The weight of the world in five-star Happy Days
Kate Dobbs Ariail
September 9, 2010 at 4:42PM
Happy Days5 starsPRC2 @ Elizabeth Price Kenan TheatreThrough Sept. 12; www.playmakersrep.org
My newfound appreciation for the work of Samuel Beckett dates from 7:45 p.m., Sept. 8, after Julie Fishell’s character Winnie had been speaking for just a few minutes in PRC2’s new production of Beckett’s Happy Days in the Elizabeth Price Kenan Theatre of the UNC Center for Dramatic Art. My every previous encounter with Beckett on page or stage had resulted in boredom, irritation and somnolence, as my youthful, impatient romantic soul rebelled against the bleak Beckettian waiting, insufficiently relieved by slaps of dark humor.