New York City
Krapp’s Last Tape
Every year on his birthday, Krapp has tape-recorded an assessment of his life so far. Now, having just turned 69, he listens with mixed emotions to the tape he made 30 years earlier. Anger and regret entwine in ironic counterpoint with a memory of epiphany, just as the voice of Krapp’s long-ago self counterpoints the new recording he now begins to make. A hauntingly enigmatic "memory play" by Samuel Beckett, the author of Waiting for Godot.
In the wee hours of the morning, a small-time Broadway gambler regales the weary night clerk of a run-down hotel with self-aggrandizing yarns of booze, broads and big wins. Even as he brags, another narrative unfolds: the story of his relationship with Hughie, the clerk’s recently deceased predecessor. A funny, poignant and brilliantly written study of character – both seen and unseen – by a master of American drama, Eugene O’Neill.
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