Beckett’s “Endgame” at Williams College [Berkshire on Stage]

March 7th, 2016, 3:00 pm by Sara


Williams College Theatre Department is proud to present Samuel Beckett’s Endgame. Written and first performed in 1957, Endgame was Beckett’s first play after he garnered international acclaim with Waiting for Godot four years earlier. Shorter and more theatrically compact than Godot, the play is set in a small bunker surrounded by a barren landscape: “there is no more nature.”

Yet despite the desperate circumstances of its four trapped characters, Endgame retains the unique mixture of sharp humor and vivid characterization that marks all of Beckett’s plays. The combination of catastrophe and comedy, of bleak reality and sharp-edged wit, creates a theatrical tour de force that many claim to be the Nobel laureate’s true masterpiece. Thursday-Saturday (March 10-12) at 7:30pm at Williams College’s ’62 Center’s CenterStage in Williamstown. Tickets are $3.

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LIVE: “Endgame” @ Berkshire Theatre Festival, 7/10/10

July 13th, 2010, 12:01 pm by Greg

David Chandler and Mark Corkins in Berkshire Theatre Festival's production of Endgame directed by Eric Hill

David Chandler and Mark Corkins in Berkshire Theatre Festival's production of Endgame

As you would expect from the King of Bleak, Samuel Beckett’s “Endgame” is anything but light, frothy summer fare. It’s a dark, despairing, particularly knotty mobius-strip of a play that examines the dynamics of dependency, the rituals of routine and the no-win situation that we call the human experience.

Hamm is the master of a gray, empty room in which even the picture hanging on the wall faces the wall. He is blind, hard of hearing and abusive. And he can’t stand.

Clov is his cantankerous man-servant, reluctant but unable to leave. And he can’t sit.

This subtly shifting master-servant exercise in futility is expertly examined in director Eric Hill’s powerhouse production at the Berkshire Theatre Festival’s Unicorn Theatre.

Consider this pointed, yet poetic exchange:

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