Eternal questions

By CAROLYN CLAY  |  July 11, 2006

The play’s only other character is the monosyllabic albeit knowledgeable Willie, who sometimes crawls from his hole to read newspaper ads while girding himself against the heat with a head napkin and boater, and whose forays into semi-alertness are to Winnie “paradise enow.” Will McGarrahan is neither bald nor bleeding, as Beckett specifies, but he intones his truncated missives from the extraneous world of bloom and vigor (“Opening for smart youth,” “Wanted bright boy”) with lively gravitas. And he rises to his final, formal appointment with a heaving, wrenching effort. Without becoming sentimental, which would be sin, Edmiston helms that rare production that offers a gleam of a hint that Willie may actually be struggling toward Winnie, not Brownie, at the long, slow, here quite soulful end.

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