of your life here on the planet.

Quirky, Great acting, Thought-provoking, Slow

See it if you want to think or are a fan of Dianne Wiest or Beckett.

Don't see it if you are looking for a cleanly plotted story. This requires thought and is definitely not for those looking for clarity.

Absorbing, Clever, Great acting, Funny, Masterful

See it if you want to see one of our great actresses tear into an absurdist classic in a pitch-perfect production

Don't see it if you have no patience for Beckett being Beckett.

Great acting, Thought-provoking, Intelligent, Great writing, Challenging

See it if by all means if you have never seen Beckett, because Wiest's clear understanding of this difficult material clarifies what could be murky.

Don't see it if you only like lighter fare and don't want to be challenged.

Great writing, Intelligent, Quirky, Slow, Thought-provoking

See it if you like to compare versions of a classic texts or if you are a big fan of Diane Wiest

Don't see it if if you find Wiest's vocal mannerisms wearying or if you cannot abide Beckett.

Absorbing, Challenging, Great acting, Thought-provoking, Profound

See it if You like challenging work, are open to absurdism, and like your comedy and tragedy mixed in equal measure.

Don't see it if You need anything straightforward. You need action and plot and don't value meditative theater.

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Great acting, Thought-provoking, Slow, Intelligent, Masterful

See it if Want to see Dianne Wiest perform a major role in the history of roles written for women in theater. Beckett's play is her moment to shine!

Don't see it if Aren't up for 2 1/2 hrs of a monologue of a woman buried in the sand. Although superbly acted you have to be ready for a lot of listening.

Great acting, Profound, Masterful, Edgy, Thought-provoking

See it if Dianne Wiest is brilliant and devastating in this role, which is famously one of the most challenging roles in theatre.

Don't see it if This play definitely is not for everyone. It is not conventional or even necessarily entertaining. Enter at your own risk.

Masterful, Must see, Profound, Great acting

See it if a once in a lifetime performance by Wiest in a one of the most challenging plays ever written. Superb production both chillling and profound

Don't see it if you don't enjoy Beckett.

Absorbing, Clever, Great acting, Great writing, Must see

See it if You love plays that question wHo we are and the end of life.

Don't see it if You are looking for a cheerful play!

Ambitious, Quirky, Great acting

See it if you like me love Diane Wiest - you know that Beckett is going to be an esoteric night at the theatre

Don't see it if you have to have a linear story line

Absorbing, Ambitious, Entertaining, Great acting, Thought-provoking

See it if you love Dianne Wiest and you want to spend time researching Beckett and what he's trying to say. Lots of food for thought.

Don't see it if You need no food for thought

Entertaining, Slow

See it if You want to see a unique existential play.

Don't see it if You are bored easily by slow action and no plot.

Great acting, Funny, Excruciating, Masterful

See it if you enjoy Beckett, absurdism, and plays about life deteriorating and the attempt at finding happiness in anything possible

Don't see it if you can't sit through a show that is sort of nonsensical (absurdism here) or need more than one person talking - excruciating IN A GOOD WAY

Ambitious, Great acting, Great writing, Intelligent, Quirky

See it if You love/like this play, or are curious about it. This is a solid, well acted production. Dianne Wiest is very worth seeing.

Don't see it if You like traditional plays with story and movement. This is a famous play, well performed, but it is not to everyone's taste.

Absorbing, Intense, Masterful, Intelligent, Resonant

See it if You want to see a classic done right by a true actress.

Don't see it if You don't like Beckett or absurdist theater.

Great acting, Great writing, Masterful, Relevant

See it if Youre a Beckett fan, like diane weist and enjoy a 2hour monologue about love death and the absurdity of life.filled with pathos,dark humor

Don't see it if You dont like beckett, are looking for plot driven, action play.

Absorbing, Dizzying, Great acting, Riveting, Historic

See it if you appreciate Beckett, you never saw Beckett, or you want to see an actress hold the stage for 90 minutes without moving

Don't see it if Want fluff

Ambitious, Exquisite, Great acting, Masterful, Riveting

See it if you want to see a great actress turn in an unforgettable tour-de-force performance unlike any other. A stunning production of a classic.

Don't see it if you don't like existential theater or Beckett or like theater to be naturalistic and traditional.

May 4th, 2017
"Life is terrible and yet, as played with ineffable gentleness by Wiest, whose alto flute of a voice has never seemed so gay and vulnerable, Winnie is no whiner...She finds laughs not only in the words but also in the gaps between...Great performances don’t on their own make definitive revivals. ...
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May 5th, 2017
"The affecting revival at TFANA welcomes such sadness: In Wiest’s beautifully limpid performance, moments of bitter self-awareness pass like clouds over Winnie’s determined sunniness, enriching the play’s absurdism with plangent notes of deep feeling (including real hurt at Willie’s inattention)....
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May 4th, 2017
“Rigorously faithful to Beckett except perhaps for its scenery…This production’s realism made the situation’s grotesqueries all the more horrifying and the dramatic challenge all the greater…Ms. Wiest heroically carries the play on her shoulders and brow—sometimes breaking into fury, sometimes vi...
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May 4th, 2017
"Dianne Wiest is now re-creating her marvelous performance, full of humor and pathos...Director James Bundy lets Beckett's frequent stage pauses play themselves out, sometimes for a tad too long. Still, Wiest's humorous and poignant Winnie is one for the ages...It's the somber tone of this produc...
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