Thursday, October 21, 2010
Gambon in Krapp's Last Tape
Appetite satisfied, Krapp starts to reflect on his life - largely via his recorded voice - on tapes he made thirty years back, as a 39-year-old. Poignancy predominates, suffused with humour, as he toys, not just with bananas, but with the resonance of words: spoooool...
Shortly, Krapp dips into his baser cravings; despite saying that he wouldn't want those years back, he returns - repeatedly - to a significant encounter: "my face in her breasts, my hands on her" and dwells on "the beauty of her eyes". Although, as an audience, we don't uncover the finer detail as to why it didn't endure, we understand that his dalliances took on a less than wholesome and happy turn when he refers to his later entanglements with "Fanny, bony old ghost of a whore".
Sir Michael Gambon is completely captivating, totally involving as sadly reflective, limping Krapp in his lonely birthday reflections. The piece remained with me, and my companion, for many thought-provoking moments and hours. Brilliant Beckett, stellar Gambon, great production.
It runs at the Duchess Theatre, Catherine Street, WC2, until November 20th.