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“Happy Days” at the Mark Taper Forum – Sorrow Keeps Breaking In

For the most part, Ms. Wiest seems to place Winnie’s voice at the upper end of the vocal range giving her a light, airy, pitched tone that all but says, ‘I mean no harm’.  When the emotion takes the character or the story turns on her unexpectedly, a sudden drop into her lower register is more impactful than a sea of tears could ever be and it makes us feel for this poor character that Beckett has trapped in a mound of what feels like years of disappointment.

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“The Last Day of the Sun” at In Scena

Brave Actress Chiara Buratti has a perfect command of the text, performed completely in Italian. Sometimes in a green camouflage shirt, she finds herself, like a modern dancer, rooted into the floor, pacing through the space, finding gesture after gesture.  At times, the piece has a precision that is alarming.  Like a serpent striking at exactly the right prey, the words sting.  Discussions of revenge, intermixed with revelations about one’s first love or finding the feminine, are delivered in a freshly recalled sequence of events, with a quick-witted revelation.

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