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Samuel Beckett

'Krapp's Last Tape' unspools an intimate story; muddled 'Archivist'

'Krapp's Last Tape' unspools an intimate story; muddled 'Archivist'

"Krapp's Last Tape" *** Signal Ensemble Theatre starts its Ensemble Project program, in which company members produce shows close to their hearts, with Aaron Snook's sly and intimate staging of Samuel Beckett's one-act for one man (and one reel-to-reel tape player). The closeness of the setting (one single row of chairs for the dozen or so audience members each performance accommodates) allows many small moments to land in fresh and startling ways. Though I prefer my Krapp with a bit more visible grit and sorrow than what Vincent Lonergan brings to the part, it's still an admirable take on the piece. Lonergan has a dandified, gnomish charm — right down...

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