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Dead in Wawa; Endgame Sure Thing

When: April 6-9 2010
In King’s end-of-season double bill, we have young playwright/director Griffin McInnes’ ode to absurdism Dead in Wawa and Samuel Beckett’s nihilistic masterpiece Endgame. Together, they make for a thought-provoking---and long---evening of theatre. McInnes has created memorable characters who tackle life’s big questions while drinking and drugging atop a grave. The charm of the rough and thick Jimmy (Eric Cunningham) and his slightly more astute sidekick Pete (Jonathan Carroll) calls to mind The Trailer Park Boys. The introduction of the soul-searching Harry (Lewis Wynne-Jones) adds depth and hilarity to the play. While the approach is different, there is also plenty to laugh (and cry) about in Endgame. Iain Soder is immensely appealing as the much-abused Clov and Michael Fraiman is riveting as the callous Hamm. However, DJ Rossi and Greta Landis are so good as Hamm’s legless, dustbin-bound parents Nagg and Nell, they make you wish Beckett had written bigger parts for them. –Kate Watson

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