Samuel Beckett’s classic “Endgame” opens Sunday, May 1, 2016, at 6:30 p.m. at Center Theatre Group’s Kirk Douglas Theatre. Directed by Alan Mandell, performances for “Endgame” will continue through May 22.
Mandell (“Waiting for Godot,” “The Price” and “The Cherry Orchard” all at the Mark Taper Forum) will also perform in this production at the Douglas alongside Barry McGovern (“I’ll Go On” at the Douglas; “Waiting for Godot” at the Taper), Anne Gee Byrd (“The Wood Demon” and “The First Picture Show” at the Taper), James Greene (“The Iceman Cometh” and over 20 other plays on Broadway) and Charlotte Rae (“Happy Days” at the Taper). Rae and Byrd will alternate in the role of Nell.
In the absurdist world of “Endgame,” somewhere between existence and death, four characters, Hamm (played by Mandell), Clov (McGovern), Nagg (Greene) and Nell (Rae and Byrd), cling to sanity while performing daily rituals, sometimes comically, as they wrestle some sort of order from the cyclical, repetitious, seeming nothingness of life.