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23.2.13

John Hurt returns to Krapp's Last Tape (2012)

An October 2012 review from the LA Times
John Hurt performs in Krapp's Last Tape at the Kirk Douglas Theatre. Photograph: Anne Cusack/Los Angeles Times, 9 October 2012
Charles McNulty (Los Angeles Times) reviews a 2012 production of Samuel beckett's krapp's Last tape, starring John Hurt:
With his shock of silver-gray hair, his face etched by time with the lean expressiveness of a Giacometti sculpture and his soulful eyes registering every fleeting hurt and happiness, John Hurt bears a striking resemblance to Samuel Beckett in the distinguished British actor's magnificent rendition of "Krapp's Last Tape" at the Kirk Douglas Theatre.

For anyone needing a reminder that theater can be an art (and not just a scrappy entertainment), this beautifully mounted production of Beckett's play, directed by Michael Colgan of Dublin's Gate Theatre, is not to be missed.

Lighted by James McConnell with a neo-Rembrandtesque intuition of the interplay of light and dark, the piece should be approached as a living canvas, an installation more than a traditional drama. Verbally precise but equally deft with silence and movement, this incarnation of "Krapp's Last Tape" bears witness to the silent consciousness of living. [Read More]

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