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Samuel Beckett, Andre the Giant, and the Crickets Closing (Theater and Galleries) The Short List (Theater)

When: Thursdays. Continues through Feb. 9 2012
Price: $12-$15 or pay what you can
Now here's something I bet you didn't know: when he was a child growing up in Grenoble, France, acromegalic wrestler Andre the Giant had Samuel Beckett for a neighbor. And since young Andre was too huge to take the regular bus to school, Beckett would drive him there in a van he probably bought with royalties from Waiting for Godot. In this 35-minute piece, playwright Rory Jobst imagines one of those drives. Jobst has some interesting ideas, especially where Andre is concerned. But he doesn't seem to know what to do with Beckett, either dramatically or intellectually. The great absurdist spends most of his time sitting at the steering wheel, sounding vague. Jobst's late attempt to open things up is bold but inchoate. Still, he's got an irrepressible Andre in Christopher Marcum. Part of Rhinofest. —Tony Adler



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