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This article was published 5/7/2018 (845 days ago), so information in it may no longer be current.
It’s 1964. Silent film star Buster Keaton (Allan Scheirer) and playwright Samuel Beckett (Ken Woodley) are discussing an experimental film, penned by Beckett, in which Keaton will star. The humour comes from contrasting Keaton’s down-to-earth take on life against Beckett’s "artsy" viewpoint, which frequently confounds Keaton into exclaiming, "What the hell is that about?"
The breezy, likeable comedy turns surprisingly deep: when Beckett describes peoples’ "struggle to be perceived, even by themselves in a mirror," Keaton sadly replies, "I’m the invisible man. I don’t have a reflection anymore."
And then a spunky waitress (Mackenzie Kolton), who has been verbally sparring with the men, recognizes Keaton and relates a lovely theory of his films, nicely uniting the two viewpoints. It’s as charming as a conversation you overhear in public that’s so damn interesting you can’t help but listen.
There’s only one shortfall: for a story set in a specific year, there’s nothing in the costuming or hairstyles to reflect the era (particularly for the female character). A little vintage would go a long way to make this theatrical experience complete.
— Janice Sawka
From the Fringe program:
In New York, in the summer of 1964, Buster Keaton appeared in a short experimental film written by Samuel Beckett.
In this play, set in an Italian restaurant in Greenwich Village that summer, two gentlemen named Sam and Buster attempt to communicate with each other with the unlikely help of a chattery young waitress with theatrical ambitions, who mistakes Buster for Moe from The Three Stooges and Sam for his agent.
A funny and moving play about the quiet, absurd heroism of two apparently very different but very great artists.
Show Length: 45 minutes
Suggested Audience: General
Warnings: Mild Language
Thu, Jul 19, 2018 – 7:45 PM
Sat, Jul 21, 2018 – 1:00 PM
Sun, Jul 22, 2018 – 11:45 PM
Mon, Jul 23, 2018 – 6:45 PM
Tue, Jul 24, 2018 – 9:45 PM
Wed, Jul 25, 2018 – 3:15 PM
Fri, Jul 27, 2018 – 11:15 PM
Sat, Jul 28, 2018 – 2:45 PM
Updated on Friday, July 20, 2018 at 6:16 PM CDT: adds review
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