Laer's Last Prayer | City Lit Theater | Theater & Performance | Chicago Reader
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The title echoes Samuel Beckett's Krapp's Last Tape, but playwright/director Stephen Murray makes Endgame the lens through which he refracts the tale of King Lear, producing an ambitious but emotionally arid meditation on the burdens of age for both the old and their caretakers. A cross between Lear's Fool and Endgame's Clov, Jack tries to ease an aging, raging patriarch's passage to death even as Dr. Kent (i.e., Lear's Earl of Kent) tries to keep him alive. Murray's highly literate script has a few moments of beauty but lacks dramatic momentum. Jamie Bragg evokes a lovely vulnerability as Jack's dead sister (Jill, natch), but relationships fail to cut through the script's thickets of self-conscious wordplay. —Kerry Reid



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