Stage Door: Embers

September 18, 2014 2:51 PM

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Stage Door: Embers

Samuel Beckett is having a good year in New York -- the acclaimed Broadway revival of Waiting for Godot with Ian McKellen and Patrick Stewart, another version, in Yiddish, currently at the Barrow Street Theatre in Greenwich Village and now Embers, his 1959 radio play, at BAM (Brooklyn Academy of Music).

Embers is a more inaccessible Beckett drama, yet even as it unnerves audiences, the work is strangely hypnotic. Beckett himself called it "ragged." On stage sits a huge wooden skull; actors can be glimpsed inside. It's surrounded by seaside stones and 562 small speakers hung artistically from the ce...

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