(Ben Brantley’s article appeared in The New York Times, 10/8.)

It’s all over so quickly, and yet while you’re part of it, it seems it will never end. That’s a fair summing up of life, don’t you think?

It is also a fair description of the deeply sobering and equally intoxicating experience of the three short plays by Samuel Beckett that opened on Tuesday night at the Harvey Theater of the Brooklyn Academy of Music. There, a lone and improbably gifted Irish actress named Lisa Dwan is daring to shoulder what feels like all our human care and woes, from the cradle to the grave.

The triple bill of Beckett’s “Not I,” “Footfalls” and “Rockaby” has an official running time of 55 minutes. Everyone involved in this harrowing and beautiful production obviously has such a rigorous respect for detail that I wouldn’t presume to contradict that estimate.


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