Krapp’s Last Tape OFF-BROADWAY REVIEWS

Photo: Lucie Jansch
  • NY TIMES

  • Opening Night:
    March 17, 2016
    Closing:
    March 20, 2016

    Theater: Alexander Kasser Theater / 1 Normal Ave, Montclair, NJ, 07043

    Synopsis: 

    Robert Wilson. Samuel Beckett. Both towering figures of contemporary theater. Now comes the theatrical event of a lifetime – Robert Wilson on stage performing Samuel Beckett’s "Krapp’s Last Tape," in a production he directed and designed. As Krapp, Wilson carries on a conversation with his own voice, recorded many years before. Bitter, ironic, funny, he finds it hard to recognize himself in the brash, romantic, confident voice of his youth. Since its premiere in 1958, "Krapp’s Last Tape" has fascinated audiences worldwide. Don’t miss this definitive moment of theater.

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  • NEW YORK TIMES REVIEW OF Krapp’s Last Tape

    ‘Krapp’s Last Tape,’ a Melancholy Tone Poem

    Ben Brantley

    March 18, 2016: This is not, for the record, the same old Krapp. The chalk-faced, squealing, macabre dandy who has materialized at the Alexander Kasser Theater at Montclair State University bears scant resemblance to the classically grizzled figure we’ve come to associate with the title character of “Krapp’s Last Tape,” Samuel Beckett’s 1958 assessment of a life from the vantage point of its weary end. How best to describe this upstart avatar of Beckett’s bleakly comic worldview? Dr. Seuss’s curmudgeonly Grinch, impersonating a Kabuki warlord, comes to mind. But then so does an angry Marcel Marceau, with perhaps a touch of Divine, the cross-dressing John Waters superstar. Oh, heck. Suffice it to say that in this offering from the Peak Performances program, Krapp is portrayed by that exacting master of the avant-garde masque, Robert Wilson. If you know the work of Mr. Wilson — who several years ago transformed Mikhail Baryshnikov and Willem Dafoe into cryptic, interchangeable vaudeville clowns in “The Old Woman” — you should get the picture.

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