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The citywide celebration of all things dour and doleful, honoring what would’ve been Samuel Beckett’s 100th year on earth, continues with this weekend of theater curated by the Irish American Heritage Center’s resident Shapeshifters Theatre. Friday and Saturday at 8 PM in the IAHC auditorium, Chicago expat Michael Martin, no stranger to obsessive monologues, performs Beckett’s late-period masterpiece, the harrowing Krapp’s Last Tape, under the direction of Curious Theatre Branch founder Beau O’Reilly (who’s been spearheading the company’s own Beckettfest since January). Both shows will be preceded by Dan Griffiths and Adam Moe in the playwright’s rarely performed mime piece Act Without Words II, directed by Mary Therese Cozzola. Saturday at noon Signal Ensemble Theatre brings a staged reading of their 2005 Jeff-recommended Waiting For Godot to the IAHC’s Fifth Province Pub. Company co-artistic director Christopher Prentice, a specialist in jaundiced observers, returns as Estragon, Adam Snook portrays Vladimir, and the estimable Joseph Stearns (another of the company’s three artistic heads) reprises his turn as Pozzo. Act Without Words II and Krapp’s Last Tape: Fri-Sat 4/14-4/15, 8 PM. Waiting for Godot: Sat 4/15, noon. Irish American Heritage Center, 4626 N. Knox, 773-282-7035, $10-$15 each (includes lunch at Godot).
Art accompanying story in printed newspaper (not available in this archive): photo/Johnny Knight.