Krapp's Last Tape and Other Dramatic Pieces

Krapp s Last Tape and Other Dramatic Pieces This collection of Nobel Prize winner Samuel Beckett s dramatic pieces includes a short stage play two radio plays and two pantomimes The stage play Krapp s Last Tape evolves a shattering drama out

  • Title: Krapp's Last Tape and Other Dramatic Pieces
  • Author: Samuel Beckett
  • ISBN: 9780802144416
  • Page: 289
  • Format: Paperback
  • This collection of Nobel Prize winner Samuel Beckett s dramatic pieces includes a short stage play, two radio plays, and two pantomimes The stage play Krapp s Last Tape evolves a shattering drama out of a monologue of a man who, at age sixty nine, plays back the autobiographical tape he recorded on his thirty ninth birthday.The two radio plays were commissioned by the BBCThis collection of Nobel Prize winner Samuel Beckett s dramatic pieces includes a short stage play, two radio plays, and two pantomimes The stage play Krapp s Last Tape evolves a shattering drama out of a monologue of a man who, at age sixty nine, plays back the autobiographical tape he recorded on his thirty ninth birthday.The two radio plays were commissioned by the BBC All That Fall plumbs the same pessimistic depths as Waiting for Godot in what seems a no less despairing search for human dignity London Times , and Embers is equally unforgettable theater, born of the ramblings of an old man and his wife Finally, in the two pantomimes, Beckett takes drama to the point of pure abstraction with his portrayals of, in Act Without Words I, frustrated desired, and in Act Without Words I, corresponding motions of living juxtaposed in the slow despair of one man and the senselessly busy motion of another.

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    1. [Night. Interior. The REVIEWER, an elderly man, is seated alone in front of his laptop; a large screen above the stage shows that he is currently looking at the page for "Krapp's Last Tape". Sounds of thunder, lightning, torrential rain from outside. The REVIEWER shakes his head, reaches into a drawer, changes his mind, reaches in again, takes out a banana, eats it. He continues to look at the same page. He takes out another banana and eats that too.]REVIEWER: I've reviewed it eighteen times. [ [...]

    2. saw john hurt play krapp last week in culver city. when he spoke that last bit about the slitted eyes and the light i audibly moaned. transcendental stuff. "She lay stretched out on the floorboards with her hands under her head and her eyes closed. Sun blazing down, bit of a breeze, water nice and lively. I noticed a scratch on her thigh and asked her how she came by it. Picking gooseberries, she said. I said again I thought it was hopeless and no good going on and she agreed, without opening he [...]

    3. December of Drama 2015, day tenI'm reading a play every day (have I established that?) and I selected them in advance, so I didn't read the radio plays Embers or All Fall Down which are included in this volume. When it comes to Krapp's Last Tape, I can understand and even agree with those reviewers who call it brilliant, genius, a masterpiece, etc. etc. but I can't say that I necessarily enjoyed it all that much. And the blurb on the back: 'shattering drama,' really? That seems to overstate it j [...]

    4. A cheeky look into the evolution of artistic and existential vanity--both humorous and heartbreaking. Krapp's example is a warning against unchecked self-reflection and criticism--how such scathing and uncompromising assessments of our past selves can lead to utter insanity, a shitstorm of narcissistic self-loathing and regret. Krapp abandons everything for his ideas and rejects humanity in all of its beautiful brokenness and mystery. His plight may not be relatable to all, but to the artistor t [...]

    5. خمس مسرحيات تجريبية ( شريط تسجيل كراب الأخير 1958 ، أسكش اذاعي رقم 1961 1 كلمات و موسيقى 1961 ، ماذا أين 1984 ، المشهد الاخير من المأساة 1982 ) (أن بيكيت يحقق صدق الكتابه من خلال مفهوم صدق الأرقام بأن يجعل لكل شيء رقما ) المصور أيرخا تعتبر هذه المسرحيات الخمسة هي نماذج لأسلوب بيكيت المتميز [...]

    6. this was pretty pointless. sounds like a long nonsensical blabber about pretty much nothing. i found absolutely no meaning in the whole narration, except that maybe krapp has a deadly addiction to bananas.

    7. Krapp's Last Tape--more focused and emotionally coherent than many of Beckett's other works--builds to a conclusion that is profoundly moving. If you have an extra hour or so, search for a performance of KLT on YouTube.

    8. Going to see John Hurt perform this tonight at the Shakespeare Theater! Super excited!washingtonpost/lifesty

    9. تسجيل إذاعي إنتاج: إذاعة البرنامج الثاني من القاهرةarchive/details/P2-dra-Krأحلى بكتير مسرحية بالإنجليزيyoutube/watch?v=iYDGlC

    10. It's depressing. Great, but depressing.It's short, so read it through a couple of times. After, go to YouTube and watch Patrick Magee's performance of this. It too is superb. It was actually written for him, so it's only right that you watch it.

    11. As great as I think Beckett's other work is, these were appearantly his "meh-plays". I liked "All that fall", but that was all

    12. All that fallsBeckett used his genius to excite emotions; most of all sadness. there's nothing in this play unless it is in a desperate situation. Absolutely nothing! not even a pipe dream. Even the gearbox is getting crucified! It's a dead world, or maybe like the girl it wasn't even born!It also has a great characterization along with deep metaphorical events and dialogues. Reader's mind is trying to put all this together and understand what all this is about, then suddenly a shocking endKrapp [...]

