Samuel Beckett's Endgame features the renowned scribbler's characteristic bittersweet take on romance, sparkling parlor-room repartee, and an ending that confirms the best in the human spirit. Well, actually, it does none of those things. In fact, it's fucking bleak, just the way we like it (sometimes). The plot features Hamm, who cannot stand, and his servant Clov, who can't sit down. They exist in stagnation and stasis, with their preferred form of recreation coming in the form of impassioned bickering. Terry Bellamy and Christiana Clark star in this Ten Thousand Things production directed by Marion McClinton. If we haven't dropped enough local star-power, it's also worth noting that Steve Hendrickson and Barbra Berlovitz portray Hamm's atrocious parents. Ten Thousand Things puts on crucial, national-level theater, and this constricting mind-maze tempts mightily.
Fridays-Sundays, 8 p.m. Starts: Feb. 27. Continues through March 15, 2009