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Tag Archives: Samuel Beckett

Poems with stage directions

Samuel Beckett’s plays are not often performed. Waiting for Godot comes along every now and then, but the others, especially the short ones, are as rare as one of those … Continue reading

October 29, 2014 · Leave a comment

Modern theatre’s debt to Ben Jonson

Comedies are not easy to read. In tragedy words are everything, in comedy it is the action, the way the characters interact, that matters. Every comedian knows that the laugh … Continue reading

February 5, 2014 · Leave a comment

Plays without actors

In the world of cinema, actors are often given more prominence than the characters they play. Film critics commonly refer to the character not by his or her name but … Continue reading

January 8, 2014 · Leave a comment

Samuel Beckett’s debt to Maurice Maeterlinck

First Blind Man         Is he not back yet? Second Blind Man    You woke me up! First Blind Man         I was sleeping too. Third Blind Man       I was sleeping too. First Blind … Continue reading

October 16, 2013 · Leave a comment