Long Wharf

Long Wharf Digs Into “Endgame”

by Brian Slattery | Dec 21, 2016 8:05 am

Kimberly Shepherd Photo The man in the chair can’t stand up. The man nearby, standing up, can’t sit down. They can’t go outside. There’s nothing there.

In the room with them are two trash cans. None of them leave. Can’t or won’t, it’s unclear. But they don’t.

All they really have are their words. And from the pen of Samuel Beckett, the Nobel Prize-winning playwright, novelist, theater director, and poet, what words they are.

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“Meteor Shower” Walks On The Mild Side

by Donald Brown | Oct 11, 2016 11:20 am | Comments (2)

T. Charles Erickson Photo Fans of comic actor, playwright, and humorist Steve Martin will no doubt find something to like in his latest play, now at the Long Wharf after a successful run at the Old Globe in San Diego. Meteor Shower, directed by Artistic Director Gordon Edelstein, bases its appeal on Martin’s celebrated gift for the non sequitur. There are jibes at the pretensions and insecurities of married couples, moments of uncanny or absurdist humor, ironically erotic scenes, actual pyrotechnics, and gestures toward an all’s-well-that-ends-well faith in normalcy.

Martin’s approach works when it works, but viewers might find themselves wondering what purpose this walk on the mild side serves, beyond fitful amusement.

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