Krapp's Last Tape | Strawdog Theatre | Theater & Performance | Chicago Reader
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When: Mon., July 11 and Thursdays-Sundays. Continues through Aug. 7 2011
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Is Samuel Beckett's 1958 duet for old man and tape recorder an elegy or a goof? Yes. Between his trips to the liquor cabinet, his bouts of banana eating, and his shuffling gait, grizzled, solitary Krapp is a ridiculous figure. And yet, once he starts listening and responding to a recording he made as a much younger man, the deep pathos of his situation becomes sharply evident. Or might, anyway. In this version for Signal Ensemble Theatre's Ensemble Project, director Aaron Snook and his Krapp, Vincent Lonergan, overdo the goof. The banana, liquor, and shuffling bits are all handled with a preciousness that draws them out to no good purpose and finally makes them tedious. —Tony Adler



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