Rachel Resnik and Martin Law (photo credit: Eric Chad)
Bang The Old Toy Around
by Caitlin Murphy
Purists might recoil a bit that Lucky’s famous Act 1 monologue, essentially a tsunami of nonsense, was translated (or rewritten, I wasn’t sure) into French.
In some creative character interpretations, Pozzo (Sebastian Biase) is pimped up in fedora and fur coat, and Lucky (Martin Roy) appears topless, in tight black jean shorts, a smug S&Mer who likes pouting at the audience. In the most-noted subversion of the text, and one Beckett himself never endorsed, one of our tramps is cast female. I’m not sure the play or production has anything all that interesting or specific to say about gender, so, to me, this casting felt token. Not helping matters, I found that Resnik’s performance needed modulation. Perhaps in an effort to create greater distinction between an animated Didi and a more subdued Estragon, she ended up a little too shrill and shrieky, stomping, flopping and flailing about rather randomly.
Players’ Theatre, September 26-29, Wednesday-saturday, 8pm, Box office: 514-398-6813