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Irish Rep to Simulcast Final Four Performances of Endgame

Bill Irwin and John Douglas Thompson lead the revival of Samuel Beckett’s tragicomedy.

Bill Irwin and John Douglas Thompson in the Irish Rep production of Endgame.
Bill Irwin and John Douglas Thompson in the Irish Rep production of Endgame.
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Irish Repertory Theatre will partner with the League of Live Stream Theater to simulcast the final four performances of Samuel Beckett's Endgame. The simulcast performances will be Friday, April 14, at 8pm; Saturday, April 15, at 2pm; Saturday, April 15, at 7pm; and Sunday, April 16, at 3pm.

Directed by Ciarán O'Reilly, Endgame stars Tony Award winner Bill Irwin (On Beckett), John Douglas Thompson (The Emperor Jones), Joe Grifasi (Dinner at Eight), and Patrice Johnson Chevannes (runboyrun/In Old Age). The production began previews January 25 on the Francis J. Greenburger Mainstage and opened February 2. Originally set to close on March 12, Endgame was recently extended for a second and final time through April 16.

Endgame (Beckett's favorite play) tells the story of Hamm (Thompson), who is reduced to living in one room, in which he sits, blind and chair bound. His only escape from his solitary world is the company of his aging, legless parents (Grifasi and Chevannes), who live in garbage bins, and his shuffling servant, Clov (Irwin), who is at his beck and call, and who, like a dog, comes when whistled for. The only thing left for Hamm is to wait for the inevitable end.

Our critic Pete Hempstead wrote that "to see [Bill Irwin] work his magic in this play is worth the price of admission." Read the full review here.

For tickets to the live streamed performances of Endgame, click here.