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“Nothing is funnier than unhappiness”
The quote above was thought to be the most important line from the play Endgame, by non other then the playwright himself, Samuel Beckett, according to the author of Back To Beckett, Rudy Cohn.
Anyone interested in theatre should not miss the opportunity to see this production of the play by, Main Street Theatre, considered by many to be one of Beckett’s most important achievements.
The setting for Endgame is a bare, partially underground room, serving as shelter for Hamm the master, Clov his servant, and Hamm’s father and mother, Nagg and Nell (who live in garbage cans). Hamm is in a wheelchair and makes Clov move him around the room, fetch objects, and look out the window for signs of life. Outside all seems dead and nothing happens. Inside, the characters pass the time mortifying each other and toying with fears and illusions of a possible change, all along sensing the inevitability of their end. Main Street Theatre continues their exploration of contemporary classics in intimate settings with their much-anticipated mounting of Beckett’s masterpiece.
* highly recommended for high school age youth interested in the theatre
April 18 – 28, 7PM
(Preview – April 18; Late Show – April 27, 10PM)
Little Mountain Studios (195 East 26th Ave at Main)
April 25 – 8:30pm
Stay around after the show for a chance to meet the creative team, ask questions and find out what goes on behind the scenes. Facilitated by Artistic Producer Stephen Drover.
Written by Samuel Beckett | Directed by Stephen Malloy | Featuring Ryan Beil, Josh Drebit, Daryl King and Sasa Brown | Designed by Stephen Malloy | Stage Management by Patrick Keating
ABOUT MAIN STREET THEATRE:
Main Street Theatre is a Vancouver based theatre company dedicated to producing contemporary classic plays in an intimate environment with a focus on storytelling. With four hit shows and 11 Jessie nominations under their belt, the company is ready to surprise Vancouver audiences again.
*If you are unable to make it out to see this week’s production in a live setting, or just want a little taste to wet your appetite, Vancouver Youth and Family Calendar have embedded an excellent rendering of the play from a posting on YouTube.