    13. Young people and what to do about them was one of the great issues for middle class America in the sixties. Containment was one of the answers. My hometown, Park Ridge, had had a number of youth centers, but all had closed when I dropped out of Grinnell for the 1971-72 school year.Two of us put our mind to the matter one night at my house and came up with the idea of starting a process which might result in the creation of a new alternative for our peers, a youth center we'd own and operate ours [...]

    14. From one who is hardly the expert on the subject of drama or the stage: I have heard many illustrious things about Mr. Beckett. This is the first set of plays I’ve actually been privy to. Compartmentalized into five different plays, the book seems to share an overall theme or perhaps it is my mind trying to find some sort of coherence from what is, for the most part, something quite nonsensical. Krapp’s Last Tape (for whom the book is named after) & Embers are my two favorites from this [...]

    15. This volume contains five dramatic pieces by Beckett: Krapp's Last Tape, All That Fall, Embers, Act Without Words I, and Act Without Words II. A few comments below about each.Krapp's Last Tape: Fascinating and complex meditation on the power of memory. The replaying of the tape becomes a metaphor for what we do with our memories. It's not a memory of the actual experience, but a memory of his recollection of the experience. Not clear if it's the last tape he recorded or the last tape he listens [...]

    16. I don’t have this particular volume so I cant say how the different plays works together but I have both read and seen Krapps last tape many times.A short, terse, very intense piece. We meet the old recluse Krapp a late night in the future (as Beckett puts it in the stage directions). Here he listens to tapes recorded by himself where he comments his life situation. The contrast between the old neighing, silent and sullen old man and the artificial, soft, almost eerie sound of the tape is dizz [...]

    17. The star rating given reflects my opinion within ‘the official rating system’.1 star: Didn’t Like it2 stars: It’s Okay3 stars: Liked it4 stars: Really Liked it5 stars: It Was AmazingI don’t really give a rat-fuck that there are some who think I ‘owe’ an explanation for my opinion. Nope, nada, and not sorry about it.Sometimes I may add notes to explain what my opinions are based on, and sometimes I don’t. I do this for me, on my books, in my library and I don’t ‘owe’ any sp [...]

    18. Hmm. As always, Beckett, I mentally shake hands with you for your construction. I enjoyed the two mediums in the play: the recorder and the actor. I also enjoyed the almost ridiculous banana riff int he middle. How can Beckett handle such heavy material and a certain vaudeville element at the same time? I don't know how, but i do love that aspect of him.I recently attended a lecture by John Calder, a Beckett scholar among other things, and found his insights about Beckett's view of God interesti [...]

    19. I did not see the plays, I read this and did my imagination's best. I just stuggled to 'like' the content, Beckett seems to write only of death and not about life. It just read off as "life sucks, there's nothing we can do, ha!" x100, which may be the point/intention here but it just doesn't seem to go anywhere or offer any progression or variety. Maybe this was more original when it was written, I am not seeing something or they just are far more enjoyable to watch. To be honest, I liked Act wi [...]

    20. Ce volume comprend deux petites pièces, qui, comme souvent chez Beckett, me laissent une impression d'étrangeté et de léger malaise. "La dernière bande" est un monologue avec soi-même, ou plus exactement un dialogue entre un personnage et des bandes enregistrées par lui des années auparavant. "Cendres" est une sorte de jeu entre un homme et des fantômes du passé. Deux pièce, donc, sur la mémoire et le passage du temps. Mais le plus fascinant dans ces textes, ce sont les didascalies e [...]

    21. Ok, so I totally understand why Beckett is such an important playwriter, and I quite enjoyed a few of his shorter plays! Although I think that they sometimes can be a little too weird, even for me. I love his new trail of thinking, and the play Breath, which actually is a breath and lasts for 36 seconds show how amazing Beckett was.I can't give it more than three stars, because it's all a little too hard and heavy for me to read, since english is my second language, but all in all I quite enjoye [...]

    22. I was just not into this text. The particularities of Krapp were cute at the start, but all the contemplation of death, regrets and the end of one's own lifespan, just made me roll my eyes. A universal message perhaps, but I couldn't wait to finish it and move to something more interesting and playful.

    23. YouTube is your friend -- all these are available in more or less faithful filmed/animated version, some the originals that Beckett wrote these for. Genius of the human condition. All That Fall might be his best but Krapp's hardly shit.

    24. "Krapp's Last Tape" and "Act Without Words 1" are both gripping pieces. The other three pieces I was not particularly impressed with. I've been reading a lot of Beckett recently, and "Eleutheria" and "Endgame" are still my favorite Beckett plays.

    25. I enjoyed reading this play. I watched the John Hurt version on YouTube. Hurt is amazing in it.If you want to see Beckett done well you should watch it.Krapps Last Tape

    26. Definitely not a play for you if you're not a fan of absurdism. It's the sort of writing that's meant to be deconstructed, and isn't the greatest thing in the world, but is rich with so many themes to parse out and symbols and offers a wealth of discussion.

    27. Love love love Krapp's Last Tape, Rough for Theatre, Play and Not I. Quite like Ohio Impromptu. The rest are, at best, alright, and at worst thoroughly irritating.

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